This easy Crock Pot Corn On the Cob recipe makes tender, juicy corn every time. Make this summer staple for your next picnic or potluck!
Another way to skip the stove is with Instant Pot corn on the cob.
Table of Contents
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Ingredients for Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
- How to Cook Corn on the Cob in Crock Pot
- Tips for Best Results
- Variations and Toppings
- What to Serve Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob with?
- How to Store
- Use Leftover Corn in These Recipes
- More Crock Pot Recipes to Try
- Corn on the Cob in Crock Pot Recipe
Make your favorite summer vegetable with crock pot corn on the cob. Take it with you to parties, picnics, potlucks, camping, you name it! This foolproof method makes that crisp, flavorful corn everyone craves during grilling season.
Of course, there are many ways to make this great side dish. You can boil it, bake it in the oven, grill it, air-fry it, even microwave it. But slow cooker recipes will always be my first choice for feeding a large crowd.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Cool kitchen: Don’t sweat over the stove or grill, Crockpot keeps you and your house cool.
- Hands free: Set it and forget it! Making corn on the cob in the slow cooker keeps your hands free, saves space on the grill or stove, and allows more time for prepping your main entrée. The clean up is next to nothing too, just a quick rinse is all it needs.
- Potluck friendly: In a pinch and not sure what to take to your family cookout? Make corn on the cob in the crock pot! Make it ahead of time, take it with you, and keep it warm, it’s perfect!
- Quantity: The bigger the slow cooker, the more you can add. I can easily fit 4 – 10 ears of corn in my Crockpot, you can also break the cobs in half to fit more.
Ingredients for Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
You only need 2 ingredients to make this corn, it really is the easiest side dish!
- Corn on the cob: I love hitting the local farmer’s market during corn season, but you can stop by the grocery store year round. For sweet corn, look for bright green husks with moist stems, and tassels.
- Water: 1 cup of cold water, that’s it!
How to Cook Corn on the Cob in Crock Pot
Here’s a quick overview of how to cook corn on the cob in the crock pot with just 5 minutes of prep time. Full recipe card is located below.
- Prep corn: Start by removing the husk and silk from each ear of corn, then rinse under cold water. Cut or snap in half.
- Add water: Pour water into a large slow cooker, add corn, and close the lid.
- Cook: Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours until hot and tender.
- Serve: Season with butter and salt. Enjoy!
Tips for Best Results
Here are some simple tips for the best corn on the cob in slow cooker results.
- To pick the best corn at the store: You want corn that’s tightly wrapped in green husks. The silk should be soft, perky, and moist. If the silk is sticky, and brown then it is not fresh, and going bad. Peel the husk a bit and look for white kernels or yellow kernels in tight rows that are plump.
- Cook time is forgiving and slow cookers vary: Know your slow cooker and remember you can extend the total time.
- My favorite large Crock Pot: I love and recommend this 7 quart crockpot!
- Use tongs: Cooked low and slow, it comes out hot. Use tongs to safely remove the corn from the slow cooker.
Variations and Toppings
You can eat cooked corn plain or add flavor, here are some of our go-to topping ideas.
- Butter and salt: My personal favorite! If you have salted butter you can skip the salt.
- Cheese and garlic: Rub freshly grated garlic on a hot ear of corn and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, cotija cheese, goat cheese, or parmesan cheese for a delicious garlic cheese sauce.
- Seasonings: Popular seasonings are black pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Fresh herbs: Add an earthy taste with basil, cilantro, chives, or parsley.
- Other spreads: Instead of regular butter, brush with some flavored butter, mayonnaise, or pesto.
- Add a citrus-y twist: With freshly squeezed lime juice or lemon juice.
What to Serve Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob with?
Make it a meal! Fresh corn on the cob is a summertime staple for us, but we also enjoy it as a delicious side dish any time of year.
Some of our favorite recipes to serve slow cooker corn on the cob with are:
- Turkey chili
- Eye of round roast
- Instant Pot pulled pork
- Chimichurri chicken
- Grilled bruschetta chicken
- Grilled chicken burgers
How to Store
Store: Place your leftover corn in an airtight container and refrigerate for 5-6 days.
Freeze: To freeze kernels, cut them off the cob, transfer to an airtight container, and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Use leftovers for soups and stews.
You can also freeze whole ears of corn by wrapping each one in plastic wrap or tinfoil, then place in a resealable Ziploc bag.
Yes! I love using my crockpot for meal prep. You can save time by peeling the corn early morning or the night before. Once peeled, place corn in a plastic bag and refrigerate to keep it moist. Then cook as per recipe.
As a general rule for keeping food warm in a crock pot, I recommend 2 – 4 hours. Once the corn is cooked, remove the lid, add up to a cup of hot water if needed, and turn the slow cooker to the warm or low setting. This warming method will heat the corn without overcooking it.
No. Making corn on the cob in the crock pot with water and a lid steams the corn, so you can save the foil when using this cooking method.
Yes, I find it the easiest way to cook frozen corn on the cob. It’s great during the colder months, and makes juicy corn with a soft texture.
As long as you leave the lid on, the slow cooker should not run dry. If it does, add some more water, let it steam and bring the moisture back.
Use Leftover Corn in These Recipes
More Crock Pot Recipes to Try
Corn on the Cob in Crock Pot
- 4-10 ears of corn cleaned and cut in half
- 1 cup cold water
- Remove husk and silk from each corn, rinse under cold water. Cut or snap in half.
- In a large slow cooker, add corn and water. Close the lid.
- Cook for 2-3 hours on High heat or for 5-6 hours on Low heat.
- Season and enjoy!