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2 Ways to Cook Corn On the Cob

Updated on August 23, 2017

Find out how to cook corn in a pot on the stove or in your microwave:

Cooking Corn-on-the-cob does not have to be a big production! No need to call your mother, grandmother or aunts to get their opinions. All you need are (1) a big pot of boiling water, (2) a little salt and (3) shucked corn still on the cob. Plus, you need to bookmark this page so you will not forget how to boil that cob.

OR if you have a microwave, you are all set to eat corn on the cob in just 3-4 minutes! No pre-shucking involved! Find out how to use this method for cooking corn a little further down the page!

Again, on this page you will find two easy ways to cook corn on the cob. The first recipe is for cooking shucked ears of corn in boiling water. The second way to easily cook corn on the cob IN the husk is in a microwave. (BTW, if you want to grill your corn, there are links to recipes at the bottom of the page.)

I will concede that how one cooks fresh summertime corn is a personal preference. I am constantly changing my mind about which method is my favorite. One thing I am certain of is that you will find the 2 ways to cook corn that I have featured here are very easy, indeed. Added bonus--they are pretty darn quick, too.

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I love the blog, Food52, and I want to share their super easy, foolproof way to cook fresh corn on the cob. You should find the time to visit this website anyway to view the delicious looking photos as well as browse some really terrific recipes. I constantly find at least one new recipe I want to try on each visit.

Food52's method for cooking corn on the cob is definitely NOT confusing nor difficult. I dare you to try this recipe and be amazed.

(Hand shucking corn image found on Allposters.com)

Serving Size

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 shucked ears of fresh corn on the cob
  • Large pot of boiling water
  • salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Carefully, drop ears of corn one at a time into the boiling water. When the water returns to a boil, put on the lid (if no lid, use a round cookie sheet or pizza pan) and turn off the heat.
  2. Let the ears sit for a few minutes (Olathe corn should only sit for 1 minute, btw!) or keep the ears in the pot until the rest of the dinner is ready.
  3. After draining the corn, enjoy your easy side dish with butter and salt to taste,
Cast your vote for How to Cook Corn in a pot of boiling water:

How to easily cook corn on the cob in a Microwave: - Some of us do not have a big kitchen!

What if you do not have a stove or a grill on which to cook your corn on the cob? Do you just have a microwave but you still want to eat that fresh summer corn on the cob? Then watch this video that demonstrates how to cook corn without shucking and removing all that silk beforehand.

I have used the method shown in this video many times and it really does work and one gets a perfectly cooked ear of corn.

No recipe required. Just remember these steps:

(1) Put unshucked ear of corn in the microwave;

(2) Cook one ear for 3 minutes on HIGH;

(3) Using an oven mitt to hold the hot corn, cut off the each end of the cob and then shake, shake, shake. Some pulling might be needed, too.

Just watch this short video to see how easy it is to cook corn in a microwave.

Easy. Easy!

Corn Cob Cooking and Eating Essentials: - Great corn cooking and eating products on Amazon.com

Well, you do not have to have all the items below, but you really should have a big pot! The other items are just extras that would be nice to have around. Since I already own a pot similar to the one shown, my favorite for eating corn on the cob would be the Fiesta "tray". I guess they could not call it a "corn on the cob dish" because your can use it to serve other foods as well, like olives and pickles.

All of the shown opinions of the Amazon products are mine. However, all you have to do is click on the corny products below to visit Amazon and read what others consumers have to say. I try to carefully choose the items I feature.

Cuisinart 77-412 Chef's Classic Stainless 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set
Cuisinart 77-412 Chef's Classic Stainless 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set

I have a very beat up pot similar to this. Need a new one, btw. I like the large basket insert because you can cook a lot of cobs and lift them all out and drain them in the same gadget. Very useful for cooking pasta, too.

 

Poll: What is the best way to get the silk off a fresh ear of corn still in the husk? - Corn silk can be a problem. I hate getting it stuck in my teeth.

Corn silk can be a nuisance. I have never used any purchased gadget as I have heard that most of them do not work very well.

Here is your chance to tell how you remove the corn silk before you cook it. Share your knowledge, y'all.

How do you get the silk off fresh corn on the cob? If you know of another way to get the silk off that is not mentioned, share it by leaving a comment.

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Opinion Poll #1: Frozen or Fresh Corn on the Cob? - (This is totally a personal corn opinion--no right or wrong choice)

With the world of produce so accessible, one can get fresh corn all year long. However, some might like to use frozen corn when fresh corn is not in its natural season. Come to think of it, I have been able to get fresh corn from all over the world in any month during the last few years. I know that the corn might not be organic all year round, but to some that does not matter.

I must admit, that when corn is in season here in the southern USA, I have been known to buy a bushel and just toss the unshucked corn right in the freezer. This method works for most varieties EXCEPT Olathe.

Which do you prefer?

Opinion Poll #2: Do you cut the kernels off a fresh ear of corn cooked to eat it? - Why do we call it an "ear" of corn?

Some do not like to eat corn right off the cob and cut the corn off before buttering. I do not like the way the corn sticks in my teeth when I eat it off the cob, so I cut the kernels off, then I salt and butter it to my heart's content.

Why do we sometimes call a cob an ear? The term “Ear” of corn comes from the ancient word “ahs,” which meant “husk of corn.” The cob is the spiked part that grows on the the corn plant. It is that spiked part that we sometimes call the "cob". (information found on Wonderpolis).

Did you know that the cob is part of the corn plant's flower? The whole process of growing an ear of corn begins with the pollen on the tassel at the top and ends with the corn silk catching that pollen to grow kernels (seeds).

Do you cut the corn off the cob with a knife before eating?

Did you not find the corn on the cob recipe your were looking for?

Maybe you want to grill that ear of corn!

During the long, hot southern summer, my husband and I sometimes choose to cook our unshucked corn on the outdoor BBQ grill. So easy. Just put the corn with husks and all on the grill for 30 minutes. Turn the corn when you turn your meat. As a result you have a delicious side dish and no dirty pots to wash.

If you need more details on how to cook your corn on a BBQ grill, then please visit the following pages here on Hubpages:

BBQ Side Dishes: Hot Off the Grill Barbecue Ideas

How to Grill Sweet and Juicy Corn on the Cob
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I appreciate your visit to my page about cooking fresh corn on the cob!

If you are dying to make a corny comment, please do so below. Thanks again for your visit.

So here is the last question, "What do you put on your cooked fresh corn on the cob?"

Pepper and Salt; butter? There is a wonderful restaurant in our town that puts chili powder on their corn. Really! I actually put nothing on mine. I think there is nothing so lovely as a fresh, hot cob with big fat kernels.

Thanks again for participating and liking my "Cooking Corn on The Cob" recipe page.

One Last Corn Opinion: - Salt? Butter? Chili Pepper?

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @paulahite: I microwaved 2ears of SilverQueen corn last night. This is the perfect time for fresh corn!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Great ideas! I shared your lens on our G+ page today - come and check it out!

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @Ibidii: I recently found some corn in the freezer and just tossed it in the microwave and relived the summer of 2013!

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      How fun to use the Microwave to cook the corn on the cob! I do not like frozen corn on the cob. Great lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I absolutely love corn on the cob! I'll take it any way you want to cook it :)

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      With salt. Or my favorite grilled corn on the cob.

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Butter for sure, it's so good! A little parm cheese on top isn't bad either.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      I'm growing CotC this year for the first time, so this information was very helpful; thanks

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      BeauSerendipity1 3 years ago

      Lots of butter!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fun lens. I'll try it your way in the microwave. I just love butter and salt on mine.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Buttered, salt and peppered. Yum!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Just salt and buttah (butter) is all I use. Don't like it with other seasonings as I lose that fresh corn flavor if it's loaded with chili powder or other spices.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My favorite veggie. I like it fresh and sweet, but I do load it up with butter and probably more salt than is good for me.

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      oooMARSooo LM 5 years ago

      BUTTER, Y'ALL!

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      Julianne Gentile 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Earth balance, salt, and pepper