Want buttery, juicy, creamy corn on the cob? I made it 2 ways in the Instant Pot!

I grew up eating it plain, steamed because that’s how we do it in California. But I was intrigued when I saw others on Facebook, cooking it in milk and butter?

When I finally tried corn on the cob with milk and butter, it reminded me of KFC corn! I know!

That’s the closest I’ve gotten to Southern style corn, I guess. Don’t judge!

So why would you want to add milk and butter to corn, you ask? Because it boosts the flavor of the corn and makes it sweeter and juicier!

Of course, fresh corn from the farmers market are the best. But if you weren’t able to get it there and got corn from the supermarket, then this milk and butter method really adds more flavor to the corn!

Yes, I was a little skeptical at first because we cook corn plain here, boring San Franciscans. And Chinese people just don’t cook corn with milk, not at home anyway.

In my YouTube video above, I show you how to make corn, plain and steamed, and then with milk and butter, both in the Instant Pot! You’ll see how to do it with quick release or natural release.

The other way I make corn is in my flat bottom wok on a steaming rack, because I can fit all the corn whole.

The advantage of cooking corn in the Instant Pot is that I don’t have to watch the pot as closely as I do my wok. It really is easier.

But with the Instant Pot, it’s a little tricky to fit the corn on the cob inside. You’ll either have to trim the ends, break in half, or lay it so that they fit inside the pot when you close the lid.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob, Plain Steamed

Make steamed corn in the Instant Pot.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ears corn on the cob

Instructions

  • Place trivet into Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water.
  • Add 4 ears of corn on the cob. Arrange corn so that it fits into the pot and you can close the lid. You can trim the ends or cut in half to make them fit.
  • Close the lid. Set to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and remove from pot immediately. Season with butter and serve.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Milk and Butter

Make buttery, juicy, savory corn on the cob in the Instant Pot with milk and butter!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ears corn on the cob

Instructions

  • To an Instant Pot, add milk, butter, sugar, and salt.
  • Place corn so that it all fits into the Instant Pot when you close the lid. You can trim the ends or break in half if they don't fit.
  • Close the lid and set to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, let the Instant Pot do a 10 minute natural release. After the 10 minutes, you can either serve immediately or let the corn sit longer.

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