How Much Corn is in a Can?

If you’re counting your calories or watching portion sizes, it’s very important to keep tabs on exactly how much you’re eating. This can get a little tricky when it comes to canned goods such as corn, as you may not be sure how many ears of corn go into a standard 15 oz can. 

A 150z can of corn contains 1 ½ cups of corn or approximately two ears of corn. 

How Many Servings of Corn in a Can?

Corn portion size is usually measured by “ears”, which is the entire corn cob and its kernels. Once all of the kernels are removed from a cob of yellow corn, you will have approximately ¾ of a cup of corn. A recommended serving size of corn is ½ a cup, so this means a can of corn contains three servings of corn. Serving amounts for other sizes of cans are:

  • ¾ cup (one and one half) servings in an 8.75oz can 
  • Three cups (six servings) in a 29oz can of corn 
  • Thirteen cups (26 servings) in a 106oz can of corn. 

Using this math, you can easily swap fresh corn for canned in any recipe!

How is Canned Corn Different From Fresh Corn?

Canned corn and fresh corn have the same nutritional value, but there are some differences to be aware of. The biggest difference between canned corn and fresh corn is the texture; fresh corn is crisp and starchy, but when processed and canned it loses some of its firmness and becomes noticeably softer. Still, this does not make for mushy corn, and if the corn is being used in a recipe that requires cooking it can be swapped seamlessly. 

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Canned Corn VS Frozen Corn

Frozen corn is a cost-effective alternative to buying fresh, but has the same price tag as canned corn. So is there much of a difference? Both canned corn and frozen corn are better when used in dishes that require cooking since the texture is similarly altered in the canning/ freezing process. A notable difference between the two, however, is that canned corn is shown to retain more nutritional value of fresh corn than frozen does; in this way canned corn could be considered the healthier option. 

How to Use Canned Corn?

Canned corn can be eaten straight from the tin, though it is recommended that its added to cooked dishes as the texture is altered slightly in the canning process. Some dishes that canned corn lends itself well to include:

  • Chili, soups, and stews
  • Casseroles
  • Corn bread
  • Stir frys 

Alternatively, canned corn can be simply heated and mixed with butter or olive oil as a tasty vegetable side dish. 

Final Thoughts:

A can of corn is comprised of hundreds of individual kernels, which come out to about ¾ of a cup for every 8 ounces. Canned corn is a cheap alternative to fresh corn, while offering the same nutritional value.