A Taste of Summer: Sweet Corn Reigns

Tell me what’s better than a tender ear of sweet corn, slathered with sweet cream butter, salt, and pepper….oh man. I anxiously watch for the first signs of a sweet corn crop every summer, hoping my local farm stand will have my favorite: checkerboard cornBelow are some tips for making sweet corn cooking what it should be: fast and easy. 

2 Simple Ways to Remove that Pesky Corn Silk

  1. Are you ready? It’s a big one: use that little veggie brush sitting next to the sink that you’re likely overlooking.  Works like a charm!
  2. Place ears of corn (up to 5 or 6 at a time, depending on their size) into the microwave; cook on high power for  1-2 minutes, or just until outer husks are a bit steamy. Using an oven mitt, pull back the husk on each ear and watch that corn silk pull away right along with the husk, all in one fell swoop. This also gives you a bit of a cooking head start if your plan is to put the corn on the grill or to simmer in a pot.


2 Speedy Ways to Cook Corn on the Cob

Microwave Sweet Corn

When cooking just a few ears of sweet corn at a time, I love to use the microwave because there’s no reason to clean the corn first. One ear in the husk takes 4 minutes on full power; for each additional ear, add another minute to the cooking time. Rotate the ears half way through cooking time if cooking several (5-6) at one time.

Pressure Cooker Sweet Corn

The electric pressure cooker is a great way to cook several ears of corn at once. Place your trivet into the bottom of your pressure cooker pot; add 1 cup of water mixed with 1 Tbs. sugar. Place husked ears into the pot, either standing or piled up, whichever way they best fit. Lock the pressure cooker lid into place and choose 3 minutes on High Pressure setting; when the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all pressure from the pressure cooker. Remove lid, using tongs to pull out the cooked ears of corn. Serve and slather.

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli 

Once you’ve cooked your corn, try one of these great recipes!
NYC Cuban Corn
Ricotta Creamed Corn with Bacon and Scallions
Spicy Mexi Corn Dip
Mexican Corn Fritters
Corn Salad


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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