Thursday, April 4, 2013

Genius Corn

If given a choice, my family prefers corn on the cob over frozen corn (who doesn't, right?).  But there's not much we can do about that this time of year, short of buying some tasteless, expensive, out-of-season ears from the grocery store.  Enter "broiled corn".  Huh?  Yes, that's right.  Cooking frozen corn this way is about as close as you can get to that crisp, sweet, middle-of-the-summer taste.  In my quest to include more vegetables in our diet, I'm always looking for something quick and easy.  This "recipe" definitely fits the bill.  In less than 10 minutes, you'll have perfectly cooked and seasoned corn.

16 oz bag of frozen corn
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp spice of your choice, optional

Set oven to broil (high).  Spread frozen corn on an ungreased cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and desired spice.  Use a large spatula/pancake turner to toss corn until coated.  Spread out into a single layer.  Broil on high for 5-7 minutes, or until corn is done to your liking.  Serve immediately.

Options and Tips:
  • If you have other supper items that need to be baked at a lower temperature, you can still make this corn!  When your other dishes are almost finished baking, prep the corn.  Remove casserole or potatoes, cover them and set them on the table.  Then turn the oven to "broil" and pop the corn in.  It cooks so fast that it will be done by the time your family gathers at the table and has devotions.
  • This dish cools rather quickly, so serve it immediately or make sure to cover it with foil.    
  • I've only tried Italian seasoning as the optional spice, but dill or garlic powder would probably be tasty as well.
  • Add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for something different.
  • If your family doesn't care for the taste of olive oil, you can make this with real butter instead (not quite as healthy, but you're still eating vegetables!).  Melt the butter in the microwave and drizzle over the frozen corn.  The butter will freeze up again as soon as it hits the corn, but just continue on with the recipe.  Toss it all to mix in your frozen bits of butter, and broil as directed.  Halfway through broiling, the butter will be re-melted.  Remove the pan and toss corn again to mix in the butter.  

This is an original recipe, but not an original idea.  I found the idea on Pinterest (where else?) and followed the link to this post over at Bev Cooks.

This recipe is posted as part of April's theme, Spring Clean Your Eating Habits.  You can catch up on any posts you might have missed here.


  1. Looks and sounds really good! Thanks!!!

  2. Do you have one brand of frozen corn you recommend? I can't get to Meijer...:)

    1. Well, the one I really like is from Costco, but I know you can't get there either :) "Freshlike" is really good, but I'm sure this recipe would work fine with your store brand as well.

  3. Interesting. Corn's not my favorite (except in season sweet corn on the cob), but we may have to give this a try.