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How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in 4 Different Ways

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in 4 Different Ways

Corn on the cob is a staple food item when it comes to BBQs, steak dinners, and picnics.

I love cooking corn on the cob and having it as a wholesome side dish with my tangy Mexican-style steaks.

The sweetness of the corn is just right to offset the tanginess of the Mexican sauce. 

However, I have a tendency to go a bit overboard when it comes to cooking corn ears and given my love for them, I always end up cooking more than my family can have in one sitting.

So, I end up storing the corn for later use.

When I get the urge to eat it again, I simply reheat it and use it in various dishes or eat it as is.

If you are wondering how to reheat corn on the cob, then you have come to the right place. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob

There are numerous ways to warm up corn on the cob; you can reheat it in the microwave, oven, over the stovetop, and on the grill.

Every method that I have mentioned here is pretty easy to follow, so you can choose whichever you find easier.

So, let’s look at all the different methods to reheat corn on the cob.

Microwave It

Here’s how you can reheat cob corn in the microwave:

Things You Will Need

  • Microwave-safe dish
  • A plastic wrap of a damp towel
  • Melted butter (optional)
  • Corn on the cob
  • A soft pastry brush

Instructions

  1. Put the corn on a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Gently wrap it with a plastic wrap or a warm towel.
  3. Set the timer of your microwave for 10 and 20 seconds bursts of power. This will warm up the kernels instead of popping or splitting them open.  
  4. Keep setting the timer to reheat the corn until it is nice and warm. Overall, if you place your microwave on 50%, the approximate time it will take to reheat the corn will be about 2 minutes.
  5. Immediately remove the dish from the microwave once the corn has warmed up.  

Pro tip: If you want to enhance the flavor of the corn, you can lightly brush it with melted butter before reheating it.

Bake It

This is definitely my favorite way to reheat cooked corn on the cob. However, it does take longer to reheat corn in the oven than in the microwave. Here’s how you can reheat corn in the oven:

Things You Will Need

  • Aluminum foil sheets
  • Melted butter
  • A soft pastry brush
  • Corn on the cob
  • Salt and pepper
  • A teaspoon of water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take a few pieces of aluminum foil that are large enough to easily wrap about each corn ear.
  3. Place the corn ears on the foil sheets and use a pastry brush to apply some melted butter on them.
  4. Season the corn ears with salt and pepper (you can also use some other seasoning of your choice) and add a teaspoon of water to it.
  5. Nicely wrap the aluminum sheet around the corn ears. Make sure to thoroughly wind the ends so that steam can’t escape.
  6. Put the corn ears in the oven for around 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Slightly open one ear pack to see if it has warmed up or not. If it hasn’t, then make sure to rewrap it and place it back in your oven for a little more time.  
  8. Once the corn ears have warmed perfectly, remove them from the oven and enjoy!

Pro Tip: If you want to reheat boiled, unseasoned corn on the cob, then make sure to brush some melted butter and milk on it before reheating it via the method mentioned above.

This will help enhance the flavor of the corn. 

Boil It

Boiling corn on the cob is also an easy way to reheat it. Here’s how you can reheat corn ears on your stovetop:

Things You Will Need

  • A deep pot
  • Corn on the cob
  • A pair of tongs
  • A serving platter
  • Salt, pepper, and other seasonings if needed

Instructions

  1. On your stovetop, place a deep cooking pot with water in it and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once the water starts boiling, slowly add each corn ear to the pot.
  3. Boil the corn until it is heated through. Since the corn is already cooked, this will hardly take 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Once the corn ears have heated through, use a pair of tongs to remove them from the boiling water.
  5. Place the corn ears on a serving dish, season it with salt and pepper or any other seasoning, and enjoy!

Grill It

If you grilled the corn the first time, you will not need to boil or microwave it to reheat it. Instead, you can get your grill going again and reheat it.

Here’s how you can warm up corn on the cob on your grill:

Things You Will Need

  • Corn on the cob
  • A pastry brush
  • Melted butter
  • A pair of tongs

Instructions

  1. Get your grill going and when it’s nice and hot, place the corn ears on it.
  2. You can use a pastry brush to coat the corn with some melted butter.
  3. Make sure to keep your eye on the corn as it doesn’t take long to warm up.
  4. Use a pair of tongs to rotate the cobs every 30 seconds until the corn ears are nice and warmed through.
  5. The corn will be ready to serve after two complete rotations per corn ear. 

How to Reheat Frozen Corn on the Cob

If you took out corn ears straight from the freezer, here’s how you can quickly reheat them to serve to your family: 

Things You Will Need

  • Corn on the cob
  • A large pot of water
  • A pair of tongs

Instructions

  1. Put the frozen corn ears in a deep pot and fill it with cold water.
  2. Put the pot on your stovetop and let the water come to a boil on high flame.
  3. Once it starts boiling, cover the pot and lower the heat.
  4. Cook your corn on the cob for five to eight minutes.
  5. When the corn ears have sufficiently warmed, remove them from the hot water with a pair of tongs.
  6. Place them on a platter, season if required, and serve!

Are you interested in learning how to reheat more food items? Click here to learn how to reheat tamales! Not completely satiated yet? Well, here’s how you can reheat scrumptious fried chicken!

Tips on Storing Corn on the Cob

  • If you want to store fresh corn on the cob, make sure to leave the husks on as they will keep the corn fresh, place it in a sealable freezer bag, and put it in the veggie drawer of your fridge.
  • Make sure to use your refrigerated corn within 5 days to a week.
  • If you want to freeze the corn to prolong its life, make sure to remove the husk.
  • Make sure to blanch the corn ears before freezing them. Freeze them in heavy-duty freezer bags. The corn ears will easily last up to a year!
  • If you want to store cooked corn on the cob, place the whole ears in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. Make sure to eat it within 3 to 5 days. 
  • Make sure to inspect the corn before eating it. Check for signs of mold or blackened kernels. Discard the ears if you find mold growing on them.

The Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide on how to reheat corn on the cob. Try out the various ways mentioned above – microwaving, boiling, baking, and grilling – to reheat corn ears and see which one you prefer the most.

Also, make sure to use the tips I have mentioned to properly store corn in your fridge or freezer.  

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

How to reheat corn on the cob. Reheating corn on the cob in the oven will give you the juiciest and best tasting corn. It does take a bit more time but it is well worth it.

Ingredients

  • Aluminum foil sheets
  • Melted butter
  • A soft pastry brush
  • Corn on the cob
  • Salt and pepper
  • A teaspoon of water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take a few pieces of aluminum foil that are large enough to easily wrap about each corn ear.
  3. Place the corn ears on the foil sheets and use a pastry brush to apply some melted butter on them.
  4. Season the corn ears with salt and pepper (you can also use some other seasoning of your choice) and add a teaspoon of water to it.
  5. Nicely wrap the aluminum sheet around the corn ears. Make sure to thoroughly wind the ends so that steam can’t escape.
  6. Put the corn ears in the oven for around 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Slightly open one ear pack to see if it has warmed up or not. If it hasn’t, then make sure to rewrap it and place it back in your oven for a little more time.  
  8. Once the corn ears have warmed perfectly, remove them from the oven and enjoy!

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