Every Single Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

published Jul 12, 2019
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Summer always brings the promise of sweet (and cheap!) corn on the cob. With its own natural wrapper and built-in utensil for eating it, corn on the cob is one of our favorite side dishes for everything from quick weeknight dinners to big backyard BBQs.

You might think that boiling or grilling are the only two ways to get your summer corn fix, but there are about a dozen ways to cook corn on the cob — including the microwave and the Instant Pot. Here’s every single method we know for cooking corn on the cob.

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Corn on the Cob

This is the classic “boil until tender and then slather with butter” method, which includes instructions for cooking corn on the cob with and without the husk on.

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Pressure-steamed corn is as delicious as it is efficient, and one of our personal favorites for cooking big batches of corn for a crowd.

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Spoiler: You’re going to use this method on repeat once a week from now until September. This microwave method is also a brilliant way to jumpstart corn on the cob destined for the grill and makes removing the silk a breeze.

The three methods include husk on or off, and foil-wrapped corn on the cob. Each method has it’s pros and cons, but they all result in super-sweet corn on the cob, as the oven brings out the corn’s natural sweetness.

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The essential method for grilled corn is husk-on, plenty of burnished grill marks, and a finish of butter and black pepper. You really can’t go wrong with this method.

Elote is a spicy mayo- and cheese-covered corn on the cob often eaten as a snack. And yes, it is as amazingly delicious as it sounds.

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Butter bath corn sounds bizarre but is our new obsession when it comes to cooking corn on the cob. This version is made even better and faster with the high pressure of the Instant Pot.

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Told you we were on a butter bath corn kick! This snapshot cooking recipe will walk you through the classic method, plus four sweet, spicy, and garlicky variations on butter bath corn on the cob.