Canned corn is a versatile pantry staple that’s great to have on hand for easy sides, soups, salads, and more. While the canning process cooks the corn, heating it up brings out more sweetness and gives it a fresh taste. There are a few simple methods for cooking canned corn that is on the stove or in the microwave.

1. Best Way To Cook Canned Corn?

When it comes to cooking canned corn, the best method largely depends on your available time and personal preference. Both the stovetop and microwave methods have their advantages, and choosing the right one for you will ultimately depend on your circumstances.

If you’re looking for efficiency and speed, the microwave method is the way to go. It’s perfect for those moments when you need a quick side dish or ingredient for a recipe. On the other hand, stovetop cooking allows for a bit more control over the flavor and texture of the corn. It’s a great option when you have a bit more time to spare and want to infuse additional flavors into the corn.

Now, let’s delve into the specifics of each method.

2. How To Cook Canned Corn on Stove


  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


Drain the corn kernels through a colander and rinse under cool water. Drain well, shaking out any excess liquid.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter or heat the olive oil.

Add the drained corn kernels. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

If desired for extra caramelization, sprinkle sugar over the corn and continue cooking 1-2 more minutes.

Remove pan from heat. Season corn with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Serve corn hot as a side dish.

The buttery saute and touch of sugar enhances the natural sweetness of the corn. For more flavor, stir in spices like chili powder, paprika, or cumin as it cooks.

3. How To Cook Canned Corn in Microwave


  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 tbsp water, broth, or milk
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


Drain the corn kernels through a colander and rinse under cool running water. Shake out any excess liquid.

Place corn kernels in a microwave-safe dish. Add water, broth, or milk and stir together.

Microwave on high 2-3 minutes, stopping halfway to stir. Cook just until hot with a bit of steaming liquid left.

Carefully remove dish from microwave. Season with pinches of salt and pepper.

Allow to rest 1-2 minutes before serving, as it will continue cooking.

The small amount of liquid steams the corn perfectly. For added richness, use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. Stirring milk into the corn after cooking gives it extra creaminess.

Canned corn’s sweet flavor and tender crunch pair well with all types of dishes. Simply heating it on the stovetop or in the microwave turns basic canned corn into a delicious accompaniment.

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