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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Milk & Butter

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Whip up this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with milk and butter for your side dish tonight. You will get sweet buttery corn each and every time. 

This Instant Pot corn on the cob is crazy simple to make and truly elevates your corn to a whole new level of flavor. 

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Skip the grill and toss your corn right into the pressure cooker with milk and butter for a whole new juicy and sweet way to cook up that corn. 

instant pot corn on the cob

Milky Corn Water

The milky corn water that is left in the pot is so tasty. You can sip on it for a sweet treat or save it back and use it to make corn chowder the next day! 

corn on the cob with milk in a pot

Can I Use Frozen Corn

If you have some frozen corn on hand go right ahead and reach for that. No need to thaw just toss your corn right in. 

When you work with frozen foods, no need to adjust the cooking time to more. It will just take your Instant Pot a little bit of time to reach pressure before it begins cooking. 

instant pot Corn on the Cob with milk and butter

What Milk Is Best To Use

You will find using whole milk will give you the optimal flavor of a rich and juicy corn. But if you only have 2 percent or something else, it will still work, 

Can I Make Corn on Cob in 3 Quart Instant Pot

Absolutely. You will just need to cut your corn in half. That way you have smaller pieces. 

instant pot Corn on the Cob with milk and butter

Then you might only be able to fit 4-6 of the corn pieces in your pot. I haven’t tried this so I can’t say how many will fit exactly, 

Easy Way To Butter Hot Corn

Grab a slice of bread and lather it up with butter. Then use the buttered bread to rub on your juicy yellow kernels. 

It will coat all your Kernels fast and easily, I have used this trick ever since I was a kid. No placing a dollop on corn to watch it slide right off. 

Why Cook Corn In Instant Pot Vs Stovetop

While it isn’t much faster to cook corn in the Instant Pot you must be left scratching your head. Why cook a different way if it isn’t actually less time. 

  • No watching water boil 
  • Super easy to toss in
  • The milk and butter really infuse into the corn
  • Frees up oven space if you are cooking a lot
  • Easy cleanup 
instant pot Corn on the Cob with milk and butter floating in the milk in the pot

Seriously though, what isn’t to love. Side dishes in the instant pot are truly becoming my favorites. 

Quick Way to Remove Corn Silks

Take a rubber band and wrap around your finger. Then use that rubber band to rub up and down on corn. It will make it easier for the silk to come right off. 

Once done rinse corn easily. Then move on to the next step of making your corn. 

corn on the cob with milk and butter pin

Having a bbq or picnic? Try out my Instant Pot Baked Beans for the best darn beans you ever had! Top it all of with one incredibly creamy coleslaw and call it a delicious day.

instant pot Corn on the Cob with milk and butter floating in the milk in the pot

Instant Pot Corn On The Cob With Milk & Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Whip up this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with milk and butter for your side dish tonight. You will get sweet buttery corn each and every time.


  • 4-6 Ears of Corn, husks & silk removed
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter, cut into about 8 slices


    1. Remove husk and silk from corn on the cob.
    2. Break each piece of corn in half.
    3. Pour water & milk into your pot.
    4. Place your corn into your milk/water. Depending on the size of your pot, they will almost be covered completely in the liquid.
    5. Pace your butter pats in.
    6. Close your lid. Pressure cook for 5 min (high pressure).
    7. Do a natural release for 5 minutes. Than release the remaining pressure doing a controlled release ( releasing the pressure in short controlled spurts, in case the milk is a bit messy.
    8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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Sunday 6th of September 2020

What do you do with the milk and butter left over in the pot?


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I just made this for the second time. Tomorrow I'll make your corn chowder recipe for the first time -- I'm saving some of the milky corn water for it.

BUT. But, I kept thinking about how you said the milky corn water is good to sip on. I gave it a sip on its own, but I wasn't tempted to drink it straight.

Then I did a "what if I...?" And it might sound crazy, but I took a cup of the milky, buttery water, put a bag of chai tea in it, steeped it, added a little sugar, and it's AMAZING. :D Hot buttered chai latte. Perfect dessert after salty sweet corn.


Saturday 8th of August 2020

If I want to cook just one or two ears, how much water/milk/butter should I use?

Sarah Beachy

Sunday 5th of July 2020

How do you use it to make chowder the next day? Do you have a recipe? Thanks!


Saturday 20th of June 2020

Hello, I tried a similar recipe like this but the milk kind of curdled which didn't look very appetizing. Tasted good but... Your recipe has more liquid so maybe doesn't curdle? Also is you cooking time of 5 minutes correct? The recipe I tried cooked for 1 minute. Just don't want mushy corn! Thanks so much! I love your site!


Sunday 6th of September 2020

You can reduce the cook time down to 3 minutes if you prefer a crisper cooked corn. And yes the extra liquid should help prevent any curdling. I hope you love it. :)

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