How to Cook Corn on the Cob
Learn how to cook corn on the cob perfectly tender and crisp every time with these 5 easy methods - bake, boil, grill, steam or microwave.
ears of corn, husk and silk in tact
Other seasonings or toppings as desired.
Removing the silk and husk
With the husks still fully sealed, rinse to remove any dirt. Trim excess silk from the top with kitchen shears.
Cut off the stalk end of your corn if it has not been removed already. Use a very sharp knife, or a serrated knife.
Microwave your corn in the husk for 60 seconds. This creates a layer of steam between the corn and the husk.
Remove your cobs from the microwave and shake them while you squeeze the husk. In seconds you will have a silk-free cob of corn ready to go!
Leaving your corn in the husk, place up to 3-5 ears of corn on a plate in the microwave.
Omit steps 1-4 above. Microwave the corn for 3-4 minutes per cob. Once the corn finishes cooking, allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes in the microwave.
Remove the corn and cut off the stems if you haven’t already. The corn should slide right out of the husk and be fully cooked.
Grilling Corn on the Cob
Remove your corn from the husk and coat the entire cob with butter.
Place the cobs on your heated grill and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning intermittently to ensure each side is charred.
Remove your cobs from the husks and set them aside. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, add ½ tablespoon of salt and the cobs of corn. Allow the corn to cook for 5 minutes.
Drain the water and pat the cobs of corn dry.
Baked Corn on the Cob
Preheat your oven to 425°F. While the oven heats, coat each dehusked cob of corn in butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Wrap each cob in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
Bake your corn for 20 minutes. Allow the corn to cool for 5 minutes before removing the tin foil.
Steamed Corn on the Cob
Add 2 inches of water to a large stock pot and bring the water to a boil.
Remove the husks from your corn before adding the cobs to the pot. Place a lid on the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer.
Allow the corn to cook for 5 minutes, or until the corn turns bright yellow.
Serve hot, with butter and salt. Feel free to add any other toppoings or seasonings you like.
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