Juicy and Flavorful: Discover the Magic of Smoky Pan Roasted Corn on the Cob

When corn is in season, there’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a perfectly cooked ear of corn on the cob. But why settle for the ordinary when you can elevate your corn game with a smoky twist? Introducing Smoky Pan Roasted Corn on the Cob: a delightful vegetarian side dish that’s bursting with flavor and visual appeal. In just fifteen minutes, you can create a dish that will leave your taste buds singing with delight.

Corn on the cob season is a cause for celebration, and I love experimenting with different ways to cook this summer staple. Recently, I whipped up a batch of Smoky Pan Roasted Corn on the Cob to accompany a quick and easy stove-top dinner of cheesy rice with sausage and spinach. The result was a harmonious blend of flavors that satisfied both the palate and the soul.

To create this mouthwatering corn-on-the-cob side dish, I decided to pan roast whole cobs of corn in my trusty cast iron skillet. With just a drizzle of olive oil, some minced garlic, and a sprinkle of spices, I was able to infuse the corn with a smoky, charred essence that perfectly complemented the natural sweetness and juiciness of the kernels.

The star ingredient of this week’s Sunday Scratchups is none other than fresh corn on the cob—the secret weapon that adds a touch of summer and affordability to your family dinners. With an abundance of fresh corn available this time of year, now is the perfect time to explore all the delicious ways you can incorporate it into your meals.

Smoky Pan Roasted Corn on the Cob: The Recipe


  • Four ears of fresh corn, shucked
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt


  1. Shuck the corn and set it aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and spices, allowing them to heat for about 30 seconds, until the aroma fills the room.
  4. Add the corn to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat for approximately 2-2 1/2 minutes.
  5. Rotate each cob a quarter turn and continue cooking for another 2-2 1/2 minutes, ensuring all sides are evenly cooked and coated in the flavorful spices.
  6. Repeat the process until all four sides of the corn are perfectly roasted and seasoned.
  7. The total cooking time should be around 8-10 minutes.
  8. Serve and savor the deliciousness!

Pro tip: Use tongs to rotate the corn in the pan for easy cooking on all sides. If your ears of corn are too long to fit comfortably in the skillet, simply cut them in half before roasting.

Experience the joy of pan roasting corn—it’s truly that simple! In just 15 minutes, you can prepare a stunning gluten-free and vegetarian side dish that will elevate any summer dinner. The smoky flavors of this roasted corn perfectly complement a creamy, cheesy rice dish or any other favorite accompaniment.

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