There are very few food items in the food world that can challenge the pleasure that is eating freshly cooked corn on the cob. It’s one of those incredibly simple foods that everyone loves or at least likes. For real corn lovers, it is inevitable to have leftover corn on the cob and want to reheat it hoping to capture the same great taste as when freshly cooked. Fortunately, there are a few ways to reheat corn on the cob and get the same, if not better taste out of it. Just in case you are not clear on what corn is let’s look into that first as there is some confusion over the names corn, maize and where they apply.
Corn is the grain derived from maize. Maize is a cereal grain and the distinction is simply that corn is the grain while corn on the cob is maize. The name corn is more closely associated with sweetcorn which is a variety of maize that is yellow and has a sweeter taste as well as slightly smaller grains than most other maize varieties. Maize is a staple food across the world and very popular in Africa and The Americas. Maize production surpasses that of wheat and rice. This is in large part because maize is also used as an animal feed. So how can you reheat corn for best results?
The quickest and easiest way to reheat corn on the corb is to use the microwave. You will need a microwave-safe dish and a microwave cover to pull this off. Place your corn in the microwave-safe dish and add a tablespoon or two of water. The idea is to steam the corn in the microwave. Cover the dish with your microwave cover and heat on maximum for 45 seconds. After the 45 seconds open the microwave, turn the corn over then return for another 45 seconds. While it depends on how powerful your microwave is in most cases the corn will be ready to eat. If you’re not sure you can return it in 30-second intervals until it is as hot as you want it.
In Boiling Water
If you boiled your corn when cooking it then this method is going to be a hit with you. It doesn’t take much time at all, just about as much as the microwave. All you need is a pot of boiling water. Just make sure that your pot is large enough to fit the full corn cobs or break the cobs up so they can fit into the pot. Also, avoid the urge to salt the water beforehand as this will rob the corn of its natural flavour and dries it out a little bit. Once your water is at the boiling point just place the corn cobs in the water and leave for one to two minutes at most. Voila, your corn on the cob is reheated and ready to eat.
If you originally grilled your corn to cook it then the idea of microwaving or boiling it will not appeal to you one bit. You would prefer using the grill to reheat your corn on the cob. If you initially boiled the corn and want to have a bit of fun with it, grilling is a great way to reheat your corn on the cob. While you can grill corn on the cob plain for reheating you can also add oil, spice, herbs or whatever else you fancy to add a bit of flavour to it. To reheat your corn on the grill won’t take long. You will need to turn the corn every 30 seconds or so. On a medium heat grill, you will only need around 5 minutes to get the corn hot and ready to enjoy.
In The Oven
Another method to reheat your corn on the cob is using the oven. The oven method is a little bit more complex than other methods but it can work very well. All you will need is an ovenproof dish, some aluminium foil and a little bit of boiling water. Lay the cobs flat in your oven dish and add the boiling water, just enough to cover the base of the dish. Now cover the dish with the aluminium foil and place in your oven preheated to 250 degrees Celsius. You’ll need about 5 minutes to get your corn cobs hot and ready to eat.
Broiling It In The Oven
If you want yet another method to reheat corn on the cob you could try broiling it in the oven. Broiling is a fancy term for grilling under direct heat. All you need to pull this method off is a baking sheet. Place the corn on the baking sheet and have your oven preheated to at least 200 degrees Celsius. Once you put the corn in the oven you are going to need to turn it frequently, every 1 minute. Turn it at 45-degree angles each time so you get good coverage of your corn. You will need to make 8 turns to heat it all around and this should take around 8 minutes.
And if for some reason you are unsatisfied with the aforementioned methods you can still steam the corn cobs. To pull this off you need a steamer. Simply allow the water to boil then place the corn cobs in the steamer. You will not need long to reheat the corn. This works best for corn that was boiled rather than grilled. You will need around 4 to 5 minutes to heat the corn and get it ready to eat.
There you go. Simple corn on a cob and a variety of ways to reheat it whatever the occasion. The method you choose will depend on how much time and energy you are willing to spend. If you want to have a bit of grilling can add some extra flavour to your corn.