How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Oven

Have you ever tried to make corn on the cob before? Most people know that corn on the cob is made by boiling it. You put it in a big pot of water and boil it until it’s cooked and soft and tender.

That makes delicious, soft corn on the cob that everybody loves. It’s a favourite finger food and perfect for Thanksgiving or family dinners. 

That is not the only way to make corn on the cob, though. You can also cook it in the oven. Roasted oven baked corn on the cob is delicious and good for you. This is actually one of the healthiest ways you can make corn on the cob, and it gives you a wonderfully roasted texture to your corn.

I absolutely love roasted corn- the flavour, the texture, and all the different ways you can prepare it. I want to show you a few ways how to cook up corn on the cob in your oven.

How to Cook Frozen Corn on The Cob in the Oven 

Alright, so you have frozen corn on the cob you want to cook. Do you need to let it thaw out before you roast it in the oven? Yes you should, as it will cook better, cook more thoroughly, and ultimately taste better. How to cook corn on the cob in oven?

Start by preparing a butter sauce for it. I like to mix together high quality butter garlic powder, pepper, rosemary, and thyme to make my butter mixture. Alternatively, you could just use garlic butter or even regular butter. It’s up to you how flavourful you want your corn on the cob to be. 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is warming, butter your corn on the cob as liberally as you would like then, wrap it in aluminium foil and place onto a baking sheet. You want to bake the corn until it is soft.

How long to cook corn on the cob in the oven? You need to cook it for at least 20 minutes but as long as 25 minutes. When cooking corn on the cob, it is important that the corn cook all the way through, becoming soft enough to be eaten easily. 

Once the corn on the cob has cooked, you can remove it from the oven and unwrap it from the foil and serve immediately. 

What’s the advantage to oven roasting corn on the con? You can cook a lot of corn on the cob at once, feeding and crowd of people without a lot of work or time.

How long does it take to cook corn on the cob in the oven when you are cooking lots at once? As long as you have enough space for all the corn to cook evenly and to lay flat on the pan, you can use the same 20 to 25-minute cook time. 

How to Cook Frozen Corn on The Cob in the Oven 

Should you cook frozen corn on the cob in the oven? No, you want to make sure it is completely thawed before you try to bake it, roast it grill it, or try any other kind of cooking method. So, if you want to cook frozen corn on the cob in the oven, be sure to let it thaw out first.

I know some people search for how to cook frozen corn on the cob in the husk in the oven, and I don’t advise doing this either. Instead, allow the corn on the cob to thaw completely.

You can put frozen corn into the fridge from the freezer overnight to allow it to thaw properly. Or if you want it to thaw faster, you can place your frozen corn on the cob in a bowl of room temperature water.

Do not use hot water, as that will cause the corn to start cooking prematurely and will affect your overall cooking time. 

How to Cook Corn on The Cob in the Oven without Foil

Can you cook corn on the cob in the oven without using aluminium foil? Yes, you can, even though aluminium foil is preferred because of how it traps in moisture and makes the corn on the cobs more succulent.

So, to cook corn on the cob in the oven without any foil, simply place it on a baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the uncovered corn for 20 minutes.

You can also season or butter the corn on the cob before roasting it in the oven for a more savoury and delicious dish. 

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in Microwave Oven 

I want to share with you another way to cook corn on the cob besides using the oven or boiling it in a pot.  We talked about how to cook fresh corn on the cob in oven, but there’s a faster way to cook corn in the cob and still make it come out tasting nice.

I want to show you how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave oven. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it taste pretty good, if I do say so myself.

To cook corn on the cob in the microwave oven, be sure to pull off the husks first. Place the husk corn cobs on a microwave plate.

They don’t have to be spaced apart and can be touching each other, but they should not be stacked on top of one another. Give all your corn cobs enough room to lay flat on the plate.

Then, cook the corn on high for 4-5 minutes. That is all it takes for quick, delicious corn on the cob. I don’t think it tastes quite as good as roasting or grilling the corn, and it definitely has a slightly different texture to it than these other methods, but microwaving certainly works. 

Not all microwave ovens are the same. I want to show you how to cook corn on the cob in Nuwave oven. The method is almost the same as with your other conventional microwave ovens.

As with the other cooking methods, be sure to husk the corn properly. Then place the corn cobs on your new wave microwave oven rack and cook for 20 minutes. Be sure to use the high power level so that the corn cooks properly and thoroughly. 

Closing Thoughts

These are just a few ways that you can cook corn on the cob and make it come out delicious without having to do a whole lot of work. No matter which method you use, I suggest husking the corn before cooking it.

This simply means shucking or taking the husk or outer covering off of the corn. The little silk strands that run between the kernels of corn will come off easily as well.

Some of those come out when you husk the corn and others will need to be manually pulled out. Or you can leave them in, and bake the corn with those silk strands in. They are perfectly edible.

Some people get really fancy with their corn on the cob recipes and their seasonings. I have kept it simple for you here, but you could add a lot of herbs and spices and make spicy Cajun grilled corn on the cob or roasted garlic corn.

There’s so many great ways to prepare corn on the cob and you don’t have to keep it simple and traditional every time. 

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