Let your slow cooker help you entertain for your next barbecue and make my 3 ingredient recipe for buttery slow cooker corn on the cob made in 3 hours!
If you love corn on the cob, get ready to have your mind blown. I’m telling you, it’s the simple things in life that gets me excited. I’m going to show you how easy it is to cook corn on the cob in the slow cooker. Years ago, I was helping my mother in-law plan a big barbecue, and I wanted to make corn on the cob; however, I didn’t feel like boiling a dozen ears of corn.
As well as trying to figure out how to keep that corn hot. That’s when a light bulb went off in my head! Why not put the fresh ears of shucked corn right in my slow cooker? I’ve done this with baked potatoes and it’s worked beautifully, so why not try it with corn. The results were just as good as boiling the corn. You’ll never notice the difference. I pinky promise.
This recipe is super simple and really only requires three ingredients!
- Corn on the cob – fresh is best. I’ve never tested this recipe with frozen corn.
- Water – I always use water to cook the corn on the cob. I have heard of people using milk to cook the corn in. This is also an option.
- Butter – I like to use salted butter. Make sure you drain the slow cooker after the corn is done cooking to let the butter melt into the corn!
Shuck corn and clean stray hairs off each ear of corn.
Remove the stick of butter from the refrigerator and set on the counter to get to room temperature.
Place the corn in a 6.5-quart slow cooker. Pour the water in the slow cooker. Place the lid on top and cook for 3 hours on high. Do not remove the lid until cooking time is done.
Once the corn is done all you need to do is drain the water and then throw in a stick of butter. I prefer salted butter for recipes like this. Place the lid back on the slow cooker and let the butter melt.
Yes, this crock pot version is perfect for cooking ahead of time. The corn can sit on a “warm” mode for up to 2-3 hours before serving.
When making corn on the cob for a lot of people it’s best to keep it warm in a slow cooker. Be careful to not dry out the corn! Keeping water in the pot or a lot of butter and letting the corn sit on “warm” mode in a crock pot will keep it’s moisture and texture.
Yes, but be careful to not let it sit in the water for too long. My rule of thumb is an hour after it’s done cooking. Any more then that and it can tend to get soggy.
Tips & Tricks
- Butter – If you place the stick of butter on the counter when you start cooking the corn in the slow cooker it will be soft and will only take minutes to melt on the hot corn! Nothing is better than butter drenched corn on the cob.
- Stretching Corn – The best way to stretch corn on the cob for a large crowd is to break the ears of corn in half. Most guest will go for just a half piece of corn at first. This is especially true if you have a lot of side dishes you are serving the corn alongside. This cuts down on your cost and the amount of corn you will need to supply for your guest.
- Amount of Corn – As seen in my video and a few photos you can cook as little as 4 ears of corn up to 12 ears of corn depending on the size of your slow cooker!
- Oval Crock Pots – I have found that the oval size Crock Pots work best. However, if you have a circular crock pot you can stand the corn up vertically to stack in as many as you can fit!
Slow Cooker Recipes
Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Here are a few of my favorite easy slow cooker recipes that are as easy as my crock pot corn on the cob!
- Slow Cooker Steakhouse Pork Tenderloin Dinner
- Slow Cooker Ranchero Beans
- Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler
- Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks
- Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers with Beef
- Slow Cooker Blueberry Cobbler
I hope you found this recipe helpful and it changes the way you make corn on the cob for a crowd. If you own an Instant Pot you can always make corn on the cob in a pressure cooker, too! You can always dress up your corn and make Mexican Street Corn, Greek Style Corn on the Cob, or even Bacon, Ranch Dill Corn on the Cob!
If you make this crock pot corn on the cob recipe, I would be honored and love for you to take the time to leave a star rating and comment! I spend hours developing and testing these recipes, and always love to hear feedback and user experience!
Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob
- Slow Cooker
- 12 Ears of Corn
- 1 cup Water
- 1 stick Salted Butter
- Shuck corn and clean stray hairs off each ear of corn.
- Remove the stick of butter from the refrigerator and set on the counter to get to room temperature.
- Place the corn in a 6.5-quart slow cooker. Pour the water in the slow cooker. Place the lid on top and cook for 3 hours on high. Do not remove the lid until cooking time is done.
- Once the corn is cooked, drain the water. Place the stick of room temperature butter in the slow cooker, place the lid on and let the butter melt (about 5 minutes with heat off). Enjoy immediately or let sit covered until ready to eat.
- If you are serving a large crowd and/or your slow cooker won’t fit the 12 ears of corn, feel free to split the ears in half prior to cooking.
- Not cooking for a crowd? You can cook as few as 4 ears of corn in the slow cooker!
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