Cajun Corn on the Cob

Get ready for that smoky, spicy street corn flavor in a matter of minutes! Whether you are preparing for your next barbeque or simply making a weeknight dinner, this Cajun corn on the cob recipe is a keeper.

ready to serve cajun corn

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This recipe features boiled corn but will also work with corn that has been roasted, grilled, or cooked in the air fryer.

I find boiled corn on the cob the simplest when I am interested in saving time but feel free to use whichever method suits you. 

The important part is that sumptuous swirl of creamy butter and spicy goodness melting together between those plump yellow kernels. My opinion, of course, but I’m not wrong!

However, if you do choose to make grilled or roasted cajun corn on the cob, get ready for an added bonus.

The taste of slightly charred kernels mixed with creamy butter and spicy seasoning is out of this world!

ingredients for cajun corn on the cob

How to Make Cajun Corn on the Cob

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Place a large pot of water on the stove. Add salt and bring it to a boil. 

corn in water

STEP TWO: Being sure not to splash, carefully add the ears of corn to the boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes, or until tender and bright yellow. 

STEP THREE: In a small bowl, combine the butter and Cajun seasoning and melt together. 

cajun sauce

STEP FOUR: Transfer the corn to a serving platter. Using a brush, coat the corn with the butter mixture. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkling of parsley if desired. 

STEP FIVE: Serve warm and enjoy!

platter with cajun corn on the cob

Variations for Cajun Corn on the Cob

There is more than one way to get perfectly seasoned corn on the cob.

Follow this easy recipe for boiled Cajun corn or mix it up with one of these scrumptious suggestions.

  • For an extra authentic street corn flavor, try topping it with a mayo-sour cream spread, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro. 
  • If spicy seasoned corn on the cob isn’t your thing, try out another seasoning blend like Italian, curry, garlic, or simple salt and pepper. 
  • Sprinkle on parmesan, asiago, feta, or your favorite cheese. 
  • Try adding a drizzle of honey or sugar for a uniquely spicy-sweet and savory treat. 
  • Switch out the butter for an herb-infused butter or a simple touch of mayonnaise. 

What to Serve With Cajun Corn on the Cob

You can enjoy your Cajun corn on the cob with just about any kind of meat or side dish out there. I recommend incorporating Cajun corn into your next fish fry or family bbq. 

Pair it with chicken, burgers, steak, or any of these other potluck-appropriate dishes:

closeup of corn on the cob

Should Corn Be Started in Cold Water?

You should start your pot of water and allow it to come to a boil first, before adding the ears of corn.

If you have trouble remembering which veggies go should go into cold vs. already boiling water, try this trick:

  • Above ground vegetables such as peas, beans, corn, etc. should be added to already boiling water. 
  • Vegetables that grow under the ground such as root vegetables like potatoes, are fine to start in cold water. 

Should I Soak Corn Corn on the Cob in Water?

No. For this boiled corn on the cob recipe, you do not need to soak the ears of corn in water before cooking. 

In fact, you don’t technically need to soak corn on the cob before grilling or air frying either. 

However, this changes if you are planning on grilling or roasting your ears with the husks on.

In that case, give them a nice water soak prior to cooking to prevent the husks from catching fire. 

cajun corn with a bite out of it

Can You Overcook Boiled Corn on the Cob?

Yes! You can overcook your Cajun corn, so be careful. 

Once the ears of corn go into the boiling water, it only takes about 4-5 minutes for the process to complete.

You’ll see the corn plumping up, looking more tender, and taking on a much brighter yellow hue. 

If the corn remains in the boiling water for too long, its starches will begin to absorb an excessive amount of water.

This will dissolve the pectin and render your corn soggy and mushy. 

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Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
5 minutes

Total Time
5 minutes


  • 6 cobs corn, husk and silks removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges
  • Minced parsley or cilantro (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then carefully add the corn on the cob and boil 5 minutes, or until bright yellow and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter and cajun seasoning together (using the microwave takes about 45 seconds).
  3. Carefully remove the corn to a serving platter, then brush with the butter mixture, squeeze some lime juice on top, then sprinkle with parsley if desired.
  4. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 155Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 589mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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