How to Cook Corn

by Food & Drink Editor

How to Cook Corn. Mmmm... corn on the cob, the essence of summer. But corn's also great cut off the cob and sautéed. Make sure you buy your corn unhusked for optimum freshness. Here are a few easy steps to help you prepare fresh corn.

Husk the corn and remove the silk.

Boil corn on the cob for 5 minutes in briskly boiling salted water.

Alternatively, cut corn off the cob using a sharp knife. Cut deep enough that you get almost the whole kernel, but not so deep that you get any of the pocket the kernel grows in. You will probably get some corn scattered over your kitchen, but persevere.

Use the back of your knife to scrape the cob, and cook the scrapings, too; they're tasty.

Sauté fresh cut corn in butter over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.

Grill corn by removing the silk, but not the husk; soak the husked cobs in water for an hour, then grill for 30 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally.

Try corn with lime juice and salt, or with butter mixed with red chili powder.


  • Some people add a teaspoon of sugar to the boiling water to sweeten the corn. Corn husks and silks make good additions to a compost pile or to a vegetable stock.

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