How To Cook Frozen Corn?

Frozen corn is a great asset to many cooks; even if the corn is not available or after fields have grown bare, you can still enjoy fresh-tasting corn. Learn how to cook frozen corn below.


This roasted frozen corn is a quick side dish prepared with whole corn kernels caramelized with seasonings and spices. Meal planning often turns a little shoddy when life gets busy with work. You can easily prepare this frozen corn recipe within 15 to 20 minutes.    


This frozen corn recipe is one of the sides you can enjoy, whether it’s boiled, pan-fried, roasted, skillet, or caramelized corn. We love to eat corn, but once you learn how to cook them, you will find yourselves preparing it most of the time.    

See, Sauteed Frozen Spinach, How To Cook Frozen Green Beans, and Frozen Garlic Bread. 

Corn Health Benefits


Corns are usually yellow but are also available in orange, purple, red, white, black, and blue. Corns are very popular cereal grains, and they have various nutrients that can lead to several health benefits for our bodies. They have good amounts of fiber and protein to help our metabolism. 


Just like any other cereal grain, corn is primarily composed of carbs. But still, they have fiber and protein to provide us several important health benefits; some of them are:


  • Lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids of corn can improve eye health by reducing macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • It prevents digestive issues like hemorrhoids and protects from getting colon cancer. 
  • Vitamin B of corn can improve our nerve health and promotes facilitating growth.
  • Corn can help you gain weight with its high calories if you are underweight.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids of corn can get rid of bad cholesterol and protect our hearts from any heart diseases. 
  • Diabetes is a disease that can not be cured, but you can control it. Phytochemicals from corns can regulate the insulin in our blood to control diabetes.
  • Iron from corn can prevent anemia by forming new blood cells.
  • Rich in minerals, including selenium which is great for our body. 

Varieties of Frozen Corn


Any type of frozen corn will work perfectly with this recipe. Some of the corn varieties are,

  • Sweet corn: It is very tasty, tender, and has small sweet kernels, which will remind you of fresh summertime corn. 
  • The whole kernel cut corn: This is a common corn variety that comes to many people’s minds when they think of corn. It has a strong texture and has large kernels.  
  • Yellow and White Corn Blend: it is a combination of yellow and white kernels which has a mildly sweet and crunchy texture. 
  • Baby Corn: It is sometimes a mixture of white and yellow kernels, which is small, delicious, and flavorful.

Frozen corn and onion on wooden background

Ingredients For cooked Frozen Corn


  • Frozen corn – you can freeze your own corn or purchase it from the freezer section in your local supermarket.
  • Vegan butter or avocado oil – I used Earth Balance buttery spread but you can substitute with vegetable broth for an oil-free version.
  • Onion – use fresh onion for flavor. 
  • Onion powder and garlic powder – are added for an extra boost in flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning – adds a lovely flavor to this dish
  • Salt – use sea salt to taste

How To Cook Frozen Corn

  1. Rinse frozen corn using a colander. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat vegan butter or avocado oil in a weighted skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and cook until soft.
  4. Add corn, onion powder, and garlic powder, and cook for about 5 minutes stirring.
  5. Season with salt. Serve immediately.

cooking frozen corn in saucepan

Is Frozen Corn Already Cooked?


Yes, whether you buy store-bought or prepare it in your home, the corn should have been or has been already cooked before freezing. This happens because the process named blanching helps to prevent nutrient and color loss in the corn. Also, it maintains the texture and flavor of the corn. 


Is Frozen Corn Healthier than Canned?


Both types are better than nothing but frozen corn is much better than the canned ones. Frozen corns are created to hold their nutrients, while canned ones can remove some nutrients throughout the processing. Also, canned corns have a high amount of sodium in them unless they have No Salt Added on the label. For healthier canned or frozen corn, make sure you thoroughly check the ingredients labels. 

Just because a product says organic or any other fancy words does not mean it is better or healthier for you. Take a glance at the ingredients label, which will help you better understand and make choices. 


How to Roast Frozen Corn in the Oven?


  • Start preheating the oven at 350 degrees F. In that way, you will get a stable temperature, and corn will roast evenly. Mostly the oven needs to have 30 to 45 minutes to heat properly. 
  • Get an ovenproof tray and spread the frozen corn and seasonings. Season the corn perfectly with spices and herbs or whatever you want to apply. You may need to thaw the frozen lumps from the corn. Get a tea towel on the lumps and give pressure with a small skillet or plate. 
  • After the oven is fully heated and the corn is seasoned, you can put the tray in the oven. Roasting time will depend on the variety and how you want to enjoy the corn. Usually, it takes 5 minutes to tender, but you need to cook for 15 to 20 minutes to see the color.  
  • Take out the corn and allow them to cool slightly. Add some additional seasonings and serve it. 


How to Boil Frozen Corn on A Stove? 


  • Fill the saucepan at least halfway full with water, or make sure the corn is fully submerged in the water. Add a pinch of salt with water and start boiling the corn. 
  • Once the water boiling is done, put the corn in the saucepan. Stir the corn with a spoon so that it does not stick together. Take a kernel out every 2 to 4 minutes to check the tenderness of the corn. 
  • Strain the corn on the sink and season the corn with your preferable ingredients.  


Tips and Tricks to Cook Frozen Corn


  • If you want to cut the recipe in half, you can use a smaller skillet. Don’t overcrowd the pan, or it will not cook evenly. 
  • I prefer adding simple seasonings to keep the flavors simple. You can add fresh caramelized onions and minced garlic to the corn to get an extra level of flavor.  
  • Some brands offer corn with sauce, which will not work well with this recipe.

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  3. Frozen Broccoli In The Air fryer
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  5. Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables

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How To Cook Frozen Corn?

Frozen corn is a great asset to many cooks; even if the corn is not available or after fields have grown bare, you can still enjoy fresh-tasting corn. Learn how to cook frozen corn below.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Cook Frozen Corn?
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 187kcal


  • 1 pound frozen corn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter or avocado oil for oil-free version use 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Rinse frozen corn using a colander. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Heat vegan butter or avocado oil in a weighted skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and cook until soft.
  • Add corn, onion powder, and garlic powder, Italian seasoning and cook for about 5 minutes stirring.
  • Season with salt. Serve immediately.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 2g | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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