Yellow, sunny, good for you and an easy side dish are reasons to eat frozen corn on the cob. Knowing this recipe for how to cook frozen corn on the cob is the best way to get flavor out of the freezer. This recipe is as good as fresh corn giving you a sweet corn on the cob with fresh corn kernels!
A wonderful American side dish that you can enjoy anytime of the year if you just know how to cook frozen corn on the cob properly. Perfect for the summer months or any time of the year!
Why This Recipe Works
- It’s EASY and makes delicious corn!
- This recipe is FAST and ready in MINUTES!
- Frozen corn on the cob is available when out of season
- You save all of the vitamins, minerals and good for you everything by using frozen corn
- ALL THE WAYS to cook frozen corn on the cob right here!!
- Frozen corn on the cob is AFFORDABLE!
- Corn on the cob (frozen) has a super long shelf life!
- Corn has a natural sweetness!
- Heat water, milk, a little butter, broth concentrate and seasoning over medium high heat.
- Add frozen corn on the cob to the boiling liquid
- Allow to come to a boil corn for 10-12 minutes
- Remove corn from hot liquids and use tongs and drain. Serve hot with butter, salt and pepper and a few fresh herbs
What is Frozen Corn on the Cob
Frozen corn on the cob has been picked when near ripe and then blanched (cooked very briefly in boiling water) and then quickly frozen thus preserving most of the vitamins and nutrients of the fresh vegetable!
Popular Methods for Corn Recipe
In general, frozen corn on the cob can be cooked by:
- Microwaving on a microwave safe plate
- gas or charcoal Grill
- Stove top
- backyard barbecue
- air fry corn
- Slow Cooker
You might have considered cooking frozen corn on the cob using…
- Pressure Cooker
Because frozen corn on the cob has already been partially cooked, these are not the best applications for frozen corn on the cob.
The cooking time varies depending on the method of cooking, but in general, as soon as the frozen corn on the cob is warmed through, it is done. Usually that is in 5-10 minutes.
Things to Remember about Frozen Corn on the Cob
- The corn on the cob has already been cooked.
- What we are aiming to do is to add some flavor so that the cooked version isn’t so bland.
- You will not cook frozen corn on the cob very LONG at all.
Always remember to add flavor to your frozen corn on the cob while cooking, for the BEST possible flavor!.
All of these spices, herbs, sauces and oils taste good with corn and you can pretty safely mix and match:
Oils and Fats:
- Vegetable oil
- Olive Oil
- Melting cheese
- Season All Salt
- Mrs. Dash
- Cayenne Pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chicken seasoning
- Various seasoning mix
- Bacon bits
- lime juice
- Chili Powder
- Butter sauce: Equal mix of melted butter and parmesan cheese (roll the corn in the sauce)
- Milk (milk is not a sauce, but where else would it go in this list?)
- Chicken broth (chicken broth concentrate or chicken bouillon)
- Liquid Smoke – adds a smoky flavor
Cooking Methods for Frozen Corn on the Cob
The easy steps recipe card at the end of this post gives the instructions for boiling your frozen corn on the cob so that it will have EXCELLENT flavor. It does require a large pot of water and I think it makes the perfect side! The rest listed here are other best methods.
To steam your corn on the cob:
- Put 1 quart of water into a saucepan (be sure to use enough water) and add 1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 Tbs of chicken broth concentrate and 1 tsp salt.
- Place the steamer basket over the top of the water and place the frozen corn on the cob into the steamer basket (be careful not to burn yourself). Bring to a rolling boil
- Allow the steam to drift through the corn on the cob until it is completely warmed (5 mins or so).
- Remove the corn on the cob from the steamer and put one pat of butter over the top and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
- Put ¼ cup water, ¼ cup milk, and 1 tbs of butter in the bottom of a microwaveable dish.
- Place the corn on the cob you want to cook into the dish.
- Sprinkle the corn on the cob with ½ tsp Season all salt, ½ tsp ground black pepper and ½ tsp garlic powder.
- Cover with plastic wrap or paper towel but leave a small gap where the steam can escape
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes and check to see that the corn is all hot.
- Run again for 30 sec intervals until the corn is hot all the way through. Be careful, microwave corn is hot!
- Put 1 quart of water and 4 Cups of whole milk in the crockpot with 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs of chicken broth concentrate (or 2 chicken bouillon cubes).
- Place as many corn on the cobs as you wish to cook in the crockpot as well.
- Cook on low for 4 hours. Remove from the crockpot, drain and add butter, salt and pepper to taste.
- Wrap the frozen corn on the cobs individually in aluminum foil.
- In each foil packet, place 1 Tbs of butter and sprinkle the ear of corn with salt and pepper.
- Place the foil packets on the grill over medium heat and grill till heated through (5-10 minutes)
- Remove from the grill, open the packet and then season per your own tastes.
Let’s see how to cook this cob recipe
First assemble your ingredients. Here we are heating water…
Then add some milk to the water…
Then add your spices to the liquids for a tasty side dish.
Now add the frozen corn on the cob
frozen corn on the cob
Here it is all done!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Can Frozen Corn on the Cob Go Bad?
In the freezer:
Yes, after a certain time, your corn on the cob can develop freezer burn. It will appear white and shriveled. The bag of corn should show an expiration date. You will want to be careful if your corn is past that date.
Yes, once you cook your corn, it will only be good for another 3 days if kept refrigerated.
If thawed but uncooked:
Yes, once thawed, cook the corn as soon as you can. It will stay thawed for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
It will last for up to 5 Days in the fridge if you keep it covered.
It’s best to avoid that because you’ll notice that the texture changes a bit with freezing and will do so more if you freeze it again.
You can reheat in the microwave by wrapping in a damp paper towel or in plastic wrap and microwaving for 30 seconds per ear.
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How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob
- 1 quart of water
- 4 Cups whole milk
- 1 Tbs chicken broth concentrate or 2 chicken Bouillon cubes
- 4 Tbs Butter
- 1 tsp kosher salt if using the bouillon cubes then cut this in half
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 6 cobs frozen corn on the cob
- Extra Butter per taste
- More salt and pepper to taste
- Pour the water, milk, chicken broth concentrate and butter in a medium sized saucepan on the stove top and heat over medium heat till boiling.
- Place the frozen corn on the cob into the water and allow liquid to come to a boil again.
- Remove the corn on the cob using kitchen tongs as it starts to boil.
- Place in a bowl and smear with extra butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Check the corn for freezer burn before cooking. Freezer burn looks like white chalky crust or over white colored kernels, large ice crystals, shriveled kernels.
- Consider topping your corn with a variety of toppings like red pepper flakes, Mexican crumbling cheese, paprika, etc.
- Corn on the cob goes great with a cookout of hamburgers or a family meal of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
This article originally appeared on Loaves and Dishes on November 18, 2018 and has been updated with more cooking tips and tricks, pro tips, an updated recipe card and reconnected to it’s YouTube video.
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