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Easy Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

An Easy & Delicious Side Dish That Only Takes a Few Minutes to Make

Get perfectly tender, juicy, sweet corn that has just the right amount of crunch - every time. The Instant Pot makes it fast and easy. So get that butter ready!

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Nothing like some sweet corn on the cob with melted butter on top!

So obviously, making corn on the cob is not rocket science! But I do know there’s a lot of new Instant Pot owners who would appreciate a quick post letting them know how to make corn in their new Instant Pot. So this one is for you!

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Perfect Corn on the Cob, Every Time!

If you don’t want to babysit boiling water and keep testing the corn to make sure it’s done, then making it in your Instant Pot is the way to go. It will be done so quickly and it will be perfect every time!

Amazing corn on the cob made in the Instant Pot
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Making corn on the cob in the Instant Pot couldn’t be easier!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the items I used to prep and make this recipe:

  • My small measuring cup is the perfect size for recipes that call for a small amount of liquid.
  • Anytime I’m handling anything in my Instant Pot, I always use my mini mitts.
  • They are convenient because they are so quick and easy to slip on.Make sure to have a good pair of tongs for taking the corn out of the pot.
  • You’ll need a steamer basket for cooking vegetables like corn, broccoli, cauliflower and more.
Appliances & Cookware

I cooked this corn on the cob in my Instant Pot

Serving Platters & Dishes

I love serving side dishes like corn, mashed potatoes, etc. in my vintage CorningWare. I love the sunflower design. Unfortunately, this set is discontinued but you can usually still find some pieces here.

Instant Pot Accessories

Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your Instant Pot.

Making Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Pour 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot liner.

A mouthwatering corn on the cob recipe made in the Instant Pot.
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Place a steamer basket like this one in your pot and stack the corn inside the basket.

Best way to steam corn on the cob in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
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Set your Instant Pot to manual (or Pressure Cook in newer models) high pressure for 2 minutes. We like our corn on the cob to be slightly crunchy. If you like it softer, you can do 3 minutes. Once the Instant Pot finishes cooking, you will do a quick pressure release (QPR).

This is an easy 2-minute corn on the cob recipe.
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Perfectly Sweet and Tender Crisp Corn

Once the pin drops, open your pot. Perfect corn on the cob!

Best electric pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe
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At our house we love to top our corn on the cob with Mantequilla Rala. If you don’t know what that is, they sell a pretty authentic one at HEB, and it looks like this. Make sure you buy the one with the blue top!

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

The perfect balance of crunchy and tender.

4.67 from 6 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Pressure Release
Total Time
4 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Use the Instant Pot to get the perfect tender, juicy, sweet corn that has just the right amount of crunch.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Category: Vegetables
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  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ears corn


  • Add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot and then place a steamer basket into the pot.
  • Stack the corn in the steamer basket, close the lid and then set your Instant Pot to cook on 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook', 'High Pressure' for 2 minutes.
  • Once cooking has completed, perform a QPR (Quick Pressure Release) and once the pin has dropped, open the pot and serve your sweet and delicious corn.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 121mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  • Barbara says:

    Can you do more than 4ears at a time

  • Leslie says:

    How long for frozen corn?

    • Hi Leslie! I haven’t done frozen corn, I would start by doing the same time, the pot will just take longer to come to pressure. If it’s not done enough you can always cook it a bit longer. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jo Lynne Nugent says:

    I’ve done this recently and it is a fantastic time saver. No more guessing on how long to grill or boil. It came out great!

  • Jules says:

    What if you don’t have a steamer? What substitution could be used. I’m guessing that if you didn’t raise the corn off the bottom of pot…it would burn

    • You can use the trivet that came with the pot. The steamer basket makes it easier for stacking more corn and taking them out when done but you can definitely make them using he trivet instead. Have a great night!!

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