Corn on the cob is a favorite side dish for many. It is one of the vegetables that can be prepared in many kinds of ways. You can choose to boil it, steam it, grill it, bake it, or even microwave it. We break down each one of these methods and by the end of this guide, you'll be a corn on the cob expert.
Boiling is the most straightforward way to cook corn, and it is also the most common.
Many prefer steaming vegetables for it preserves vitamins and minerals. However, this isn't the case for corn cobs. In fact, steaming fresh corn removes the same amount of nutrients as the other methods. For this method, all you will need is a pot, steamer basket, and water.
Microwaving corn cobs is a great timesaver and is almost effortless. A downside to this method is that it only allows you to cook one or two ears of corn at a time. However, if you're cooking for one (not judging) then this microwaving is perfect.
Baking corn cobs is probably the least used method but the most simple. Many have argued whether or not you should leave the husks on or remove them and wrap the cobs in aluminum foil. Some prefer to use aluminum foil given the possibilities of adding seasoning. In fact, you can make some delicious elote in the oven. Whether you choose to keep the husks on or wrap the cobs in foil is up to you---feel free to experiment with both methods.
Cooking corn on the grill is the most advanced and requires more attention and preparation. To add, you have a greater risk of burning the corn by grilling it. However, with much practice, you can master grilling corn. There are three ways you can grill corn on the cob and that is in the husk, with the husk, and without the husk.