There are multiple ways we cook corn, but roasting is more underrated. Boiling is the most commonly used method while microwaving and grilling are also cool alternatives.
However, roasting corn helps to unlock its hidden sweetness and earthy flavor. A great way of roasting corn is by using the oven; you can roast your corn in the oven with the husk on, the husk off, or wrapped in foil, depending on your preference.
Here’s how to cook corn on the cob in the oven without foil, as well as other simple methods for cooking corn on the cob with husk still on.
How To Cook Corn On The Cob In The Oven Without Foil | With Husks Still On
Below is a step by step guide on how to cook corn on the cob in the oven without foil and with the husk still on:
1. Start By Preheating The Oven
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Place one of the oven interior racks in the center position of the oven.
When roasting corn on the cob in the oven without foil, you do not need to prepare a baking sheet for the corn. You can place the corn directly on the oven rack.
2. Clean The Corn
Clean the outer husks by rinsing them underneath clean running water. Scrub away any visible dirt or debris using your fingers.
You do not need to remove the husks from the ears of corn; you can simply trim away any silks hanging out of the ends or leaves peeling away from the sides using clean kitchen scissors.
3. Cook The Corn For 30 Minutes
With the ears of corn arranged in a single layer directly on the center rack of the oven, cook the corn until it becomes tender.
If there’s another oven rack above the center rack, you can leave it in place as long as it isn’t in constant contact with the corn. If it is, it should be removed completely or placed beneath the center rack.
Try to arrange the corn in a single layer. If you are cooking a large batch of corn and need to stack it, you will need to increase the overall cooking time.
Stack the pile of corn in a way that it is not in contact with the upper heating element of the oven. After roasting your corn, check for doneness by gently squeeze the sides of the ear. If the corn is cooked through, it should be firm yet soft enough to press through the husk.
4. Remove The Husks
Remove the roasted corn from the oven and allow it cool for several minutes. When the husks become cool enough to handle, peel down the husks from each ear.
Ensure to wear an oven mitt before peeling down the husks, and do not point the ears directly at your face as you peel; this is because the steam escaping from the corn will be very hot and injurious.
Enjoy Your Corn
Your corn is ready to be enjoyed; you can brush the corn with melted butter or olive oil or season with salt, pepper, and chopped parsley to taste. The finished corn on the cob should be served immediately while it’s still hot.
This article discusses how to cook corn on the cob with husk still on; this way, you are able to remove the cooked husk easily in one piece without making a mess.
The corn cooks the same way with the husk on as it would without the husk regardless of the cooking method used, although you may need to add an extra minute or two of cooking time.