Few things symbolize the peak of summer more than a crop of fresh sweet corn. Whether you buy it at the farmers market, grocery store or at a stand on the side of the road, the real challenge arises once you get your bounty home. What’s the best way to cook corn?
We break down four different methods for preparing sweet corn: grilling, boiling, steaming and slow-cooking. Each approach has its advantages, so it’s up to you to determine the best method for you and your family. Now let’s get shucking!
How to Grill Corn
Reminiscent of the kind you’d find at a county fair, grilled corn is a summertime favorite. It’s best when eaten right off the cob (topped with a little butter and salt, of course) or tossed in a light corn salad.
How to Boil Corn
For fast and easy corn, consider boiling it. Once the water is hot, the entire process takes just 3-5 minutes. Plus, you can cut the cobs in half for easy, kid-friendly side.
How to Steam Corn
When you’re really short on time, consider steaming corn. The magic takes place in the microwave (or on the stove) and helps the corn retain all of its nutritional value. You can learn more about steaming vegetables here.
How to Slow-Cook Corn
Cooking corn on the cob for company? Toss it in your slow cooker! You’ll still get that fresh-from-the-field flavor while opening up your stove, grill and oven to cook other dishes.