Corn on the Cob is a favorite side dish so let me help you speed things up by showing you to make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob for your next meal.  I’m in LOVE with how quick I can enjoy a bite of tender and delicious buttery sweet corn.  

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
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My only complaint in life is Corn season doesn’t last long enough.  I tend to over indulge when the Corn truck comes and sits on the street corner selling the harvest from that day.  There is no excuse to not use the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker when making corn, unless you have another recipe in it.  Then I have a solution for you.  Air Fryer Corn on the Cob!  I’m serious. I’ve got you covered.  It’s just as quick and easy to Air Fry as it is to Instant Pot or Pressure Cook this tasty vegetable.

How to make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

You don’t need much for this recipe so lets get started.  Husk corn and remove all silk.  Give it a good wash.  Add 1 cup of water to a 6qt Instant Pot or 1 ½ Cup to an 8qt Instant Pot and 1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional). Place Corn Cobs on Trivet.  Corn can be stacked on top of each other if needed and can be cut in half too.

Pressure Cook on High for 2 Minutes and release the pressure.  Unschucked Corn cooks for 3-4 minutes with a quick pressure release. 

Carefully remove hot corn and rub 1 Tablespoon butter on each ear.  Season with Salt and Pepper.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Butter

Adding Sugar to Corn

I have always boiled corn in water with just a little bit of sugar to help bring out the natural sweet flavors. When testing this out in the Instant Pot, I have not noticed a big difference between corn pressure cooked with sugar added in the water vs corn pressure cook without adding sugar. So it’s purely optional. It certainly doesn’t hurt.

Additional Seasoning Ideas

  • Spicy: add a sprinkle of Paprika and Cayenne along with Butter.
  • Cilantro Lime:  Melt butter and add 1 tsp lime juice.  Drizzle over corn and garnish with chopped cilantro.  It’s also excellent with some powered parmesan too.
  • Sweetest: Melt Butter and add 1 teaspoon sugar.  Stir to combine and drizzle over corn.
  • Mayonnaise and Elote Seasoning
Elote Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob doesn’t need anything other than Butter, Salt and Pepper to bring out the natural flavors. But trust me when I tell you to give some of these additional seasoning ideas a try! Oh, they are good!

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Why is my Sweet Corn tough?

Corn begins to dry out shortly after it’s picked which makes kernels tough. Keep corn cobs cool until ready to eat to help prevent drying out. It’s always best to store in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Sweet and Buttery Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. Quick 2 minute Pressure Cooking time for a delicious side dish recipe
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 113kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ears Corn
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar Optional
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup water to a 6qt Instant Pot; Add 1 1/2 cups water to an 8Qt Instant Pot
  • (Optional) Add 1 Tablespoon Sugar to water. This helps bring out the natural sweetness of the corn
  • Place Trivet on the bottom of the liner
  • Husk corn and remove silks. Wash corn under cool water
  • Place 2-4 ears of corn in Instant Pot. Stack additional ears of corn on top
  • Set Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot to Pressure Cook High for 2 Minutes.
  • Quickly release the pressure when the pressure cook has completed
  • Remove corn on the cob. Butter and season with Salt and Pepper.
  • Serve Hot

Notes

Additional Seasoning Ideas
  • Spicy: add a sprinkle of Paprika and Cayenne along with Butter.
  • Cilantro Lime:  Melt butter and add 1 tsp lime juice.  Drizzle over corn and garnish with chopped cilantro.  It’s also excellent with some powered parmesan too.
  • Sweetest: Melt Butter and add 1 teaspoon sugar.  Stir to combine and drizzle over corn.
  • Mayonnaise and Elote Seasoning

Adding Sugar to Corn

I have always boiled corn in water with just a little bit of sugar to help bring out the natural sweet flavors. When testing this out in the Instant Pot, I have not noticed a big difference between corn pressure cooked with sugar added in the water vs corn pressure cook without adding sugar. So it’s purely optional. It certainly doesn’t hurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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