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Instant Pot Corn On The Cob

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Enjoy perfectly cooked, buttery corn on the cob in minutes with our Instant Pot recipe, making weeknight dinners a breeze. For those who prefer a traditional touch, savor the natural sweetness of corn on the cob with our stovetop method, a timeless favorite for any occasion Dive into the world of corn and let the deliciousness begin.

You Will Need

  • 6 Ears of Corn (Nibblers frozen corn works great)

  • Butter

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Aluminum foil

When is corn on the cob in season?

  1. Early Season (Late Spring to Early Summer):

    • In the southern United States, such as Texas and Florida, corn season can start as early as late April or May.

  2. Mid-Season (Mid to Late Summer):

    • In most parts of the United States and Canada, including the Midwest and Northeast, corn is typically in its prime from June through August.

  3. Late Season (Late Summer to Early Fall):

    • Some regions may continue to have fresh corn on the cob available into September and early October, especially in areas with extended warm weather.

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Side Dishes

 How To Make Instant Pot Corn On The Cob

Stove Top Directions Below

Welcome to our beginner-friendly guide on cooking corn in the Instant Pot. If you're new to this versatile kitchen appliance, fear not! Our easy Instant Pot corn recipe is designed with beginners in mind. We provide step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, and all the basics you need to master the art of making delicious corn in the Instant Pot effortlessly. Say goodbye to the guesswork and hello to quick, foolproof corn on the cob right at your fingertips. Explore this no-fail method and savor the simplicity of Instant Pot corn for beginners.

Prepare the Corn:

  • Start by thawing the frozen corn if using Nibblers. If using fresh corn, husk and remove any silk.

  • Take each ear of corn and generously slather it with creamy butter. Be generous; let that buttery goodness coat the corn entirely.

Season and Wrap:

  • Sprinkle each buttered ear of corn with a pinch of salt and a dash of freshly ground pepper for that extra flavor kick.

  • Next, individually wrap each corn cob in aluminum foil. You should end up with 6 neat, foil-wrapped bundles of deliciousness.

Set Up the Instant Pot:

  • Place the Instant Pot sling on your kitchen counter, ready to hold the corn bundles.

  • Insert the trivet into your Instant Pot, ensuring it's securely in place.

Cooking Time:

  • Carefully arrange each foil-wrapped corn bundle onto the Instant Pot sling.

  • Close the Instant Pot lid, making sure the steam release valve is set to the sealing position.

  • Select the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" function and set it to "High Pressure" for 7 minutes.

  • Once you've set the time, let the Instant Pot work its magic.

Quick Release:

  • As soon as the cooking time is up, perform a quick release. Carefully open the steam release valve to release the pressure.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Once the pressure has been released and it's safe to open, carefully remove the foil-wrapped corn cobs from the Instant Pot.

  • Unwrap the foil, revealing the perfectly cooked, buttery, and seasoned corn on the cob.

This quick and easy Instant Pot corn on the cob makes for a mouthwatering side dish that's sure to delight your taste buds. Serve it hot and enjoy!

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 How To Make Stove Top Corn On The Cob

Stove Top Corn On The Cob Directions

Prepare the Corn:

  • If using frozen Nibblers corn, thaw it according to the package instructions. If using fresh corn, husk and remove any silk.

  • Take each ear of corn and generously slather it with creamy butter. Ensure the corn is evenly coated with butter.

Season and Wrap:

  • Sprinkle each buttered ear of corn with a pinch of salt and a dash of freshly ground pepper for added flavor.

  • Individually wrap each corn cob in aluminum foil. You should have 6 neatly wrapped bundles.

Boil the Corn:

  • Fill a large pot with water, enough to fully submerge the corn cobs.

  • Place the pot on the stove over high heat and bring the water to a boil.

Cooking Time:

  • Once the water is boiling, carefully add the foil-wrapped corn cobs to the pot.

  • Reduce the heat to medium-high to maintain a gentle boil.

  • Boil the corn for about 10-12 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on the size and freshness of your corn. You can check for doneness by piercing a corn kernel with a fork; it should be tender.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Carefully remove the foil-wrapped corn cobs from the pot using tongs.

  • Unwrap the foil, revealing the perfectly cooked, buttery, and seasoned corn on the cob.

Serve your stovetop buttered corn on the cob hot, and savor the delicious flavor. It's a simple and satisfying side dish for any meal!

How Do You freeze fresh corn on the cob?

Ingredients and Tools:

  • Fresh corn on the cob

  • Large pot

  • Ice

  • Water

  • Vacuum sealer or heavy-duty freezer bags

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Select Fresh Corn:

  • Choose fresh, high-quality corn on the cob. Look for ears that have plump kernels and bright green husks.

Husk the Corn:

  • Remove the outer husks and silk from each ear of corn. You can do this by peeling back the husks and pulling off the silk.

Blanch the Corn:

  • Blanching helps to preserve the color, flavor, and texture of the corn while also destroying enzymes that can cause it to deteriorate in the freezer.

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil.

  • Prepare a large bowl of ice water nearby.

  • Carefully place the ears of corn into the boiling water. Blanch small batches at a time, so they cook evenly.

  • Blanch small ears for about 7 minutes, and larger ears for around 9 minutes.

Cool Quickly:

  • After blanching, immediately transfer the corn to the bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process and cool the corn rapidly.

  • Let the corn sit in the ice water for the same amount of time you blanched it, which helps to preserve its quality.

Drain and Dry:

  • Once the corn is completely cooled, remove it from the ice water and allow it to drain thoroughly.

  • Use a clean towel to pat the corn dry, removing any excess moisture.

Cut or Leave Whole:

  • Decide whether you want to freeze whole ears of corn or cut the kernels off the cob. Cutting the kernels is more convenient for cooking, but freezing whole ears preserves the flavor and texture better.

  • If cutting, use a sharp knife to carefully slice the kernels from the cob. Hold the ear of corn upright and slice downward.

Pack for Freezing:

  • You can either vacuum-seal the corn or use heavy-duty freezer bags.

  • For vacuum-sealing, place the corn in a single layer on a tray and freeze until solid, then vacuum-seal it in portions.

  • For freezer bags, place the corn in a single layer inside the bags, removing as much air as possible before sealing. Label the bags with the date.


  • Place the sealed corn in the freezer. Try to arrange the bags or containers in a single layer initially to allow for faster freezing.

  • The corn should be stored at 0°F (-18°C) or lower.

Frozen corn on the cob can be stored for 8-12 months. When you're ready to use it, simply cook it from frozen or thaw it in the refrigerator before cooking. Enjoy your fresh-tasting corn even when it's out of season!

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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to corn on the cob:

1. How do I select the best corn on the cob at the store?

  • Look for corn with bright green husks that are snugly wrapped around the ear.

  • Feel the kernels through the husk; they should be plump and even.

  • Check for moist, not dry, brownish silks at the top.

  • Avoid corn with dried-out or discolored husks and kernels with missing rows.

2. How do I store fresh corn on the cob?

  • Store unhusked corn in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. Keep it in a plastic bag to retain moisture.

  • For longer storage, blanch and freeze the corn or cut the kernels off and store them in airtight containers in the freezer.

3. How do I husk corn on the cob easily?

  • To husk corn easily, start by pulling back the husks from the top.

  • Hold the corn at the base and twist while pulling down; the husk and silks should come off together.

4. How do I remove silk from corn?

  • After husking, use a soft brush or your hands to gently remove the silk threads. Rinsing under running water can also help remove any remaining silk.

5. Can I microwave corn on the cob?

  • Yes, you can microwave corn on the cob. Leave the husk on, place it in the microwave, and cook for about 4-6 minutes per ear, depending on the microwave's power. Let it cool before husking.

6. What's the best way to grill corn on the cob?

  • Grill corn on the cob by soaking it in water for about 30 minutes. Then, place it on a preheated grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally until the husks are charred and the corn is tender (about 15-20 minutes).

7. How do I know when corn on the cob is cooked?

  • Corn on the cob is done when the kernels are tender and easily pierced with a fork or knife. The cooking time varies depending on the method used.

8. Can I freeze corn on the cob?

  • Yes, you can freeze corn on the cob. The preferred method is to blanch the corn, cool it, and then freeze it either whole or cut from the cob. It can be stored in the freezer for 8-12 months.

9. What are some popular seasonings for corn on the cob?

  • Popular seasonings for corn on the cob include butter, salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley.

10. What are some creative ways to serve corn on the cob? - Aside from traditional buttered corn, you can make Mexican street corn (elote) with mayo, chili powder, and cotija cheese or try different flavored compound butters or glazes like honey mustard or garlic herb.

Remember that corn on the cob is a versatile and delicious addition to any meal, whether it's a backyard barbecue or a cozy family dinner.

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