Here’s how to make super simple Instant Pot Corn on the Cob that you can serve for a quick side dish. Cooked corn is naturally sweet, gluten-free, and so delicious. You only need 3 minutes of cooking time!

plate of cooked corn on the cob in front of an instant pot pressure cooker

One of the best foods to eat in summertime is fresh corn on the cob. If you get it straight from the farm, it will often come with the husks still on. Sweet corn is delicious when it is cooked and served right out of the pot.

Corn is considered a grain, and it does have some nutritional value. Corn is high is carbohydrates and starch, and includes a nice amount of fiber. Many cultures rely on corn as an important part of their diets.

Another great thing about corn is how easy it is to prepare! Corn can be boiled, steamed, or grilled until the grains become tender. My new favorite method is to make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. I don’t miss standing over a hot stove waiting for a big pot of water to boil; the pressure cooker makes this a very easy side dish to throw together.

Corn on the cob can be served with just about any main dish. I like it Air Fryer Turkey Burgers or Baked Lentil Burgers for the perfect summertime meal. For dessert, how about this Vegan Peach Ice Cream?

three pieces of corn on a plate with the husks on

Recipe Steps

Step One

If you are going to cook corn that still has the husks on, then you need to de-husk your corn. The easiest way is to tear off a small piece to get started, and then use your hands to tear off bigger chunks of the husk.

Be sure to do this over a trash can so the corn silk does not get everywhere. You can rinse the corn after you remove the husk to remove any pieces of corn silk.

four pieces of corn on a plate with the corn husks removed

Step Two

The next step is to place a trivet in the bottom of a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot. Then, add one cup of water and place the corn cobs on top. If you have a steamer basket for your Instant Pot, you can use that instead.

four pieces of corn on the cob inside an instant pot pressure cooker

Step Three

Next, lock on the lid and set the time to three minutes at high pressure. When the cooking time is complete, use the quick release so the corn on the cob doesn’t get overcooked.

Step Four

Carefully remove the lid from the Instant Pot and use tongs to transfer the cooked corn to a serving plate. Serve the corn hot or at room temperature.

You can use corn on the cob holders so you don’t burn your fingers.

corn on the cob with holders on the ends

FAQs

Can I serve corn on the cob with butter and salt?

Yes, that is a common way to serve it, but you should try it plain. Corn is naturally sweet and delicious just as is.

Can I freeze corn on the cob?

The best way to freeze corn is to use a knife to cut the kernels off the cob. Then, you can freeze the corn kernels until you want to cook them and serve them at a later date.

Can I cook more than four pieces of corn on the cob at a time?

Yes! You can cook as many pieces of corn as you can fit in your Instant Pot, without reaching the “max” line. You can also cook as few as one piece at a time.

Can I cook corn on the cob in my 3-quart Instant Pot?

Yes, but you may need to break your corn cob in half so it will fit inside the pot.

four pieces of cooked corn on the cob on a serving plate

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob (3-Minutes)

plate of corn on the cob on top of a green napkin

Here’s how to make super simple Instant Pot Corn on the Cob that you can serve for a quick side dish. Cooked corn is naturally sweet, gluten-free, and so delicious. You only need 3 minutes of cooking time!

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 46 pieces of corn on the cob, with the husks removed

Instructions

  1. Place a trivet inside of a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Add the water and then place the corn cobs on top of the trivet.
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to 3 minutes at high pressure.
  4. When the cooking time is complete, use the quick release to get rid of the pressure. Then, carefully remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the corn on the cob to a serving plate.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  1. You can serve corn on the cob with butter and salt, but it is also great served plain.
  2. You can cook as many pieces as you want, but just don’t fill the pot past the “max” line.
  3. If you want to cook your corn on the cob in a 3-quart Instant Pot, break the corn in half so it will fit.

Keywords: how to cook corn in the instant pot, instant pot fresh corn, pressure cooker cooked corn

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