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How to Cook Corn on the Cob: 5 Methods

5 minutes read Jun 09,2021
How to Cook Corn on the Cob: 5 Methods

Nothing says summer more than some fresh picked corn on the cob. Although most use the traditional method of boiling their corn cobs, we have a few alternative suggestions to prepare this popular side dish as well. If you've been wondering how to cook corn on the cob, you've come to the right place!

We're featuring five ways to cook corn on the cob, from the oven to the campfire and beyond. By following these simple instructions, you'll be able to master corn on the cob for your next cookout. And don't forget to treat your dinner guests to a tasty and refreshing fruit slush to beat the summer heat.

It's time to tie up your apron, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to cook!

5 Ways to Cook Corn on the Cob

1. Boiled Corn on the Cob

The classic way to cook corn on the cob is by boiling. This method is simple as can be:
  1. Shuck your corn, taking care to remove all the silk strands.
  2. Fill a large pot of water, roughly one quart of water per ear of corn. Bring to a boil.
  3. Carefully place corn cobs in boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes, rotating ears of corn occasionally.
  4. Remove corn from boiling water with tongs and let cool down and dry before eating.
Grilled Corn on the Cob

2. Grilled Corn on the Cob

Another popular method for cooking corn on the cob involves grilling the corn in the husk. Leaving the husk intact protects the kernels from direct heat while steaming them within their natural wrapper. Plus, the grilling process adds a delicious, smoky flavor.
    1. Peel the husks back, taking care not to remove the husks from the base, and remove the silk. Add seasoning or butter and then loosely pull the husk back into place.
    2. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
    3. Grill the corn cobs, turning often, for about 10 minutes. The husks will be quite charred, while the corn kernels inside will be tender.
    4. Pull the husks away from the corn and serve.

3. Steamed Stovetop Corn

Taste of Home recommends steaming corn on the stovetop for the fastest way to cook corn on the cob. While this is an easy way to cook corn on the cob, it does require a vegetable steamer large enough to hold corn cobs.
  1. Shuck your corn, taking care to remove all the silk strands.
  2. Fill a large pot with a couple inches of water. Place vegetable steamer inside the pot (but above the water), cover, and bring water to a boil.
  3. When the water is boiling, add the corn to the steamer. Replace the cover and let the corn cobs steam for 4-6 minutes.
  4. Remove corn from the steamer and let cool slightly before serving.
Campfire Corn on the Cob

4. Campfire Corn on the Cob

Wondering how to cook corn on the cob in a campfire? It's easier than you might think. All you need is a bit of aluminum foil to protect your corn from the ashes and flames. Then, toss the corn cobs into the coals and let them roast!
  1. Shuck your corn, taking care to remove all the silk strands.
  2. Lay each ear of corn on a square of aluminum foil and add salt, pepper, and a couple pats of butter. Wrap each corn cob individually in foil and twist the ends shut.
  3. Place each wrapped corn cob on hot coals and cook for 4 minutes per side.
  4. Carefully remove corn cobs from the fire, unwrap, and serve.

5. Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

If you don't have a grill or the weather is inclement, you can achieve a similar effect in the oven. In fact, oven roasted corn on the cob requires the least hands-on attention, even if it takes a bit longer.
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Shuck your corn, taking care to remove all the silk strands.
  3. Lay each ear of corn on a square of aluminum foil and add salt, pepper, and a couple pats of butter. Wrap each corn cob individually in foil and twist the ends shut.
  4. Place wrapped corn on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once, until the corn is soft.
  5. Unwrap the corn cobs and serve.

Now that you know how to cook corn on the cob, you can master the popular camping side dish during your next getaway. Remember to pass this post along, gather a group, and start planning your next outdoor meal today!

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