The Easiest, Tastiest Corn-on-the-Cob You’ll Ever Eat

I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve bought fresh corn in the husk. After 20 minutes of trying to get all the silk removed, I decided frozen corn would be just fine with me, and when the individual servings of steam-style corn came on the market, I decided those would be even better.

The thing is, fresh corn is lots tastier than frozen, so juicy and sweet it could almost be a dessert. And eating it off the cob is just plain fun. If only it wasn’t so much trouble to prepare…

Enter Tyler Florence and his easy-schmeasy Roasted Corn on the Cob technique. How easy-schmeasy? Allow me to demonstrate:

oven roasting corn

Preheat oven to 350. Put ear of corn directly on oven rack and roast for 30 minutes.

ear of corn exposed

Remove from oven. Peel back husks and silk. (Pardon blurry photo--YOU try holding a hot-from-the-oven ear of corn and taking a photo! Also, note that corn matches my 1970s harvest gold oven perfectly.)

corn plated

Rub in a teaspoon of butter (yes, I used my fingers--the benefit of solo dining), plate with yummy salad and small burger patty. Sprinkle with black pepper or other seasoning, if desired.

clean plate

Damn. I missed a kernel.

Or if you prefer live action, you could just watch hunky Tyler, who I had thought about asking to marry me until I found out he’s already married. (I still might ask him, I’m undecided.)

I didn’t know that boiling corn pulls the moisture out of the corn. Cooking it inside the husk effectively steams the corn and traps the moisture, making it the sweetest and juiciest corn I’ve ever eaten. Seriously, I swooned a little on the first bite.

And that pesky silk? It just peels right off in sheets. I had to extract two stubborn strays and that was it!

Y’all may have already known about this miracle, but it merits Co-Discovery-of-the-Year status for me, currently tied with Alton Brown’s Baked/Boiled Eggs. Along with the yumminess, the nutritional contribution is spot-on:
corn nutrition

With stats like those, and with local corn season just around the corner, I’m seeing lots of fresh corn-on-the-cob in my future!

What do YOU think? Are you already roasting your corn this way, or do you have another preferred method? Or do you skip corn entirely?

If you’re like me and are new to the world of preparing fresh corn, skip over to today’s post on my other blog, Serentipity, where I’m sharing tips I’ve found on what to look for when you’re shopping the produce aisle. These tips have been Memaw-approved, and if anyone knows corn, it’s my Memaw!



25 thoughts on “The Easiest, Tastiest Corn-on-the-Cob You’ll Ever Eat

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  2. I’m totally doing this!!!! I love it.
    The only problem deep into summer is the heat of having the oven on. Still…. I can’t wait to try this.

  3. When my mother used to make corn on the cob it took FOREVER for it to get done in a boiling pot of water. I didn’t eat it for years, but then saw a super easy way to make it and still make it that way today: I take a paper towel and wet it till soaking, then squeeze out 90% of the water. Wrap the shucked ear around the corn and microwave it for 2.5 minutes. It comes out perfect every time. Now, I wish I could get that kind of perfection with nuking artichokes in the microwave. I’ve read that you can do it but mine never, ever turn out.

  4. Thanks for sharing Cammy! We make them on the grill, but shuck them first. I think that we could just put it on the grill the same way, and I’m going to try that next time, and save a few sheets of aluminum foil!

  5. Corn isn’t my favorite, but I will try this. I want to see a self-portrait of all the corn in your teeth as you finished the last bite….LOL!

  6. OK – love this!!! Will check out Alton’s link a bit later BUT will try that corn one. I love corn but my tummy – well – BUT hubby loves it!

    I just started watching the new season of Food Network Star….well, record & watch later…

  7. Hi–found you after your guest post on Mrs. Success Along the Weigh’s site. LOVED what you said over there, and when I clicked on the link, I see the first post I came to on your own site is about corn on the cob–which is among my favorite foods. I eat it daily all summer when it’s in season, in fact right now there’s 10 ears (from the original 12) in my fridge. It keeps for a long time–I just spray it with some “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” and like you mention, it’s delicious. I do struggle with removing the husks however, as I usually just boil it, so will have to give this cooking method a try. I have been figuring an ear of corn at 100 calories, good to know it’s only 77 calories!

    Now…back to your MO-MO post over at SATW’s site. I am always so interested to read about how somebody else is managing to keep the weight off. I lost 180 lbs., and it has been gone for over a year now, but I won’t lie–everyday is a struggle.

    I wrote a post about how much happier I am now (since losing weight) at Sparkpeople, and over 500 people read it! Can you believe it? So if you want to know a little more about a 60+ year old lady who is working hard at the healthy battle, read this: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872359

    • Welcome, Pam, and congrats on maintaining your awesome loss!

      I have a theory (totally non-scientific) that the steaming action is what causes the silk to loosen so nicely. I never expected it to be so easy!

  8. I am SO going to try this! I love corn on the cob in season! How long do you keep it in the oven? I supposed I could watch the video… :-) Oh, I met Tyler once…back before he got really famous.

    • Oh my word, I can’t believe I forgot to include the time! Will fix immediately to advise folks that the time is 30 minutes.

      Thank you so much for asking!

  9. Mmmmm, corn on the cob is amazing! I usually fry mine in a pan actually, I like a little .. err…. burnt… flavor?

  10. I grew up in Nebraska – the cornhusker state! I love me some corn on the cob cooked on the BBQ and then fresh squeezed lime juice all over it with a sprinkle of salt! Yummers.

  11. We soak the corn in water for a few minutes and throw it on the grill! The husk and silk peel away clean. Love roasted corn!

    I love Alton Brown, although not as much after he got kind of weird. LOL.

  12. My dad used to grill corn in the husks so we’ve done it that way too. People think it is so strange. You can also microwave it in the husk.

  13. Okay, forgive me if this has been mentioned already. I was lazy and didn’t read all the comments (bad me!).

    You can do the same thing with your microwave. Simply pull off a few of the outer husks, pop the ear in your microwave for 3 minutes, and it will self-steam in the husk. Let it sit for a minute or two after you pull it out or you risk getting badly burned with steam (been there, done that more than once).

  14. I’m definitely going to cook my corn this way from now on! Thanks for the great tip and I loved the pictures.

  15. Made this corn last night. AWESOME!!!! Your my hero. My husband said it wouldn’t work. I was so thankful it did.

    • Hah! Isn’t it nice to prove them wrong now and then? Happy it worked for you, JC! (I’m having it again tonight!)

  16. Wow! This looks really easy and it sounds good as well. I’m going to try this one for sure. Thanks for the tip!

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