Slow-Cooker Corn on the Cob

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Slow-Cooker Corn on the Cob is such an easy way to prepare everyone’s favorite side dish.

Of course there are different methods for cooking corn on the cob, but steaming them in your slow-cooker retains the sweet delicious flavor, yet gives you the freedom to tend to other tasks while the corn gently cooks.

Try this recipe once, and we feel certain you’ll probably never want to prepare corn on the cob any other way! It’s that good

A white bowl holding slow-cooker corn on the cob.


You can cook the corn on high for just a couple of hours, or on low (our favorite) for up to 6 or 7 hours.

Once they are cooked, just adjust the setting to “warm” and you’re good to go!

Watch us show you how easy it is to make Slow-Cooker Corn on the Cob!


There is just something magically delicious about fresh corn on the cob.

Now days, fresh corn is available at well-stock supermarkets almost year round.

Resist going with frozen corn niblets. They will just not produce the kind of taste and texture that you get with fresh corn.

Partially shucked corn next to butter and salt.

We love cutting the fresh corn into easy-to-handle niblets.

Of course, you can certainly leave the corn as is and prepare in the same manner.

When we make the niblets, we cut off the tips of the corn as well as the ends. Be sure to use a large, sharp knife…but be very careful! Some cobs can be tougher than others!A sharp knife cutting corn in the middle for slow-cooker corn on the cob.


What would corn on the cob be without melted butter? We can’t even bear the thought.

After adding about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water to the bottom of the slow cooker, we melt about 1/2 stick of butter and then brush each corn with the butter.

A sprinkling of salt is a good idea here, too. And also black pepper, if desired. And into the slow cooker they go!

Brushing melted butter onto a corn niblet.


We love making slow-cooker corn on the cob when we have a gathering of friends and family coming over.

You can even prep the corn the night before, just keep the shucked and cut corn in a covered container.

Start the slow-cooking early, and then go about your other business. Once guests arrive, the corn will be perfectly cooked and will stay nice and warm until ready to be eaten.

Cooked corn niblets in a white serving bowl.

Corn on the cob is so delicious with just a smattering of butter and a sprinkling of salt. Perfectly simple and incredibly flavorful.

Another amazing way to prepare corn is our scrumptious Mexican-Style Grilled Corn. It’s grilled with an amazing cream sauce cooked right into the corn. This is known as Elote in Spanish. So good!

But we have to tell you, you just can’t beat the incredible taste and amazing ease of this Slow-Cooker Corn on the Cob. The best!

Slow cooker corn on the cob in the pot.

Corn niblets in a white bowl.

Slow-Cooker Corn on the Cob

Slow-Cooker Corn on the Cob is just amazing. The corn is steamed perfectly and isn't overcooked but juicy, plump and bright yellow. And so easy! Cook low and slow, while you are able to tend to other tasks! Like jumping in the pool! Get ready for lots of 'oohs' and 'ahs' with this incredible corn!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Vegetable - Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Side, Fresh Corn, Slow-Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 179kcal


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter divided
  • Salt to taste
  • 8 ears fresh corn shucked and cut into halves
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)


  • Pour the water into the slow-cooker pot.
  • Melt half of the butter (4 tbsp) and then brush each piece of corn with the butter.
  • Salt and each piece of corn and place into the slow-cooker. Pepper them, too, if desired.
  • Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours. If necesssary, keep the corn warm with the 'warm' setting on the slow-cooker.
  • Just before serving, cut the remaing 4 tbps of butter into chunks and add to the corn. Gently stir with a wooden spoon.



Serving: 4g | Calories: 179kcal
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  • 5 stars
    I tried this last night for the first time and my husband who was never much of a fan of corn on the cob RAVED about it! He mentioned it several times during the meal, saying it was delicious! I did not expect that!

    • Woo hoo!! Kim and Tim!!! We are THRILLED you made the corn on the cob, and you both loved it!! Thank you so so much for letting us know and for the great review! That means the world to us! Please stay in touch and give our best to Tim!!

  • I’m thinking if you don’t add water, the frozen corn on the cob would do just fine in the crockpot. The Frozen corn will release enough liquid to take the place of adding water. Has anyone tried this? I used to slow cook frozen corn on the cob all the time and it was delicious. It’ just been a really long time and I can’t remember exactly what I did! Thank You!

    • Hi Gail! That should work with no problem! Nestle them around the potatoes and roast and they should cook beautifully! Let us know if you try it and how it all turns out. Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    OMG, Kris and Wesley,
    You are right. This is truly a game changer. I tried this method of cooking corn and now the family is hooked. So easy. No last minute worrying about boiling the water. And the corn stays perfectly hot in the ceramic pot on the table. Love, love, love.

    • Hi Janet! We are soooo glad you loved the slow-cooker corn on the cob! We LOVE it, too, and we are always amazed when we served it, it was the dish talked about the most! So happy you had success with it and thank you so much for letting us know!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    So I made this for my Memorial Day party. I don’t think there could be a more convenient way to prepare corn on the cob. It was delicious. Already seasoned and swimming in butter. Thank you so much for the recipe. It’s the perfect way to make corn on the cob for a group without crowding your grill. I will never boil corn again.

    • YES!!! Win!!! We are so happy you had big success with this slow cooker corn! We kind of think this corn is a game changer! Always such a hit with guests and so easy to make!! Thank you as always for letting us know!! Means so much to us!!! Here’s to a FABULOUS Summer!!!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Corn in the slow cooker, I would have never guessed this would be good in a million years, but boy was it the people we had over said it was some of the best corn on the cob they ever tasted. Defiantly a summer staple for ya now

    • That is absolutely wonderful to hear, Judi!! We are thrilled you had success with this corn! And THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting us know. We appreciate that so very much. xo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Never thought of putting corn on the cob in the crockpot, but I will be preparing this for my Memorial Day festivities too. I will let you know how it turned out. Believe it or not, Walmart has the best, sweet corn here (Tulsa). Happy Memorial Day to both of you! And thank you for this great recipe.

    • Hi Sherry!! We just recently started preparing our corn this way, and we were amazed at how delicious they are. Everyone raved about the corn!! Let us know what you think! And Happy Memorial Day to you, too!! Kris & Wesley

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