Roasted Corn with Smoky Lime Butter

Roasted Corn and Smoky Lime Butter

I made another trip last week to Barrie Hill Farms and came away with the most delicious corn ever!  This particular variety is called Gourmet Sweet “274”, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Roasted Corn and Smoky Lime Butter

I wanted to do a little something different taste-wise this time around and change up my cooking method as well.  I usually soak the corn in milk for 30 minutes or so before boiling it but that just seems so boring sometimes.  I love it on the grill but starting up the grill for just one thing is sometimes a pain and other times the grill is too crowded with fish and chicken and veggies.  Enter the oven method!  Have you ever tried this before?  This was my first time and it sure won’t be my last.

I cleaned it up a little by cutting the end off and removing a few loose strips.  I just wanted to ensure that the silken ends didn’t flame up.  Put them directly on the rack at 350 F for 30 minutes and they’re done.  Super simple, super delicious.

The pics below are pretty terrible.  I forgot about the steam and didn’t realize they would affect the image so badly – ha!PicMonkey Collage The great thing about this method is that you can peel back the husks so easily and the silk goes with it – no mess!  Do be careful about the steam though – they’ll be very hot.

Roasted Corn with Smoky Lime Butter

The recipe for the butter comes from Better Homes and Gardens and it was just what I was looking for!  The smoked paprika and lime add a distinct flavour that perfectly complements the corn.  I cut the salt quantity in half but otherwise didn`t change a thing.

If you`re just a butter, salt and pepper kind of guy/gal, that works too.  I have a friend who loves to dip his lime into some salt and squeeze it as he runs it along the corn and I`m going to try that next time.

I hope you can find some good local corn in your area and try this.  I`m sure it will be a big hit.  Cheers, everyone!

Roasted Corn and Smoky Lime Butter

Roasted Corn with Smoky Lime Butter
Author: Robyn (Adapted from
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Serves: 6-8
  • Fresh ears of corn, unpeeled and in husks.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. CORN
  2. Place rack in center position of oven. Preheat oven to 350Β°F.
  3. Cut off any silk hanging out the ends. Trim any tips of leaves extending from sides. Do not peel.
  4. Place ears of corn directly on oven rack. Cook for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove corn from oven. Let cool for a few minutes before peeling back the husks. It’s hot so be careful!
  7. Combine butter, zest from half the lime, and juice of whole lime. Stir in cilantro, salt, smoked paprika, and pepper. Transfer butter mixture to a serving bowl.


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  • Anita Rivera
    August 14, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Good morning Robyn! There is nothing like roasted corn. You are reminding me to go out today during my grocery shopping to get some smoked paprika because on our honeymoon 32 years ago, we drove up the California Northern coast and did two nights of camping in Big Sur. We roasted corn and chicken on the fire, and used SMOKED PAPRIKA! It has been years since I’ve made this recipe! And with lime? OH YES!

    I hope your summer in winding down gently and with fond memories. Mine is; I go back to meetings all next week and then start school on August 25. It was a great summer and thank you for always providing such inspiring ideas! Big hugs, Anita

    • Robyn
      August 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I love smoked paprika, Anita, and find that I’m am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my recipes. How romantic – campingin Big Sur! So that was your first meal you cooked as a wife!

      Summer has been busy but loads of fun an I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed yours as well, sweet friend Thanks for your very kind words. Hugs to you. xoxo
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  • Marie
    August 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

    This looks amazing! I’ve never tried roasting corn before but I think I’ll give this a try. There’s lots of corn around here now. And the lime with butter and smoked paprika? Yum. Have a great rest of the week, Robyn!
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    • Robyn
      August 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Marie,
      What I loved most about this is not having that mess of husks and silk all over my kitchen counter and floor, lol. Super easy and best I’ve had. Thanks for your tweet! Have a wonderful day. πŸ™‚
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  • Stephanie
    August 14, 2014 at 8:41 am

    This sounds amazing, Robyn! I just bought fresh corn yesterday and was planning on making it tonight so I think I’ll have to make your smokey lime butter πŸ™‚

    Hugs to you, my friend!
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    • Robyn
      August 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Don’t you just love fresh corn in the summer months, Stephanie? I hope you’ll make it and let me know what you think of the butter. Have a great day. Hugs. xxoo
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  • Traci
    August 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Yummm! I’m definitely pinning this recipe and will be making it. I just realized this past week that I haven’t had sweet corn yet this summer! This is a tragedy in my opinion as I grew up eating so much of it. I love smoked things and am also intrigued to try your cooking method, so maybe this weekend this will be had. :]
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    • Robyn
      August 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I was the same way, Traci – I had kind of forgotten about it. I was so happy to hear that the local farm I go to hopes to have this corn coming up till October! Doing it in the oven was a no brainer – I’ll never go back πŸ™‚
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  • cheri
    August 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Robyn, roasting corn is such a great idea, never heard of this variety before but I will keep a look out for it. Gorgeous presentation!
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    • Robyn
      August 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Cheri. If you can find this one, it`s definitely a winner Now I must go see what you`re up to with your latest creation! Have a great day.
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  • Christine | No Gojis No Glory
    August 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Ok…so I’m a little ashamed to say that I have not had fresh corn yet this summer. I know…I know. But I’m scared of what might come crawling out of the husk! But seeing as we don’t have a “real” grill anyway, this seems like a good one try, and that butter sounds amazing! Just curious…why do you normally soak the corn in milk?
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    • Robyn
      August 15, 2014 at 7:07 am

      I once read that the milk tenderizes and adds flavour, Christine, and it has seemed to do so in the past. I loved this though, and it likely had something to do with the fact that it’s such a good variety of corn. And the no mess way of cooking had me sold!
      Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚ Have a great day!
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  • Mimdy
    August 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my this sounds good. We have had such hot weather that I may wait a bit before trying it in the oven. Our local corn won’t be ready for a bit so the timing will be perfect to have fresh corn and an oven recipe just when the temps cool a bit. Happy Thursday : )
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    • Robyn
      August 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

      You’re having hot weather and it’s been so cold here, I had on two sweaters and a jacket at an outdoor ball hockey game the other night! lol. Have a great day, my friend. πŸ™‚
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  • Bam's Kitchen
    August 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hello Robyn, that first photo is just jaw dropping beautiful. I am so glad you found a farm with such fresh wonderful produce. I have never thought to roast my ears of corn in the oven. I usually to this on the grill but what a great idea. Love those herbs and spices. You know sweet farmers corn is something that I really miss. When I used to live in the States we used to have this farmer that used to park along the side of the road and I stopped to visit him almost every day after work as he always had the fresh produce. One day I only bought 6 ears of corn instead of a dozen and as I drove away you will be sorry that you did not buy a dozen. Oh my goodness it was the best sweet corn I ever had. He was right, I was sorry as the next day I went back he was all sold out. Have a lovely day!
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    • Robyn
      August 15, 2014 at 7:13 am

      You made my night last night and my day today with that generous comment, Bobbi – thank you!!
      That’s it then – you MUST come here for some corn and we’ll have a big fire and roast lots of it!
      I haven’t had nearly enough of it this summer but I was thrilled to hear that this is going to keep growing till October.
      Thanks for your visit. Have a fabulous day πŸ™‚
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  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    August 15, 2014 at 3:33 am

    i do love roasted corn! i usually just have mine with butter and salt.. definitely adding lime next time, awesome idea!
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  • LydiaF
    August 15, 2014 at 7:54 am

    We’re pretty much corn purists around here, but I like the sound of the lime butter. I’ll have to try cooking my corn in the oven, seems even easier than boiling on the stove.
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    • Robyn
      August 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      I have always been just a butter and salt and pepper girl too, Lydia, but this was a nice change. The oven method is a breeze and no messy silk all over! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚
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  • caren
    August 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    You know I’ve never thought to grill corn with the husks still on them. What a brilliant idea!! Gorgeous photography btw!

    • Robyn
      August 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      It’s nice because the corn stays very tender because it is steamed inside the husks, Caren. Thanks so much for your kind words!
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  • Miz Helen
    August 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Your Roasted Corn with Smoky Lime Butter looks wonderful, I just love fresh roasted corn. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen
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  • Natasha in Oz
    August 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    That looks so delicious. I love corn with butter-yum!

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  • Ginnie
    August 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Mmm … the smokey lime butter sounds so good! Can’t wait to try that:)
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  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    August 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I love the taste of lime with corn. And farm fresh corn is the best! It’s such a treat. I’m excited because I picked up a half dozen at our CSA yesterday…guess what we’re having tonight!
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    • Robyn
      August 18, 2014 at 5:04 am

      I seem to be into everything lime these days, Michelle. So nice in the summer months. I’m all about farm fresh everything these days. We only have a few precious months where we can get local food and it’s so delicious. Hope you enjoyed your corn last night πŸ™‚
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  • Mary
    August 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I’m making corn on the cob as we speak. I should have visited your blog before starting dinner. I’m being lazy and just boiling them in plain water. But next time I’m going to do it this way, sounds really good!
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    • Robyn
      August 18, 2014 at 5:05 am

      Sounds like everyone is eating corn these days, Mary, lol. I was so thrilled to find these easy cooking method and I love that there is a lot less mess! Looking forward to your party today. Your blog is so much fun! πŸ™‚
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  • Linda
    August 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Looking pretty smoking hot….LOL Love corn cooked this way. I haven’t tried it with lime yet, but it looks so good, it’s on my to do list. Your photos are looking fantastic. How’s the new lens working out! Glad you had some time away. You were missed! Lots of love from WW.
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    • Robyn
      August 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

      LOL, thanks, Linda. The photography is coming along but slower than I would like. The lens is fantastic and also a challenge. A whole lot of new information to take in while trying to use it.
      I had never had corn with lime either but just loved it.
      Just love your birds and bees! What a beautiful happy place to have a meal, my friend. xoox
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  • Marla
    August 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hi Robyn,
    This sounds like a great way to eat corn. Adding lime always seem to add a lot of flavor ot recipes. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop. Pinned & twitted.
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    • Robyn
      August 19, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Yes, I’m on a real lime kick this summer, Marla. It really does add that extra kick. Always a pleasure to join your party. Thanks fr the pinnage and tweet! Hope your week is off to a good start πŸ™‚
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  • Sarah @ Backwoods Babies
    August 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    This looks so incredibly wonderful. I’m going to have to try this one at home. My husband really loves lime, and who doesn’t love fresh roasted corn. Thanks for sharing with us Robyn.
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  • Nicole
    August 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This looks so yummy and it’s the perfect time of year for it too. Thanks for joining us this week at #stoptheyuck linkup. Please come share with us again. Also, feel free to join our foodie bloggers and writers FB group
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  • Marla
    August 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Just a note to let you know that I choose your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that is live @ 7 pm EST today.
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  • Rach D
    August 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    The lime in the butter sounds SUPER delicious!!!
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  • Miz Helen
    August 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
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    • Robyn
      August 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Miz Helen! It is always a pleasure to join your lovely party!

  • Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    August 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Oh, how I love corn… let me count the ways! And then, there’s lime and cilantro… Double YUM!! I can’t wait to give this recipe a tasty try. πŸ™‚ PINNED!

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  • Cathy @ Our Mini Family
    August 24, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a FABULOUS weekend–just wanted to swing by and give you a huge “Thank you!” for linking up at Bewitchin Projects last week–and we’ve already got the party started again today, so be sure to come link up again here:

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