Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
Friends, crock pot corn on the cob is the easiest way to prepare sweet, buttery, and tender corn on the cob all year round. Except for cleaning the corn, this recipe is completely hands off, leaving you more time to prepare a main dish or spend time with your friends and family!
In reality, corn on the cob is pretty easy to make whether you boil or grill it, but my absolute favorite way (and the easiest way, in my opinion) is, no surprise, in the slow cooker because it’s a mostly hands-off way to prepare easy side dishes with minimal time and effort.
And, this corn comes out perfectly sweet and tender every time – it’s really a fail-proof recipe!
While the crock pot is a great way to cook corn on the cob year round, it’s probably best in the summer when corn is in season and readily available.
But if you have access to good corn on the cob year round, I highly recommend this cooking method anytime.
Serve this crockpot corn as an easy BBQ side dish with grilled chicken like my lemon marinated chicken or balsamic grilled chicken, or super tender slow cooker flank steak for a delicious, yet simple summer meal.
P.S. If you’re looking to make cooking easy this summer, check out my summer capsule meal plan where I take all the guesswork out of meal planning!
Visual Guide: How to Make Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob
Why Use the Slow Cooker for Corn on the Cob
Believe it or not, I still love using my crock pot in the summer because it doesn’t heat up the kitchen and it gives me more time to do all the fun summer activities.
In fact, I have lots of summer slow cooker recipes you should absolutely try!
So, of course, I love using the slow cooker for cooking corn on the cob.
Not only is there almost no prep time (except for shucking the corn), but the slow cooker makes cooking corn for a crowd easy, and you don’t have to babysit corn in a pot of boiling water.
All you need is corn, some olive oil, a bit of water and salt, and then you let the crock pot do its work. Once the corn is finished cooking, just slather on some butter for the best corn on the cob you’ve ever had.
Topping Ideas for Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
I kept the base of this recipe super classic so you can jazz it up with herbs and spices if you like.
This is a great opportunity to use your chopped fresh garden herbs like parsley, basil, and chives, or you can add a bit more flavor with garlic butter.
In fact garlic butter plus fresh herbs would be amazing!
Crock pot corn on the cob can be made ahead and reheated, making it a great meal prep recipe!
Once it’s cooked, store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container.
This Recipe Is…
Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
- 6-8 ears corn
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for serving
- 2 tablespoons butter
Optional Serving Suggestions
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, or chives
- Remove the husks and silk from each ear of corn.
- Add the water to a 6-quart slow cooker. Note: If using a smaller slow cooker, you may need to cut the corn in halves or fourths to fit them in.
- Rub the corn with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Nestle into the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 3-4, or until the corn is tender.
- Uncover and carefully remove the corn, and discard the cooking liquid. Rub each corn cob with butter, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs (if using), and serve warm.