Make a favorite summer finger food in your Instant Pot: Perfectly cooked corn on the cob EVERY SINGLE TIME. Let your pressure cooker simplify meal-time so you can enjoy every morsel of summer. Great for dinner any night of the week and potlucks, too!
When I think of summer food, I often think of my dad because he was the king of summer food when I was a kid. I have vivid memories of him in our back yard in our tiny rural Iowa town, grilling steak and shucking ears of corn. Those were his two summer staples, both of which SCREAM Iowa. You can’t get any more IOWA than beef and corn.
Corn on the cob is one of those side dishes that can be cooked about a million different ways, am I right? It can be grilled, both shucked and un-shucked. It can be microwaved, baked, roasted, boiled and steamed. And now! It can be cooked to perfection right in your miraculous little Instant Pot! I absolutely love this method of making corn because it cooks perfectly every time and it also opens up room for me to do other things in the kitchen.
WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TO SEE HOW TO MAKE CORN ON THE COB IN YOUR INSTANT POT!
HOW TO COOK CORN ON THE COB IN AN INSTANT POT
Prepare an American favorite with this Instant Pot recipe! Follow these simple instructions to make perfect corn!
Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the Instant Pot and place trivet or steamer basket in pot. Shuck the fresh corn and break each ear in half. Place the corn on the trivet in no particular order.
Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 5 minutes on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the Instant Pot around 15 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking time is done, do a quick release. Let the float valve drop and remove the cover. Serve!
HOW TO EAT YOUR CORN ON THE COB
After your corn is ready to eat, check out these delicious flavorful toppings for them!
Close up of corn on the cob with butter and pepper
HOW TO FREEZE CORN ON THE COB – TWO WAYS
Corn kernels – Prepare corn on the cob in the Instant Pot as directed. Once the corn is completely cool, place the end of a cob inside a large mixing bowl. Use a sharp chef’s knife or a Corn Kernel Cutter to remove the kernels into the bowl from the top of the cob to the base. Follow the corn around the whole cob until the corn is clean.
Spoon the corn into a heavy duty freezer bag and completely squeeze the air out of it as you zip it closed. You can place this in your deep freeze for up to 6 months.
Corn on the cob whole – Prepare the corn on the cob in the Instant Pot. Once the corn is completely cool, wrap each cob in saran wrap or aluminum foil then place it inside a heavy duty freezer bag and seal it tightly. Place it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB
When you are ready to enjoy corn on the cob that has been sitting in your freezer, remove it from its bag and wrap a damp paper towel around each frozen ear of corn. Place up to 3 ears of corn on a plate at a time and microwave for 5 minutes, or until heated through.
OTHER DELICIOUS SUMMER SIDES
Here are a handful of my other favorite summer side dishes!
DELICIOUS HEALTHY SIDE DISH OPTIONS
Don’t stop with corn! Check out a few of my other favorite easy, healthy sides!
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
- Make a batch of comforting Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup!
- Prepare Instant Pot Chili for the best comfort food packed with flavor and texture.
Instant Pot White Turkey Chili is packed with white beans, vegetables and hearty ground turkey for a soon to be dinner favorite.
- A Chipotle favorite comes together in under 30 minutes! Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl includes chicken, rice, beans and corn ready to be topped with cilantro, avocado and sour cream!
- Using a pressure cooker to make a sauce lets your food taste like its simmered all day. Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is meaty and hearty and so delicious.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup is delicious and ready in just 20 minutes! Let this meal warm you to your toes and know its so tasty you’ll go back for more.
WHY DOES IT TAKE MY INSTANT POT SO LONG TO HEAT UP?
The time leading up to actual cook time may seem long and even confusing (“What is going ON in there?!”), but it’s an important part of the process! The Instant Pot is working on building up the appropriate amount of pressure that it will be cooking the food at. It handles liquids and solids differently and also fresh and frozen differently, so the time can vary. Most recipes take between 10 and 25 minutes to build up pressure.
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- Instant Pot
- 6 ears corn husks and silk removed and broken in half
- Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the Instant Pot and place trivet in pot.
- Add the corn to the pot on their ends.
- Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 5 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 15 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
- When cooking time is done, do a Quick Release. Let the float valve drop and remove the cover. Serve!