How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a classic favorite when it is in season, which would be from May to September. There are different ways in which to cook corn on the cob that may appeal to you.

You can grill them, use a microwave, steam them, or even just boil your corn.

You’ll be using some basic kitchen tools, which means you don’t need to purchase some fancy gadget to cook them.

Picking Them Out

Here are a few useful tips whether you’re buying them from a store or picking them from your garden.

The outer covering should be bright green and they should be fitting the corn ears quite snugly. The corn kernels should be milky, plump, and in tight rows. It’s perfectly fine in grocery stores to peel back the husk just to check if the corn is alright.

However, you should peel entire husks off just before you cook corn on the cob.

Cooking Methods

Grilling: One of the nicest ways to cook corn on the cob is to grill them. First off for any cooking method, you should first clean your corn with water. When grilling your corn, it isn’t necessary to remove the entire husk. Just remove the ones that are loose and any excess silk hanging out.

Next, soak your corn in water for 15 minutes. While waiting for the corn to get soaked prepare your grill. Once you have your coal heated up and a grill ready remove the corn from water and place them in the grill. Cover the corn and grill them. Remember to turn them every five minutes to avoid charring. Take them off the heat once the ears have turned brown having their ends kind of burned. Peel off the husks and serve the cooked corn.

Microwave: This is a good way to cook corn on the cob if you want to avoid all the mess. Clean your corn and soak it in water for half an hour. After which place them on a microwave-safe plate and microwave them for seven to eight minutes.

An alternative way to cook corn on the cob is to steam them. Prepare your steamer and start boiling your water. While doing this you can clean your corn and peel off the husks. Once you have steam going on place your corn in the steaming rack. Steam them covered for ten to 15 minutes.

Boiling: This is the traditional way to cook corn on the cob. Grab a large enough pot and put water in it just enough to cover all your corn and start boiling. Clean your corn ears and remove the husks. Throw in your corn once the water has started boiling. Boil your corn ears for about ten minutes.