How to Cook Corn on the Cob – 6 Simple Ways

Check out how to cook corn on the cob in 6 different ways and relish the yellow pearls of edible goodness at any time you want!

1. Where to Buy the Best Corn?

Fresh corns, taste best! Therefore, buy corn during their local growing season in and around your area.

Buy recently harvested corn from local produce farm stands or farmer markets.

When purchasing packaged corn from supermarkets, see the corn’s original growing place in the label! The closer the farm, the fresher the produce as shipping switches the natural corn’s sugars to starch which hampers the taste of the corn.

2. How to Pick a Good Corn

  • Pick Corns that have vibrant green color husks.
  • If the husks wrap the corn on the cob tightly it’s a good one.
  • Select the ones having a slightly moist stem, silk tassels, or husks.
  • Peel the tip of the corn (if possible) to see if the kernels are fully developed, and it smells like sweet mud. It shows they are fresh.
  • Avoid those having visible holes as it’s a sure sign of being infested with worms/bugs.

3. How do you Prepare Corn on the Cob before Cooking?

At times, no prior preparation is required to cook corn on the cob as you can microwave and oven-roast them directly along with their husks and silky tassels.

In other situations, when cooking with corn ears, simply pull out the greenish husks and silks with your hands!

If you wish to cook with corn kernels, hold the corn ear vertically on a bowl (stem-side down). Next, using a knife, slice down the corn kernels to fall on the bowl. Be cautious!

4. How to Cook Corn on the Cob

 4.1. How to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

  • Place the corn in the microwave along with the husks.
  • Set the microwave on high heat for 4 minutes.
  • Wear a glove to take out the corn from the microwave.
  • Now, hold the top end of the hot corn with your glove hand. Cut the stem (or bottom end). Peel the husks and discard the tassels carefully.

Serve piping hot corn on the cob on a plate with salt and pepper seasoning.

 4.2. How to cook corn on the cob on the stove

  • Peel the green husks & remove the silky tassels from the corn on the cob.
  • Take a large-sized pot and fill it halfway through with water.
  • Place the water-filled pot on the stove and bring it to boil over a high flame.
  • Reduce the flame to medium and add the corn ear to the boiling water.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and let it simmer for 6-7 minutes.

To serve, uncover the lid and take out the cooked corn ears on a plate with tongs. Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle some salt. Enjoy while it’s still warm.

Tip: The 3 signs of the boiled corn’s doneness are- the corn kernels turn deeper yellow in color, they tend to plump up, and become very soft.  

 4.3. How to Steam Corn on the Cob

  • Get rid of the green husks and silk tassels.
  • Depending on your steamer’s size, cut the corn in 2 or 3 pieces.
  • Take a large pot and fill it with water (2-inches high). Place the steam rack on the pot. The rack should be above the water level. If the water reaches the steam rack’s bottom, pour out some water.
  • Place the pot on the stove over a high flame. Cover with a lid.
  • Once the water starts boiling, put the corn pieces on the steam rack side by side using a spatula or a pair of tongs.
  • Cover the pot again, and let the corn ear steam for 4 minutes to achieve a crisp texture. (For a lesser crisp texture, increase the steaming time to 7 minutes. In case you enjoy tender corn, let them steam for 10-15 minutes).
  • Turn off the flame, uncover, and get the cooked corn ears out of the steamer with tongs. Serve hot with olive oil, salt, & paprika seasoning.

Note: Keep a check on the water level, ensuring it’s at least 1 inch high at all times. The longer the steaming time, the more cautious you ought to be with regards to the water level. 

Tip: Freshly harvested young corn on the cob taste best when steamed. So avoid using matured corn for steaming.

 4.4. How to cook corn on the cob in instant pot

  • Prepare the corn on the cob by removing the husks and tassels. Additionally, cut the corn ears in half to fit into the instant pot perfectly.
  • Pour 2 cups of water in the electric pressure cooker. Put the heat-proof wire/steam rack in the cooker.
  • Arrange the corn ears vertically on the rack. Cover the pot with the lid and lock it. (Ensure the valve is sealed properly). Set the pressure to “HIGH” and timer to “5 Minutes”.
  • Turn off the pressure cooker after the time is up. Release the steam/pressure until the valve drops.
  • Open the lid. Take out the cooked corn earns using tongs. Serve hot with a dollop of butter and sprinkling of rock salt.

 4.5. How to cook corn on the cob in the Oven

  • Prep the corn on the cob by peeling the husk and tassels.
  • Place the corn in the middle rack of the oven. Set the temperature at 400°F.
  • Let the corn roast for 12 minutes.
  • Now, take the corn out, turn it, and place it back on the rack for another 12-13 minutes. Take it out. 

Serve after 4-5 minutes with a bowl of your preferred sweet, salty, or spicy chutney.

 4.6. How to cook corn on the cob on the grill

  • Let the grill preheat for 8-10 minutes on high temperature.
  • In the meantime, shuck the corn on the cob.
  • Now, place the corn ears on the preheated grill. Cook for 10 minutes by turning the corn every 2 minutes using tongs.

Serve the enticing charred corn on the cob with a delicious white mayo/cheese sauce.

5. Corn on the Cob Nutrition

As per USDA 1 medium-sized corn ear (6-7 inches long) contains approximately:-

  • Calorie Content: 88
  • Carbohydrates: 19 grams
  • Sodium: 15 grams
  • Sugar: 6.4 grams
  • Protein: 3.3 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Fat: 1.4 grams

6. Health Benefits of Corn

Corn is a highly nutritious grain that is a natural energy booster, keeps cholesterol & blood sugar levels in check, and can help underweight individuals gain healthy body mass. 

The presence of pathogenic acid & folic acid in corns works excellently for pregnant women. Moreover, corns can help fight back anemia by increasing the production of RBC.  

Do share all the above beneficial info with your family and friends. Also, utilize the details on how to cook corn on the cob using various cooking gears to the fullest! After all, corns are easy to make, need minimal ingredients, are healthy as well as taste superbly delicious!