Easy Roasted Corn Tea

Corn tea is a popular Korean beverage made from roasted corn kernels. A mild light drink, it can be prepared hot or cold.

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Corn Tea

Corn tea is an herbal tea, or a tisane made from steeping roasted corn kernels in water.

  • It’s caffeine-free.
  • A mild tea that can be served instead of water, hot or cold.
  • Called oksusucha in Korean, corn tea is a very popular drink that’s made all year round. 

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Brewing Guide

BREW IT HOT
TEA:
3 tablespoons roasted corn kernels 
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
208°F
STEEP TIME:
10 minutes

BREW IT COLD
TEA:
1 roasted corn tea bag
WATER:
4 cups (32 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
Cold water
STEEP TIME:
1 hour

My Roasted Corn Pick:

corn tea

Whole Kernels vs Tea Bags

To make corn tea, you have two options: you can either use whole corn kernels or use corn tea bags.

Whole corn kernels take longer to make but it’s great for making hot tea. The flavor is smoother than corn in tea bags.

Corn kernels in tea bags are crushed to make it quicker to brew. The drawback is that it lacks the depth of flavor you get from the whole kernel. I like using it to cold brew and don’t want to boil any water.

Questions You May Have

What does roasted corn tea taste like?
Corn tea has a light, mild, sweet taste. And well, it tastes like watered down corn.

Is there caffeine?
Nope, corn doesn’t have any caffeine and neither does roasted corn tea. 

Is corn tea the same as corn silk tea?
No. Corn tea is made by boiling roasted corn kernels in water while corn silk tea is made by boiling the long strands attached to an ear of corn in water.

Do you add sugar?
No, traditional corn tea is served without sugar.

How do I store it?
Store it in an airtight plastic bag or in a glass container with an airtight lid.

RELATED: How to Store Tea Properly

Corn Tea Tips

  • Make corn and barley tea! Add 1.5 tablespoons of corn tea and 1 tablespoon of barley tea into four cups of water.
  • Using loose corn tea allows you to adjust the strength of your tea.
  • Cold brewed tea can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Korean corn tea

Korean corn tea

How to Make Corn Tea 

The best way to make hot corn tea is using whole corn kernels.

STEP 1: Combine water and corn kernels in a kettle.

Use 3 tablespoons of whole corn kernels and 4 cups of water.

You can use a kettle with a mesh strainer or a saucepan.

Use filtered water for the best tasting tea.

STEP 2: Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. 

Brewing it for longer will result in a darker color and more pronounced taste.

corn tea

STEP 3: Strain kernels and pour hot tea into a teacup.

You can drink it while it’s hot or have it cold by cooling down the tea and serving it over ice.

RELATED: Korean Citron Yuzu Tea

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How to Make Iced Corn Tea

STEP 1: Put corn tea bag and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Fill a pitcher with four cups of cool water and drop in a tea bag.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

STEP 3: Discard tea bag and pour tea into a cup. 

Done!

Roasted Corn Tea

Roasted Corn Tea

Yield: Makes 4 servings

A mild light drink, corn tea can be prepared hot or cold.

Ingredients

Instructions

HOT ROASTED CORN TEA

  1. Put water and roasted corn kernels in a kettle.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain kernels and pour hot tea into a teacup.

ICED ROASTED CORN TEA

  1. Put corn tea bag and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Cover pitcher and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Discard tea bag and pour tea into a cup.
    Serve with or without ice.

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2 Comments

  • Antje
    7 months ago

    Thanks for this great read. I love corn tea, but I live in a country where I can´t get hold of these products. What kind of corn can I use instead if I want to roast the corn myself?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      7 months ago

      Hi Antje, I’ve never roasted corn on my own since I always bought it already packaged. The roasted corn I buy have really big kernels so I would go for corn with the biggest kernels you can find.

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