I have been using an electric pressure cooker for years now but never thought to try corn until recently when my friend told me that she had cooked some corn with her mother who uses one as well. She said that you can cook corn really easily if you use an electric pressure cooker. So I decided to give it a shot myself!

You have to make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob if you want a great summer staple. You can peel the cob in a few minutes or leave it in the husk and make it on the cob.

One of my favorites for preparing corn on the cob is by cooking it in the pressure cooker and it will come out delicious every single time.

I think that this appliance is great. I would be spending so much more time in the kitchen than I really want to if I did not have an instant pot.

Usually, you just boil corn. Is it hard or difficult – no – but it takes time – up to 20 minutes by the time you get the water boiling. 

For me, a big difference between cooking it in a regular pot and using a pressure cooker is that with a pressure cooker there are no splatters of hot oil all over the place.

Cooking corn on the cob in a pressure cooker will save time because you don’t have to stand at the stove for 20 minutes waiting for the water to boil before putting the lid on and pressure cook.

See Grandma’s Butter Carrots – this is another great vegetarian recipe. This also goes well with pork ribs, made in an Instant Pot.

See the top 7 ways to reheat corn on the cob for 2024

How to Pick Corn on the Cob from the Store or Market

When I buy fresh corn at the store, this is what I look for in the corn ears

  • I like the husks for being Fresh white and green – this is my perfect sweet corn
  • No tears or peeling of the husk, certainly not exposing the corn kernels to the air
  • I check for any mold – black spots
  • If the cob has a damp feeling it usually implies the corn is fresh and will work well in my cob recipe.
  • Other thins to look for are bugs, cuts or gashes, or soft spots on the corn cob – I give each one a good feel

The silk in the top of the corn can get soggy if it gets rained on. I prefer the ears of corn that are small and don’t have any mold or dirt in them.

Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob

How to Prepare Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob

If you heat corn on the cob with the husk on, it will keep it warm when it is removed from the Instant Pot. Plus it helps keep in the flavor – you just need to remove the corn silk carefully.

When pressure cooking the corn on the cob, leave the husk on it to cut off the bottom and it will slide out without you having to shuck it.

This instant pot recipe is very straightforward.

Preparing Corn on the Cob Leaving the Husk on

  • Take off any outer leaves that look brown or damaged
  • Give the corn a rinse under cold water to remove any bugs or insects
  • If you have a large end cut it off as you can fit more in your instant pot
  • Remove any corn silk at the top – trim it with a sharp paring knife or kitchen scissors
  • If the pressure cooker corn is too long you can break in half

Preparing Shucked Corn on the Cob

  • Take of the corn leaves by pulling them back and so you can see the nice yellow sweet corn
  • Pull them all the way towards the base. Now you can break the whole bottom off. This lets you remove all of the husks together – much cleaner.
  • Take off any remaining silk you can give a quick wash to get the last bits off
  • If the corn cobs are still too long break in half
Brush butter on corn
Brush butter on corn

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in an Electric Pressure Cooker

The recipe for corn on the cob in the electric pressure cooker, you will need whole or half corn ears and one cup of water.

I would prep at least two ears of corn and up to six, depending on the size of your pressure cooker. A six-quart model will fit five or six corn cobs.

Add about one cup of water to the Instant Pot or pressure cooker – enough to cover the bottom well and produce steam. You may need 1.5 cups for an 8-quart pressure cooker.

Put in your steamer basket – I like to use the metal trivet because I can fit more corn

Stack the corn the best way to fit them all in – one way is to have them pointing up in the pot – just make sure the lid can still fit

Put on the lid and lock it then turn the knob to SEALING

Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes

When finished do a quick release by moving the sealing knob to the VENTING positon

Corn can overcook and have a canned corn taste if it is left on the cob for too long in the Instant Pot. The easiest way to dodge this is to turn off the “keep warm” mode of the Instant Pot before doing a quick release. You can keep the corn warm with residual heat by returning the lid.

Now you are ready to serve perfectly cooked corn from a pressure cooker – so much better than opening a can of creamed corn.

How to Freeze Cooked Corn on the Cob

If you do want to freeze your corn, make sure to remove it from the liquid first otherwise they won’t last very long.

You also must wait for corn to cool down. When cool cut the kernels using a sharp knife once it is cool enough to hold or handle. Then you put it into a plastic bag.

Seal the bag and place it in the freezer, then squeeze out all the air first by leaving a small gap open at the edge. The frozen kernels can be kept for up to eight months.

What are the Best Kitchen Utensils For Corn Cobs

Corn on the cob stripper

Corn On the Cob eating holder

Corn on cob holder
Corn on cob holder

Corn on the Cob Serving Plates

How to Season your Cob Recipe

  • Salt and Pepper are the classic way. (Kosher salt is great) I like a very fine dusting of cayenne pepper or curry powder.
  • Butter – you just can not have corn of any sort without butter.
  • You can also dust on your favorite seasoning mix or some garlic powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Bacon Bits

Other Corn on the cob serving ideas

Use Fresh Herbs: Take a Brush and paint on some yogurt, butter, or even mayonnaise. Then sprinkle with chopped parsley, chopped chives, or chopped cilantro.

Parmesan Cheese: Cover the corn liberally with butter and grate some fresh Parmesan cheese over the corn while it is still hot.

Instant Pot Corn On the Cob

Use an Electric Pressure Cooker to make fresh juicy sweet corn in no time.
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Vegetarian
Keyword: Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 86kcal
Cost: $2.50


  • 4 ear Corn
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper


  • Add Water to the Instant Pot
  • Put In the Trivet
  • Place The corn so there is room to put on the lid
  • Cook on High pressure for 5 Minutes
  • Quick Release the Pressure Safely and Serve


Note- take off all the corn silk before cooking – as when they are cooked they are too hot to handle.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg