Tobins' Tastes: Corn On The Cob In The Oven?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Corn On The Cob In The Oven?

Maybe I am the only person in the world who didn't know this, but I am going to throw it out there in case some of you are in the dark as I was until a week ago. You can cook corn on the cob in the oven and it is amazing.

I love corn on the cob especially in the summer when it is so fresh and so cheap at all the local grocery stores and produce stands. But I hate boiling a huge pot of water just to make two ears of corn for Justin and I's dinner. I read somewhere last week that you could cook corn in the husk in the oven and I had to try it to see if it would work.

We were already heating up a pan of Skinny Cheesy Potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees so I threw the corn on a baking sheet, and cooked it for the 30 minutes the potatoes were in. Justin was convinced the husks were going to catch on fire so he literally looked in the oven every three minutes to make sure they weren't about to burn our house to the ground. Oh the joys of being married to a firefighter : )

Before I trimmed up the ends
I took them out after 30 minutes and let them cool a little before I dehusked them (is that a word? spell check is telling me it's not...). They were perfect. The kernels were crunchy and fully cooked and we both agreed that it tasted way fresher out of the oven then it does when we boil it.

Right out of the oven

We have made it again since our first try and I have found that it is best to trim up the longer ends of the husks and to lightly wet the husks before baking them. This made the husks easier to peel once they were cooked and made Justin slightly less nervous about them catching fire in the oven.

Ready to eat!
I know I said it before, but I feel like I have figured out a huge secret about corn preparation and I am hoping you are even half as excited about this idea as I am.


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  1. Great tip. I cook my corn in the microwave. I wrap it in wax paper and corn it for about 1 minute.

  2. I'll keep this in mind! Perfect if you are making something in the oven anyway and have the space. I have recently started to grill corn on the cob - that's pretty sweet too - and we soak ours in water before grilling it, so it doesn't burn like you said

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

  3. Can't wait to try it! I love cooking corn on the cob in the BBQ, like someone else said, after soaking it in water for a while first

  4. Dear Kaylee,
    No, I did not know this!
    I boil corn when I make for a bunch of people. I have seen people do it in the BBQ but we usually don't have the space in the BBQ because of the meat.
    I do microwave them. I take off the husks and place them in a plate (2 cobs take 6 min in my microwave). I will try the, in the oven because we can do large amounts and I bet they taste better than boiling or microwaving them!

  5. We've done the same in the micro - sometimes, I remove the husks and silks, then wrap them back in the husks b/c the silk tends to have a taste I don't like. I can't remember the amount of time we microwave them . . 4-8 minutes - just until the kernels are pliable to the finger nail or a fork. We also sprinkle basil on ours - oh yum. When we grilled, we also grilled corn on the cob. I imagine roasted in the oven is quite, quite tasty. We'll have to try that as well.

    Enjoyed my visit and your comment about fire and your firefighter. :) I'm here by way of Liz's Time Travel Thursday. Thanks, Jenn

  6. I can't wait to try this! The biggest pain for me when boiling corn is that they all fight to float to the top and I am just sure some of them are only half cooking.

  7. Yummy! I love fresh corn on the cob from the oven I never made it with the husk on, though. I am sooo going to try it!
    I'd like to invite you to link up this and any other recent project/recipe with my Super Link Party!
    I hope to see you there! :-)

  8. Fun little tip...I knew you could grill it or roast over a campfire in the it is even easier with the oven option:-)

  9. I learned another corn on the cob trick this week, so will share with you and your readers. Cook your corn in the husk. When done cooking, cut about 1" off the stem end and discard. Hold your ear of corn by the remaining husks and silk and give it 2 shakes. The corn slides right out, silk-free!! No muss, no fuss!

  10. I didn't know about this and we love corn on the cob. I know what you mean about not wanting to boil a big pot of water for just two people. Thanks for sharing this at our party this week.

  11. Sounds great. I've only cooked it on the grill. I'll have to give this a whirl. thank you.

  12. Oh!! GOTTA TRY THIS!!!! I had no idea we could put them in the oven!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality! :)

  13. I do it in the oven too but always soak the husks in water for a while first - they don't burn and it helps the cobs to steam as the moisture steams out.

    Have a great week.

  14. Another great option when cooking corn for a few people. You can put the corn, husks, silks and all in the microwave for 4 minutes for each ear. I have done 3 at a time for 12 minutes for all too. Let cool for a few minutes, cut off the stalk end. Slightly squeeze the top or shake holding onto the top, when corn ix exposed enough you can grab the other end and pull it out of husk. The corn will come out silk free! It is amazing, wonderful & flavorful. Not dry at all. No soaking in water or anything.

  15. Looks yummy, Kaylee. I've never tried it in the oven before, but I will now.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop in, and see yourself featured this week.

    Happy 4th!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  16. I had no idea that you could cook corn on the cob in the oven. What a great idea! I was wondering if it was easier to shuck doing it this way??
    I am featuring your fabulous idea for cooking corn at todays link party! Wahoo!

  17. Thanks Jill! I definitely think it is easier because the husks aren't wet and slippery from soaking in water for so long.

  18. That's a great idea, especially when just making a few. You can also grill them. Just soak the husks in water first.
    Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  19. I microwave mine in the husk about 3 minutes for 2 ears -- but doing them in oven would be great for a get together where you have a bunch to do at once. Will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

  20. What a neat idea. I've got to give this a try. I'd love to have you join me for Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  21. I am going to have to try this since we shuck ours and wrap them in foil with an ice cube or two so they kind of steam in the packet. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  22. I was as clueless as you...but excited to now be in the know! Thanks for sharing on ingredient spotlight!


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