Best Ever Corn on the Cob in the Oven Recipe + Video

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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 other recipes. Cooking corn on the cob has never been easier! This is the easiest way to cook sweet ears of corn! 

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I just love baked corn on the cob. Whether I’m at a picnic, barbecue, or summer potluck, it is always a popular side dish.

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

This easy baked corn is a great idea and a must to keep on hand during corn season.

Not only does this recipe give you great flavor and juicy corn every single time, but then you get to top it with homemade garlic butter, salted butter, parmesan cheese – or any other favorite topping that you want.

Can we all just take a moment to relish in the fact of how good sweet summer corn is? This simple recipe lets me cook a bunch of corn in a new way – and I can’t wait to see what you think!

Not only is this a great alternative to boiling corn, but it gives those sweet kernels the best texture. This is the only way that I’ll cook raw corn now because I’m pretty much obsessed. 

shucking ears of corn

Corn on the Cob in the Oven

While corn on the cob couldn’t be simpler to prep, there are plenty of different ways to cook it! 

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

Or, maybe you want to use the crockpotInstant Pot, or an air fryer

These cooking methods allow you to enjoy the same flavor as oven roasted corn on the cob without heating up your whole kitchen. That’s a win-win!

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.

Recipe Video

removing husks from corn

Tips for Cooking Corn on the Cob

  • Use unsalted butter. 

    You won’t need the extra salt since you’ll be adding it along with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Need a butter substitute

    Olive, vegetable, or even coconut oil can be used in place of the butter. You just need some kind of coating when cooking corn on the cob so it 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.
  • Try different corn on the cob 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 barbecue ranch dressing.

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob 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. You’ll have fresh sweet corn for your summer BBQ in no time at all! 

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

For oven roasting, I remove the husks. It makes it easier to apply the flavored butter to the kernels. 

But, if you want to keep them on, you can carefully turn back the husks, and apply the flavored butter. Then, close up the husks 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 them out of the oven.

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

Yes, you can make this baked corn recipe starting with frozen ears of corn. Simply follow the directions below, substituting 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.

making corn on the cob in the oven

Prep Ahead Instructions

There’s not much to do ahead of time with this recipe — it’s just cooking corn on the cob in the oven!  

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.

buttering corn on the cob

Storing and Reheating Baked Corn on the Cob

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 it in an airtight container. 

It will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Or, you can freeze them 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!

flipping corn in oven with tongs

Enjoy!
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oven roasted corn with butter on sheet pan

Best Ever Corn on the Cob in the Oven Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
Corn on the Cob in the Oven is roasted to perfection indoors! Baked corn on the cob is an easy side for BBQ cookouts and summer potlucks!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ears corn on the cob, husks and silk removed
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or adjust to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the ears of corn on the baking sheet.  Reserve about 1/2 of the butter and spread the remaining butter on all sides of the ears.  Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Bake, turning corn occasionally, for 30-45 minutes, or until corn starts to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and spread the remaining butter evenly over the ears of corn.  Sprinkle with more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

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 to combine. Smear the seasoned butter on the corn and then continue with the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ear of corn | Calories: 178cal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 306mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published April 2014, updated and republished July 2024

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73 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

    1. I put the corn in the microwave for about 3 to 4 minutes and then I cut the big end off and squeeze it out of the thin side, the corn just slides right our ( no silk ).

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

  12. 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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