Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with butter is tender, juicy and perfectly cooked every time! This easy pressure cooker side dish is perfect for summer!
Chowing down on a sweet, juicy ear of corn that's slathered with butter and seasoned with a touch of salt is pure heaven! Corn on the cob is seriously one of my favorite summer Instant Pot recipes, and it's so dang easy to make!
There are so many ways to cook corn on the cob, and over the years, I think I've tried them all. My family loves foil grilled corn on the cob, but when it's 120 degrees out, it's not that practical!
If grilling corn isn't an option, I like to boil the corn in a big pot of salted water with a stick of butter added. It's so good, but it's even easier to make in the Instant Pot!
How to Steam Corn in the Instant Pot
Making corn on the cob in the Instant Pot is so easy. It's definitely the easiest method of cooking corn I've ever used! And, it doesn't heat up your kitchen or make a mess all over your stove.
All you do is remove the husks and place your clean ears of corn on the trivet in your Instant Pot. I used my 6-quart electric pressure cooker, so I added a cup of water, as well. For an 8 quart or larger, use the recommended amount of water.
And because butter makes everything better, I added a few pats of butter on the corn.
How Long to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Pressure Cooker?
How long you cook the corn in the Instant Pot depends upon how soft you like it. 3 minutes was too soft for us, but 2 minutes was perfect!
The corn was still slightly firm, but definitely juicy and soft enough to easily bite and chew.
When the corn was done, I placed the ears on a large platter and poured the butter water all over. This is an optional step, but it adds extra flavor. I do this when I boil the corn, too!
You can add more butter and a little salt before you chow down. Mmm. So good! This would be a delicious side to serve with Instant Pot Hamburgers! If you want to take your corn to the next level, try making Mexican Street Corn!
More Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes
- Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Instant Pot Orange Ginger Carrots
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Easy Instant Pot Potatoes
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- 5 medium corn on the cob ears, husks removed and rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Place the trivet in the Instant Pot, and add the water
- Place the corn on the trivet, and add the butter on top of the corn
- Cover, turn valve to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 2 minutes
- When pot beeps, and cook time is over, turn valve to venting position for a quick release
- When pin drops, open lid, and remove corn to a large platter. Top with melted butter, if desired, and serve immediately
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Recipe originally published in 2018 and updated in 2020.
Cooking these in the Instant Pot is so much easier than putting them on the grill! Loved it!
Very buttery and delicious! Made these for dinner and I agree that Instant Pot is much easier than the grill.
Made this yesterday and it was awesome. Another kid favorite and much faster to cook.
So glad you all liked it, James. Thanks!
Kathie Meller says
Confused ... cook time says 21 minutes .. total time says 26 minutes but the directions say pressure for 2 minutes??
I was allowing extra time for the pot to pressurize and release, but I see how that was confusing! I've updated the cook time to 2 minutes, although the total time will vary. 🙂
I wish I had an Instant Pot for this recipe alone! Waiting for a huge pot of water to boil is annoying when all you want is juicy corn on the cob!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
I have an Instant Pot but don't use it as often as I should. Thanks for giving me a new reason to use it.
Jacque Hastert says
Wishing I had an ear right now 😉
Sandra | A Dash of Sanity says
This is a great idea! Can't wait to give this a try!
Paula - bell'alimento says
I seriously can't wait to try this!
Katerina @ diethood .com says
Such a fantastic idea!! LOVE it!!
Thanks, Katerina. It's my new favorite way to make corn on the cob! 🙂
Wow, what a great way to free up your stovetop by using the IP! The is such a great idea!
It definitely gives you some extra room in the kitchen!
This is going to save me for every holiday or BBQ! Pinning!!