Fail-Proof Roasted Corn on the Cob

Everyone knows about grilling or boiling corn on the cob, but my favorite is actually the lesser-known oven roasted method!  Perfectly cooked, sweet ears of corn… every time.  Slather on some butter and your cookout is complete!

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Everyone has their favorite way of cooking corn on the cob… and while I love a great grilled cob, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, or I just don’t feel like firing up the grill.  That’s when my new favorite method comes in handy… all you need is an oven and a baking sheet!

This time of year, corn is at it’s finest (and cheapest!), so I love to take advantage of that and enjoy some great oven roasted goodness!  Plus, as a bonus, I like to roast a bunch of corn, cut the kernels off the cob and freeze it so I can enjoy summer corn on the cob year-round.

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob | This foolproof method for cooking corn on the cob is easy, perfect for any kind of weather, and produces the juiciest, perfectly cooked ears of corn ever! |

Helpful Tip: To slice kernels off the cob without making a giant mess, bust out a bundt pan!  Place an ear of corn on the center column and use a sharp serrated knife (I like this one) to slice the kernels.  They’ll fall right into the bundt pan and not all over your counter!  No bundt pan?  No problem, just invert a small bowl inside a large bowl and do the same thing.


Roasting ears of corn is incredibly simple, and you won’t believe the great flavor!

First, husk the corn and remove as much of the silk as possible.  I like to do this over a paper bag outside so my kitchen isn’t covered in corn silk.

Rub each ear liberally with softened butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  For a fun smoky twist, try some smoked paprika as well!

Roast in a pan with sides (like a rimmed baking sheet or lasagna pan), flipping halfway through.

To get a char, pop them under the broiler until charred to your liking.

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob | This foolproof method for cooking corn on the cob is easy, perfect for any kind of weather, and produces the juiciest, perfectly cooked ears of corn ever! |


Let’s face it, when you’re having a cookout or summer bbq, a few ears of corn just isn’t going to cut it right?

I like to pick up a couple of those disposable deep roaster pans from my grocery store (mine are aluminum and usually labeled giant pan or roaster pan).  You can fit a lot of ears in one pan, and my oven can accommodate 2 pans per rack.

When you have two layers of corn ears in a pan, when turning the ears, make sure to rotate the bottom ears to the top and vice versa to make sure all the corn is evenly roasted.


A great ear of corn doesn’t need much, but if you’re looking for fun ways to jazz them up, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Smoked paprika
  • Fresh herbs
  • My new favorite – orange basil butter!

You have to try your corn on the cob with my mouthwatering orange and basil butter… it will blow you away!!!  Plus you can absolutely make the butter ahead of time and try it on other things, like a slice of this crusty bread, or some grilled chicken.

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob | This foolproof method for cooking corn on the cob is easy, perfect for any kind of weather, and produces the juiciest, perfectly cooked ears of corn ever! |

The next time you have a hankering for a fantastically sweet and juicy corn on the cob, instead of cooking them your usual way, give this super easy oven roasted method a try!




This FAIL-PROOF method for cooking corn on the cob is easy, perfect for any kind of weather, and produces the juiciest, perfectly cooked ears of corn! | #summerrecipe #corn #cornonthecob #roasted #oven #easyrecipe #sidedish

Fail-Proof Roasted Corn on the Cob

The easiest method for cooking corn on the cob... roasting it in the oven! This method yields perfectly cooked and naturally sweet ears of corn!
4 from 71 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 258



  • 6 ears of corn, husked
  • softened butter (salted or unsalted)
  • kosher salt and black pepper


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, - at room temperature
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3/4 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • small pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with a rim (like this jelly roll pan), with foil and set aside.
  • Rub softened butter over each ear of corn and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.  Line ears of corn up on prepared baking sheet and bake for 35 - 40 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • While corn is baking, add all orange basil butter ingredients to a small mixing bowl and use a small rubber spatula (I love this one), or a spoon to combine well.  
  • When corn is finished baking, slather them with the flavored butter and serve!


If you prefer to slice your kernels off the cob, check out my tips on how to do it with no mess HERE!
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65 comments on “Fail-Proof Roasted Corn on the Cob”

  1. Tried awesome delicious best way I have found 

  2. What a revelation! I had picked some corn and boiled it but it was not really ready.
    I used your suggestion (I have never roasted corn and I am a trained chef) and it was like baby corn, caramelised and delicious!

  3. This was great, even my picky kids liked it! The butter is totally amazing!! Will definitely be making this again many times!

  4. OMG, girl…!!!  This was AMAZING!  Thank you so much & keep it up! = )
    On behalf of my family and I — thank you!
    — Nadine

  5. Best corn recipe ever! Every single person at the family gathering asked for the recipe! I switched lemon zest for the orange, ad added garlic powder. Fantastic recipe! Thank you!

  6. This has to be the best corn on the cob recipe ever and I’ve tried several. It’s so easy. This will be at the top of my list.

    • Is there a way to make it tasty without dairy? I wld love it but my husband on a non dairy diet atm. Thx 🙂 am going to try herbs and olive oil tonight 

  7. I made this recipe over and over again when my family was visiting. They loved it!

  8. This was fantastic! My entire family enjoyed this recipe! Kudos!! ❤️

  9. Do you have a recipe of this orange-basil butter you’d like to share with the class??

  10. This recipe is absolutely fantastic. My housemates were amazed that they didn’t have to add salt or butter to the corn after it was finished cooking. I’m definitely a beginner and I had no trouble at all following this recipe. 

  11. This was absolutely delicious. Will always make it this way from now on.😀

  12. Do u cover while cooking in oven

  13. I’m going to try this tonight

  14. I usually just wrap corn on the cob in foil and microwave them as I have no luck boiling! I tried this method and it worked great the first try! Easy and delicious! Thank you so much!

  15. Orange basil butter in must admit sounded like madness😱. Was DELICIOUS! Thanks.

  16. First time oven roasting corn! It turned out perfectly! The basil butter was a delicious addition! However, didn’t have tarragon.

  17. Just tried recipe.. IT WAS GREAT!
    Had corn at a BBQ that was roasted but it doesn’t even come close to this tasty treat.
    It was raining here and my neighbor brought over corn so I tried it. Sooo good. PJ in SE Michigan

  18. This recipe was extremely easy. I only needed three cobs and they kept rolling all over the baking sheet so I made trenches with the foil to keep them from moving around.

  19. As opposed to a spatula, why not a basting brush?

  20. This recipe was outstanding. A new twist on corn. My family and company loved it. Thank you for a new idea!

  21. Delicious, thank you so much!

  22. I tried this for a corn salad recipe. I love that it can be roasted this well in an oven. I would definitely consider cooking corn on the cob in the oven for a backyard BBQ.

  23. Hey Amanda..i also loved boiled corn and your oven roasted idea is fabulous…i will try to make it, and this look soo yummy & delicious…thanks for sharing…keep shared your new amazing recipes as well…!

  24. I’m drooling this is everything I love!

  25. I loved the idea of seasoning with smoked paprika! Gave it such an awesome flavor and my kids loved it!

  26. Nothing says “summer” like corn on the cob! A great side dish and a classic staple of summer dinners!

  27. Mmm we LOVE corn on the cob here! Great recipe – and so easy!

  28. There’s no better side to serve up at a summer BBQ than delicious corn on the cob!

  29. This is our favorite summer dish! I should try your recipe next time!

  30. Can’t go wrong with roasted corn on the cob and your corn looks amazing. The perfect summer side dish!

  31. What is with the trend of writing a 8 paragraph story before EVERY RECIPE, its corn in the oven… Get to the point.

    • #1, it’s my website… and I’m free to write what I want. #2, a lot of tips and tricks for the recipes are written in the post. #3, there’s a “jump to recipe” button on EVERY post, feel free to use it. #4, it’s for search engine optimization purposes… to help users, like yourself, find the recipe in search results. #5, if scrolling to get to the FREE recipe is just too much effort… please feel free to buy a cookbook 🙂

      • You go, girl!! Well said!! The anonymity of the internet does not give free license to be a complete jerk. Loved the corn recipe, btw!!

        • First you tell us how to roast corn on the cob and then how to roast a person with nothing positive to add. lol

      • Wow, just wow. Let it go.

      • Hahaha, great response!

      • Men, what can you say. Bet he’s not married, because I’m sure his wife would give him what for. Keep these recipes coming. We love them. I’ve got some corn ready to go in the oven now.

      • Having this tonite for supper based on all the 5🌟 reviews. Can’t wait.
        Re Andrews comment, I love reading all the info before the recipes. It’s just like in my cookbooks.💓. Fantastic comeback from chef!

  32. These photos looks amazing. First time we’ll be doing Grilled Corn in this weekend. Thanks for the tips! So delicious!!

  33. Never roasted corn before, had always boiled it and added flavor afterwards. This is simple and easy. I will make my corn from now on. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. OMG! drooling, I have eaten different types of corns but never with this recipe, gonna try this. I will share my views too later.

  35. Yes! Oven roasted corn on the cob is brilliant. It is easy to make and it’s delicious. We always do this at home.
    But, orange and basil butter? I have never thought of this as a possibility. Definitely, a must-try.

  36. Whaaat? Orange and basil butter? That sounds delicious! I will definitely be trying this very soon :).

  37. I need this corn on the cob in my life! It looks amazing!

  38. The corn looks so amazing! I think the right amount of orange is perfect on this butter and I love the tarragon in it too!!!! Love tarragon!!!! Such under-used herb!

  39. I’ve been making so many different butters for corn on the cob and have to try this one! I can’t get enough basil right now.

  40. Oh wow, such a great idea. I have never thought of making the corn in the cob in the oven but the grill. I need to keep this recipe handy to make it soon for my kids.

  41. That orange basil butter sounds amazing! I think I would end up slathering it on more than just these tasty ears of corn. 😉

  42. Corn on the cob is one of my favorite parts about summer, and I LOVE how many delicious ways there are to make it! This looks so simple and so delish- definitely need to try!

  43. I am so intrigued by this orange basil butter! Cat wait to try it!!

  44. That orange basil butter is making this dish for me! And I cannot wait to give it a try because OMG, sooooo good!

  45. I want to take a bite out of this corn right now, it looks perfect!