When it comes to a delicious side dish you can’t get much better or simpler one than this Instant Pot Corn On The Cob. There are so many different ways to cook this vegetable; however, preparing it in the Instant Pot is simple and adds deep flavor to the corn.
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Corn on the cob is one of those vegetables that many of us love to eat. It is the perfect side dish to have with all sorts of meals and can often be enjoyed at any time of the year. But, if you don’t cook it right, or perhaps overboil it which can often happen, you are left with a pretty bland vegetable. This is where this easy instant pot recipe can help you out.
It promises to ensure that the corn is still packed full of sweet flavors, has texture, and isn’t soggy, and you will certainly be pleased to know that it is full of flavor. It has fast become my favorite way to cook corn. A corn on the cob can then be eaten by hand or you can scrape off the cooked kernels and enjoy the corn mixed in a dish or served as a vegetable side. This instant pot method gives you perfect corn every single time. So if you want to give it a go then here is everything you need to know to make Instant Pot corn on the cob.
Ingredients needed for the Instant Pot Corn On The Cob
- 4 Corn On the Cob, shucked
- 1 ½ Cup of Water
How to make the Instant Pot Corn On The Cob
Now that you have got all of the ingredients together let’s make this pressure cooker corn here are the step-by-step instructions.
Step one: Preparing the corn and the instant pot
One of the first things to do is get your instant pot and prepare the two ingredients you need to make this delicious corn on the cob. Place the insert inside of your instant pot or electric pressure cooker. You can then place the corn on the cob on top of it. Add the water to the instant pot and secure the lid.
Step two: Cooking the corn
Once your instant pot is secured and ready you will need to place the pot on high pressure. You can also use your manual setting if you prefer. You will then want to set the cooking time for 2 minutes. Be mindful, that it will take about 5-10 minutes for the instant pot to get up to temperature and then the 2 minutes will begin to count down.
Step three: Serving the corn on the cob
Once the timer has finished counting down and the cooking time is over, you can let the pot naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes. After that, you can then manually release the pressure from the pot until all of the pressure has gone from the instant pot. Be careful and use tongs when you open up the lid of the instant pot. Remove the tender corn from the pot and then season. Enjoy!
Recipe notes and tips
It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned pro in the kitchen or a novice, it is always a good idea to get some helpful hints and tips to help make things easy. No matter how simple it is there will always be some extra guidance. I have a couple of suggestions and notes that will help you when making this recipe.
- Corn on the cob can come in many different sizes. If you have chosen to cook bigger ones then you might need to use a large stock pot. For this recipe, we have used a 6-quart one.
- For smaller instant pots, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook them that way instead. Do not change the process or pressure cook time. As this will remain the same for both larger and smaller ones.
- I use a steamer basket for this recipe, but the insert that your instant pot might come with is just fine. You just don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot as the water will be what steams and cooks the corn.
Variations to try
Sometimes it is nice to vary things, know what you can substitute, and try new flavors. So I thought I would share with you some of the variations that you might want to try with this recipe.
- If you want to add some flavor to the corn you can season the corn on the cob before you add it to the instant pot. A bit of salt and black pepper are great but you can also sprinkle on some spices like chili flakes or chili powder. Other spices and flavors I think would work well are paprika, cumin, turmeric, and garlic.
- You could dress the corn on the cob after you have cooked it with a variety of different things. A drizzle of honey and mustard would work well, as well as some other citrus or flavored salad dressings.
- Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the top before you serve. Yum!
When it comes to this juicy corn there will always be questions. I thought I would cover some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to get in touch if your question isn’t covered in the recipe.
Do you need to salt the water when cooking the instant pot corn on the cob?
No, you don’t need to. Some people prefer to add a salty flavor and it is a subtle way to do so within the water.
Can you sugar the water to make the corn sweeter?
Yes, you can but again just like salting the water, it will give a subtle flavor and tender sweet corn.
How do I store the corn on the cob once it is cooked?
The best way to store the corn or keep leftovers fresh is to let the corn on the cob cool and then add it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. It will last for 2 days before it would need to be eaten. You could freeze them as well in a freezer-safe bag so that they last longer.
Can I use frozen corn on the cob?
You can use frozen corn on the cob. For this recipe, we have used fresh corn but frozen will work just as well.
I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot corn on the cob recipe.
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- 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 5-10 minutes 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!
For smaller instant pots, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook it 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.