Corn on the Cob – Three Ways to Cook & Three Ways to Season

I am in Love with Corn ! Now its H , big boy V and Lil
Miss S !! It’s such a healthy vegetable and is right enough as a starter at
home. Being a purist, I like to enjoy it just in its original form many times..
SOmetimes with the natural flavouring – Butter + Salt. Sometimes a little more
seasoning …
Corn on the Cob can be had in a barbeque or in a picnic, right as a summer
treat !!

 This post of mine has been trickled by an event – Saturday Snapshots hosted by
Shweta and Siri. The theme for this week was a yellow vegetable /fruit. I have
been rubbing my little head hard to portray the Corn on the Cob the best.The
props, background and most of all to retain the simplicity of this lovely
ingredient. Before I assembled them all on the picture, I had assembled them
all in my petite sized head. A few days ago, I wrote to a beautiful lady –
Farruk Shadab from Cubes and Julinnes.
She has been really kind helping me understand the basics of photography on a
dark background. A set up which I couldn’t have put together without her
tutorials..Thank you Farruk fondly known as Nishi!


School holidays in full force, we are thoroughly enjoying the break 
trying to break every rule of the routine. Doing things that we don’t stand a
chance when the school term begins…. So there is constant hustle tussle
around… Amidst that, doing a complete set up with pictures is a hooligan
task. OOOPS!! Have I started echoing all over again about the school
break and its manifestations??



         TOTAL TIME
 5 Min             12 Min            17 Min
Recipe type: Snack, Starter
Serves: 2 – 4 People
2 ears of sweet Corn – husked
Two knobs of Butter
A fat pinch of Salt
A pinch of Pepper
A pinch of Chilli
Lemon Wedges

 I have bought a husked corn that you get in
the super market. So all that I needed to do is give it a good wash and steam
it for about 12-14 minutes in a cooker.  But I have tried the other
methods in various instances. There are many ways to cook the sweet corn. 

Method 1 : Steaming in a
the corn under running tap water and place in a pan that fits inside your
cooker and steam it for 12 – 14 minutes. Remember to fill water inside the
cooker before you place the pan. Remove it from the cooker and set it aside
to be seasoned.
Method 2: Boiling in an open
the corn under running tap water to get of any grim. Use a large open pot
that can fit the corn end to end and fill it with water just enough to cover
the corn. It will take about a minute to get boiling. Now place the corn in
the pot, add 1/2 tsp of salt if you like and allow it to cook for 7 minutes
roughly. Check if it’s cooked by running a paring knife on the cob. Once
cooked, pull it off from the pot and get it ready for seasoning.
speed up this method, I always heat up water in my kettle and pour it over
the corn.
Method 3: Microwave
out the tassels and wash the corn inside out to get rid of any impurities.
Place both the ears of the corn on a microwave dish and sprinkle about 1
tblspn of water. Cover it with a microwave safe lid and cook it for about 5
minutes. Leave them to settle for 1 more minute after cooking and then get
them out and place them on a plate, ready to be dressed.
Every Microwave has a different setting and wattage. 5 Minutes stated above
is just approximate, what I have tried.  Each ear approximately needs 3-
4 Minutes to cook. Every ear of cob added will need more minutes. Accordingly
increase the time. 
are more ways to cook them like Grilling and roasting them on the gas oven.
But since I haven’t done them in recent times, I haven’t mentioned the time
and the method. Over a period of time, as I do it I shall update this post.

Method 1 :

    A knob of Salted Butter. 
This is
the Most preferable way to serve it to the kids. I do it this way and my kids
love it. 
Rub a
knob of salted butter over the ear of the cob and serve them straight to the
kids. I chop an ear of the corn into two pieces making the sizes portion able
to eat for the little ones. A good muscle power is needed to chop them into
two halves.
*** If
Salted butter is not available, Sweep some spreadable salted butter over the
 Method 2:
    A knob of Unsalted Butter
    A pinch of Salt
    A pinch of Pepper
the butter over the corn. Sprinkle the salt uniformly and pepper sparingly.
This method of seasoning is enjoyed universally – babies to big boys and the
big girls (U & me!! too).
 Method 3 :
  • A knob of Salted butter
  • A pinch of Chilli Powder
  • A pinch of Pepper Powder
  • Lemon Wedges
the knob of salted butter on the cob. Sprinkle uniformly a pinch of chilli
powder & salt. Rub the lemon wedges on them and serve them right away.
Enjoy it warm!
There are
N numbers of ways to season this delectable Corn. I have mentioned three of
my family favourite ways. Enjoy them my way and do share your family
favourite approach too. If you buy the sweet corn along with the tassels from
your market, make sure u strip it first and clean the in and out before you
start processing it.
the tassels. They come quite handy. If you want to grill it, the tassels form
a protective shell. We can use it to hold the corn instead of a plate too.

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Comments (9)

  • Wow ur photography..Really admire the effort and time u took to put up the props and background ! I too love corn on cob..We had this for the bbq this year:)Have u ever tried raw corn ? I tried that too..straight from the farm..we go to pick your own farm and the freshly picked ones are so juicy and tasty!

  • Omg, wat a stunning clicks,, cant take my eyes off.. Am in love with corn on the cob..Just drooling.

  • Nice Meeting u sandhiya… Lovely photography….yummy… I am ur new follower…

  • Thats soo awesome to hear Vineetha. .Fresh corn from the farm… I have roasted corn on the flame… But never roasted sweet corn..

  • Thank you Priya 🙂

  • Pleasure in mine tooo Happy's Cook.. See you more often in the blog run.

  • can't remember the last time i had corn on the cob.. i definitely need to make some soon! looks delicious!

  • Whoaaaa I'm LOVING this recipe!!!! Corn on the cob is my favorite and your photos are simply stunning!

  • Love corn in any form. This looks so amazing! Your pictures are stunning!


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