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Instant Pot Sweet Corn

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Buttery, tender, and completely juicy This Instant Pot Sweet Corn is one of my favorite side dishes ever! Cooking Pressure Cooker Corn is easier than you might think and a great time saver too!

Free up space on the grill and the stove by making Instant Pot Corn On The Cob. This is a super easy food to make that the whole family can enjoy. It doesn’t take much time and is much faster than cooked corn on a hob.

Instant Pot sweet corn on the cob recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Delicious: Instant Pot makes corn preparation speedy while retaining its natural sweetness.
  • Versatile Side Dish: Sweet corn pairs well with a variety of main dishes.
  • Nutrition-Packed: Corn is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals for a healthy diet.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Corn on the Cob: The star of the dish, bringing natural sweetness and a satisfying crunch to the table.
  • Milk: Adds a creamy richness to the corn, balancing its natural sweetness.
  • Water: Provides moisture for the Instant Pot to create steam, ensuring tender and perfectly cooked corn.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor of the corn, bringing out its natural sweetness and adding a savory touch.
  • Pepper: Adds a hint of spiciness and complements the sweetness of the corn.
  • Butter: Melts into the corn, adding richness and a smooth, indulgent taste that pairs wonderfully with its natural flavors.

That’s it! These simple ingredients plus the pressure cooker will ensure you have the perfect corn on the cob with a sweet corn flavor. 

How To Cook Instant Pot Corn On The Cob?

Here are the instructions for cooking corn on the cob instant pot corn.

Step One: Measure Your Liquids

First, place your sweet corn into the Instant Pot. Combine water and milk in a measuring cup and pour over the corn.

Instant Pot Sweet Corn in Water

Step Two: Season Corn

Next, you’re going to generously season the corn on the cob with salt and pepper to taste.

Remember, in general, you want to add a little more seasoning when cooking with an Instant Pot.

If you’re wanting buttery corn add a generous dab of butter over each ear of corn.

Instant Pot Buttery Sweet Corn

Step Three: Pressure Cook Corn

The cooking time for super tender corn on the cob, Is 6 minutes on high pressure. Place the Instant pot lid onto the pot. Move the vent into the sealing position and pressure cook for 6 minutes.

Step Four: Naturally Release Pressure

After the corn is finished cooking, do a natural release and remove corn on the cob from the Instant Pot to cool slightly before serving.

Instant Pot Sweet Corn Served

Cooking Tips

When you hear or read “release” whether it’s quick or natural on an Instant Pot, it’s referring to the steam releasing -which is a depressurization of the Instant Pot.

  • Instant Pot Natural Release
    Natural release is when you do not touch the Instant Pot when the timer goes off. You naturally let the steam escape on its own -which can take up to half an hour, depending on what’s being made. You do this method when you don’t want your recipe to be shocked by the quick change in pressure.
  • Instant Pot Quick Pressure Release
    Instant Pot Quick-release is when you press the off button and gently turn the seal valve to “venting”.  Be cautious, use a tea towel for switching the valve, and DO NOT cover or place your hand or arm above the red knob that is sticking up! This is where the steam releases from, and as soon as you switch the valve over to venting, hot air will shoot up to release the steam from within the Instant Pot


  • Add butter: I love to spread butter onto my corn on the cobs before I steam corn, it makes it even tastier! But if you want to make it healthier, just add a squeeze of lemon juice for some added flavor.
  • Add Milk: You might wonder why we add milk to corn on the cob when cooking corn in the Instant Pot? Well it’s simple! The addition of milk adds a nice creaminess to the corn and allows it to absorb flavor more. If you want super sweet, tender corn on the cob then add in some milk.

Optional Toppings

There are many different ways that you can top your corn on the cob. Some popular options include:

  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cheese
  • Bacon Bits
  • Chives
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Sour Cream
Instant Pot Sweet Corn Hot

What To Serve With This Recipe?

Garlic butter is always a popular topping for corn on the cob. You can try to a side dish that contains cheese, such as macaroni and cheese or spaghetti. Corn on the cob also goes well with BBQ chicken and ribs in the summer.

Sweet corn is a super versatile ingredient that can be used for many dishes and meals! Some of our favorites include:–Tacos and fajitas! Corn on the cob makes a great substitute to tortillas and chips! Simply cut off the kernels and mix with taco meat, salsa, cheese, and whatever else you have!

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Store: Sweet corn should be kept in the refrigerator if not eaten right away. after purchasing. Be sure to use an airtight container when storing corn on the cob in the fridge.

Freeze: If you would like to freeze corn on the cob, then place the cooked corn into a sealable plastic bag, tightly wrapped cling film or air-tight container. You can store corn in the freezer for three months.

Reheat: To reheat corn on the cob, place the desired amount in a microwave-safe dish with a small amount of water. Cover and heat the corn for 1-2 minutes or until warm. Alternatively, you can also place corn on the cob on the grill for 2-3 minutes, rotating as needed to heat evenly.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

If you love to eat corn then try some of these side options:


Can I Use Frozen Corn in the Pressure Cooker?

The main thing you need to take into account for making Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is that the corn is sweet.
As long as the corn is sweet, you can use either steam-frozen sweet corn or fresh corn on the cob. If you’re using fresh corn, remove the husk, rinse the corn, and cut the corn in half. 

Frozen corn on the cob has the advantage of being prepared, saving time and energy and frozen sweet corn has the same nutritional value as fresh corn.

How Many Ears of Corn Can Fit in an Instant Pot?

Most Instant Pots have a 6-quart capacity and can fit up to 4 ears of corn on the cob at once. However, it is important to make sure that the fill line is not covered. If you have a large pot such as a 8 qrt or 10 qrt you should be able to fit in more corn in the cobs into the pressure cooker.

How Much Corn In A Corn Cob?

One ear of corn, which is equivalent to one serving size, contains about 3/4 cup of corn. Of course, this depends on the size of corn you are eating. However, this is the general rule of thumb for an average corn on the cob.

Is Sweet Corn Gluten Free?

Yes, sweet corn is gluten-free! This means it can be enjoyed by those on a gluten-free diet. You can serve sweet corn ears at a party or potluck without having to worry about gluten.

Do I Need a Trivet to Cook Instant Pot Corn?

A trivet is not necessary when cooking corn on the cob in the Instant Pot. Simply place the corn directly onto the bottom of the pot and cook as desired.

However, a trivet can be helpful if you plan on stacking multiple ears of corn or placing other ingredients above it in the pot. You can purchase a trivet from the Instant pot company, amazon or a local store.

instant pot Sweet Corn

Instant Pot Sweet Corn Recipe

Yield: 4-5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

If you want to have a sweet, juicy and buttery side dish to partner with your meal, then you can follow this Instant Pot Sweet Corn Recipe.


  • corn on the cob
  • milk
  • water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • butter


  1. You have to combine water and milk in a measuring cup and pour over corn.
  2. Next, you’re going to generously season corn with salt and pepper to taste. Finally, add a generous dab of butter over each ear of corn.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the vent. Set the pot to high pressure cook for 6 minutes. 
  4. After the corn is finished cooking, do a natural release and remove corn on the cob from the Instant Pot to cool slightly before serving.


One ear of corn, which is equivalent to one serving size, contains about 3/4 cup of corn. Of course, this depends on the size of corn you are eating. However, this is the general rule of thumb for an average corn on the cob.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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More Corn Recipes

Cooking delicious corn on the cob in the Instant Pot is one of the easiest recipes to start with if you’re new to cooking with an Instant Pot. Also, it ensures you get the best corn on the cob too! Electric pressure cookers really do make the best-cooked corn.

We have a delicious Vegan Corn Soup Recipe which is a big hit. You might also love our Mexican Street Corn Elotes recipe. It’s a great recipe for Cinco de Mayo!

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