Do you know any person who doesn`t like corn? It is a delicious and at the same time loaded with healthy benefits snack at a reasonable price point. Therefore, our advice to you will be not to hesitate and when the season comes for young corncobs, visit your nearest farmer markets. Including this vegetable to your diet will be a smart thig to do.  In this article, we will explain most popular ways to cook corn on the cob and corn kernels at home; we will list how long it takes to cook corn in a rice cooker, pressure cooker, and in a pot.

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How long do you cook corn?

There are certain characteristics that you should take into account to determine what time it will take you to cook corn: do you have it in cobs or just corn kernels, frozen or raw, in what way you`ve decided to cook it, whether you have it fresh or old. If you are just interested in how long you cook corn here is the list where you can check this information depending on the method of cooking:

  • How long to boil corn on the cob in a pot? As a rule, fresh corncobs cook for 5-7 minutes in boiling water (sometimes it can take you up to 15-20 minutes to make your corn tender, you always have an option to check your corncobs while boiling).
  • How long to boil frozen corn on the cob? It can take up to 10 minutes to cook frozen corncobs after they come to a boil.
  • How long do you boil frozen corn kernels? Frozen corn kernels boil up to 10 minutes in a pot on the stove.
  • How long to boil corn in a pressure cooker? You cook corn for 2-3 minutes in a pressure cooker on a setting “High Pressure”.
  • How long do you steam corn in a steamer? It will take you 7-15 minutes to cook corn in a steamer.
  • How long do you cook corn in a rice cooker? Steam corn on the cob in a rice cooker for 15 minutes.
  • How long does it take to cook corn in the microwave? You cook 1 medium-sized corn on the cob for 4 minutes in the microwave.

If you want to know how you can cook corn on the cob and corn kernels, then keep reading our article.

How to cook corn on the cob in a pot?


Boiling corncobs in a pot is one of the easiest ways to cook corn at home. You just need water, a large pot and corncobs. As a result, you get soft, juicy and very tasty corn. Let’s see the process of cooking corn in a pot on the stove step-by-step.

Boiled Corn on the Cob Recipe:

Ingredients for the recipe: 2 corns; water for boiling.  Type: Side dish/Ingredient Cuisine: International Calories: 96 kcal Yield: 2 servings Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 7 min Ready in 13 min

  • You need to start with husking corn: peel off the entire husk and silk from the corn, rinse thoroughly the corncobs under running water.
  • Boil water in a large pot on the stove (make sure that amount of water will be enough, it should fully submerge corn ears, when in a pot corn should be covered with water). If corncobs are too big, you can divide them in half.
  • Before placing corn in the pot you can add sugar, too make it sweeter. Do not add salt while your corn is boiling. Salt toughens the corn.
  • Transfer carefully corncobs into boiling water, cover the pot and then wait for water to return boiling. Lower the heat to medium and cook corn for 5-7 minutes or until it is tender, (it can take you up to 15 minutes; it always depends on how mature your corn is). You can always check corn while boiling in the pot with a fork.
  • Remove corncobs from boiling water; let them drain for a minute or two and they are ready to be served. Do not forget that they are straight out from a boiling water, be careful not to burn yourself. Add salt and pepper to your taste, and roll cobs in butter.

How do you boil frozen corn on the cob? There is a slight difference in the process of boiling frozen corn from fresh. Take a large pot, put frozen corncob in it and then fill it with cold water. Put your pot on the stove; bring it to a boil on the high heat. When water with corn boils, lower heat to medium and wait for 5-10 minutes for corn to cook. It is a great way to cook frozen corncobs without overcooking.

How to boil corn kernels in a pot?


Since boiled corn kernels can be a part of a salad or a great side dish by itself, next we will tell you how you can cook frozen corn kernels:

  • Put a saucepan with water on a stove and let it boil on a high heat.
  • Add frozen corn kernels to the boiling water and cover the pot. You do not have to thaw corn before adding to a pan.
  • Let the water come to a boil again and only then reduce heat to medium.
  • Cook corn kernels for 5-10 minutes until tender. You can always check by tasting but be careful, do not burn your mouth.
  • After corn kernels are ready drain them from water, add pepper, salt and butter to your taste and mix them together.

Note that you can add any seasoning that you like: cumin, chili powder, any freshly minced herbs; you have an infinite number of options.

How to steam corn at home?


There are several ways to steam corncobs; the way you use will depend on what kitchen appliances you have. Even though there are several differences in the methods of steaming corn, the first step remains the same. You have to prepare corncobs first: clean them from husk, peel away husk with silks, and then rinse cobs with water. Now choose a method to steam corn:

  • How to steam corn on the cob in a steamer? Put a stainless steel steamer or just a pot on the stove, fill it with water and wait for it to boil. Place a steamer basket (water should not touch the bottom of a steamer basket), transfer corncobs with tongs into the basket and cover the steamer with a lid. Cook for 7-15 minutes.
  • How to steam frozen corn kernels? The process for steaming frozen corn kernels in a steamer is the same as steaming fresh corn on the cob. You add water to a pan, put it on the stove, wait for water to boil, then add steamer basket with frozen corn kernels in it, close the pan with a lid and let corn kernels steam for up to 10 minutes. Drain them before serving.
  • How to cook corn on the cob in a rice cooker/multi-cooker? It is not big of a problem if you do not own an individual food steamer as you can use your rice cooker or multi-cooker for steaming vegetables. The process is as simple as it can be. You fill the bottom of your cooker with 1/3 cup of water, insert steam rack and put corncobs onto it. Close the lead and set your timer for 15 minutes. If you are using multi-cooker, you have to press STEAM before setting your timer.
  • How to steam corn in a pressure cooker? Follow these steps: add 1 cup of water to a pressure cooker, place a steamer basket with corncobs inside, lock the lid. Select “High Pressure” and cook corn for 2-3 minutes. Choose “Quick Release” for a pressure release method. Be careful while opening the lid.

How to cook corn in a microwave?


As always, there are many ways how you can cook corn. Just like advice, try them all to figure out the way you will like your corn. Let us look at the basic methods of microwaving corn:

  • How to microwave corn on the cobs? The easiest way is to take your corncob un-shucked, put it into microwave, and set it to ‘HIGH’ cooking setting and microwave for 4 minutes. 4 minutes for one corncob. Therefore, if you have 2 corncobs set timer to 8 minutes. Do not microwave more than two corncobs at a time. Set the ears aside to cool down, and then cut off the base of a corn ear with pulled down husk and silk.
  • How to cook frozen corn kernels in the microwave? Note that you do not have to thaw frozen kernels beforehand. Take a microwave-safe bowl and spread frozen corn kernels in one layer. If you like your corn slightly softer just add 1-2 tablespoons of water. General cooking time will be 4-5 minutes, but we have an advice for you: stir kernels every two minutes as heating can be uneven. You can always check your corn and extend its cooking period if necessary.

In this article, we listed basic methods on how you can cook corn on the cob, most popular methods on how you can cook frozen corn kernels and how long these cooking processes will take you. If you found our article helpful, please share with your friends. If you know any other method how you can cook delicious corn, feel free to leave comments in the section below.

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