How to Cook Canned Corn

Corn quesadillas, corn soufflés, and corn chowder are just some of the many interesting dishes you can prepare out of canned corn. Even though not as interesting as corn on the cob, canned corn offers you the same amount of nutritional goodness as fresh corn as per a study carried out by the University of Washington.

Canned Corn

It is true, having various canned goods in your kitchen is important, and corn is one of them. There are numerous varieties, including creamy kernels, young corn. It is a very versatile dish when you are cooking.

There are several ways to cook canned corn – in a slow cooker, in a microwave or on top of a stove. It is quite an easy process, so let’s get started.

Things You Will Need

  1. A canned corn
  2. Can opener
  3. Strainer
  4. Sauce pan
  5. Butter
  6. Spoon
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Milk
  9. Baking sheet
  10. Cream cheese
  11. Milk
  12. Microwave-safe dish

Stove Top Method

  1. Open the corn can with the help of a can opener then empty its contents into a skillet heated on medium flame. For a perfect result, make sure to stir the corn once in a while. Now turn off the heat after the corn has boiled.
  2. With the help of a strainer, drain all the water from the corn if you are going for a more natural taste.
  3. Using the same skillet, melt the butter and add the seasonings (salt and pepper)
  4. After the butter has completely melted and is well mixed with the seasonings, add in the drained corn. Mix them well and serve.

Another way to cook canned corn on the stove is through the stir-fry method. In this method, you use butter as a frying medium and follow any recipe of your choice.

Microwave Method

  1. Follow the 1stcomplete step of the stove method.
  2. Now pour the corn into the strainer then rinse it under running water.
  3. Once completely drained, transfer the corn into the microwave-safe dish and cover it (not so tight or it will explode). Add butter and your favorite seasonings before putting it in the microwave.
  4. Set the microwave on high and cook for around 3 to 4 minutes. Pop the corn back into the microwave for an additional 1 or 2 minutes if it needs more cooking.
  5. Take out the dish and serve.

Oven Method

  1. Follow the 1stand 2nd complete steps of the microwave method.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  3. After the first two steps, transfer the corn to the baking sheet and spread it evenly.
  4. Pop the baking pan into the oven and bake it for 3 minutes. Let it sit there until the corn turns golden brown. If you think it needs more cooking, put it back for another 60 seconds but set the temperature lower this time to prevent your corn from burning.
  5. Take the dish out the oven and serve.

Slow Cooker Method

Using the oven or microwave to cook canned corn are two easy and common ways. However, some recipes require a slow cooker for an enhanced taste. Listed below is a sweet cream corn recipe that you can prepare with the slow cooker method.

  1. Follow the 1stand 2nd complete steps of the microwave method.
  2. Add the corn, salt, and sugar (according to taste) in the slow cooker. Mix the ingredients using a spoon.
  3. Pour milk into the prepared corn mix
  4. Cut the cream cheese and butter into small cubes and spread them on top of the corn. Do not mix them with the corn mixture.

Corn Straight From The Can

Canned corn on its own adds texture and flavor to cooked dishes like sloppy joes, chili, chowder, stir-fries, enchiladas and beef stew, and it helps stretch the dish so more people can enjoy. In addition to that, it offers the same benefits to unprepared dishes like Cobb, whole-grain salads, and tacos. Just add canned corn to homemade or prepared salsa and serve it fish or Mexican food.

Sauté For Added Flavor

Roasting any veggies adds a little sweetness and char from the caramelized sugars. You can achieve the same effect by sautéing canned corn in a medium-hot pan with a little bit of oil or butter for about 5 minutes, letting it brown and get charred at the edges of each kernel. Add salt, pepper, and butter to serve as a side dish, or use it any recipe that involves corn.

Other Useful Tips To Keep In Mind When Buying And Preparing Canned Corn:

  1. Canned corn may not differ significantly, but if you are a rather health conscious person, then it is better to check out the sugar and sodium content first. Go through the labels and pick ones that have lesser added sugar and sodium. Also, some canned corns come with gluten so make sure you go for ones that are gluten-free and contain gluten-free ingredients.
  2. Don’t let your leftovers go to waste. Instead, store them in a Ziploc bag and use it later for other recipes.
  3. If you want to prepare creamed corn, always go for canned corn since its kernels break up more effortlessly, thus giving off a smoother texture.
  4. For a sweet and spicy combination, squeeze a few red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to your sweet canned corn.
  5. To enhance the smell while adding a boost to the naturally sweet taste of the corn, try adding a hint of cinnamon powder.
  6. For a smokier frilled flavor, consider adding smoked paprika or chipotle powder.
  7. Avoid using airtight lids for microwaving canned corn as they might cause an explosion in the inside of the bowl.

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