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How to Reheat Corn on the Cob [Definitive Guide]

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Sometimes the simplest meals are the best, and it doesn’t get much simpler than corn on the cob. It is a crowd-pleaser for all ages, whether served as a light meal, snack, or a side dish, rubbed generously with salted butter and seasoned with salt and pepper.

It’s always a good idea to over-cater on these sweet delicious vegetables. It’s a firm favorite amongst everyone, and it can always be reheated the following day or frozen and reheated at a later stage.

This article will cover the different ways you can reheat corn on the cob.

Reheating Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Reheating corn on the grill adds a whole new flavor, dimeson, and often the preferred way to reheat corn.

Heat the grill until scorching hot, turn heat down to medium heat, place corn on the grill, leave for 2 minutes, quarter turn the corn cob, and leave for another 2mins. Keep turning the corn cob until the corn kernels have lovely char marks all the way around.

The corn kernels should be blackened, and this will part a nice, charred, smokey flavor. The best way to serve this corn is lightly rolled in mayonnaise and then rolled again in fine freshly grated parmesan; this is easily one of the best ways to enjoy corn on the cob.

Reheating Corn on the Cob with a Microwave

The problem with this method is the risk of drying the corn out. When simply popped into the microwave as is and reheated, the corn kernels tend to burst and lose all their moisture.

To prevent this from happening and to reheat the corn kob effectively and retain all its moisture, fill a microwave-friendly container with boiling water, gently place the corn cob in the water, and set the microwave on high and heat for three minutes until the corn is hot through to the center.

Carefully remove the corn on the cob from the boiling water, pat dry, and serve with salted butter and salt and pepper.

Reheating Corn on the Cob with an Airfryer

You can quickly reheat corn on the cob with an air fryer too. There are two ways that you can reheat the corn to end with two different results. P

reheat the air fryer to 350 F, lightly brush the corn with olive oil, and place in the basket. Leave to heat through for 4 – 5 minutes. Heating the corn “naked” like this will give it a slightly roasted, toasted flavor.

The other way you can reheat corn on the cob in the air fryer is by wrapping it in tin foil. Place the corn cob on a square of tin foil, season with salt and pepper, and place a knob of butter on top of the corn. Wrap the foil around the corn cob and seal.

Place the parcel in the air fryer and leave to heat for 5 – 6 minutes. Wrapping the corn in the foil will allow the corn cob to steam and heat evenly.

Once heated after cooking, remove from fryer and tin foil – be careful of the steam – serve and pour over melted butter.

Reheating Corn on the Cob in the Oven

Every household is bound to have an oven, and your corn on the cob can be reheated in here too!

Preheat oven to 350 F. In an oven-prove dish, place the corn on the cob, add a splash of water and cover tightly with tin foil. Ensure tin foil is tightly sealed around the edges to prevent steam from escaping.

Place in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, carefully remove tine foil, serve and enjoy

You can also place the corn on the cob under the grill in your oven for an additional charred smokey flavor. Preheat grill on high, then lightly brush corn with olive oil and place on a baking tray and then into the middle of the oven.

Leave to reheat for 5 minutes, then rotate the corn and heat for a further 5 minutes. The result will be corn on the cob that is slightly roasted and toasted in flavor.

Reheating Corn on the Cob with a Pot of Water

The classic, most traditional way of reheating corn on the cob is in boiling water.

Fill a pot with water, place on a high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Season the water with a pinch of salt. Gently place corn on the cob in the water and leave to heat for 4-5 mins.

Remove from the water, pat dry, and serve either with the classic salted butter or with olive oil, and a seasoning of salt and pepper

Reheating Corn on the Cob From Frozen

Reheating frozen corn can be done, but it is most important to freeze the corn on the cob correctly to get the best defrosted and reheated results.

To freeze the corn cob whole, ensure the corn is thoroughly cooled, pat it down with a paper towel to ensure you remove any excess moisture.

Place in a Ziplock bag and remove all excess air, or place in an airtight container. To reheat from frozen, place in a pot of boiling water and leave for 6 – 8 minutes, until hot.

The corn kernels can also be cut off and removed from the cob, again remember to ensure the corn is completely cooled before being frozen.

To reheat the cut kernels- pop the kernels into a microwave-friendly container and heat on high for approximately 1 minute; set the time for 30-second intervals, to prevent the corn kernels from completely drying out.


Undoubtedly, corn on the cob is one of the most challenging foods to eat gracefully, not to mention the aftermath of husk left in one’s teeth. But needless to say, corn on the cob is one of the firm favorites worldwide in whatever cuisine you look into.

As mentioned above, there are numerous ways to reheat corn on the cob, which all work well. Whichever way you choose to reheat your corn remember the basics, and the corn will come out hot, juicy, and delicious.