Roasted Corn Tea (Oksoosoo Cha)

Corn and a glass of corn tea

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Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
6 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Commonly known in Korea as oksoosoo cha or oksusu cha, Korean roasted corn tea is a popular drink in the country and one you can quickly learn to make with this simple recipe. The​ tea is a mild, light tea that can be enjoyed with meals or with no food or snack at all. Wake up in the morning and have the tea as your morning beverage, or drink it on a lazy weekend afternoon after you've finished brunch. Consume it however you please, given that roasted corn tea isn't more effective on an empty stomach, as, say, green tea reportedly is.


  • 1/4 cup corn (roasted)
  • 5 cups water

Steps to Make It

  1. Get a medium pot and simply bring the corn and water to a boil. This should take just a minute or two. If you're not sure if the water is boiling, look out for tiny bubbles to surface throughout.

  2. After the concoction starts to boil, you'll need to reduce the heat and simmer the liquid for 15 to 20 minutes. Put the flame on low.

  3. Strain the tea to remove the corn. 

  4. When you've finished straining the tea, serve it hot, warm, or cold, however you like or the people you plan to serve it to prefer.


  • To make Korean roasted corn tea, you'll need roasted corn. The corn can be found in Korean grocery stores or those that specialize in Asian foods generally. The package may read 'corn tea' on the label, but it will be just plain roasted corn inside. If you can't find corn tea, and there's no Asian grocery store in your area, there's still hope. Order roasted corn from an online merchant that carries Korean food products.
  • If for some reason, you have trouble finding the corn both in person and online, you can try roasting corn yourself, but that will add more time and effort to the process. To roast the corn, you'll need to get some dry corn kernels and then roast until they become golden or brown. After that, you roast the corn with boiling water, as outlined in the first step. 

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