Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Side Dish

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a wonderful addition to summertime meals, especially when alongside barbecue food. It’s fairly good for you and is loved by many. But making corn on the cob can be tedious, especially if you’re attending to a grill outside. How can you avoid that? How about making instant pot corn on the cob to cut downtime and use that gadget you probably forgot about!

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Why Use Instant Pot?

Using an instant pot to make your corn on the cob saves you some time, and some of the mess boiling water can cause. It also takes a little of the constant need to be at the stove to watch your boiling water away from the equation. Plus, why not use an instant pot if you have one?

Is Corn Good For You?

Corn is a wonderful food for your health if you look for fiber and good plant compounds. For many individuals, the issue with corn is its high starch content, which is dangerous for most diabetics and can impact how your body processes sugars. But that doesn’t mean it’s inherently unhealthy, just to eat in moderation.

Can I Make Whole Corn on the Cob?

Depending on the size of your instant pot, you probably have to cut up the corn cobs into smaller pieces or at least in half to properly cook them. It differs depending on size. You can, however, cut your corn pieces as small as a couple of inches thick and cook them the same way this recipe calls for, which is great for multiple people.

What Do I Serve With This?

You don’t have to serve any particular item with corn on the cob, but it’s often a side dish for many barbecue-themed foods. You can use it as a veggie for any dish if you want to. Maybe serve it alongside some delicious bbq meat of your choice, as a side for a party, or just any random day you’re craving some delicious corn.

What Do I Need?

For this particular instant pot recipe, you need your instant pot and insert or steaming basket for it, shucked corn, and water. It doesn’t matter whether you use the instant pot insert or a steaming basket; either way works. But your corn mustn’t be touching the bottom of the pot.

How Long Does This Take?

Not counting how long it takes to shuck your corn, it’ll take at most 17 minutes for this particular method. Your instant pot will take 5-10 minutes to pressurize, cook for 2 minutes, and then release it for 5 minutes afterward before manually releasing the leftover pressure.

How Do I Serve Corn On The Cob?

Many different cultures alter how they serve corn on the cob. The simplest way is to just roll your cob pieces in some butter and plate. You can also optionally add salt and pepper to your corn. Or make flavored butter like spicy or sweet mixed butter to brush onto your corn or roll them in after cooking for some extra flavor.

It’s time to get cooking; once you have an idea in mind for what to serve with your corn on the cob (if you’re the one making the main meal), you can shuck your corn and get ready to enjoy some deliciously cooked corn on the cob within minutes. Your friends and family will love this, especially if you think of some flavored butter ideas to put on it for serving! Follow the recipe below for perfect instant pot corn on the cob.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

You can either take the time to cook your corn on the stove, or toss it in the instant pot and save a few minutes. Delicious, perfect, corn on the cob every time, and it only takes minutes.
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Snack
Servings 4


  • 6 Quart or Larger Instant Pot
  • Instant Pot Insert or Steaming Basket


  • 4 Corn On the Cob Shucked
  • 1 ½ Cups Water


  • Place your insert inside your instant pot and place the corn on the cob on top of it.
  • Add the water and secure the lid.
  • Place the pot on high pressure/manual and set the cooking time to 2 minutes.
  • It will take about 5-10minutes for the pot to pressurize and then the 2 minutes will start counting down.
  • Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then manually release it afterwards.
  • Remove the corn safely from the instant pot, dress, and enjoy!


  • Corn on the cob can be big, so if you’re wanting to do full pieces, you’ll want a larger instant pot to work with. The one pictured is 6 quarts.
  • You can slice your cobs into smaller chunks for smaller instant pots and cook them that way instead. Do not change the process or cooking time.
  • I use a steamer basket, but the insert the instant pot comes with is just fine. You just don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot.

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