Can I Reheat Corn on the Cob? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Is there anything better than fresh corn on the cob?

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Slathered in butter or sizzling with grill marks, there are few more refreshing and satisfying things as a side dish on a summer or fall evening. The flavor, the juiciness – the CEO of Corn said it well: “It’s got the juice.”  

If you love corn as much as we do, you might prepare more than you and your family can eat in one evening, and you’ll want to save some for the next day. But how can you reheat your corn on the cob to retain its flavor, texture, and juiciness?  

Since the sweet corn harvest season is relatively brief (mid-summer to late November), we often buy large quantities and prepare corn on the cob in bulk. We’ve waited through chilly winters and soggy springs for this moment, and it’s hard to hold back the excitement! 

Once you’ve mastered the art of reheating corn on the cob, go ahead and make as much as you want. You may store the cooled, cooked corn in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days; then, when you’re ready to enjoy some warm, sweet corn with butter, just follow one of our favorite techniques for reheating corn on the cob. 

This article aims to answer all your questions about how to reheat Corn on the Cob and help you understand which reheating method is best – and which methods may have lackluster results. 

Can You Reheat Corn on the Cob? 

Nearly any food that has been frozen or refrigerated can be reheated. However, how you reheat the item will contribute to how enjoyable your experience is.  

Can You Reheat Corn on the Cob

Breaded or deep-fried foods often do better when reheated in an oven or air fryer, whereas baked or grilled foods might do better when reheated in an oven or on a grill.  

For example, pizza reheated in the microwave is hard to chew, while pizza reheated in the oven or air fryer is more delicious and retains its crispiness.  

There are several different ways to reheat Corn on the Cob; some will likely work better than others. We recommend you reheat your corn on the cob on the grill or in the microwave for the best results.  

Should You Reheat Corn on the Cob? 

Some foods shouldn’t be reheated because of their ability to develop harmful bacteria, leading to regret and, sometimes, danger for the consumer.  

For example, reheated potatoes can cause severe stomach issues. Botulism-causing bacteria may grow in cooked potatoes if they are allowed to cool at room temperature for too long. As a matter of fact, this is more likely to occur if the potatoes are covered securely in foil. 

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Fortunately, corn on the cob doesn’t make this list, meaning you can reheat it safely. We should add that all food should be placed in a closed container in the fridge or freezer promptly to prevent harmful bacteria from forming in your leftovers.  

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in the Oven 

Adding some water to the dish and covering it with foil is the secret to evenly cooked, like-fresh reheated corn on the cob.  

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Place the cobs of corn should in a baking dish, along with 2 tablespoons of water in the dish’s base. (It aids in the corn’s “steaming,” in a sense.) 
  3. Wrap the dish with aluminum foil to keep it warm. 
  4. Reheat the corn cobs for 5 minutes in the oven. 
  5. Top with butter or other garnishes and serve. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in the Microwave 

While microwaves are fast and convenient, they don’t always do a great job with certain textures, like pastry and bread. Fortunately, corn on the cob can be perfectly reheated in the microwave in a jiffy.

You’ll find this technique is quite similar to the oven technique above: 

  1. Place corn cobs in a microwave-safe baking dish along with two tablespoons of water. 
  2. Use a moist cloth to cover the dish (this will assist in steaming the corn and prevent it from drying out). 
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds. 
  4. Flip the corn and microwave for another 30 seconds. 
  5. Lift the towel carefully to see whether it’s done; if not, give it another 30 seconds. 
  6. Dress and serve. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in an Air Fryer 

This countertop gizmo works like a little convection oven and makes short work of warming corn.

  1. Turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Cook the corn cobs in the air fryer for three to four minutes or until hot. 
  3. Dress and serve. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob on a Grill 

If the weather allows for using a charcoal or gas grill, and you have it going for your main meal, you can use it to corn on the cob. 

  1. Brush oil or butter onto the corn cobs. 
  2. Place the prepped corn cobs on a grill set to medium heat. 
  3. For even heating, turn the cobs with tongs every 30 seconds (usually takes about two complete rotations). 
  4. Dress and serve. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in a Toaster Oven 

Toaster ovens can be used to broil your leftover corn.  Just don’t cook it too long and dry it out.

To reheat corn on the cob in a toaster oven:

  1. Add butter or other seasonings to corn cobs. 
  2. Wrap corn ears in aluminum foil. 
  3. Place them on a tray and broil in the toaster oven with two turns each for 1 minute. 
  4. Unwrap and serve. 

How to Reheat Corn on the Cob in a Pan on the Stove 

Boiling is a typical technique to prepare corn and may also be used to reheat corn on the cob. 

How To Reheat Corn on the Cob in a Pan on the Stove

  1. Fill a big saucepan half to two-thirds full of water and bring it to a boil on the burner. 
  2. Add corn cobs to boiling water and leave for 2 minutes. 
  3. Garnish and serve. 

WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Corn on the Cob Is Using the Microwave  

For convenience, the microwave wins this contest, hands down, unless you’ve already got the grill going. With just a microwave-safe dish, some water, and a damp towel, you can reheat hot and juicy corn on the cob in as little as one minute.  

When you need to refresh your leftover corn on the cob, you certainly have many options to reheat your delicious side dish.  

What is your favorite way to reheat corn on the cob? Let us know in the comments below.  

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