Hey there, hungry people!
Today, I’ve got a recipe that’s so easy, I managed to capture the entire process in just four pictures.
That’s right, it’s time to bid farewell to boiling pots of water and embrace a hassle-free method for cooking corn on the cob. Trust me, once you try this oven-baked version, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with the stovetop method.
Here’s What You Need
- Corn still in husk: The star of the recipe, corn on the cob provides the main ingredient and sweetness.
- Paprika: Adds a smoky and slightly spicy flavor to the corn.
- Coriander: Imparts a citrusy and earthy taste to enhance the overall flavor profile.
- Minced garlic: Provides a savory and aromatic element to complement the other spices.
- Thyme: Adds a subtle herby note that pairs well with the corn.
- Butter: Gives a rich and creamy texture, enhancing the overall taste and adding moisture.
- Salt and pepper: Essential for seasoning and bringing out the flavors of the other ingredients.
Let’s Get Started
To begin, preheat your oven to a toasty 400°F (200°C). While the oven works its magic, leave the corn in its cozy husk. Don’t worry, we’ll unveil its sweet, tender kernels soon enough.
Now, here’s where the magic happens. Simply place the corn, still nestled in its husk, directly on the oven rack. This allows the corn to cook evenly and absorb all those delicious flavors. Let it work its magic for around 20-30 minutes. You can almost smell the delightful aroma already!
Now, it’s time to elevate the flavor profile of our corn on the cob. We’re going to add a touch of seasoning that will turn this simple dish into a mouthwatering delight. Grab your favorite blend of spices – I personally love using a combination of paprika, coriander, garlic powder, thyme, and of course, a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Feel free to experiment with your preferred herbs and spices to create a flavor profile that suits your taste buds.
Once you’ve seasoned the corn to perfection, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful medley of colors and fragrances. It’s a feast for the senses! The spices will infuse the corn with a delightful kick, enhancing its natural sweetness.
Now, here’s the best part: the taste test! Sink your teeth into that juicy, perfectly cooked corn on the cob. The husk will easily peel away, revealing the succulent kernels within. Each bite bursts with a symphony of flavors and textures, leaving you craving more.
Tips & Tricks
- Select fresh corn: Choose corn with vibrant green husks and plump kernels to ensure the best flavor and texture.
- Soak the corn: If you have time, you can soak the corn in cold water for about 10-15 minutes before baking. This helps to keep the kernels moist during the cooking process.
- Adjust cooking time: The suggested cooking time of 20-30 minutes is a general guideline. However, corn sizes can vary, so adjust the cooking time accordingly. Check for doneness by piercing a kernel with a fork; it should be tender.
- Experiment with seasoning: Feel free to customize the seasoning blend to suit your taste preferences. You can add other herbs like rosemary or cilantro, or sprinkle with grated Parmesan for an extra kick of flavor.
- Wrap in foil: If you prefer a more steamed-like texture, you can wrap the corn in foil before placing it in the oven. This method helps to retain moisture and creates a softer texture.
- Grill the corn: For a smoky charred flavor, you can also grill the corn on a hot grill instead of using the oven. Simply remove the husks, brush the corn with oil, and grill for a few minutes on each side until slightly charred.
- Troubleshooting: Dry corn: If you find that your corn turns out dry, you can brush it with a bit of melted butter or olive oil after removing the husks to add moisture and richness.
- Troubleshooting: Undercooked corn: If the corn is undercooked after the suggested cooking time, you can continue baking it for a few more minutes until it reaches the desired tenderness.
For my own meal, I served this delicious oven-baked corn on the cob alongside a juicy slab of bison steak. To add a touch of adventure to my plate, I sprinkled the steak with some cowboy seasoning for that rustic, wild west vibe. And as if that wasn’t enough, I even whipped up some mini crab cakes for a delightful land and sea twist. The combination of flavors and textures created a truly memorable meal.
So, there you have it, folks—a simple, hassle-free way to cook corn on the cob that delivers big on flavor. Whether you’re enjoying it as a side dish, pairing it with a juicy steak, or even exploring creative culinary combinations, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. So fire up that oven, let the aromas waft through your home, and get ready to delight your taste buds with this oven-baked corn on the cob.
Until next time, happy cooking, hungry people!
Oven Baked Corn on the Cob
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Remove the brown hairs and loose leaves from the corn cob, leaving at least 1 layer of leaves intact.
- Place the corn directly into the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the outside leaves appear dried.
- Remove the corn from the oven and carefully strip the cob of leaves and hairs, ensuring that the hairs pull away with the husks easily.
- Spread butter over the corn and sprinkle on the paprika, coriander, minced garlic, thyme, and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!