How to cook corn on the cob

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Corn on the cob makes wonderful food items. They can be eaten for snacks or as side dishes and most people love them piping hot and slathered with butter. There are several ways on how to cook corn on the cob:

1. Boiling

This is the most popular method of cooking corn on the cob.

  • Fill a tall pot with water (enough to cover all the corn) and bring to a boil.
  • Take the silk and outer husk from the corn.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of salt into the water.
  • Add the corn.
  • Boil for 3-8 minutes.

Microwave cooking

This procedure is not suggested if you are cooking a large batch of corn.

  • Leave the corn complete with husk and silk and pop them in the microwave two at a time.
  • Set the microwave for 3-6 minutes.
  • Let them cool and shuck off the husks and silk.

Over the grill

Popular during summer cookouts, grilled corn on the cob has a distinct smoky flavour that is loved by many.

  • Peel the husks off the ears of corn but leave them on the stem.
  • Take off the all the silk.
  • Brush the corn with olive oil or butter.
  • Put the husks back up to cover the corn.
  • Secure the corn cob shut by tying with a string or using aluminium foil.
  • Using a medium-hot grill, roast the corn for 15 minutes or until the outer husks are toasted.
  • Let the corn get cool enough to be held (but not to turn cold).
  • Take off the husks.
  • Slather with butter.


  • Cooked corn on the cob is usually served with butter and salt but others also like adding sugar or other spices.
  • Other corn variants such as sweet corn take less time to cook and have a softer texture when done.

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