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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe

10 August

Learn how to make Instant Pot corn on the cob.  This makes a delicious side dish, and it's easier to make than boiling it on the stove.


Living in Ohio, corn on the cob is pretty much a summer staple.  We don't grow corn, but we can get corn grown about 20 minutes away directly from the farmers.


We have sweet corn a few times a week.  Luckily, corn on the cob is pretty easy to make.  Just fill a pot with water and let it boil.





This year, I found a better way to make corn: pressure cooker corn on the cob.


I was hesitant at first, and I'll admit that this was mostly born from the fact that I didn't have enough burners to cook dinner.


But now I'm a convert.  I'll be making Instant Pot corn on the cob from now on!


Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob


I've always made corn on the stove, but this year I tried to make sweet corn Instant Pot for a few reasons.  I had my burners full of other foods, so I just didn't have room.


Secondly, although boiling corn is pretty easy, it does take a lot of water and a long time to come to boil.  We have 5 in the family, so I'm making 8 or more ears at a time.  


That much water can take up to 15 minutes to boil.  Then I have to keep an eye on it to see when it starts boiling and start my timer.


Making sweet corn Instant Pot is easier.  I just put the corn in, turn it on, and wait for the beep.   Once it beeps, I ask Siri to let me know when time is up, and then I release the pressure.


Boiling water for half an hour (warm up time plus boiling time) heats up the house.  That's the last thing I need in the summer!


Overall, making pressure cooker corn on the cob takes less time, too.  It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to build pressure and two minutes to cook, so 17 minutes max.  My water will barely be boiling on the stove!


You can also make air fryer corn on the cob.  To preserve your corn, learn how to make the best frozen sweet corn recipe.





Is is Better to Steam or Boil Corn on the Cob?


Cooking corn on the stove boils it.  However, making an Instant Pot corn on the cob recipe steams it.  While both are good ways to cook vegetables, steaming retains more nutrients in the food.


How Long Do You Cook Corn in the Instant Pot?


I cook my sweet corn Instant Pot for 2 minutes.  The Instant Pot takes about 10 to 15 minutes to come to pressure, so plan on this recipe taking about 15 minutes, give or take a few minutes.


How to Choose Sweet Corn


Use these tips to help you choose fresh sweet corn:


  • The silk on the corn should be brown and feel slightly tacky.  If the silk is very dry, then the corn is old.  When corn gets really old, the silk turns black and can get wet.
  • The husks should be bright green and not have any brown on them.  They should also be tight against the corn.  If the edges are starting to curl or brown, then the corn is getting old.
  • Ensure that there's no mold or signs of bugs on the husk or silk.
  • Gently squeeze the ears.  It should be firm and plump.  If it feels squishy, the kernels could be drying out.
  • If you can see the kernels, they should be firm and plump.  As corn ages, it gets dry and the kernels start to shrivel.

  


Can I Cook Sweet Corn Instant Pot in the Husks?


Yes, you can make Instant Pot corn on the cob in the husk.  Simply add 1 to 2 minutes for a total of 3 to 4 minutes.  


Carefully remove the husks with tongs.  The corn will be hot!


Tips for Cooking Sweet Corn in the Instant Pot


Although this is an easy recipe, here are some tips for Instant Pot corn on the cob:


  • You can trim the ends of corn if it's too long to fit in your pressure cooker.
  • I've cooked up to 8 ears in the Instant Pot at once.
  • You will only need 1 cup of water no matter how many ears of corn you add.
  • Arrange each layer alternating so the steam can really get around each ear of corn.
  • Quick release to release the pressure when the time is up.  Always use a spoon or something to release the valve.  This will spit out water, so make sure your face is not close to it and that kids aren't around.
  

How to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe


To make Instant Pot corn on the cob, you will need fresh corn that's been husked and cleaned. 


Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert and add one cup of water.  Then place the corn on top, alternating directions for each layer.


Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the pressure cooker is set to sealing.  Cook for 2 minutes.  


Once the pressure is released, quick release the pressure to stop the corn from overcooking.  This will spew hot water, so be careful releasing the pressure.


When the pressure is gone, remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the corn to a plate to cool before eating.


Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Yield
6
Author
Cari @ Koti Beth
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
2 Min
Inactive time
15 Min
Total time
22 Min
How to make sweet corn in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Husk and clean the corn. 
  2. Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert and add one cup of water. Then place the corn on top, alternating directions for each layer.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the pressure cooker is set to sealing. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Once the pressure is released, quick release the pressure to stop the corn from overcooking. This will spew hot water, so be careful releasing the pressure.
  5. When the pressure is gone, remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the corn to a plate to cool before eating.

Notes:

Add 1-2 minutes if you leave the corn in the husk.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

76.32

Fat (grams)

1.19

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.16

Carbs (grams)

16.68

Fiber (grams)

1.91

Net carbs

14.77

Sugar (grams)

3.61

Protein (grams)

2.71

Sodium (milligrams)

2.37

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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