How To Cook Canned Corn – Different Ways to Enjoy Corn Straight From The Can

There are a lot of different dishes that you can create using canned corn, including those that we will feature here today. Many will argue that canned corn is not as fresh and fun to eat compared to corn on the cob, but there is virtually no difference between the two in terms of nutrition and safety.

Simply make sure that you rinse canned corn thoroughly to get rid of excess salt before following any recipe. Below are different ways on how to cook canned corn.

How to Cook Canned Corn Right Off the Can

Corn that comes from the can can bring your dishes to a whole new level of texture and flavor. This is why it is often added to recipes for making chili, enchiladas, chowder, stir-fry dishes, stews, and even sloppy joes. Not only does it add flavor, it also helps stretch the dish. This can come in handy if you need to feed a lot of people but you are under budget.

Similarly, canned corn is also useful for recipes that require little to no cooking at all, such as salads, cobb, tacos, and others.

How to Cook Canned Corn by Sauteeing

With veggies, the general effect of roasting is the creation of subtle bitterness and char, at the same time, creating caramelization and sweetness. The same result is achieved by sauteeing canned corn. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  • Place a skillet on your stovetop and turn the heat on to Medium or Medium High.
  • Sautee your canned corn once the skillet is hot, with some oil or butter, for 5 minutes.
  • Let the kernels get slightly charred or browned on the edges.
  • Add some more butter, if you prefer. Season it with salt and pepper.
  • This can be served as a standalone side dish, or as a part of another recipe that requires corn.

How to Cook Canned Corn to Make Batter

One of the popular uses of corn is integrating it into your batter. This can be made into pancakes, muffins, cornbread, and other baked goods.

  • Simply add your canned corn into the batter that you’re making, but make sure that the other ingredients are already mixed together before adding the corn.
  • If you’re baking the batter, add some 5 minutes or so to your total bake time. But aside from that, you don’t need to change the recipe you’re following.
  • You can pair canned corn with bacon, chili, bell peppers, and chives if you’re making baked goods.

How to Cook Canned Corn to Make Creamed Corn

Food experts suggest that canned corn is, in fact, better than fresh (or frozen) corn if you want to make some creamed corn. Canned corn has kernels that can break up easily, so you always get a smoother and creamier texture.

  • Place the canned corn in the blender. Mix briefly.
  • Cook the corn with your cream until you get a creamy consistency.
  • You can also do this for making risotto, polenta, or creamy grits. Simply add the canned corn to the dishes after you have blended or chopped it.

BONUS RECIPE: Bacon and Canned Corn Chowder

For this recipe, we’ll feature a bacon and corn chowder which you can prepare in 10 minutes and cook in 30 minutes. A family of 6-8 people can enjoy this recipe in no time.

Ingredients
  • 4 cups canned corn
  • 8 oz smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 lb potatoes, chopped into chunks
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions

1. Place a pot on the stovetop on medium heat.

2. Saute bacon, onion, and celery in olive oil until soft. (5 minutes)

3. Add potatoes, canned corn, stock, paprika, salt, and pepper.

4. Place lid on pot and let it boil.

5. When boiling, lower heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Potatoes should be fork tender.

6. Puree 1 1/2 cups of the chowder with 1 tbsp of flour.

7. Whisk the pureed mix back into pot of chowder.

8. Add thyme, chives, and half and half.

9. Place lid back on. Let it simmer for 10 more minutes.

10. Serve while hot, and season as desired.

Canned corn is not just a good way to add richness, texture, and flavor to your dishes. It is also very economical and convenient. You can purchase it from almost any store or supermarket and you can stock cans of corn in your pantry, because you’ll never know when you can spruce up a simple recipe into a more flavorful culinary treat. We hope you found our tips and recipes helpful in learning how to cook canned corn!

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