It’s not really summertime until there’s a plate of corn on the cob gracing your table. And if you’re looking for the fastest, easiest way to cook corn, time to get out the steamer! We break down how to steam corn in this ultra-simple guide for the best sweet corn ever.
Why You Should Steam Corn
We’ll be the first to admit that grilling and boiling corn (Here’s how!) are both tasty ways to serve up sweet corn. But steaming corn has some serious advantages, too. For starters, it’s absurdly easy and doesn’t require a stove. You can whip up a batch of steamed corn with a microwave. Secondly, steaming corn takes very little time. It’s the fastest way to cook and serve corn on the cob.
But the most important reason you should try steaming corn? Steaming preserves more nutrients compared to boiling or grilling, allowing you to reap all of corn’s nutritional benefits while still getting a fantastic flavor.
How to Steam Corn in the Microwave
Step 1: Prep & ‘Wave
Pull out a microwave safe dish. Place the corn (still in the husk) on your dish and pop it into the microwave. Zap for 3 to 4 minutes on high heat. If you like your corn a bit softer, add an extra minute of cook time.
Step 2: Let Them Rest
Naturally, the corn is going to be outrageously hot when you take it out of the microwave. Give the ears a few minutes to cool down before you remove the husks. Once husked, serve with butter and season with salt and pepper.
How to Steam Corn on the Stovetop
Step 1: Boil the Water
Place a vegetable steamer in a large pot. Add just enough water so that the base of the pot is filled, but the water isn’t touching the steamer. Cover and bring water to a boil.
Step 2: Husk Your Corn
While the water is boiling, husk the corn cobs and cut them in half (or thirds), if desired.
Step 3: Get Steaming
Once the water is boiling, pop the corn into the steamer. Replace the cover and let the cobs steam for about 4 to 6 minutes, depending on how soft you like your corn. Keep an eye on the water levels and top off as needed. Serve with your favorite flavored butter and a dash of freshly ground pepper.
And there you have it! Steamed corn is the perfect summer side for your favorite backyard dinners. If you need a little more inspiration, here are a few other fabulous ways to enjoy corn on the cob.