This Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob is the easiest way to enjoy sweet summer corn! This hands-off method produces the perfect corn without any babysitting required!
I love corn and when that corn is fresh and on the cob, it is just 100x more delicious to me! I absolutely adore it and so, when I found the most delicious looking corn on the cob at the grocery store, it took just minutes of getting home to prep it and pop it in the oven!
While corn on the cob is my favourite way to eat it, grilling is not my thing (my hubby usually takes care of that) and the weather doesn’t always cooperate to make that possible (I mean, who wants to stand in the rain and grill?). That’s where the oven comes in to the rescue.
Boiling and grilling are definitely the more well-known ways to prepare corn on the cob, but if you have not tried roasting it in the oven, you are truly missing out! It is the best way, in my opinion, not only for ease, but for flavour. As with most vegetables, roasting brings out the sweetness and the end result is a delicious and moist cob that is sure to win over the family!
How to season corn on the cob
Fresh summer corn is deliciously sweet and flavourful as is and it truly does not need much. I kept this recipe super simple with just butter, parsley, salt and pepper but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little more seasoning to take things up another notch! There are a number of seasonings you can choose, but here are some of our favourites:
- chili powder or cayenne (for a little kick)
- Cajun or creole seasoning
- Italian seasoning
- Parmesan (sooo good!)
- fresh herbs (you can choose pretty much any herb you like or a combo of several herbs! I love thyme, rosemary, and parsley)
- Feta – give corn a Greek twist by adding some feta! Oregano is also a nice touch for added flavour
How to prepare corn on the cob for roasting
Before roasting your corn there are only a few simple steps to ensure you are ready to go.
- First, you will have to remove the husk and as much silk as possible.
- Once removed, rub the ears of corn with butter generously.
- Then season the corn with salt and pepper (and any additional seasonings you may wish to use).
- Place it on a lined baking sheet and you are ready to make your oven roasted corn on the cob!
How long do you oven roast corn on the cob?
Typically, roasted corn will take about 25 minutes to cook at 425F. During the cooking process, flip the cobs over about halfway through.
If you would like to add more colour, you can broil the cooked cobs for a few minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they brown quickly under the broiler. Also, if you used parchment paper on the baking sheet, make sure you remove it as it will burn under such high temperatures.
How do you tell when corn on the cob is cooked?
When corn is cooked, you will notice a few changes in appearance. First, the yellow colour will be more intense. Secondly, the kernels themselves will look plump. You can also do the ‘prick test’ where you use the tip of a sharp knife to prick a corn kernel. It should be easy to pierce.
What to serve with oven roasted corn on the cob
The beauty of corn on the cob is that it goes with pretty much anything we are grilling up in the summer. It is the perfect side for grilled proteins such as Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Chili Lime Chicken, Kofta Kebabs or classic Homemade Hamburgers.
What to do with leftover corn on the cob
If you have leftover corn, cover cooled corn with plastic food wrap or place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. Reheating corn on the cob again is easy to do. My preferred method is in the microwave. I cover the corn on the cob with a damp paper towel and microwave it in short bursts (10-15 seconds) until it is heated through. This helps keep it moist and prevents the kernels from bursting.
Transforming leftovers is my jam though and leftover corn is so versatile and fun to turn into a totally new dish. To turn it into something brand new for us to enjoy all over again, I often use it in other recipes such as:
- Corn, Bacon and Arugula Pasta Salad,
- Corn Fritters
- Shrimp & Corn Chowder
- Summer Gnocchi with Corn, Tomatoes & Pesto
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you try it and love it as much as I do, I would love to hear about it! Leave a rating and/or comment below to let me know!
Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob
- 4 ears corn husk and silks removed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 tablespoon butter to serve
- Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- Rub softened butter over each ear of corn and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place the corn on the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 25 minutes until tender, turning halfway through.
- Once removed from oven, brush with more butter and sprinkle with fresh parsley.