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Effortless Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob With Husks

July 13, 2021
4.6 Stars
Photo by Linda Xiao
Author Notes

So corn on the cob is a hot commodity for grilling, boiling, and microwaving. But here is a technique that blows all those out of the water. Not only is it simple and mess-free, but it also tastes like corn should taste: yellow kernels of candy.

Helpful tools for this recipe:
- GIR Grill Tongs
- Handmade Oval Platters
- Five Two Down-To-Earth Compost Bin


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Test Kitchen Notes

Summer is definitely the best time of the year to enjoy fresh, in-season corn, and we can't get enough of it. Though you can prepare it in a variety of ways, this is by far one of our favorites. Yes, you can quickly cook your corn on the cob in a pot of boiling water or in the microwave, but the flavor payoff by roasting in the oven is well worth it, trust us. It'll take about half an hour for the corn to roast and you have to let the ears cool a little bit before husking, but it's so easy and hands-off, you'll wonder why you haven't prepared corn this way before. Plus, there's no cleanup, since you can roast the corn directly on the oven rack, so you won't have to wash any pots or pans, which is an added bonus. Roasting the corn in their husks results in the best texture and brings out the kernels' signature sweetness. This method is extremely fail-proof, and your family and friends are going to love it.

You could eat the corn on its own, or you can add the kernels to salads or pastas. Try using this handy cob corn stripper if you need to take the kernels off the cob. If you're roasting the corn as a side, we also highly recommend serving it with some flavored butter. A little garlic plus some fresh herbs from the garden would help put the butter over the top. Or try with some crushed red pepper flakes and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, but make sure that the beautifully roasted corn is the star. —The Editors

  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 6 ears of corn
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 400°F. Leave the corn on the cob with its husks and silks attached. Arrange the corn on the oven rack lengthwise and spaced 1 inch apart.
  2. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove the center cob and pull back the husks just enough to test for doneness; the corn should have swollen shiny kernels with a few browned ones too.
  3. Remove the corn from the oven. Let cool for 15 minutes. Wrap a kitchen towel around the base of a corn cob to hold it without getting burned as the husks retain some heat. Pull back the husks and silks at the same time; they will come off easily.

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9 Reviews

missaudrey June 30, 2022
Best tasting & easiest way to cook corn on the cob.
 
[email protected] October 4, 2021
So easy, delicious, and no cleanup--Absolutely Fabulous!
 
C F. August 31, 2021
Actually a question -- Should you soak the corn first to roast it in the oven?

That's what I do when grilling it outdoors.


 
Mainer August 22, 2021
The corn is great this way, but the oven heats the kitchen up, so not great for a hot day.
 
DMcMullan June 21, 2021
Little tip from my childhood! Soak the corn, husks and all, in water for at least an hour before putting in the oven. It will change your life, lol 😂
 
madisontb July 25, 2021
What does this do? Does it make it easier to peel the husks and get all those stringy things?! Please explain I must know! :)
 
Sharon R. September 7, 2021
I think it's similar to brining -- hydrating the corn.
 
Danyelle H. August 27, 2020
Since seeing this method, it has been the only way I do my summer corn. Roasting the corn creates the sweetest kernels I have ever tasted. Thank you for the recipe!
 
Droplet June 21, 2013
Interesting. I have never tried doing it this way. Does it work equally well with very fresh as well as with yesterday's corn? Thank you for the idea.