Did you know you can cook your corn on the cob in a pressure cooker and right in the husks? Once you discover how easy it is to make tender crisp corn on the cob without picking out the annoying little husk hairs, you will never go back.
I share all my tips and tricks below for my pressure cooker (I use the Ninja Foodi) and how to have the most PERFECT pressure cooker corn EVER.
While I always recommend that you read the article so you have no questions and the corn turns out perfectly every time, I always put a printable version at the bottom of each post that you can scroll down to if you prefer.
Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob
How many cobs can you put in a pressure cooker?
I simply layered 4 on the bottom of my pressure cooker so they are flat – we are a family of four so that worked perfectly. If your corns are smaller and you can stand them up, you can put extra in there.
Additionally you could lay down your corn in a criss cross pattern in your pressure cooker. The key here is to allow the steam to circulate around your corn to cook it fully.
How much water do you add to the pressure cooker for Corn?
When I boil corn, I always use water AND milk in the water. I know that sounds different, but I have always flavored the water with milk, which is a delicious corn. For my pressure cooker corn, I did the same thing: 1 cup water and 1 cup milk.
I thought you couldn’t have dairy in a pressure cooker?
Well, you can it just runs the risk of changing (curdling, heating, etc). Because we are leaving the husks ON, its no big deal if there is a little film since we peel those off.
Can you leave Husks on Corn on the Cob?
YES YES YES!! This recipe is specific to leaving husks ON the corn, which is why my pressure cooker time is likely longer than other recipes you have seen.
So here is my favorite trick for corn on the cob in a pressure cooker – LEAVE THE HUSKS ON.
There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more annoying than working on taking the corn silks off just to boil corn. Its probably the biggest waste of time in the kitchen.
With a pressure cooker, you do NOT have to take the husks off. Just pressure cook your corn right in them and they peel completely off, leaving your corn silk free in seconds.
Make sure you purchase corns with closed green husks, not dried out ones, which indicate that the corn is not as fresh as you want and could be old tough corn.
How long do you pressure cook for tender corn on the Cob?
With an electric cooker, you pressure cook on HIGH for your corn on the cob, 3 minutes, and quick release.
“But I like my corn softer, crisper, able to kill someone with”: – I find that 3 minutes on a pressure cooker is perfect, but if you like yours softer or crisper, you will need to adjust times next time. But try my way first.
Instant Pot? Ninja Foodi? Help!
When I cook I have a Ninja Foodi at home which has an Air Fryer, Slow Cooker, Steamer, and Pressure Cooker all in one – I love it.
I also cook a lot of my recipes with my neighbor (We cook every Tuesday together) and she has a regular Instant Pot and an Instant Pot Vortex. Getting to use all three has been a ton of fun.
You could go wrong on any, or all, of these kitchen products. Whatever you choose, just give it time to get to know how it works. Pressure cookers and air fryers take a little bit of understanding to learn and work out the times (which is why I have been showcasing our recipes – so you do not have to!)
You can use this same recipe in your Instant Pot.
Ninja Foodi Corn on the Cob
- 4 Corn on the Cob, Tightly Sealed Husks
- Garlic Salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
Make that Corn!
Prep your Corn – first remove the bottom of your corn stem with a knife (carefully). You CAN cut a chunk off, leaving the corn exposed, but I just basically snap off the stems.
Add Corn to Pressure Cooker – Add your corn, with husks, to the bottom of your pressure cooker. You can stack more in your pressure cooker, but try to criss cross them so steam can get underneath each ear. I do not use the metal steamer basket that comes with the Ninja Foodi, but its OK to use it.
Let me explain something about cooking – there are a million ways to do things right. A lot of cooking comes with experimentation so do not be afraid to troubleshoot, try something new, and adjust if you need to add or take away from your recipe (like add corn in this case)
Add Water…and Milk
I explained this above, but I always add milk when I steam or boil corn.
1 cup water, 1 cup milk right in your pressure cooker. I also add a dash of garlic salt over the top for extra flavor.
Ninja Foodi Settings – Set your pressure cooker on HIGH, 3 minutes. Seal your release closed.
Your pressure cooker will come up to heat with corn on the inside, then countdown 3 minutes. Once your 3 minutes are done, quick release. Open pressure cooker carefully and remove corns with tongs.
Serve your Corn– Let corn cool in husks for about 3-5 minutes. Then peel husks from corn, which should peel off perfectly. I just peel mine from both sides. Cut any remaining husks off the bottom (or tear off). If you cut the very bottom of your corn off, you can slide the corn right out as well, but I do not bother.
Optional Fun – I love this corn on the cob kernel shucker/remover. It’s great for fresh corn or succotash. I got it as a gift from a blogger friend and its a really cool kitchen gadget for only a few dollars.
You can watch my video to see it in action!
Other Recipes where Corn is the Star
- Fiesta Corn Dip with Rotel
- Homemade Cream Corn with Parmesan
- Crack Corn Dip
- Sweet Corn Casserole
- Street Corn Recipe