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How to Reheat Corn on the Cob so It's Juicy, Crunchy, and Sweet

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As the summer months continue to sizzle, there’s a good chance your barbecue is being used non-stop for burgers and veggies, which means you need to know how to reheat corn on the cob. 

And whether your questions range from how do you reheat corn on the cob, to specifically, how to reheat grilled corn on the cob, we’ve got you covered. FirstForWomen asked two expert chefs to share their tips on the best way to reheat corn on the cob. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

When it comes to knowing how to reheat corn on the cob in the microwave, celebrity chef Robert Irvine of Robert Irvine’s Public House at Tropicana Las Vegas says it’s important to heat up the corn of the cob in increments. Here, he breaks down the steps for how to reheat corn on the cob in the microwave. 

  1. Place the corn on a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Cover the corn with either a damp towel or plastic wrap. 
  3. Set the timer for 10-20 second bursts — this will ensure the corn doesn’t just pop (and by the way you won’t get popcorn from pre-cooked corn).
  4. Reheat until the corn is warm. 

If you want a little extra flavor, lightly brush the corn with a dab of butter at each burst. HelloFresh chef Claudia Sidoti says knowing how long to reheat corn on the cob in the microwave comes down to the power you use. She recommends setting your microwave at 50% and heating the corn for approximately two minutes. 


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How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in the Oven

The best way to reheat corn on the cob, according to Sidoti, is in the oven. Here, Sidoti explains how to reheat corn on the cob in the oven with five easy steps that take less than 10 minutes. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wrap the corn in aluminum foil. 
  3. Add butter, a teaspoon of water and some salt and pepper to the corn.
  4. Place the corn on the cob in the oven for about five to seven minutes. 
  5. Remove and enjoy. 

One tip Chef Irvine likes to share when people are wondering how to reheat boiled corn on the cob is to add a little milk and butter on the corn (before you put it in the oven) to keep it flavorful. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in Boiling Water

Including leftover corn in a meal is easy — especially since you have a variety of reheating methods to choose from. If you have a pot of water on the stove, you might be wondering how to reheat corn on the cob in boiling water. 

The good news, says Irvine, is that boiling water is the easiest way to reheat corn. Here, he shares his steps for reheating corn on the cob in boiling water. 

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Wait for the water to boil, then add the corn.
  3. Boil the corn until it is heated through. Since it’s pre-cooked, you will lonely need to dip it in the water for about one to two minutes. 
  4. Take the corn out of the pot and add butter and salt for additional flavor. 

Best Way to Reheat Corn on the Cob

When it comes to the best way to reheat corn on the cob, the experts have two different opinions. Irvine says it’s best to know how to reheat corn on the cob in boiling water since the boiling method allows you to keep your eyes on the corn and move it around to see if it’s ready. The other reason this is the best way to reheat corn on the cob, says Irvine, is because it allows you to control the cooking much easier than the microwave. 

The oven, is the answer Sidoti gives when people ask her “How do you reheat corn on the cob?” She seasons the corn with salt and pepper and follows the steps above for how to reheat corn on the cob in the oven. Sidoti says this is the best way to reheat corn on the cob since it will taste as fresh as it was when you first made it. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob: Bonus Tips

If your cooked corn is coming right from the freezer, you might want to know how to reheat frozen corn on the cob. Here, Sidoti shares these six simple steps that will turn your frozen corn into a delicious meal. 

  1. Place corn in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Set the stovetop to high heat and cook until the water starts to boil.
  3. Cover the pot and reduce heat to low.
  4. Cook for about five to eight minutes.
  5. Remove the corn from the hot water and place on a plate. 
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and butter to taste. 

When time is an issue, corn off the cob is likely the easiest way to get your veggies on the table. With that said, you do need to know how to reheat corn off the cob. You have a few options when it comes to reheating corn off the cob including the microwave for a quick and easy preparation, and sautéing it up in a pan. 

In fact, both of the chef’s agree that the best way to reheat corn off the cob is to heat it up in a skillet. “Sautéing or stir-frying your corn is the best way to keep all the natural flavors in it,” says Sidoti. Here are the steps Irvine recommends if you want to know how to reheat corn off the cob.

  1. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  2. Melt a little butter in the pan.
  3. Add the corn and some seasoning, and cook until heated through (should only take a few minutes). In case you want to spice it up, Irvine says to caramelize onions and other vegetables and mix them into the corn. 

There you have it: four different ways to reheat corn on the cob. And now that you know the expert tips and tricks to reheating this flavorful veggie, it’s time to grab those cobs and get cooking. 

This post was written by Sara Lindberg.

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