How to Cook Corn
Check out our four favorite methods for cooking corn on the cob. No matter which you choose, don't forget the butter and salt!
Break Out the Corn Holders
There are as many ways to cook corn on the cob as there are cooks. Here are our four favorite methods. (Yes, one of them is in a microwave — and it's great!) Whether you're a boiled-cob purist or a seeker of perfect grilled corn, it's time to get the butter and corn holders ready.
Microwave the whole unhusked cob until the kernels are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
Husk and Enjoy
Hold the cooked cob steady with a kitchen towel and slice off the stalk end.
The cob will slip right out of the husk — silk and all.
For steamed corn: Set up a steamer filled with a few inches of water. Bring to a boil.
Shuck the corn and cut the cobs in half, then stand the corn halves up, cut-side down, in the steamer. Cover and cook until the kernels are tender, about 4 minutes.
Peel back the corn husks back and down, but keep them attached to the cob. Remove the corn silk.
Grill Till Tender
Grill the cobs over medium-high heat, turning as needed, until the kernels are tender and charred in spots, about 20 minutes.
For boiled corn: Add shucked corn cobs to salted boiling water and cook until the kernels are tender, about 4 minutes.
Butter for Best Results
No matter how you cook your corn, nothing beats dressing it with butter and salt.