This Corn on the Cob recipe will give you the perfectly cooked corn you've ever had, brushed with melted butter and spice mixture that will turn this into the tastiest corn on the cob ever! They're tender and sweet, with a savory and delicious butter topping that'll make you love corn on the cob all over again.
Corn on the cob is a classic summer side dish that's easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. The key to perfect corn on the cob is to cook it long enough to be tender and sweet but not so long that it gets mushy. And that's exactly what this recipe will teach you how to do for the best-tasting corn on the cob!
It's the perfect side dish to go along with your next potluck dinner, backyard barbecue, or when you want to treat yourself to something that's both healthy and delicious! It's the most perfectly cooked corn on the cob that I'm sure you will love. I've also included variation ideas down below to help change things up!
🥘 INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED
All you need are some simple, pantry staple ingredients to make the most delicious corn on the cob you've ever had! Let's take a look at what these ingredients are.
You can scroll down to the recipe card for further details and instructions.
Corn: First, we'll need some corn to make this recipe. When selecting corn on the cob, look for ears with bright green husks and plump, yellow kernels. Avoid ears with dry husks or kernels that are missing.
Butter: We'll also need some butter to melt and add the spices to. This spreads beautifully on the corn and adds a ton of flavor and moisture.
Spices: You'll also need some spices to mix into the butter. This delicious recipe will use some black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and salt.
🔪 HOW TO MAKE
Making this corn on the cob recipe is just a simple two-step process. Let's take a look at what these steps are.
The full instructions are in the recipe card below, but let's look at the main steps to making this treat.
Bring water to a boil in a medium pan. Then add the corn to the boiling water and let it cook for five minutes. Remove it from the pan.
Now mix butter, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and salt together. Brush the corn with this delicious mixture and serve.
Your delicious Corn on the Cob is ready to be served!
💭 COOKING TIPS
Cooking corn on the cob is simple, but there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the best results.
First, select ears with bright green husks and plump, yellow kernels. Avoid ears with dry husks or kernels that are missing.
When boiling corn on the cob, use salted water and cook for about 5 minutes.
Finally, brush the corn with a butter mixture of spices for added flavor and moistness.
📖 DELICIOUS VARIATIONS
There are many delicious variations of corn on the cob that you can make. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Mexican-style corn: To make it, brush the corn with a mixture of mayonnaise, cojita cheese, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
Parmesan corn: Brush the corn with a mixture of melted butter, grated Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning for parmesan corn on the cob flavor.
Honey-lime corn: Honey lime is a great combination for corn on the cob. For this flavor variation, Brush the corn with a mixture of melted butter, honey, and lime juice.
Garlic butter corn: You can also brush the corn with a mixture of melted butter, garlic powder, and parsley for a garlic butter version.
💬 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The cooking time for corn on the cob depends on how you are preparing it. If boiling, it should be cooked for about 5 minutes. If grilling, it should be cooked for about 10-15 minutes.
Yes, you can freeze corn on the cob. To do so, boil the ears of corn in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then cool them quickly and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. When ready to use, thaw and brush with butter-spice mixture.
The best way to eat corn on the cob is to hold it by the husk and use your teeth to pull off the kernels. You can also use a knife or a special corn-on-the-cob holder for easier eating.
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🌡️ STORING AND REHEATING
Fridge: You can easily store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Freezer: If you want to freeze your corn on the cob, place them in a freezer-safe container or bag after they've cooled down and pop them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheat: When you want to have it again, let the corn thaw in the fridge overnight and then warm it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until it's warm all the way through.
Corn On The Cob
- 3 whole fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed I’ve cut them into halves
- 2 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- Salt to taste
- Water to boil the corn
- Fill a medium pan with water and let it come to a boil. Add the corn to the boiling water. Let it come to a boil again. Cook for five minutes and remove from pan.
- Mix the butter, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Brush the hot corns with this mixture and serve.
- If you use frozen corn, add them to the boiling water without thawing.
- You can bake the corn. Wrap the corn in aluminum foil and place it on a baking pan, then pop it in the oven for 11 to 15 minutes. Brush the corn with the butter spice mixture.