Instant Pot Corn on the Cob – Preparation


There’s nothing that screams summer like fresh, juicy corn on the cob. That sweet, buttery flavor and those plump, tender kernels are hard to beat. While you can certainly boil or grill corn, cooking it in an Instant Pot is a fast, easy way.

The Instant Pot’s moist, pressurized environment allows the corn to steam up beautifully. In just a few minutes, you’ll have mouth-watering cobs that are cooked through but still crisp-tender and bursting with flavor. No more overcooked, chewy, or dried out corn on the cob!

Plus, the Instant Pot makes cooking corn on the cob about as effortless as it gets. Just add a cup of water, stand up the cobs, seal the lid, and let the Instant Pot do its magic. When it’s done, a quick release of the pressure reveals hot, ready-to-eat corn that’s prepped in practically no time at all.

So fire up your Instant Pot and get ready to enjoy the taste of summer anytime with this foolproof method for cooking delectable corn on the cob. It’s fast, effortless, and provides perfect results every single time.

Here’s how to prepare delicious corn on the cob in an Instant Pot:


  • Fresh corn on the cob, husks removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the trivet that came with the Instant Pot into the bottom of the inner pot.
  3. Stand the corn cobs upright on the trivet, leaning them against the sides of the pot if needed to fit them all in. Try to keep them in a single layer.
  4. Close and seal the Instant Pot lid and set the steam release handle to the “Sealing” position.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 2-3 minutes for crisp tender corn, or 4 minutes for more tender corn. The pot will take some time to build up pressure before the cooking time starts.
  6. Once the cooking time is up, do a quick pressure release by carefully moving the steam release handle to the “Venting” position to release all the pressure.
  7. Carefully open the lid and use tongs to remove the hot cooked corn cobs.
  8. If desired, brush or toss the cooked corn with butter or margarine and season with salt and pepper.

Adjust cooking times slightly if cooking more or fewer cobs.

Here are a few simple ways you can serve your corn on the cob:

Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, lime, cilantro.
  • Instructions: Grill the corn until lightly charred. Spread mayonnaise over the corn, sprinkle with crumbled cotija cheese, a dash of chili powder, and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Herb-Infused Corn

  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, butter, mixed fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil), salt, pepper.
  • Instructions: Grill or boil the corn. Melt butter and mix in chopped fresh herbs. Brush the herb butter onto the corn and season with salt and pepper.

Spicy Sriracha Corn

  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, butter, Sriracha sauce, lime.
  • Instructions: Grill the corn until slightly charred. Mix melted butter with Sriracha sauce and brush onto the corn. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top.

Coconut-Lime Corn

  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, coconut milk, lime zest, cilantro.
  • Instructions: Boil the corn in coconut milk until tender. Brush with coconut milk and sprinkle with lime zest and chopped cilantro.

Bacon-Wrapped Corn

Bacon Corn
  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, bacon, maple syrup.
  • Instructions: Wrap each corn cob in bacon slices and secure with toothpicks. Grill until the bacon is crispy and the corn is tender. Drizzle with a little maple syrup before serving.

Cheesy Parmesan Corn

Cheesy corn
  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, Parmesan cheese, chives or spring onions.
  • Instructions: Boil or grill the corn. Sprinkle generously with shredded cheddar cheese while the corn is still hot so it melts. Garnish with chopped chives and a pinch of black pepper.

Lemon Pepper Corn

Lemon Pepper Corn
  • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, butter, lemon zest, black pepper.
  • Instructions: Boil or grill the corn. Mix melted butter with lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper. Brush onto the corn before serving.