Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is a great alternative to stovetop boiling or grilling, leaving you with tender and juicy sweet corn kernels that can be slathered with salted butter, creamy sauce, crumbled feta, shredded cheese, seasoning, and fresh herbs!
Enjoy this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob as a side dish or tasty snack with little effort and minimal time to prepare!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSTANT POT CORN ON THE COB
When selecting your corn for this Instant Pot corn on the cob recipe, select corn with bright green ears, tightly wrapped husks, and golden brown silk.The individual kernels should be tight and plump without any signs of drying or discoloration.
WHAT IS “SHUCKING”?
“Shucking” corn refers to the process of removing the outer fibrous husk, which naturally protects the corn from drying out and damage.
Shucking is done before grilling or cooking the corn and can be done by hand, by knife, or by using a corn shucker tool.
HOW SHOULD I STORE LEFTOVER INSTANT POT CORN ON THE COB?
Leftover Instant Pot corn on the cob can be stored in the fridge, wrapped in aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out, and placed in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for 3-5 days.
I recommend allowing your corn on the cob to cool completely before storage.
You can also cut the corn off the cob and store this in the fridge in an airtight container for various recipes or as a topping for salads, tacos, nachos, or burritos.
MEAL SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE
CAN I FREEZE CORN ON THE COB?
Yes, you can. Once cooled, wrap the corn on the cob with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature and reheat in the oven or microwave.
Remember that the texture of your frozen and thawed corn on the cob may change.
WHAT TYPE OF CORN IS BEST?
Sweet corn is the favored type of corn for corn on the cob recipes as it’s deliberately harvested when the kernels are in the milk stage, providing a sweet flavor and juicy, tender texture.
The most common types of sweet corn for eating include yellow, white, and bi-color (which is a mixture of yellow and white).
HOW SHOULD I SERVE INSTANT POT CORN ON THE COB?
You can keep your cooked corn on the cob simple by serving it with a slather of salted butter and a sprinkle of seasoning, or turn this dish into something resembling street corn with tangy, creamy sauce, crumbled feta, shredded cheese, paprika, or cayenne pepper, and freshly chopped herbs!
Instant Pot corn on the cob is the ideal side dish for wraps, burritos, grilled meats, and other barbecue main dishes.
TIPS FOR MAKING INSTANT POT CORN ON THE COB
- To cook whole corn on the cob, you’ll need a 6-quart Instant pot or larger since corn on the cob is large. Otherwise, cut the corn on the cob down in size to fit your Instant Pot. You won’t need to change the cooking process or cooking time if you’ve opted to slice your cobs into smaller pieces.
- I’ve used a steamer basket in this recipe, but the Instant Pot insert will work just as well. Whatever you use, it’s important to ensure that the corn doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot otherwise, you will get a BURN alert.
- Inserting wooden skewers into one end of the cob or sliced cob once cooked is a great way to reduce mess when eating corn on the cob, especially if you are serving it with butter or sauce slathered over it.
- 4 Corn On the Cob, shucked
- 1 ½ Cups Water
- Place your insert inside your instant pot and place the corn on the cob on top of it.
- Add the water and secure the lid.
- Place the pot on high pressure/manual and set the cooking time to 2 minutes.
- It will take about 5-10 minutes for the pot to pressurize and then the 2 minutes will start counting down.
- Once done, quick release pressure.
- Remove the corn safely from the instant pot, dress, and enjoy!
●Corn on the cob can be big, so if you’re wanting to do full pieces, you’ll want a larger instant pot to work with. The one pictured is 6 quarts.
●For smaller instant pots, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook it that way instead. Do not change the process or cooking time.
●I use a steamer basket, but the insert the instant pot comes with is just fine. You just don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot.