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HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB

Yellow, sunny, good for you and easy to cook to perfection are all reasons to eat frozen corn on the cob. But getting the BEST flavor out of the freezer might be a challenge unless you understand exactly how to cook Frozen Corn on the Cob! Today I’ll give you ALL the ways to cook frozen corn on the cob.

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. Enjoy alongside some delicious Hangry Hamburgers or Tasty Easy Meatloaf or even with Classic Mashed Potatoes.

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How to Cook frozen corn on the cob

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS FOR HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB

  • It’s EASY
  • 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!

How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob

  1. Heat water, milk, butter, broth concentrate and seasoning over medium high heat. 
  2. Add frozen corn on the cob to the boiling liquid
  3. Allow to come to a boil again with corn in liquid and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove corn from hot liquids and drain. Serve hot with butter, salt and pepper.

HERE’S A QUICK VIDEO OF WENDI COOKING UP SOME FROZEN CORN ON THE COB!

 

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!

This classic frozen corn on the cob always makes me think of this herbed butter for corn on the cob by Martha Stewart and this beautiful grilled corn on the cob by Ina Garten.

WHAT ARE THE WAYS I CAN COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB?

In general, frozen corn on the cob can be cooked by:

  • Boiling,
  • Steaming,
  • Microwaving
  • Crockpot
  • Grill

You might have considered cooking frozen corn on the cob using…

  • Instapot
  • 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.

THINGS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT COOKING FROZEN CORN ON THE COB:

  1. The corn on the cob has already been cooked.
  2. What we are aiming to do is to add some flavor so that the cooked version isn’t so bland.
  3. You will not cook frozen corn on the cob very LONG at all.

HERE’S MY PRO TIP FOR HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB:

Always remember to add flavor to your frozen corn on the cob WHILE COOKING, for the BEST possible flavor!.

A plate of yellow corn on the cob sitting on a blue plate

How to cook frozen corn on the cob

RECIPE VARIATIONS FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING RECIPES:

All of these spices, herbs, sauces and oils taste good with corn and you can pretty safely mix and match:

Oils/fats:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Parmesan
  • Melting cheese

Seasonings:

  • Season All Salt
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chicken seasoning
  • Various seasoning mix
  • Bacon bits

Sauces:

  • 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)

HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB

BOILING

The 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.

STEAMING

To steam your corn on the cob:

  • Put 1 quart of water into a saucepan 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).
  • 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.

MICROWAVING

  • 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 but leave a small gap where the steam can escape
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes and check to see that the broccoli is all hot.
  • Run again for 30 sec intervals until the corn is hot all the way through. Be careful, steam is hot!

CROCKPOT

  • 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.

GRILL

  • 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 corn on the cob on the stovetop:

First assemble your ingredients. Here we are heating water…

A pot of water heating on the stovetop

How to cook frozen corn on the cob

 

Then add some milk to the water…

Adding milk to the heating water

Frozen Corn on the Cob

 

Then add your spices to the liquids.

Adding some spices to the heating liquid for how to cook frozen corn on the cob

How to Cook frozen Corn on the cob

 

Now add the frozen corn on the cob

Frozen corn cobs added to the heating liquids and spices

frozen corn on the cob

Here it is all done!

A photo of a blue plate of yellow corn on the cob with butter in a blue urn

How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob

 

FAQ

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.

After cooking:

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.

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THE RECIPE FOR HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN ON THE COB

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How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob

This recipe gives you an excellent way to cook frozen corn on the cob, but if you would like other ways that you can prepare it, refer to the post for grilling, microwaving, steaming, etc.
4.45 from 9 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook frozen corn on the cob, frozen corn on the cob
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 bag frozen corn on the cob
  • Extra Butter per taste
  • More salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the water, milk, chicken broth concentrate and butter  in a medium sized saucepan on the stove top and heat over medium heat till boiling.
  • Put the frozen corn on the cob into the water and allow water 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.

Notes

  • Check the corn for freezer burn before cooking. 
  • Look for 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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 542mg23%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 191mg19%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

There’s this guy I know who is often the brunt of jokes. He is a kind of hateful fella who has taken a number of pot shots against another fella that seems to be well likes, although for the life of me I can’t figure out why.

Either way, the other day something negative happened to the man who is often the brunt of the jokes. The thing that happened didn’t hurt him physically but it will impact him for life.

I noticed that some Godly folks I know were laughing about this man and the fate that had befallen him.

That makes me super sad.

Seriously, should we wish ill upon any one or even if we didn’t wish for it, should we giggle when it happens?

If there is one thing that Jesus says over and over and over it is, “love one another”.

He didn’t say, “Love one another as long as you like the other person too”.

Personally, I find this the hardest thing to do. I don’t like arrogant people and sometimes I have to remind myself that they have something to contribute too AND that Jesus loves them just like He loves me.

John 12:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

But what is love (no worries, we have a definition).

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

and in case that you are thinking that you only have to love your friends….

Matthew 5: 43-48

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

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Recipe Rating




Lauren Rea

Monday 25th of May 2020

Very comprehensive and helpful - every time I thought of a question, I just scrolled down and it was already answered!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 25th of May 2020

Wonderful! Thanks Lauren! Thanks for leaving a comment!

Kristen Cyr

Thursday 21st of May 2020

This came out very good. I had a milky mess all over my stove as the milk frothed all over the place when it started boiling. Any suggestions for avoiding this next time?

Wendi Spraker

Friday 22nd of May 2020

It sounds like you had a pan that was too small for the job? When you see the liquid starting to simmer, cut the heat a little so that it doesn't get so bubbly. This will help too. Thanks for leaving me a comment!

Maria

Thursday 14th of May 2020

Just came across your website...I Love how detailed your recipes are.Thank You for that.You are a Life Saver !!!!!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi Maria. I've made almost every mistake in the book so I try to be super clear and spell everything out to a T to save you from making the same mistakes. Thank you so much for leaving a rating and comment, I appreciate it so much!

Debbie

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Thank you for sharing your recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Your recipe calls for 4 cups of milk while your video says 1 cup. I’m going to follow the video but thought I would point out the difference. Thanks again!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Hi Debbie, This recipe is SO variable based on what you have in your kitchen. One cup works fine, four cups will be more milky. During these times of needing to save a little, I would go with one! :) Enjoy!

Cyndi

Saturday 11th of January 2020

How long do you boil the corn for? I’m scared to overcook it 😩

Wendi Spraker

Monday 13th of January 2020

Hi Cyndi, this is reliant on the corn that you purchased. Please check the bag and it will give you the total time for that specific length and size of corn. Generally speaking, the corn should boil for about 5 minutes or so if you are using frozen.

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