Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Corn on the Cob in the Oven + Video

Corn on the Cob in the Oven is prepped and ready to bake in just 10 minutes! Enjoy baked corn as a side or use the kernels in another recipe. This recipe is so simple you will be making it all year long! It is utterly life altering!

Corn on the Cob in the Oven on baking tray with butter
I just love baked corn on the cob in the summertime. Whether I’m at a picnic, barbecue, or family outing, it is one of my favorite summer recipes.

Pops of sweetness in every bite, complemented with melted butter and a variety of seasonings — my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Corn on the Cob in the Oven being shucked

Corn on the Cob in the Oven

While this recipe couldn’t be more simple, there are plenty of different ways to make it! Watch the video for step by step instructions and find more helpful tips below.

You should try my perfect stovetop version too. Trust me, both of these recipes are so simple, you’ll be making them all year long!

Or, maybe you want to use the crockpot, Instant Pot, or an air fryer — enjoy the same flavor as oven roasted corn on the cob without heating up your whole kitchen.

Looking for something more decadent? Try my Candied Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Corn! Sweet kernels and smoky strips of bacon are sprinkled with brown sugar for a sticky, sweet coating.

Baked Corn on the Cob being cleaned

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use unsalted butter. You won’t need the extra salt since you’ll be adding it yourself with the freshly ground black pepper.
  • Or oil instead! Olive, vegetable, or even coconut oil can be used in place of the butter. You just need some kind of coating so the roasted corn doesn’t dry out.
  • Add some heat. We love to add a dash of cayenne pepper when we make baked corn on the cob. Stir it into the softened butter before smearing over the kernels so you don’t accidentally add too much.
  • Mess-free butter tip: Leave the wrapper on the stick of butter and rub the end over the surface of the kernels. You’ll get even coverage and keep your fingers clean in the process!
  • Try different toppings! Instead of flavored butter, add some smoked paprika, your favorite herbs from the garden, or even a citrus compound butter. Other options include grated Parmesan cheese, Old Bay seasoning, or dry ranch seasoning.
Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob being placed on baking sheet

What You’ll Need To Make Roasted Corn
  • Baking Sheet - Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
  • Aluminum Foil for easy cleanup
  • Tongs - I love this set of 3, and I use every pair of them. They are so handy and grip amazingly well!
Roasted Corn slathered with butter

Corn on the Cob in the Oven FAQ

Do you need to boil corn before roasting?

Not at all! Oven roasted corn on the cob comes out perfectly cooked, no boiling necessary. 

Should you remove the husks for oven roasted corn on the cob?

In this recipe, I remove the husks. It makes it easier to apply the flavored butter to the kernels.

But, you can carefully turn back the husks, then apply the flavored butter if you want to keep them on. Finally, close up the husk again and bake.

Or, you can skip the flavored butter and simply roast the cobs plain with the husks on. Then, apply butter, fresh herbs, and seasonings when you take it out of the oven.

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob turning with tongs

Can you cook frozen corn on the cob in the oven?

Yes, you can make this baked corn recipe starting with frozen. Simply follow the directions below and substitute frozen for fresh.

You can also wrap each ear in tin foil if you prefer. 
 
You will want to roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes in total. There is no need to turn them if you wrap them in foil.

Prep Ahead Instructions

There’s not much to do ahead of time with this recipe - it’s just baked corn on the cob!

That said, you can shuck and clean the ears 2 to 3 days in advance and store them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. 
 
Trim them just before baking so they don’t dry out.
 

How To Store Baked Corn

We don’t often have leftovers when we make corn on the cob in the oven! 
 
If you do, allow the roasted corn to cool before storing in an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Or, you can freeze for up to 6 months. Just make sure that each ear is well wrapped.

To reheat, let it thaw in the refrigerator. 
 
Wrap in a new sheet of foil with a little butter inside, then place the corn on the cob in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350°F. It comes out perfect every time!

Corn on the Cob in the Oven butter and baked

Enjoy!

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Corn on the Cob in the Oven wide photo




Yield: 8
Author: Donna Elick
Corn on the Cob in the Oven

Corn on the Cob in the Oven

Corn on the cob in the oven is prepped and ready to bake in just 10 minutes! Enjoy baked corn as a side or use the kernels in another recipe
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min

Ingredients

  • 8 ears corn, cleaned
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the corn on the baking sheet. Reserve about 1/2 of the butter.
  3. Spread the remaining butter on all of the corn.
  4. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper (I use about 1 teaspoon of each).
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until starting to brown.
  6. Turn corn occasionally. Remove from the oven and spread the remaining butter over the top of the corn. Sprinkle with more pepper as desired.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. We also love to add a dash of cayenne pepper. The best way to do that is to place 4 tablespoons of butter in a small dish. Add the desired amount of cayenne pepper and mix it together. Smear the butter on corn and then continue with the recipe.

Corn on the Cob in the Oven closeup

Originally published April 2014, updated and republished April 2022

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70 comments:

  1. Can you believe my husband doesn't like butter on his corn? Strange, I know. Me...I'd devour this!! Do you think I could cook some without butter or maybe rub a little olive oil on his?
    I am pinning this!!

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    1. Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping by. I love love love butter, so I am with you. But, as long as you have some oil on the corn to keep it from drying out, it will roast perfectly. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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    2. ....coconut oil on corn is the bomb!:-)

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    3. Coconut oil on corn is the bomb!!

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    4. ....coconut oil on corn is the bomb!:-)

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    5. tarheelcraftsmanJune 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I rub a little olive oil, a little salt and fresh cracked black pepper.wrap in foil place on the grill bout 30 minutes.just. make sure and rotate bout every 5 minutes so it doesnt burn..

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    6. When I lived in Mexico they put mayonnaise on the corn and then sprinkled it with grated cheese. The best corn I've ever eaten.

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    7. Carla Berry: You tried three (3) times and I still have no idea what idea you were trying to get across. What exactly does "Bomb" mean.....Is it good or is it bad ????

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    8. Yea it is called Elote I sprinkle chili powder on mine with butter and the mayo

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    9. Mo key fellow: The bomb means very good! A slang term that has been around for YEARS! :)

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    10. This made me laugh :-). A few years ago, someone told me that a guy I was dating had said I was "the bomb". I was livid because I thought he was implying that I was destroying his life, lol

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  2. I've never tried this Donna - but you know I will soon! We love roasted vegetables of all kinds so I'm sure this will be an instant favorite.

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  3. I've been roasting corn in the oven for years. I leave it in the husks and don't soak the corn or anything. Just put it on a baking sheet and and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees and you have the most moist, succulent corn you could imagine.

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    1. Microwave works in fraction of the time. About 4 minutes per ear. Leave the husks on. After done, cut the ear at the largest diameter near the stalk and squeeze it out. Works like magic.

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  4. Your roasted corn looks delishous. I can't wait to try it. I hope my grocery store has some nice fresh Ca. grown corn in when I go. I have corn growing in my back yard garden and can hardly wait till I have some ready to pick. Yum
    Thank you Donna

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  5. I would use my name instead of anonymous if I knew how to do it. I don't know what to click on to use my name and I don't know what url is.

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    1. First, select url then type in the name you want to appear. In the url box type in theslowroasteditalian.com. And there you have it.

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    2. yes, coconut oil or some garlic olive oil in place of the butter will work nicely.

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  6. I am so excited to try this! Grilling season is very short in Wisconsin, and I really don't care for boiling the ears. This sounds tasty and like a great year round way to enjoy corn!

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  7. how long do you bake the corn for in the oven

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    1. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until starting to brown.

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  8. I broil a lot of my foods in the oven, never thought doing my vegetables besides potatoes in the oven…so how long do you cook the corn for in the oven….or the broccoli? Thank you for your recipe ideas and your answer

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  9. I use my George foreman grill with husk on killer corn

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  10. I roast my corn, with olive oil wrapped individually in foil. It is the BEST ever. I also roast Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic on cookie sheet with olive oil, salt , pepper.....delish. Also, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, string beans.....you name it! Been doing this for years.

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  11. I use the microwave...husks on run under water and shake well...3 min. 30 seconds, per corn...never tasted anything better,,:)

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    1. I also use microwave..wrap each ear in a few paper towels, soak with water, and it is always delicious...

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  12. This recipe is delicious. I have made it several times. It is so buttery and yummy, I like it this way better than on the grill! Thanks!

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  13. I too roast it in the oven all the time. The only thing that I do that is slightly different is I add a little fresh ( or dried) rosemary to the salt and pepper. This adds a unique and slightly even sweeter result !

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  14. Do you "bake" or "broil" the corn, as far as the oven setting? Looking forward to trying this and surprising my wife!

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    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until starting to brown.

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  15. I have microwaved corn on the husk before. I don't like butter on corn. The corn I always had as I grew up is one with lemon juice, cayenne pepper or black pepper and salt on it.

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  16. Do you think frozen corn will work too?

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    1. I have never tried frozen corn, I would think it would be too drying for frozen, as frozen corn will release some of its liquid content as it thaws. You can cook frozen corn in a skillet with some butter and it tastes wonderful! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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    2. I cook frozen corn in the microwave. Put on a little butter first. 6 minutes, good to go. Sometimes 7 minutes on the long ears.

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  17. You can microwave corn in the husk and remove every silk by cooking it then cutting the back end of the ear off first. Hold up by the husk where the silk is. It will be hot. The ear of corn will slip right out where you made the cut. Now trim other end of ear. No silks to remove all in husks. Times vary to cook. 2-4 min. Depending on wattage of oven.

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  18. I prefer putting the whole corn in the oven, husks and all, and then after it's cooked pulling the husk down and using it as a handle. I got fresh prepackaged corn with no husk, however, and found this recipe. It's in the oven now. Smells and looks really good.

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    1. Two Words. Foil Bag it. Add your Butter. Add your seasoning. 40 minutes in the oven. You're there. Got to go. My mouth's watering.
      Agent 0007

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    2. Way more than two words, lol.

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  20. I've been microwaving whole ears of corn in the husk for a few years. While it is simple and pretty foolproof, I'll bet the oven roasting enhances the sweetness and provides a bit of crunch from the browning process. Next time I see fresh corn this will be on the dinner table. Corn is my husband's favorite veggie, so I'm sure he will have no complaints.

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    1. It's really not a veggie...your husband, like many, cheat and call it a veg...lol.

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  21. Is there anything better than roasted corn? Gorgeous pics!

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  22. Have been wrapping ears of corn and butter in foil and roasting in oven until slightly brown here and there for years. Delicious!!!! Oven should be at about 400. Frozen corn mostly. Frozen is quickest!!!!

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  23. This gets me excited for summer! Makes me feel like it's practically here. Of course now I don't have to wait for warm weather for perfectly cooked corn.

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  24. I used this recipe and it was a hit. I never seen corn leave so fast from the pan. My grand-daughters loved it.

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  25. Oh this was so much easier than individually wrapping the ears! It was wonderful. I did 2 pans worth. On the 2nd pan, I lightly sprinkled chili powder, lime juice and parmesan cheese. *groan* I could live on this.

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  26. This was delicious!

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  27. This was delicious! Thank you!

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  28. I skip the salt and pepper and use old bay. There is nothing better than old bay on sweet corn. On the east coast the best corn is silver queen, the kernels are translucent and really small but SOO good

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  29. This looks delicious. But does the corn turn out soggy or mushy?

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    1. No I just cooked it and it was delicious...

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  30. Since the grill is already fired up for the steaks, why not use the back burner area to grill the corn instead of heating an oven inside to 400 deg. I smear on a mix of olive oil, butter, Stubbs BBQ rub and sometime a dash of anchovy paste, and others to experiment with. Grill on high heat until brown areas appear, turning every few minutes. Yum!

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  31. I'm from New Jersey (best corn ever,,, anywhere),,, don't need to pour butter on or grill.... just 2 min. in boiling water,,,,, sweetest ever! Eat your hearts out!!!

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  32. I also like to add cumin or smoked paprika. Yummy.

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  33. Just a well meaning word of warning to some of the commenters: Do NOT let foil touch your food when cooking or storing- the aluminum reacts with the acids in foods which
    causes carcinogens in your food. If I use foil at all it's overtop plastic wrap and never
    when cooking. I know this is a shock, but when you think about it it makes sense, just like aluminum chlorhydrate in anti-perspirant is suspect as a cause of breast cancer.

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    1. Sometimes I wrap my fish or veggies in parchment paper and then foil. :)

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  34. Just tried this tonight because we had some corn in the fridge and it was delicious. Added some chili in lieu of cayenne and it was still fantastic!

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  35. You could use any compound butter for this--mix the salt, pepper, and any herbs/spices you like to the butter before you spread it on. I never thought about roasting corn in the oven, but this is a great idea. Thanks!

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  36. Tried it. My family Loved it!!!! Never going back to boiling corn again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. Cooking with aluminum foil poses no risks. Period.

    https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/tools-products/aluminum-foil-safe

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  38. The first time I tried this I was hooked! It's the only way I do corn now. So delicious, and easy to keep warm. Thank you!

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  39. for a couple of years now have been putting corn in the husks on the oven rack at 350 for 30 min. when done the silks slide right off and it's wonderful.

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  40. I just steam mine in the steamer for 8 mins without the husks.You can add butter and salt or oil.

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  41. Making this right now . I am excited to try it . Looks good .

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  42. First time trying corn in the oven and it turned out great! Can't wait to try it when local corn is in season!

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  43. This corn is everything!!!!

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  44. Can I use corn I froze from last summer?

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  45. I bought ur book looking for the fruit salad reciepe where u used honey and I can not find it. Please help

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    1. Here you go! Enjoy! https://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2014/05/orange-honey-rainbow-fruit-salad-recipe.html

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