Wondering how to freeze corn on the cob? Here is an easy way to have delicious sweet corn year round! Includes instructions for how to cook frozen corn.
Freezing corn on the cob is super easy whether you have extra corn on the cob that you aren’t sure what to do with. Or you want to save some of the fresh sweet corn from the summer to be able to enjoy it in the winter.
How To Freeze Corn On The Cob
Start by peeling the corn on the cob and removing the silks.
Want to cut the corn from the cob to make freezer corn rather than freeze the whole cob? Find my recipe and instructions for freezer corn here.
Bring water to a boil in a large stock pot. Add the corn and boil for 3-4 minutes, turning the corn as needed.
Want to eat the corn right away? See my post about how long to boil corn on the cob here.
Should I add salt to the water?
No, do not add salt to the water. The salt can toughen the corn. If you really want to add something, one of my best friend’s dads adds sugar to the water to sweeten the corn a bit more.
Use tongs to remove corn from the boiling water.
Place the corn in ice water for 3-4 minutes to cool, turning occasionally.
Use a paper towel or clean flour sack towel to dry the cooled corn on the cob.
Place the corn on the cob in a pan or on a baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for a couple of hours to freeze.
Remove the corn on the cob from the freezer and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
Put the wrapped corn cobs in a labeled and dated zip top freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible before zipping the bag shut. Then place in the freezer until ready to use.
How long can I store frozen corn on the cob?
Frozen corn on the cob should last 8-12 months in the freezer. The main thing to watch for is freezer burn.
When ready to enjoy, cook the frozen corn on the cob in boiling water on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Stovetop: Unwrap the frozen cobs of corn. Place them in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover the corn. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Then, turn the heat to medium, cover the pan, and cook for 6-8 minutes, until heated through.
- Microwave: Unwrap the frozen cobs of corn. Place 1-2 ears in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish and add 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 7-9 minutes until heated through, turning halfway through cooking.
Want more corn recipes? Try these next:
This Corn Salsa recipe is a Chipotle copycat with corn, peppers, onions, and cilantro. It can be eaten with chips or on top of chicken, tacos, or fish!
Flavorful Corn Dip is the perfect dish to bring to your next party or backyard barbecue. Serve cold or hot with corn chips or tortilla chips.
A Corn Salad is a creamy combination of fresh sweet corn, colorful peppers, and ripe tomatoes! It is the perfect summer salad for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues.
Here’s how to grill corn on the cob with the husks. It’s so easy to do with no prep, no soaking, and no peeling the sweet corn beforehand.
How To Freeze Corn On The Cob
- 4 ears of corn on the cob
- 6 cups ice cubes
- Peel the corn on the cob and remove the silks.
- Fill a large stockpot about half full of water. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat.
- Add the peeled corn on the cob. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning the corn occasionally.
- While the corn is cooking, prepare an ice bath in a 9×13 pan.
- Use tongs to transfer the hot corn from the pot to the ice bath. Cool for 4-5 minutes.
- Pat the corn dry and place in a pan or on a baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for a couple of hours to freeze.
- Remove the corn on the cob from the freezer and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Place in a ziptop freezer bag and return to the freezer.
How To Cook Frozen Corn On The Cob
- Stovetop: Place the frozen corn in a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover the corn. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook the corn for 6-8 minutes until heated through.
- Microwave: Place 1-2 ears of frozen corn in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish. Add 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 7-9 minutes until heated through, turning halfway through cooking.