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How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Learn how to cook corn on the cob four ways; cook corn on the stove-top, grill, microwave, and in the oven.

METHOD # 1: How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Stove-Top

1. Remove the husks from the corn on the cob and give them a good wash.

2. Add the corn to a stockpot with water, milk, and butter.

3. Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.

4. Using tongs, remove the corn on the cob and place them in a serving dish.

METHOD #2: How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill

1. Preheat the grill by setting all the burners to high heat for about 10 minutes. While the grill is coming to temperature, remove the husks and give them a good wash.

2. Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.

3. Add the corn to the grill and turn down the heat to maintain a grill temperature of 450°.

4. Grill for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then, remove the corn from the foil to serve.

METHOD # 3: How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

1. Add an ear of corn on the cob to the microwave with the husk. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.

2. Remove the corn using oven mitts. Then, cut off the end and remove the husk.

3. Coat with butter to serve.

METHOD # 4: How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Oven

1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Then, remove the husks and give them a good wash.

2. Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.

3. Line the corn onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

4. Remove the corn from the foil and serve.

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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT COOKING CORN ON THE COB

How do you select corn on the cob?

Look for corn with bright green husks wrapped tightly against the corn. The tassels, or the things sticking up out of the cob, should be brown. If they are dried out and black, toss them back; they’re old.


Why do you put milk in water when boiling corn?

Boiling corn in milk draws out the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor.


How can I serve corn on the cob?

  • Compound Butter
  • Ranch or Ranch Seasoning
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Spices: Cayenne, Paprika, Tajin
  • Make Elote

What are some meals to serve with corn on the cob?


How long to cook corn on the cob?

It all depends on how you decide to prepare it.

  • Stove-Top: 5 minutes
  • Grill: 30 minutes
  • Microwave: 4 minutes
  • Oven: 20 minutes

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Learn how to cook corn on the cob four way; make corn on the stove-top, grill, microwave, and in the oven.
Course: Preparations
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook corn on the cob, how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave, how to cook corn on the grill
Yield: 4 Servings
Author: Tressa Jamil

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 stick butter, for stove-top
  • 1 cup milk, for stove-top
  • butter, to garnish

Instructions

For the Stove-Top:

  • Remove the husks from the corn on the cob and give them a good wash.
  • Add the corn to a stockpot with water, milk, and butter.
  • Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Using tongs, remove the corn on the cob and place them in a serving dish.

For the Grill:

  • Preheat the grill by setting all the burners to high heat for about 10 minutes. While the grill is coming to temperature, remove the husks and give them a good wash.
  • Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.
  • Add the corn to the grill and turn down the heat to maintain a grill temperature of 450°.
  • Grill for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then, remove the corn from the foil to serve.

For the Microwave:

  • Add an ear of corn on the cob to the microwave with the husk. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.
  • Remove the corn using oven mitts. Then, cut off the end and remove the husk.
  • Coat with butter to serve.

For the Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°. Then, remove the husks and give them a good wash.
  • Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.
  • Line the corn onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove the corn from the foil and serve.

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