Sweet roasted corn is a traditional side dish that is often thought of as a delicious summertime favorite. During the winter months, though, frozen corn can be a tasty substitute. Instead of preparing your frozen corn in the microwave, consider bringing out more of the corn’s natural flavor by roasting it. Roasted corn can be used in countless recipes and is complemented by various flavor profiles.
Let’s take a look at two fail-proof methods you can use to roast frozen corn. Using these methods you can conveniently roast frozen corn in the oven or on the stove top. Each method will take about 15-20 minutes.
What You’ll Need
For both methods, gather the following ingredients:
- 1 Bag of Frozen Corn (16 oz.)
- 1-2 Tbs Olive Oil
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper
- Herbs and Spices of Your Choice (See suggestions below)
1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and adjust the baking rack so that it is in the center of the oven.
2. In a large bowl combine the corn with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and any other seasonings you are using. Mix all the ingredients until the corn is well coated with the olive oil.
3. Spread the corn out on a large baking sheet. Make sure to give the kernels enough individual space to properly roast, otherwise you will just end up with steamed corn.
4. Place the baking sheet on the center rack and set your timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, check your corn to see how it looks. Remember to aim for a slightly charred appearance to bring out the most flavor. An extra five minutes may be necessary to achieve perfectly toasted edges.
5. Remove pan from the oven and serve.
Stove Top Roasting
1. Combine the corn, olive oil, salt and pepper, and seasonings in a large bowl until the corn is well coated by the olive oil.
2. Drizzle a large skillet with additional olive oil and heat over a medium-high burner. Add the corn mixture and allow the corn to brown in the skillet before stirring.
3. After the corn has had a chance to brown, use a spatula to stir more frequently until the corn is cooked and the edges of the kernels are charred. This will take approximately 10 minutes depending on the type of skillet you are using.
4. Remove corn from the skillet and into a serving dish. Serve immediately.
Besides being a quick and effortless dish to prepare, roasted corn is a versatile side dish. Below are several ideas for how to season and serve roasted corn, but don’t be afraid to experiment on your own with your favorite seasoning blends.
Southwestern Style: Season corn with 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper before roasting. Squeeze with fresh lime juice before serving over chili or combining with diced tomatoes and black beans for a southwestern style salsa.
Greek Salad: Roast corn with 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano. Toss with cooked chickpeas, crumbled feta, diced tomatoes, and a splash of lemon juice.
Cajun-Inspired: Season corn with 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning before roasting. Serve topped with blackened shrimp.