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Say goodbye to bland corn with my flavorful Corn on the Cob Seasoning Recipe! This zesty, mouthwatering blend is ready in less than a minute, and will revolutionize your corn on the cob experience. Plus, I’ll cover a few of the best corn recipes to use it in!
Seasoning for Corn
One of my favorite times of year is the end of summer, when the big baskets of corn at the grocery store start piling up. Crisp and juicy sweet corn for only ten cents an ear– it’s irresistible! My family’s love for it means I often leave the store with two heavy bags full.
What’s the key to delicious corn? It’s definitely the seasoning. Even simple salt and butter can elevate the fresh summer corn. But there’s a whole world of flavors to explore with corn seasoning!
Among all, my go-to is this unique seasoning for corn on the cob. A blend of zesty lime juice, earthy and sweet chili powder, lively black pepper, and a hint of fresh cilantro creates a sublime combination. It complements the corn’s natural sweetness so well, you’ll find yourself drawn to it time and time again!
Seasoning for Corn on the Cob Ingredients
- Garlic Powder
- Lime Zest
- Lime Juice
- Chili Powder
- Black Pepper
- Fresh Cilantro, for garnish
- Lime Wedges
- Optional Extra Seasonings: Parmesan Cheese, Cotija Cheese, Crema, Sea Salt, Tajin, Cajun Seasoning Mix, Bacon Bits
Seasoning Corn on the Cob
- Zest the lime, then combine the lime zest, chili powder, black pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl and mix well.
- Place the uncooked corn on a dish. Sprinkle the corn first with fresh lime juice, followed by the seasoning mixture.
- Cook the corn according to your preference (refer to my guide below!), then garnish with fresh cilantro to enjoy!
Tips for Seasoning Corn
- This seasoning enhances any style of cooked corn beautifully. It even brings frozen corn to life with its fantastic flavors!
- To add a bit more excitement, consider a dash of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika for that extra zing.
- Save some seasoning to sprinkle on the corn after cooking for an added burst of flavor!
- For an indulgent twist, lightly coat the cooked corn with butter before applying more seasoning. This will give it a rich, luxurious taste.
- Prefer your corn off the cob? No problem! Simply cut the kernels off with a sharp knife and stir in the seasoning for an equally delicious experience.
- Additional fresh seasonings add an extra pop to this dish. Try fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.
Do you season corn before or after cooking?
That depends. If you’re buttering your corn, season after cooking so the butter does not slide off or burn as it cooks. If you don’t plan on using any butter, then feel free to season the corn before cooking it!
Cooking Corn on the Cob
To season corn on the cob, first you need to decide how to cook it! There’s no wrong way to cook corn on the cob, so pick what fits your needs. My favorite is grilled corn on the cob – find the recipe by visiting this link!
How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave
- Shuck the corn, then wrap 1-3 ears of corn in a damp paper towel.
- Heat in the microwave for two minutes for one ear, and an extra minute for each extra ear of corn.
- Let cool for a minute before removing and adding spices.
How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and shuck the corn, then butter the corn and wrap it in aluminum foil.
- Place the wrapped corn on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once.
How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob
- Frozen corn on the cob does best boiled. For this reason, boil a large pot of water over high heat.
- Once the water is boiling, add the frozen, shucked corn on the cob in a single layer at the bottom of the pot.
- Bring back to a boil, and let cook for 5 minutes. Test for doneness by pressing against a kernel with a toothpick- it should pop.
- Remove, let cool, then add seasonings!
Corn on the Cob Seasonings FAQ
Due to its naturally sweet flavor, corn pairs well with rich flavors like butter and mayonnaise, as well as anything that pops with sweetness such as tart citrus or salty cheese. My favorite easy seasoning is lime juice, lime zest, garlic powder, and chili powder!
Corn on the cob is naturally delicious when it’s in season, but out of season, it can take a little tuning up! Adding more flavorful seasonings such as a lime seasoning blend, cheese, or turning it into Elote can make a huge difference.
- Corn Ribs
- Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- Mexican Street Corn Casserole
- Creamed Corn Casserole
- Street Corn Dip
See my Elote Seasoning next!
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Corn on the Cob Seasoning
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- Zest the lime, then combine the lime zest, chili powder, black pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl and mix well.½ teaspoon Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Lime zest, ¼ teaspoon Chili powder, Black pepper
- Place the uncooked corn on a dish. Sprinkle with fresh lime juice, then the seasoning mixture.1 Tablespoon Lime juice
- Cook the corn to your preference, then sprinkle with fresh cilantro and enjoy! For suggestions on how to cook corn on the cob, see the above post.Lime wedges, Fresh cilantro