Dress up your frozen corn by roasting it in the oven.

How to Roast Frozen Corn With Olive Oil

by Lee Tea

When in season, fresh sweet corn is a real treat. For the rest of the year, frozen corn is the closest you'll get to the real thing. While frozen corn is usually prepared in the microwave or on the stove top, roasting it in the oven instead gives it a unique flavor that goes great with a variety of dishes, from fried chicken to burgers and meatloaf. Roasting your frozen corn with olive oil is a great way to enjoy a side dish that your family probably already loves.

Oven Roasted Corn

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place a rack in the middle.

Combine the frozen corn, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, and then toss together in a large bowl until the corn is evenly coated.

Spread the coated corn mixture evenly on a large cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the 450-degree F oven on the center rack and allow to roast for 10 minutes. If you prefer, you can stir the corn at the10-minute mark and place it back into the oven to allow it to roast a few minutes longer to blacken it slightly.

Remove the pan from the oven, place the corn in a serving dish and dig in. If there are any leftovers, store them in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Stove Top Roasted Corn

In a large bowl, combine frozen corn kernels, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Place a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the corn mixture and heat until the corn begins to brown slightly on the bottom.

Use a rubber spatula or large spoon to stir the corn frequently as it cooks. Keep it moving by stirring so that it browns evenly and doesn't burn. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until you see that many of the kernels are browned.

Transfer the corn to a serving dish and serve immediately. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Items you will need

  • 1 16-ounce bag of frozen corn kernels
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Herbs and spices of your choice
  • Assorted chopped vegetables of your choice


  • If desired, add small amounts of your favorite spices or herbs, and then toss them with the corn. For a garlicky corn, add a small amount of garlic powder and some parsley. For a smoky flavor, try cumin and chipotle pepper. Looking for a spicy corn? Try cayenne or crushed red-pepper flakes.
  • You can also add other ingredients such as raw or frozen vegetables like chopped bell peppers, hot peppers, kale, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, or carrots and peas.
  • This method will also work for frozen corn on the cob. If you will be roasting corn on the cob, brush each ear with olive oil, and then lightly salt and pepper. Turn it a few times during roasting to ensure it cooks evenly.
  • If you are out of olive oil, you can use canola or vegetable oil, instead.

About the Author

Leeann Teagno has been writing professionally since 2006. An English major, she continues to study information systems management at American Public University. Teagno is an organic gardener, cook and technology buff with past employment in mobile communications. She also volunteers at an animal shelter and operates a home bakery.

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