Roasting corn on the cob is a simple and delicious way to bring out the sweet, fresh flavor of sweet corn. It can be enjoyed as a side dish, or used in a variety of recipes including tacos, nachos, and more. This recipe makes the most of the sweetness and aroma of fresh, in-season corn by roasting it until it’s fork tender and charred to perfection.
A few key ingredients are essential to make this roasted corn recipe as good as possible. First, you’ll want to use high-quality, sweet corn that’s in season. Next, you’ll need to coat the ears of corn in butter and then season them with herbs and spices before roasting them in the oven.
To prepare the corn, you’ll first have to remove the husks and silk from the ears of corn. You’ll also need to rinse and dry the corn. Then, rub the herb butter generously over each ear of corn. Finally, you’ll wrap the ears of corn in aluminum foil and roast them in a 425 degree F oven until they’re fork-tender.
Then, you’ll need to season the roasted corn with garlic salt and ground black pepper. You’ll also have to brush it with a bit of olive oil to help saturate the corn.
Once the roasted corn is ready to eat, you’ll need to check that it’s cooked through. You’ll know it’s done when the corn kernels start to turn a little brown and become fork-tender. You can also do a “prick test” to see if the corn is ready to eat by using a knife to pierce one of the kernels.
If you’re looking to add more flavor and a smoky, savory taste, you can sprinkle some bacon over the roasted corn before serving it. Just be sure to leave enough room between the corn and the bacon to allow for air circulation while they cook.
You can also add a little barbecue mayonnaise sauce to the top of the roasted corn before serving. It’ll bring out a hint of barbecue flavor while adding some crunch to the dish.
Lastly, you can add a few more flavors to your roasted corn by mixing in other ingredients like Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, and citrus such as lime juice or lemon zest. You can even add a dash of cayenne pepper for an extra kick of spice!
A few tips to get the best results when making roasted corn:
Cast iron skillets are better than nonstick skillets because they hold heat well and get hot fast. But, if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, any large pan should work. The most important thing is that you get the pan super hot before adding the corn so it has a chance to caramelize and turn a little brown.
For a delicious, sweet, and savory variation on this recipe, try mixing in some of my homemade chipotle lime seasoning! Simply mix the seasoning together in a small bowl and then brush it generously over the corn before roasting.