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Miso Butter Corn on the Cob

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Miso butter corn on the cob is the perfect side dish for any main! Sweet, golden, juicy and fresh corn cobs are topped with a savory miso-butter mixture which elevates the flavor and takes this delicious side over the top! Miso butter adds a rich, umami flavor that pairs perfectly with the natural sweetness of the corn. 

A serving of cooked corn on the cob smeared with miso butter and a spreading knife. A dish of miso butter to the left. A plate of corn cobs in the backgrround.

Miso isn’t just for Japanese cooking. We love using it in recipes of all cuisines. 

Homemade miso butter  is so easy to make, too! It’s a great addition to main dishes like our Oven Baked Miso Salmon to fun snacks like our Miso Butter Popcorn

Sweet summer corn on the cob topped with a savory miso butter makes the perfect summer side dish for any main course, including steaksburgers and grilled tuna steaks

Why This Miso Butter Corn Recipe Works

Miso corn on the cob has tremendous flavor and couldn’t be more simple to make! It’s a great addition to any gathering, including family dinners, summer cookouts and holidays. 

​One of the things we love the most about this easy corn on the cob recipe is that you can prepare the corn however you like! While we love to boil ours, it can also be made on the grill, in the oven or even cooked in the microwave. 

The miso infused buttery spread recipe can also be prepped in advance. Simply slather a bit of the rich spread on each sweet corn cob once it’s ready to serve and you have the tastiest corn on the cob with extra delicious flavor.

Miso corn on the cob is:

  • Easy to prepare and simple to make ahead of time.
  • The best way to add savory, umami flavor to fresh, juicy corn. 
  • A delicious recipe that all eaters will enjoy.
  • A great way to enjoy corn,

​Ingredients For Miso Corn Cobs

If you already have miso butter on hand, you can skip step of preparing it for the corn. If not, all you need are two ingredients to prepare this recipe for a flavor-packed, buttery spread!

There are different types of miso available, but our favorite kind to use is white miso paste. It’s a mild miso with a delicate flavor that doesn’t overpower the flavor of the butter. 

Here’s a look at the ingredients you will need:

  • Fresh corn. Use whichever corn on the cob variety you prefer. 
  • Unsalted butter. ​Make sure your butter is at room temperature so you can easily mix in the miso. 
  • White miso paste. You can often find this at large supermarkets (check the Asian foods aisle). If not, try a nearby Asian market, Trader Joe’s or Amazon. This should also be at room temperature in order to blend well with the unsalted butter. 

That’s it! Since miso paste has a natural umami flavor and saltiness (similar to soy sauce), you don’t even need any extra salt in the miso butter.

This, of course, depends on your own taste preferences, but we recommend adding salt to taste when the corn is served. 

A dish of miso butter with a small knife in the foreground and four ears of cooked corn on the cob in the background.

Recipe Reveal: Corn on the Cob with Miso Butter

Here’s a look at how to make miso butter corn cob! Be sure to check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page for all of the details and ingredient amounts. 

  1. Shuck the corn and remove any silk strands.
  2. Boil the corn in salted water until tender.
  3. Mix the butter with white miso paste until smooth.
  4. Spread the silky blend on the corn.

Recipe Variations

Here are some creative twists on our classic recipe. Each recipe variation will complement the natural sweetness of corn with our rich miso butter sauce. You can even swap the cobs for corn kernels (either fresh or frozen kernels). 

Corn with Spicy Miso Butter

Blend 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce or another chili paste into the spread. Slather the hot corn with the spicy condiment and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Sweet and Savory Miso Butter Recipe:

Combine 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. Brush the sweet and savory spread over the hot corn and finish with a sprinkle of crushed nori seaweed.

Citrus Zest Miso Butter Grilled Corn:

Add the zest of one lime or lemon to brighten up the flavors. Make some grilled corn instead of boiling it. Next slather grilled corn with this citrusy miso spread and serve with a wedge of the zested lime or lemon for an extra zing that goes well with the charred flavor.

A serving of cooked corn on the cob on a plate with a smear of miso butter with a spreading knife. A small dish of miso butter to the left of the plate.


Recipe Tips for Success

  • We like to boil our corn but you don’t have to! This miso spread can be enjoyed over corn that is grilled, oven roasted, steamed or even microwaved. 
  • If you are boiling the corn, a little salt in the water helps season the corn as it cooks. However, keep in mind that the salt content in miso is fairly high so you most likely will not need to add any extra salt to the miso spread. 
  • If you have leftovers, store the corn cobs and the buttery miso blend separately. Both should go in an airtight container in the fridge. The corn will be good 3-4 days and the miso spread will last up to 2 weeks. 

Serving Suggestions

What doesn’t taste great with miso infused buttery goodness!? This versatile corn side dish recipe is the perfect pairing for so many recipes, but if you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few ideas!

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A serving of cooked corn on the cob on a plate with a smear of miso butter with a spreading knife. A small dish of miso butter to the left of the plate.

Miso Butter Corn on the Cob

Serve this miso butter corn on the cob with an easy, quick white miso butter for great umami taste.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 4 fresh ears of corn
  • 4 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste room temperature


  • Shuck the corn, remove the silky threads and trim the stem end
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat; then add the corn and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • While the corn is cooking, add the butter and miso paste to a small dish and blend together until smooth. Set aside.
  • Using tongs, remove the corn and place on a plate. Serve the hot corn and pass the miso butter for guests to spread on their corn.


We like our corn boiled but it can also be cooked on a grill, microwave, stovetop grill, oven roasted, or steamed.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 411mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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