Instant Pot corn is the only way to go! Using your pressure cooker is the easiest way to steam frozen corn on the cob to perfection every time.
Yes, I use my fancy multi cooker Instant Pot on a daily basis. There’s just no need to sit and watch the water boil on the stovetop to make corn on the cob again. To make Instant Pot corn you just throw it in add 1 cup water, set the time on high pressure and when it beeps you’ve got the perfect corn side dish! For more easy Instant Pot recipes we have over 100+ here. (originally published 11/18, affiliate links present)
- If fresh corn on the cob isn’t in season I opt for something like this. Mini ears of corn in the freezer section are super cheap and are the perfect size for little hands.
I will say I prefer fresh, of course, but we live in an area where it snows so during the Winter time they can be expensive. AND let’s just say I am frugal……
Now cooking perfect corn on the cob in the Instant Pot is the way to go. NO more stovetop for us!!
Is it better to steam or boil corn on the cob??
- Steaming is always best, that’s why this method is perfect.
- Boiling any vegetable means you’re losing nutrients.
These are the next second best and nice to have on hand at all times if I need a vegetable to serve with dinner and don’t want to go to the store.
I will explain how to cook all kinds of Instant Pot corn but this is the one I am showing you in the pictures here as an example.
For a free printable Instant Pot vegetable cook times you can print the whole thing here for reference.
- These are the basic steps to making pressure cooker corn, our favorite Instant Pot side dish:
- If using fresh whole cobs I like to cut the ends off like you see here.
- Then remove husks and silks.
- Pour water into your pot with 1-2 cups of water.
- Place fresh or frozen cobs into a vegetable steamer or on a rack so they don’t touch the water.
- If cooking just kernels you will not sure a rack of any kind.
Then close the lid and steam valve.
- Setting valve to venting will not work.
- When done do a quick release and carefully remove corn as it will be very hot.
- Add your butter and salt and enjoy!
- I promise you when you try this pressure cook method you will never go back to boiling water for it again!!
Here are the cook times to make Instant Pot corn
- Fresh kernels – Use enough water to cover kernels, at least 2 cups = 1 minute
- Frozen kernels – Use enough water to cover frozen corn kernels, at least 2 cups = 2 minutes
- Fresh corn on the cob – Place in vegetable steamer basket with 1.5 c. water = 2 minutes
- remove husks and silks
- Frozen corn on the cob – Place in vegetable steamer basket with 1.5 c. water = 3 minutes
Now keep in mind times depend on how many kernels or cobs you put into your Instant Pot. Also longer times mean softer kernels so it depends on your preference.
This is how to cook fresh corn 4 other ways too.
What happens if you cook corn too long?
- You will lose the natural sweetness.
- It will become mushy.
- You just want to warm it and soften the kernels.
- Cooking cobs in their freshest state is ideal, right after picking is best.
Takeaway – Use our timing and they’ll come out perfect!
If you love this you’ll love our other Instant Pot vegetable recipes
- Instant Pot corn casserole
- This creamed corn is creamy and yummy
- Buttery brussel sprouts
- Beets are fabulous too.
- Cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower
- 1 minute broccoli is always a winner!
If you’re looking for the best way to cook corn on the cob outside your pressure cooker we have tips for that too.
How long do you steam an ear of corn on the stovetop?
- About 15 minutes once the water comes to a boil.
- This method takes about 10 minutes total
- which means it’s a time saver
- and it’s kinda’ a set it and go method
** Note – Cook times may vary very slightly if you are cooking very large cobs that are frozen. Otherwise this should turn out perfect every time using these times.
You can also make air fryer corn. Here is a printable version for frozen Instant Pot corn on the cob
Instant Pot Corn
- 4-6 corn on the cob fresh or frozen with husk removed
- 1.5 c water
- Put a trivet or vegetable steamer basket in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
- Pour your water into your pot.
- Place your frozen or fresh corn in the cobs (ours were cut in half) into your pot and close lid and steam valve.
- Set to pressure high for 3 minutes for whole cobs of frozen corn on the cob or 2 minutes for fresh corn on the cob. Do a quick release when done and serve immediately for best results.
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