What is the best way to cook corn? I use several different methods for grilled corn or microwave corn on the cob, and I’m about to share with you my favorite way to get perfectly tender and crisp corn on the cob every time!
HOW TO COOK CORN ON THE COB
I remember backyard barbecues at my sister’s house always included her husband’s “famous” corn on the cob. He would soak the corn in the husks for hours, then cook it on the grill for about an hour. Now, while this is an absolutely delicious way to get smokey, sweet grilled corn on the cob, I just don’t have time for all of that! My busy family expects a meal on the table in 30 minutes, whether it’s a crazy weeknight dinner or a relaxing weekend meal.
Several years ago I learned an easy method for cooking corn in the microwave and I’ve been using it ever since. But in the summer, we love to grill pretty much everything, so I was on the hunt for an easy way to get that smoked, grilled corn flavor that was simple enough to be done in 20 minutes and didn’t require a lot of time peeling the silk off of the corn.
THE BEST WAY TO COOK CORN ON THE COB
I actually use 2 different methods when cooking corn on the cob; microwave and grill.
This 2-step method serves a few purposes:
- Microwaving in the husk allows the corn to get most of the cooking out of the way and makes the husk and silk easy to remove.
- While the corn is in the microwave I can prep other parts of the meal for the grill.
- Finishing it off by grilling the corn gives a smoky flavor and charred kernels in just a few minutes.
HOW TO MICROWAVE CORN ON THE COB
Here’s how to microwave corn on the cob in just a few easy steps. If you’re using the grilled corn method, you will follow these steps, but cut the microwave time by a few minutes.
- Rinse the corn, removing any dirt.
- Place the corn, husks completely sealed. This method works because the corn steams itself inside the husk. If the silk at the top is especially long or slimy, you can trim it.
- Microwave corn on the cob for 3 minutes per ear. If grilling the corn, microwave for 2 minutes per ear.
- Remove the corn from the microwave, using a pot-holder, towel or an Ove Glove (aff). Careful, it’s very hot.
- Cut off the end of the with a sharp knife, then pinch the silk end and squeeze gently. The corn should slide out of the husk fairly easily. Discard the husk.
- If grilling, butter and salt the corn, then toss it on a high heat grill for 5-6 minutes, turning a couple of times to char all sides.
PERFECT GRILLED CORN!
I love this method because it tastes delicious, and it’s super easy. I can prep a salad or gather up other meal elements for the grill while the corn is cooking in the microwave, then take it out with everything else I’m grilling. I get a quick cook method that still has that smoky charred flavor we love.
Love grilling as much as we do? Try these other grilled recipes:
- Grilled Shrimp Pasta Salad
- Grilled Zucchini Recipe
- Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe
- Grilled Potatoes Recipe
- Spice Rubbed Grilled Tri Tip
- Easy Grilled Jerk Chicken
How to Cook Corn on the Cob (Microwaved and Grilled)
- Unshucked corn on the cob (husks and silk still in tact
- Butter salt for flavor (optional)
- With the husks still fully sealed, rinse the corn to remove any dirt.
- Place corn in the husks in the microwave. Make sure the turn table can still spin. I can usually get up to 6 ears in my microwave, but size and space will vary.
- Microwave on high for 3 minutes per ear, or 2 1/2 minutes per ear if you plan to grill.
- Carefully remove corn from the microwave and transfer to a cutting board. It will be very hot.
- Slice the ends off with a sharp or serrated knife, and gently squeeze the silk end. The corn should easily slide out. If it doesn't, check to make sure you have completely sliced off the husk at the end.
- Serve hot, with butter and salt for flavor.
- Butter and salt the corn, then place on a hot grill (set to medium-high temperature). Grill for about 5 minutes, turning a few times to ensure even charring.
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