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How To Make Pan Roasted Canned Corn

Bored with plain old canned corn? Why not give it a boost of flavor with some seasonings and make it the best roasted canned corn in a pan?

The corn recipe is an easy one and can be whipped up in no time. Plus, you most likely have all the ingredients needed for this mouthwatering side dish.

A Flavorful Side Of Corn

seasoned corn on a blue plate with a hamburger and french fries

Corn is already a delicious side dish, but why not take it up a few notches with some seasonings? This is definitely a favorite way to eat corn.

You can add it to weeknight dinners, take it to a barbecue, or make it in a pan on the grill. Plus, you can switch out some of the ingredients for others, giving you some variety with this dish.

My #1 Tip For Roasting Corn In A Pan

  1. If you want nice toasty corn, pour the liquid out of the can and pour the corn onto a paper towel.
  2. Dry the corn with a paper towel and then add it to the frying pan. This way, you won’t be steaming the corn, you will be roasting it on the stove top.
Corn on a plate with a hamburger and fries.

Ingredients For Roasted Corn

  • Canned whole kernel corn
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Dill
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Thyme
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Dried parsley

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Four pictures of roasting corn in a pan.

Start by draining the liquid from the can. Pour the corn onto a paper towel and dry it off.

  1. Add the butter to a skillet on medium to medium-high heat. (You can even add some flavored butter to the recipe if you’d like to).
  2. Next, add the corn to the hot skillet.
  3. Add all of the seasonings.
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the corn is crispy.
Corn on a plate with a burger and fries. There's a red bowl behind the plate with corn.

Can I Use Fresh Or Frozen Corn?

Yes, but for the fresh corn, you might need to cook it a little longer. All you need to do is take a sharp knife and scrape the ears of corn, and place corn in the pan.

You can also use frozen corn, but you will need to thaw out your frozen corn kernels and then dry them off so you won’t end up with steamed corn.

How Do I Know When The Corn Is Done?

The corn is done when you end up with a slightly crispy texture. This will take about 10 minutes or so.

Can I Add Some Other Vegetables To The Dish?

Definitely! Bell peppers, onions, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and more. However, the veggies can take a little longer to cook.

You can also add ingredients such as sausage, ground turkey, ham, and more!

Corn on a plate with a hamburger and fries.

Serving Suggestions And Creative Toppings For Roasted Canned Corn

Roasted canned corn is a great way to make your side dishes more versatile. Here are a few ways to serve pan roasted corn:

  1. As a side dish – this makes a great side for any main dish.
  2. In Tacos or wraps – use the roasted corn on top of your tacos or in a wrap.
  3. In salsa or a dip – add some pan roasted corn to your salsa or in a dip to add some flavorful crunch.

Variations For Pan Roasted Corn

One of the great things about pan roasted corn is that there are a lot of things you can do to create some variety in your dishes. Here’s a few ideas:

  1. Spicy roasted corn – add some hot sauce, chili powder, red pepper flakes, or your favorite spicy seasoning. This adds so much flavor.
  2. Black beans – add some black beans, diced tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and lime zest for a delicious side dish.
  3. Avocado salsa – roasted canned corn, diced avocados, red onions, lime juice, and Greek yogurt make a great salsa dish. Grab some chips and start dipping or top your chicken or fish.
  4. Cheesy corn dish – add some parmesan cheese to the corn for a mild cheesy flavor.
  5. Add some smoked paprika for a smoky flavor to your corn. Add a little salt to the dish, and you’ve got a great option that is super easy to make.
Corn on a plate with a hamburger and fries.

Delicious Side Dishes That Go Great With Corn

How To Make The Best Roasted Canned Corn In A Pan

Roasted canned corn in a pan is a great way to add some variety to your dinner plans. It’s easy to make, and the flavors pop in this dish.

Be sure to get a copy of the perfect side dish recipe below. It’s an absolute favorite around here.

Corn in a skillet with a teaspoon filled with seasoning.

How To Make The Best Roasted Canned Corn In A Pan

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Discover the secrets to making the most delicious roasted canned corn in a pan. Elevate your side dish game with this easy recipe. Try it today and taste the difference!


  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 (15.25 ounce) cans of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dill
  • Pinch of sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of parsley to sprinkle on top when done cooking


  1. Drain the liquid from the canned corn.
  2. Pour the corn onto a paper towel and dry.
  3. Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt on medium to medium-high.
  4. Add the corn, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, dill, and sugar, and mix well.
  5. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until the corn is crunchy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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