Oven Cooked Corn on the Cob – Perfect!

 For the 20+ years Michael and I have been together, we have been trying to figure out how to cook corn-on-the-darn-cob, so it comes out just right.  Sometimes it has come out really good, but most times it hasn’t.  It’s just a gamble. We have tried cooking it a few different ways; over the fire with wet husks, steamed, and boiled.  The fire method corn came out amazing the first time, and not as much the second.  The steamed method we only did once, because we didn’t like how it came out. More times than not, we have boiled it.  For us, perfectly cooked corn is- when the kernels are popping right off the cob as you eat it. But we usually don’t seem to cook it for just the right amount of minutes.  Then we can’t figure out:  Is it over-cooked? Or did we not cook it long enough?

So most every time we have gotten corn, and the kids got it all husked, the conversation usually goes something like this:

Me: “Honey, how long do we boil the corn for again?”
Michael: “Oh my gosh…there’s that question again! We never remember. How long did we boil it for last time? Did it come out good?”
Me: “I don’t remember now. Do you?”
Michael: “Not really.”
Me:  “Is it 7 minutes? Remember the guy at the Butcher Block told us most people over cook it?”
Michael: “Kind of. But I don’t remember how long he said. I don’t think 7 minutes is long enough, though.” 
Me: “Wait, I think it’s 10 minutes.”
Me again:  “Or, is that boiling eggs.  Hmmm. No, I think it’s 10 minutes .”
Michael: “Did we bring the water to a boil first, and then put the ears of corn in?”
Me:  “No, that’s lobster. And Ramen Noodles.”
Michael: “Why don’t you Google it and see how long it’s supposed to be.”

And that, is about how it has gone, for years.  We get so excited to have corn on the cob, but that is because we only tend to remember the times it came out perfect and delicious. 

Finally, we have found the absolute easiest method to cook corn on the cob, perfectly
And that is, perfectly, every time.  It’s crazy how easy and hassle free this is.  So at this time of year, when corn on the cob is such a popular summer side dish, we thought we should share with you the method that will be our one and only from now on.

Pre-heat your oven to 350°

You have 2 options here:

1) You can lay your corn, unhusked, on a cookie sheet. (Tin foil or not is also optional.)

-OR-

2) You can put the corn right in your oven on the racks. If you choose that way, it is a good idea to cut off all of the silk hanging out, so it doesn’t catch on fire. << Important Tip there, I think. ; )

Both ways, the corn cooks wonderfully.  I use method 1, because it is easier for me. I can put the whole pan with all of the corn in, and take it out, quickly and easily. Plus I can’t reach in the oven very far, and my hands burn easily.  Michael prefers method 2, because he doesn’t want to get the pan out, or wash it, and he has longer arms.  He throws the corn cobs, in and take them out one at a time when the timer goes off, just grabbing them without even using an oven mitt. Because he doesn’t want to get the mitt out either. Even though the corn is piping hot.  He just doesn’t take precautionary safety measures, as a general rule of the fool.  You know . . . . . . protective eye wear when cutting wood, a face mask when spraying toxic paint fumes, or using oven mitts to take hot things out of the oven, for gosh sakes! It been an argument between us for years. I remember his father was the exact same way, about all of the same safety measures, including taking hot things out of the oven mitt-less. His mother would squabble at the father about it too, after he’d say “Ow!!” Throw the thing down quick. (Chuckle.) “That thing is hot!!”  Well HELLO!! What I don’t get, is why I thought my in-laws were so cute when they were bickering, and I get so aggravated at Michael about it, and I’m not feeling as cute. Honestly, I love my husband dearly, and I am thankful he is still alive, and well, in one piece. By the grace of God; this I know!  Anyway, you choose the method that works best for you, and I’ll leave you alone about it.

So put the corn in the oven however you choose to, and set the timer for 30 minutes. Oh how I love the smell of the corn cooking this way. A real roasted smell.
After 30 minutes, remove the corn from the oven.
You can leave it in the husks if the rest of your dinner is not ready. But if you are just about ready to all sit down and eat, here is what you do next:

You simply take a big knife, and cut off the tip of the corn, unhusked,  about an inch or so into the cob.

This is where it just gets amazing to me . . . . . .

Then you just peel back and off the husks, which come off so easily. And, pretty much all of the silks come right off with it! 
Break off the other end, and season as you wish!

We love it with butter and pepper.  Sometimes a little salt. OH SO GOOD! So very easy, and perfect.

Every time.

If you haven’t tried cooking corn in your oven, you must try it this way! 

What is your usual way of cooking corn on the cob, so it comes out just right for you? And for how long do you cook it? 

We know there are many methods, and we’d love for you to tell us what has worked for you.

P.S.  As an update, if you want to make the husking even EASIER STILL, you can cut off both ends of the cooked corn (in other words, stem end included), and cob will just roll out of the husks and the silks practically fall off.  But whether you chop both ends or just the tip, stripping the cobs after cooking them (in the oven) is much easier than shucking ahead of time! 
We are loving those of you coming back to give us your report! ~ The Richard Family

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Comments

  1. We have that EXACT same conversation whenever we make corn! I am totally trying this next time!

  2. Our method on the grill is pretty similar and just as simple: in husk (with excess silk trimmed) soak for 30 minutes, grill on top rack 30 minutes. Perfect corn every time…

    • OK Julie, let’s see. Well when we did that similar method, with soaking the husks first too, it was over a small charcoal fire grill. First time great, second time so-so. BUT….I don’t believe we have tried that method on our big gas grill. Maybe we’ll try the big grill too then. I sure love the oven-cooked for sure. Seems to be very much the same to the oven, except outdoors, because the big grill closes.
      Thanks for sharing. : )

  3. This looks delicious! Will definitely give the oven method a shot. We always boil. As for how long, I do what my mama taught me– “boil it until you smell corn.” Somehow, it always turns out. :)

    • Hi JessieLeigh! – Loved your comment. You know, my Mama never told me that one. I’m totally intrigued by that though! Wish I knew it all these years! LOL. If you do give the oven method a shot, come back and let us know how it worked out for you! If nothing else, I think you’ll find a lot less work. Honestly, there is no effort in the husking, after they’ve cooked in the oven. Thanks so much for coming by. : )

  4. OH. EM. GEE. I love corn on the cob, not my husband. I don’t really cook, he does the cooking. So naturally that means that he doesn’t keep track of how to cook the corn, and I’m not much help either. Until now, that is! I can’t wait to try this – me, in the kitchen, imagine!! – and enjoy it! (The sample conversation you shared sounds exactly like us too, except with me saying a lot of “I don’t knows” too!)

    • ROFL- You had the kids and I cracking up, with your OH.EM. GEE., Laura K. My hubby helps a whole lot in the kitchen too. Aren’t we blessed girls? : ) I do cook, but he certainly makes many dinners too. I think corn on the cob made this way is something you and your husband can manage to make ‘just right together’. He can get it in the oven at just the right temp, and you can set the timer! ; ) That way it’ll come out perfect. Maybe HE’LL even decide he loves it.
      Thanks for coming over. : )

  5. I wish I found this BEFORE I shucked 12 ears of corn. LOL I will be trying this the next time I buy corn. :)

  6. Michelle Stoker says:

    I am going to try this tonight. SOOO EXCITED :-)

    • Well let us be the first to say Michelle, that you SHOULD be sooo excited! :) Let us know the results!
      Laura / House Of Joyful Noise

  7. My parents always cooked corn in the oven(I am the farthest thing from a chef..so I never learned the exact technique), and I forgot how to do it..so I am SO glad you posted the instructions! The corn are ready to go as soon as the oven heats. Thank you! :)

  8. Ya’ll are to cute! Fixin ti make this tonight. Let ya know. Thanks

  9. I just put the corn in the oven. Ive always just boiled it. How long? As long as i thought was good. Lol! Always worked out fine. Tried it once on the grill. So good, so i decided oven roasted has to be as good. Thanks for posting. I’ll let you know how it turns out! :)

  10. Hi, Laura! I meant how long i was boiling it. Lol! Anyway, I had to roast it a little more than 30 minutes due to a mishap the boyfriend had with the oven (we were making a meatloaf at the same time. Lets just say its a good thing we didn’t burn the house down! Haha). The corn came out perfect, and everyone loved it!!! I think i will cook corn in the oven from now on! So easy and so good. Thanks, again!

    • OH, Susie! LOL! Well it’s good to know if we lose track of time, our corn will still be perfect!
      Glad it worked out for you, and the house remains intact, despite boyfriends and meatloafs! ;) Thanks so much for the report back! Please come again!
      - Laura / House Of Joyful Noise

  11. My mother used to put peeled corn in cold water and bring it to a boil and from that point start counting 12 minutes. That was fine when the corn was young and tender at the beginning of corn season. It was after a few weeks when the kernels got bigger, it was always a hit/miss event. Also, when we were many to feed as at a BBQ, looking for a pot big enough for all the corn was another issue. Everybody wants to eat at the same time etc.
    Well last week I was watching a TV food channel and this was one of the topic, putting the corn in the over in the husk. I decided to try it today so I just got on ‘search’ to find out how long to cook corn in the oven and came across your blog. You certainly fall into my category of cooks boggled by the almighty question: cooking corn for how long?
    Definitely trying it now and will get back with a review. If you and someone else are using this method and I find both of you in the same week, it must work! Thanks again for trying it first lol

  12. So, I took the corn out of the oven and waited a few minutes and proceeded to shuck it. At first it was awkward getting the hairs off and then I got it right. The corn was cooked perfectly but it wasn’t the best corn, so I cut it off the cobb, salted, peppered and added some lemon to it and ate it like that. I definitely will cook corn like this again.

    Thanks

    • Hi Penny! – I love that you got back here to report how your corn came out, before I even responded to your first comment, which I thoroughly enjoyed! :) I do hope you get some great corn ears to work with soon, so you can have the best possible corn on the cob! You seem to me like a super nice person, and I am guessing you really deserve at least that much!
      Please come around again, or follow us on Facebook to keep in touch!
      Laura / House Of Joyful Noise

  13. Much like everyone… my husband and I have the same discussion about corn, and have also tried many methods with hot-or-miss results. I am trying your method tonight and am hoping it’s as delicious as it looks. Plus, I can’t wait to find out if it’s as mess-free and you make it sound. Getting all that fine silk off is such a pain!

    • I HAD to come back to tell you “THANK YOU”! Our corn tonight turned out great! It was so nice to be able to make everything in the kitchen (even though we LOVE the grill… it’s hard to get corn AND meat to fit together). And INDEED, there was MUCH less mess than trying to shuck it ahead of time, or from the top after it’s cooked. Peeling it from the stem end was the trick!

      I did end up turning the heat up to 400* after 15 mins… just because I wanted to make sure it was completely done. This worked out perfect for us!

      I will definitely be writing this down and following it from now on (although now I know where to find you in the event that I misplace it – or forget to get up and write it now). Thanks so much for sharing this! This was a huge success!

      • Hi Erica! Well I was hoping you’d really come back and give us the corn-report! So glad you did, and it was all good news! Yes….the silks come off so very easily after the corn has been cooked. We never loved shucking corn to cook either, but really wanted the corn! In HOPES it would be just the way we love it. But it was a whole lot of work, for a gamble that didn’t always wok out very well.
        Enjoy the new method! You’re sure to have corn on the cob more often as we do, with it being so easy, and guaranteed it’ll be perfect.

        Laura / House Of Joyful Noise blog

        • In the last 10 days we have made corn using your method 3 times, and taught some family members as well! We are definitely taking advantage of the “corn season”… can’t thank you enough!

          • That is so awesome, Erica! You must really look like corn-cookin’ pros now! I don’t blame you for taking full advantage of the corn season. We’ve been doing the same! ;) You are very welcome. (Hope you follow us on Facebook and InstaGram!) Please keep coming around. We always have good stuff tucked up our sleeves. ; )
            ~ Laura / House Of Joyful Noise

  14. Used your method…350 for 30 min….I put each ear under water for a couple seconds before I put it on the cookie tray…came out perfect………thanks for the tip

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