Oven Roasted Corn

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  • This Oven Roasted Corn with chive butter sauce is a quick, easy and hands-off way to serve up a classic side dish all year long.

    close up of half ear of roast corn

    Put it in the oven,  prepare the rest of your meal and in 30 minutes you will have perfectly seasoned golden corn roasted to perfection.

    Why Roast Corn?

    If you haven’t had oven roasted corn before, you are missing out! When it comes to serving up corn on the cob for dinner, most people boil or steam it.

    raw corn with salt, pepper and chives

    But, roasting corn on the cob in the oven condenses the starches and sugars, giving unparalleled sweetness and flavor. Adding a simple chive butter sauce takes it to the next level.

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    How to make Oven Roasted Corn On the Cob

    To make oven roasted corn, you will need just a few simple ingredients:

    ingredients for oven roasted corn

    • 6 ears of fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed
    • Butter
    • Chives
    • Salt and Pepper

    Pro-Tip – Fresh is best! You can use frozen corn cobs for this recipe, but be sure to thaw and remove as much moisture as possible before roasting.

    How to Roast Corn in the Oven

    Roast the corn at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Halfway through cooking time, you will want to flip the corn. This will ensure it is perfectly golden brown on both sides, and cooked evenly through.

    ears of corn on a rimmed baking sheet

    To check your down for doneness, you can use a fork and press into the ear of corn. When cooked through, the kernels will easily burst and the cob will lightly give into the fork.

    When in doubt, take a bite!

    How to Serve Corn in the Oven

    One of my favorite things about this recipe is it can be served as a side dish or a main dish. One of my favorite summer meals is oven roasted corn, baked potatoes and a fresh salad.

    close up of staggered corn on a lined baking sheet

    When plating the corn, I like to add some extra fresh chives for a burst of freshness and flavor.

    How to select Sweet Corn

    Whenever you are making a simple recipe, it is important to choose quality ingredients. When selecting your corn, be sure to pay attention to these qualities:

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    1. Feel the husk – the corn kernels should be plump and there should be no holes where kernels should be.
    2. Look at the silk – the silk should be brown and slightly sticky. Dead silks are a sign of old corn.
    3. Observe the color of the husk – The husk should be a fresh bright green color and often feels damp or cool to the touch.

    Storage Tips

    There is nothing like enjoying baked corn fresh out of the oven, but if you happen to have leftovers it does store well! Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To warm, heat in the microwave.

    overhead of corn on the cob roasting

    Flavor Variations

    I love the classic combination of fresh summer corn with butter and herbs but if you are looking for something a little different, you can try these options:

    1. Mexican Style– top with a squeeze of lime, cotija cheese, mayo and chilli powder or even spicy aioli.
    2. Cilantro Lime – squeeze kernels with fresh lime juice and top with fresh cilantro, similar to street corn.
    3. Spicy Corn – when making the chive butter sauce, add paprika, cayenne, aleppo or chilli powder to the mix.

    Alternative Methods

    You can easily adjust this recipe to make it vegan by swapping out the butter for your favorite vegan alternative. You can also roast the corn with no butter, or use your favorite cooking oil instead.

    oven roasted corn on the cob with chives

    I love making oven roasted corn using foil because it makes cleaning up a breeze! However, you can make this recipe without foil. Just be sure to use a light coating of cooking spray on the baking sheet.

    Some people prefer to roast corn in the husk. To do this, place the corns in the husk directly onto a baking sheet. Check for doneness by pulling back a husk and piercing with a fork. Prepare the chive butter as directed and apply to the corn cobs after they are cooked.

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    More corn recipes to try:

    Griddle Corn Cakes
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    Fresh and fluffy- these griddle corn cakes can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner with 10+ east variations to make them southwestern, cheesy, bacon-lover and more!
    Southern Fried Corn
    Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com
    Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling!
    Best Corn on the Cob Seasoning
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    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.
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    Oven Roasted Corn

    This EASY Oven Roasted Corn with chive butter sauce is a quick way to serve a classic side dish all year long. Ready in only 30 minutes!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Side
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: corn in the oven, how to make corn in the oven, oven roasted corn
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 102kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil.
    • Remove the husks and silk from the corn.
    • Combine the melted butter, chives, salt and pepper.
      melted chive butter
    • Brush the mixture over the corn and place evenly apart on the prepared baking sheet.
    • Bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.
    • Remove and serve, adding more chive butter, if desired.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know in the comments or ratings.


    • Be sure to saturate the corn with the butter. When cooking corn in the oven, this will help keep it moist and evenly cooked.
    • You can control the salt content of this recipe by omitting salt and using salt free butter.
    • Corn is done when the kernels begin to turn a golden brown and it is fork tender.


    Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 195mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg
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