15 Delicious Ways to Use Canned Corn
Whenever I see canned corn on sale, into my basket the cans go. I think it's a pantry "essential." Besides being versatile, corn is a vegetable that kids and picky eaters like, too. My grandmother raised five "picky eaters" and once told me that corn was the only vegetable my father would willingly eat. (See also: Canned Foods That Go the Distance)
Below are fifteen recipes using corn. In any of the recipes which call for frozen corn, simply substitute drained, canned corn. Another trick I use is that if the recipe calls for less corn than I need from the can, I just put the extra in a ziplock baggie and freeze it. From there, I toss it into soups or, when defrosted, casseroles.
1. Homemade Creamed Corn
Why on earth make your own creamed corn? Doesn't it already come in a can? Well, of course it does, but that stuff cannot compare to home-made. And it's easy — you can even make it in your crock-pot. (See also: Best Slow Cookers)
For watching football, a movie, or a potluck, this Fiesta Corn Dip is great. Just substitute canned corn for frozen.
Sufferin' Succotash! Am I dating myself with this Sylvester-the-cat reference? Succotash is a dish usually consisting mainly of corn and lima beans. However, I despise lima beans, so I substitute green beans or edamame.
Speaking of edamame, this Edamame and Corn Salad is delicious alongside a grilled pork chop.
5. Three-Can Salad
Didn't everyone's mother make three-can salad? Drain one can of corn, one can of black or white beans, and one can of artichoke hearts, chopped. Add Italian dressing. Done! (See also: Cheap and Healthy Black Bean Recipes)
Corn fritters, or pancakes, are a kid-friendly favorite. Big kids love them, too!
Did somebody mention bacon? Well, corn and bacon are great together, particularly in Bacon-Corn Chowder.
8. Corn Pudding
If you are in need of some comfort food, here is an easy recipe for Corn Pudding.
9. Kid Food
Kid food, no recipe required. Make (boxed) macaroni and cheese and add a half cup of drained, canned corn, one sliced hot dog, and stir well. Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top of that. (See also: How to Cut Waste When Feeding Kids)
10. Black Beans and Corn
11. Ham Casserole
Last year I was determined to make a Christmas ham. I did, and while it was great, I had so many ham leftovers! This Hearty Ham Casserole would have come in very handy. I'm bookmarking it for the next time I bake a ham.
I have had this recipe in my arsenal since the days when I lived in California, and needed to do something WITH ALL THAT DARNED ZUCCHINI. Corn and Zucchini Medley goes with anything...chicken, fish, ribs, you name it. It is an easy, effective "use up zucchini" recipe, and inexpensive. (See also: The Produce Worker's Guide to Storing Fruits and Veggies)
This takes some time and effort, but wow, is it worth it. Sweet Corn Tomalito is just fantastic alongside fajitas, tacos, and ribs. Because it is rich, you only need a little as a side dish.
I really love it when foods LOOK pretty on a plate. Such is the case with these Corn-Stuffed Tomatoes.
15. Asian Fritters
I know I already gave you a corn fritter recipe — but this one is for ASIAN Corn fritters. I love the addition of the shrimp, which is optional.
Readers, anyone else have canned corn ideas?