How to Cook Corn on the Cob

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How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Stovetop

Bring a large tea kettle of water to a boil. Place husked corn in a large skillet. Pour boiling water over the corn. Cook over high heat until the water returns to a boil. Immediately drain.

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Microwave

Place corn (in the husk) in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on High for 5 minutes. Using a towel, transfer the corn to a cutting board. Cut off the stem end, including the first row of kernels. Using a towel, grasp the ear of corn from the top end and shake the ear. The cooked corn will slip right out of the husk, completely free of silks. Repeat with remaining ears.

Grill

Lightly brush husked corn with olive oil. Place on a grill preheated to medium-high and grill, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and charred in spots, 6 to 10 minutes. Keep in mind that smaller kernels cook more quickly.

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Continue for some of our best recipes that incorporate corn.


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Bean, Corn and Squash Stew

In his excellent version of the traditional Chilean stew porotos granados, chef Alex Aguilera uses kidney beans in place of the customary cranberry beans, then folds in fresh basil and a swirl of paprika oil.

Click here for the recipe: Bean, Corn and Squash Stew

Smoky Ham & Corn Salad

Fresh corn, diced deli ham and crunchy croutons are tossed with a smoky, creamy dressing in this light summer salad. Serve it with a crisp glass of rosé and sliced melon.

Click here for the recipe: Smoky Ham & Corn Salad

Goat Cheese Grits With Fresh Corn

Take grits upscale by adding fresh corn, goat cheese and chives.

Click here for the recipe: Goat Cheese Grist With Fresh Corn

Roasted Corn With Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette

A simple combination — roasted corn with a basil vinaigrette — has a fresh flavor that is not easy to forget.

Click here for the recipe: Roasted Corn With Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette

Creamless Creamed Corn With Mushrooms and Lemon

For this recipe, grate half of the corn to make a luxurious puree that thickens without cream. Tip: Scraping corn cobs with the dull side of a knife removes the juices.

Click here for the recipe: Creamless Creamed Corn With Mushrooms and Lemon

Mexican Grilled Corn

Street vendors across Mexico sell this style of roasted or grilled corn topped with mayonnaise, chili powder and Cotija cheese. Serve the unadorned corn with bowls of the sauce, cheese and lime on the side so everyone can make their own.

Click here for the recipe: Mexican Grilled Corn

Grilled Flank Steak With Corn, Tomato and Asparagus Salad

If you don't want the steak, the corn, tomato and asparagus salad is also wonderful all on its own.

Click here for the recipe: Grilled Flank Steak With Corn, Tomato and Asparagus Salad

Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza

The secret to a grilled pizza is having all your ingredients ready to go before you head out to the grill. Make it a meal: Toss the extra black beans, diced tomato and some avocado with pre-washed salad greens and cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Click here for the recipe: Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza

Corn Relish With Roasted Red Peppers

This fresh, jalapeño-spiked relish offers pure corn flavor without all the heavy seasonings that jarred versions usually have. Use it as a stand-in for fresh corn in succotash or chowder. It's awesome on hot dogs, too.

Click here for the recipe: Corn Relish With Roasted Red Peppers

Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles

Don't miss these vegetarian, Tex-Mex mini casseroles. A normal-sized casserole like this would take close to an hour to bake — these are ready in half the time.

Click here for the recipe: Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles

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Cooked just right, corn on the cob is tender and crisp. Overcooked it's tough and chewy. Whether you do it on the stovetop, grill or even in the microwave, here's how to have success every time!

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