Corn Stock

Corn Stock

Anita Schecter 

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 8 to 10 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
84 Calories
1g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 230mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If the idea of making any kind of homemade stock sounds daunting, we promise that you will be cured of that the first time you do it. It's surprisingly easy and doesn't involve much more than throwing a few ingredients into a stock pot with water and letting it do a slow simmer on the stove for a couple of hours. Yes, that is slightly more work than buying a container or can of it in the store, but the results are worth the effort. Why? No unpronounceable ingredients, additives, excess salt, no fat—you get to control exactly what goes into it.

So why a corn stock, instead of a regular vegetable stock? The sweet, beautiful flavor of fresh corn is unbeatable. We definitely recommend saving up some of summer's sugary ears and using them to make batches of corn stock for the freezer. That way, you will have a little bit of that summer flavor year-round. It is definitely possible to make the stock with only the ears, once you've used the kernels for something else. But keeping the ears whole will add more flavor and sweetness to the stock. We balance out the natural sugars with spicy black peppercorns, fresh garlic, and fragrant bay leaves for great flavor.

Once you have homemade corn stock, what can you do with it? Firstly, it makes an amazing base for homemade soup since it delivers so much more flavor than just plain water. Use it to thin out sauces or as an ingredient in a creamy béchamel. Cook rice in it instead of water. Or, even better, heat it up and use it as the stock for your risotto recipes. All your dishes will be enhanced by the flavor of this homemade stock.

Making certain kinds of meat stocks can be more involved. For example, ultra-rich veal stock, the basis of every delicious meat sauce you've ever wished you could make, involves roasting bones. But vegetable stocks are simple and quickly prepped.


  • 5 to 6 ears fresh corn, husked

  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

  • 2 celery stalks, quartered

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 large handful fresh parsley

  • 8 to 10 cups water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add the ears of fresh corn to a large soup or stock pot (approximately 3 1/2 quarts) along with the quartered onion, celery stalks, garlic cloves, black peppercorns, bay leaves and fresh parsley. Fill with water and bring to a boil.

  3. Once boiling, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours.

  4. Strain the stock and allow to cool completely before storing in airtight jars in the refrigerator.

    Corn Stock
    Anita Schecter


  • The stock will keep in the fridge for up to a week, or you can freeze it.