Instant Pot Corn on the cob is the quickest way to get to that juicy corn. Period.
It is summer officially and every way else. The temperature is soaring and I m already dreading June. But there are some things beautiful about Summer. Like corn.
The last week when I hit the farmers markets, I discovered ears of golden corn, freshly picked and displayed so beautifully. I was compelled to buy a few. 20 mins and 4 ears of corn later, I came home and reached out for my Instant pot.
Cooking corn on the cob is not rocket science. All that matters is that we pick them ears of corn fresh and cook them just right. Timing, my friends, is the key here. With an instant pot and its in-built timer function, this becomes such a breeze.
How to buy corn?
Look for these
Vibrant green husks. Avoid pale green, yellow or brown husks.
Lots of silk. The more the silk, the fresher the corn. And these strands of corn silk must look golden and feel soft and moist. Brown strands mean that the corn is not fresh.
Stems or the stalks must be moist and again a pale yellow. Brown stalks indicate that the corn is not freshly plucked and it has been a while since it came out to visit the market.
And finally the kernels- Must be tightly arranged together and should look yellow, plump and juicy.
Ways to cook corn
You can cook corn in many ways. Sweet corn can be grilled, boiled or steamed. Pressure cooking corn in the easiest and quickest method. While you can cook sweet corn in an open pan, this takes time and effort.
Pressure cooker corn on the cob and Instant Pot corn on the cob are two of the quickest ways. Another advantage when you cook corn in this way is that you can cook a big batch.
All you need to cook corn perfectly using a pressure cooker is fresh ears of corn, fresh water and salt. And an Instant Pot or a pressure cooker, of course.
No matter what you do, do not overcook corn. Over cooked corn is dry, rubbery and loses all its flavors and sweetness.
Pressure cooker Corn
If you are from India, it is highly likely that you have a pressure cooker or two in the kitchen. This is the most frequently used gadget ever in any Indian kitchen. To make pressure cook corn in a traditional stovetop pressure cooker, all you have to do is-
First, tear out the husks. Pull out all the silk and wash the corn thoroughly. Make sure you get rid of all the silk before you cook. After you clean and prep the corn, cut the corn into halves.
In a 3-liter pressure cooker, you can cook up to 3 medium-sized ears of corn and in a 5-liter pressure cooker, 5 corns will fit in comfortably. Cut the corns in halves. Add 5 c water to your 3 liter pressure cooker and 4 teaspoon salt. Add the corn pieces.
Ensure that the gasket is in place. Now close the lid of the cooker and put the valve on. Cook on a medium flame for 3 whistles. Wait for the pressure to release naturally.
To make corn in a 5-liter pressure cooker, combine the corn halves with 8 cups of water and 5 teaspoon salt. Ensure that the gasket is in place. Now close the lid of the cooker and put the valve on. Cook on medium flame for 3 whistles. Wait for the pressure to release naturally.
Instant Pot Corn
You will need 2 c water, a tall trivet and a 6 qt Instant pot to make corn on the cob in the Instant Pot.
Prepping the corn
First, tear out the husks. Pull out all the silk and wash the corn thoroughly. Make sure you get rid of all the silk before you cook. Cut the corn into halves if they are too long to fit in to the IP comfortably. Use a sharp knife to do this.
Arranging the corn
Add 2 c water to the inner insert of your 6 quart IP. Place a tall trivet inside it. Now, place the inner pot into the IP.
Arrange the corn on the trivet like you see in the picture below. In this picture, you can see that my corn is bruised slightly. I accidentally dropped the corn and this happened. That is how tender my ears of corn were!
Ensure that the sealing ring is fit correctly. Now, close the lid and set the valve to sealing position.
Switch on the IP. Turn on Pressure Cook mode on High Pressure for 2 mins. Wait for the cooking cycle to complete.
Wait for 5 mins before doing a Quick Pressure Release. To quick release pressure in Instant Pot, turn the valve carefully to the venting position. Make sure you wear gloves and keep your face away from the vent when you do this.
Remove the cooked corns with a pair of tongs. Brush them with butter and your favorite seasonings before you serve.
Try these ways to dress up your corn
- Lime, salt and chili
- Smoked paprika and salt
- Sriracha+ Mayo
- Garlic butter
- Parmesan butter
And here is an Indian-style Corn on the cob. This has tamarind sauce+ paprika +salt
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Instant Pot Corn On The Cob
- Instant Pot
- Tall trivet
- 4 ears fresh sweet corn
- 2 c Water
- 2 teaspoon Butter
- ½ teaspoon Salt or to taste
- 2 wedges Lime or lemon
Cleaning the corn
- Discard the husks from the corn and tear away all the silk. Make sure there are no threads.
- Wash the corn well under running water.
- Cut the corn into halves if you desire.
Placing in the instant pot
- Pour 2 c water in the inner insert of your IP.
- Place a tall trivet in the inner insert.
- Place the inner vessel with the trivet in your IP.
- Now, arrange the ears of corn in layers on the trivet.
- Ensure that the sealing ring is properly inserted to the IP lid.
- Close the IP, turn the valve on the lid to the sealing position and switch it on.
IP Cooking time and method
- Switch on the pressure cook mode on high pressure for 2 mins.
- Allow the cooking cycle to complete.
- Allow 5 mins of natural release pressure.
- After 5 mins, carefully quick release pressure by turning the valve from sealing to venting. Wear a glove and keep your face away while you do this.
- Remove the cooked corn using a pair of tongs.
- Brush with butter, salt and lime.
- Serve hot.