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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

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One of these easiest side dishes you can make is Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. The great thing about making it in the Instant Pot is that it’s easy to infuse it with a creamy, butter flavor.

a collage of corn on the cob in a pan with title text reading Instant Pot Corn on the Cob.

I grew up in Illinois, the heart of corn country. That’s why you’ll see me working it into a lot of my recipes. Those juicy, sweet kernels bring back fond memories for me.

Corn on the cob is also just so much fun to eat! I can’t think of any other foods you eat in the same manner. So making corn on the cob is an easy way to make dinner interesting.

Plus, kids love any time they get to use their hands to eat. You can bet you don’t hear any dinner complaints when corn on the cob is on the table.

Why Make Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot?

If you’re new to Instant Pot cooking, you might be under the mistaken impression that it cooks things INSTANTLY. When you look at the recipe below, you’ll see the “cook time” is only two minutes.

A closeup of corn on the cob.

I don’t want to discourage you, but I do want to prepare you for what will really happen. The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker so it will take several minutes to come to pressure BEFORE the cook time begins.

Then, after the two minute cook time, the pressure will need to release. That will be several more minutes.

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “It’s going to take just as long as if I boiled the cobs on the stove or baked them in the oven.” And you’re right! So why would you want to make them in the Instant Pot?

The main reason is flavor. Because the corn is going to cook under pressure, anything you add to the pot for flavor is going to get forced deep within the corn. Speaking of flavor, you should serve these Sticky BBQ Smoked Chicken Thighs as the main dish with your corn.

The other reason is comfort. Unlike the oven, the Instant Pot won’t heat up your house. Unlike the stove top method, you don’t have to tend a pot of water waiting for the water to boil before adding the corn. You just put everything in the pot and walk away until it’s ready.

How to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

To make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob, you just need to add water milk and butter to the bottom of the pot.

Water, milk and butter in an instant pot.

Then add your corn cobs (husks removed). Secure the lid (make sure valve is on “sealing”), set on manual to two minutes. Then wait for the magic to happen.

After the pressure releases naturally, you can safely remove the lid and remove your flavor-infused corn cobs.

Corn on the cob being cooked in an instant pot.

You shouldn’t need to add more butter, unless if you’re a real butter fanatic you can certainly spread more on!

Corn on the cob on a metal dish.

That’s it! Now you have super juicy, flavorful Instant Pot Corn on the Cob!

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe

Ready to make it? Here’s the complete recipe with measurements:

📋 Recipe

A close up of instant pot corn on the cob.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Corinne Schmitt
So simple and so delicious!
4.24 from 52 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 165 kcal


  • 4-6 ears of corn
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt to taste


  • Place water, milk and butter in the instant pot.
  • Remove husks from corn and add them to the IP.
  • Place the lid on and set to sealing.
  • Select manual and 2 minutes. Allow the instant pot to natural release after it is finished cooking.


Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 324mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 442IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Corn on the Cob”

  1. 5 stars
    This was my first time making corn on the cob in my IP. It was amazing! I won’t even try another recipe as this was so good!

    • It depends on the size of your pot and how much corn you are making. Typically around 10 minutes though.

  2. 5 stars
    This turned out really delicious and very easy to make!

  3. 3 stars
    I made the corn on the cob using the milk and the milk curdled. Would like another tasteful recipe not requiring milk.

    • Hi Nina, thanks for the feedback. I’ll work on a different version.


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