Wondering how to cook corn on the cob? We’ve got you covered with recipes from grilled to oven roasted and with or without the husks.
Cooking fresh corn on the cob doesn’t have to be complicated! It’s summer, and we want to enjoy good food, family and friends, and nice weather. Check out all of these recipes for how to cook corn on the cob and try them out this summer to see which is your favorite!
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Best Way To Cook Corn On The Cob
Since summer cookouts aren’t complete without corn on the cob, I’ve been up to my ears in corn on the cob (yes, that was a CORN-Y pun), testing recipes and methods for cooking corn on the cob to find the best one. After cooking countless ears of corn in various ways, my conclusion is that they are all delicious and they are all the BEST way.
The three main factors are as follows: available equipment, time constraints, and the number of people eating the corn on the cob. Since fresh corn on the cob can be eaten raw, the goal of cooking it is to soften it, bring out the sweetness, and warm up the corn. There’s no need to worry about the exact temperature and time. Start with the freshest corn you can find, warm it up in your favorite manner, slather it with butter, and enjoy.
How To Cook Fresh Corn On The Cob
Mexican Street Corn
Baked Corn On The Cob
Grilled Corn On The Cob In Foil
Instant Pot Corn On The Cob
Smoked Corn On The Cob
Air Fryer Corn On The Cob
Microwave Corn On The Cob
Crock Pot Corn On The Cob
Oven Roasted Corn On The Cob With The Husks
Grilled Corn On The Cob Peeled
Oven Roasted Foil Wrapped Corn On The Cob
How To Boil Corn On The Cob
How To Grill Corn On The Cob With The Husks
How To Pick Fresh Corn On The Cob
- Purchase corn on the cob as close to the time that you will be making it as you can. After being picked, the corn on the cob starts to dry out, and the natural sugars start turning into starch.
- The freshest corn on the cob is always the best. Try to purchase from farm stands or farmer’s markets whenever possible since they sell freshly picked corn.
- Look for the ears of corn with bright green husks that are still tightly wrapped around the cob.
- Check the stems. Choose the corn on the cob with stems that are still moist.
- The corn tassels should be silky, sticky, and moist. Avoid the ones with black, dry silks.
- Run your fingertips along the cobs to check for tightly packed rows of corn without missing kernels.
- Check for wormholes, worms, and bugs.
- When possible, peel back a bit of the top of the corn husk, without peeling it entirely, to check the tip of the corn cob for bright, plump, full ears of corn.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to cook corn on the cob is whatever way you have available, and it is also dependent on how much time you have! Some methods require certain equipment, such as a grill or an air fryer. Other methods take a longer time, such as a slow cooker. They are all excellent choices for making corn on the cob for various reasons.
It is ready to eat when the corn is hot, and the kernels are tender. You can poke them with a fork to see if they are tender. Undercooked corn will be more crunchy.
When you overcook it, the kernels can lose some of their sweetness and become tough and chewy.
More Corn Recipes
If you have extra corn on the cob, you can cut it off the cob and use it to make one of these delicious recipes.
- This Corn Salad with Doritos is the perfect side dish to share with friends.
- Deep-Fried Corn Fritters are soft balls of dough with corn inside!
- Bacon Fried Corn is a flavorful side dish that we love making year-round!
- Flavorful Corn Dip is a delicious appetizer. Serve it with corn chips or tortilla chips!
- Corn Chowder is a creamy, comforting meal with potatoes, bacon, and corn.