How to Char Frozen Corn | Charring frozen corn kernels takes only minutes and imparts a delicious, smoky flavor and crisp texture. Add charred corn to your favorite plant-based recipes, like dinner bowls, salad bowls, tacos, or salsa.
Frozen corn is a versatile ingredient that can be prepared in various ways and used in various dishes from sweet to savory, and from breakfast to dinner to dessert.
There are many ways to cook corn but charring it is a great way to add smoky and delicious flavor. I like to use a cast iron skillet because I’m very devoted to my cast iron collection but you can also use a good non-stick pan.
Add the frozen corn to your favorite salads, tacos, salsa, soup, or Loaded Potato Bowls.
This is a brief overview of the ingredients used in this recipe followed by substitution ideas. Read the recipe card for measurements.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the frozen corn.
Season the corn with salt.
Add pepper to the corn.
Let the corn sit for 5-6 minutes, allowing it to brown.
Drizzle the oil in and stir the corn, then let it brown again for a few minutes. Repeat a few times until the corn is evenly charred.
Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the corn. This will help loosen any brown bits from the pan (extra flavor!). Stir the corn for a minute or so and then remove it from the pan and serve.
Tips for Making Charred Corn
What to serve with Skillet Charred Corn
Add this charred corn alongside charred jalapeños into a Loaded Potato Bowl, or other grain bowl. Charred corn is a good addition to tacos, salsas, salads and veggie burger patties.
Store the corn in a container with a lid in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Freeze the corn for a month or two in a sealed container. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
It takes about 10-12 minutes to char the corn on the stovetop in a cast iron pan over medium heat.
Charred frozen corn is great with just salt and pepper. To add more smoky flavor, try smoked paprika, or add some heat with ground chili powder.
How to Char Frozen Corn
- Cast Iron pan or non-stick skillet
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice - or lime juice
- salt and pepper - to taste
- Preheat a cast iron pan over medium heat.
- Add the corn kernels, season with salt and pepper, and then let it sit for 5-6 minutes to start to char.
- Add a drizzle of oil and stir the corn then let it sit again for a minute or two. Repeat until the corn is charred all over.
- Add the lemon juice and stir for a minute to release browned bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan. Serve.
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