Best Corn on the Cob Seasoning

With only 4 simple ingredients and five minutes, you are well on your way to making the best corn on the cob seasoning! Although, this multipurpose seasoning can really be used on any type of corn or veggie.

sprinkling corn seasoning on an ear of corn


Summer Corn

You can’t beat fresh sweet corn on a beautiful summer evening! It’s a side dish that is pretty much a staple at our house during those end of summer weeks.

I wouldn’t say I am finicky about the type of corn I eat, but I am pretty particular about where I eat my corn. I just hate having it stuck in my teeth! 

Corn eats on a platter.

Due to my weird corn-eating ways, I prepare corn at home. Sometimes I even cut it off the cob to minimize my weirdo issues. All the flavor, less annoyance. Are you relating to my corny issues yet?

corn on the cob seasoning in a copper bowl

My husband makes fun of me. And I am sure you are thinking I am a looney toon too. Unless you are nodding your head in agreement and in that case, YAY team #cornathome! 

Corn on the Cob Seasoning

So while I love the traditional butter and seasoned salt on my corn on the cob, sometimes I’m looking for a little more flavor. That’s where this corn on the cob seasoning comes in.

All you need for this easy recipe is:

  • fine sea salt
  • white sugar
  • paprika
  • white pepper

Mix all of your ingredients in a small bowl and, voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious way to upgrade your corn on the cob experience.

Use It On All Your Corn!

This easy corn on the cob seasoning recipe isn’t just for corn on the cob, it can be used on any form of corn. Actually, it can be used on basically any vegetable, even as a seasoning for chicken and fish!

You can even melt it into butter or sprinkle it on after, it is the perfect neutral corn seasoning. It also tastes great on bread, a great alternative to garlic bread. Also feel free to add Parmesan cheese! 

While corn on the cob may be my favorite way to eat corn, there are also plenty of corn recipes that could utilize this corn on the cob seasoning.

More Ways To Cook Corn: 

  • Canned Corn – You can use canned corn in SO many ways! You can simply heat it up with some seasoning and serve it as a side, or use it to make any number or recipes.
  • Grilled Corn – Typically grilled corn is made as corn on the cob. It adds a smoky flavor and can be a great way to utilize the grill during summer.
  • Boiled Corn – This is the most traditional way to make corn on the cob, and in my opinion the best.
  • Baked Corn – When you bake corn, it’s typically in the fashion of either cornbread or some type of casserole. Both are delicious!
  • Frozen Corn – Frozen corn is as easily used as canned corn. Just another way of preserving it! I usually prefer the taste of frozen over canned.
  • Fresh Corn – Fresh corn is always my go to when possible. Especially at the end of summer, I could eat it every day!
  • Roasted Corn – Generally roasted corn means that you are roasting it in the oven. You can find a great recipe for this here.
  • Creamed Corn Creamed corn means that the corn kernels are less intact and, well, creamy. It tends to be a little soupier than regular canned corn, and is a popular southern side dish.
  • Corn RibsAir Fryer Corn Ribs are all the rage right now and this seasoning tastes great on them!
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Reheating & Make Ahead

Corn is best freshly cooked, but it also holds heat well. You can easily make it up to 30 minutes in advance and either let is sit in the boiled water or wrap in aluminum foil right off the grill to keep warm.

Can corn on the cob be reheated? It sure can! Just boil a fresh pot of water. Once boiling, add the corn to the pot and cook until heated all the way through. This should only take a few minutes at the most.

You could even cut the corn kernels off of the cob and reheat in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove. The choice is yours!

How long to boil corn on the cob?

You should boil your corn on the cob for about 10 minutes – 15 minutes, or until the kernels are bright yellow.

Follow my easy instructions on how to boil corn.

corn on the cob in boiling water

What to boil corn on the cob with? If you haven’t already, check out my guide for How to Boil Corn on the Cob! I add salted butter and milk to the boiling water for an out of this world flavor! The corn doesn’t even need to be buttered afterwards!

sprinkling corn seasoning on an ear of corn

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Best Corn on the Cob Seasoning

4.53 from 57 votes
Corn recipes have never been more delicious than with this simple Corn on the Cob Seasoning! It's the best way to upgrade your summer corn.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1



  • Combine fine sea salt, white sugar, smoked paprika and white pepper in a small bowl and blend well.
  • Use seasoning on your favorite corn recipe.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!



Calories: 12 kcal, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 4652 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 490 IU, Iron: 0.2 mg
Calories: 12
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best corn on the cob, corn on the cob seasoning
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Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh yum! Such an easy and flavorful seasoning mix for corn! I especially love the addition of the smoked paprika.

  2. 5 stars
    It’s almost that time of the year! Definitely saving this recipe for when that fresh corn comes into season. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    A cookout cannot go by without making Michigan Sweet Corn. This corn on the cob seasoning will be the perfect topping for it!

  4. 5 stars
    Sounds like winning corn on the cob spice! I too can relate to corn in my teeth and cut it off the cob! I cannot stand it when it happens and we too only eat it at home.

  5. 5 stars
    I don’t think I have ever seasoned my corn on the cob! I always just slather it in butter, and sometimes add salt. However with that said, your blend sounds delicious, and you have me intrigued! I am seasoning it next time!

  6. 5 stars
    I too am a fan of #cornathome! I have recently discovered the deliciousness of smoked paprika so I’m excited to be able to use it in another recipe!

  7. I will try this Corn on the Cob seasonings recipe with my newly fresh white pepper and new smoked paprika – but WHOA !.. at 4231mg sodium per 1 serving (that’s a lot of salt or a typo) – I have to tweak that part with dear Mrs. D. and 1/4 tsp of salt of the earth (Pink). I do like your boil corn in water, milk ‘n butter when it get cooler in the kitchen.

    1. Hi Peter- I use an automated nutrition calculator. That seems like a lot to me as well- I’ll look into it 🙂