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Blackened Corn

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  • Author: Kara Lydon
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Ready in just 15 minutes, this blackened corn is perfect for a summer side dish. Charred in a cast iron pan with spices like smoked paprika, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder, this corn is packed with flavor and heat!


  • 1 1/4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and kernels removed (about 3.5 cups kernels)*
  • Optional: feta or cojita cheese and cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. In a large nonstick or cast iron pan, add butter over medium heat. Once melted, add corn and spices and stir until coated.
  3. Cook corn, stirring occasionally, until corn is browned and starts to pop, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm or cold and garnish with optional toppings like feta or cojita cheese and cilantro.


  1. You can use frozen corn as well – defrost the corn before cooking.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Cast iron
  • Cuisine: Summer