How to Cook Frozen Corn (the RIGHT way)

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Want to know the secret to making frozen corn taste delicious? Kick your corn side dish up a notch with How to Cook Frozen Corn (the RIGHT way)!

Perfectly cooked frozen corn sprinkled with pepper in a white serving bowl

How to Cook Frozen Corn

When it comes to side dishes, you can’t go wrong with corn. It goes well with any meat and potatoes type meal, and is always a favorite for Sunday dinner and Thanksgiving dinner.

There’s something about crisp, sweet, fresh corn that adds color and vibrancy to your dinner table. But when you can’t have freshly picked corn on the cob, you can have the same delicious side dish using frozen corn! You’ll never use canned corn again. This recipe is easy, fool-proof and oh so delicious.

Benefits of Frozen Corn

Frozen corn beats canned corn any day of the week. And it’s a perfect substitute to fresh corn cobs. Why? For one thing, it’s cheaper. A big bag of frozen corn can last for several weeks in the freezer and when prepared correctly, tastes just as fresh as straight off the cob. And it actually takes less time to prepare than fresh. It’s nutritious too! There are actually fewer calories in frozen corn than in fresh or canned.

Basic Tips for Cooking Frozen Corn

  1. Don’t BOIL frozen corn! Just don’t do it. I know the package tells you to do it, but trust me, it zaps all the flavor out of the corn.
  2. Use a skillet. Stir-frying or sautéing frozen corn keeps it crisp, bright and flavorful.
  3. Add a little sugar. It’s ok, it won’t taste weird and it will bring out the natural sweet flavor.
  4. Don’t salt until ready to serve. Salting the corn too early can dehydrate it and won’t taste as sweet. Wait until after you’ve cooked it, then salt to taste.
Frozen corn in a fry pan with slices of butter on the corn

What Goes Well With a Corn Side Dish?

This recipe is so versatile you can serve it alongside virtually anything. But it especially complements turkey and mashed potatoes, pork chops, fried chicken, or a good steak. Throw a handful of skillet-cooked corn into salads, burritos, casseroles or soups for extra color and crunch. Or sauté other veggies with the corn and enjoy a beautiful vegetarian lunch or dinner.

More variations to try

  • Easy Seasoned Corn: Add 2 cloves garlic and ½ teaspoon thyme before cooking.
  • Mexican Street Corn: After cooking, add ⅓ cup quest fresco and sprinkle paprika and parsley over the top. Squeeze a little fresh lime over the top if desired.
  • Parmesan Corn: Add 2 cloves garlic before cooking. After cooking sprinkle ⅓ to ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese over the top.

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Perfectly cooked frozen corn sprinkled with pepper in a white serving bowl

How to Cook Frozen Corn (the RIGHT way)

5 from 20 votes
Want to know the secret to making frozen corn taste delicious? Kick your corn side dish up a notch with How to Cook Frozen Corn (the RIGHT way)!
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

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Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place corn in a colander and rinse with cold water until ice is no longer present. Shake off excess water over the sink.
  • Place corn and butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle sugar over corn and stir until butter is melted and corn is hot (about 5-6 minutes). Do not over cook.
  • Season with Kosher salt and fresh black pepper if desired.
  • Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 235IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.5mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This sounds great! My teeth are terrible, and I’d like to cook the corn to be a little less crispy. Slightly longer cook time? Anything else? Thanks so much for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this! I just did this tonight and so glad I did, it was delicious! I will never boil frozen corn again! Thank you!

  3. Hi! If made this a day ahead and put in the fridge would it work to reheat in the skillet again? Or what do you think the best method would be?

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