Don’t Boil Your corn, you’ll thank you

    Growing up, I had corn on the cob all summer long. Commonly we would just peel the husk, drop the corn in some salted boiling water, then let it boil for about five minutes. And there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s one of the highest rated methods of cooking corn. There are some better ways to make your corn! Ones that don’t boil out the nutrients! Don’t boil corn! If you like this recipe check out this one too! and this one!


     I’ve heard a lot about microwaving corn, I see it all over the internet so I wanted to try! All you have to do is toss an ear of corn in the husk, in the microwave, wrapped in a wet paper towel. I microwaved mine for five minutes. It came out looking… okay. It seems like it shrunk a little. It’s pretty soft and not super juicy. The microwave took its flavor away.


     Now this method, my family did a lot of. Remove the husk, coat it in vegan butter and salt. I prepared my grill with some hot charcoals, I’m using a charcoal grill. Toss the foil pack onto the grill, directly over the heat, for about fifteen minutes. You want to continue to turn this around so it doesn’t burn. This came out looking great. Love the smokey grilled corn flavor. It has a great crunch, and firmness but it’s not super juicy. 

Oven Roasted

     Keep the husk on but remove the corn silk.  I preheated the oven for 350ºf. I toss the corn directly on the rack for thirty five minutes. This is the longest of all of the corns, but I have a good feeling about it. This oven roasted corn is really good! It’s juicy, firm, and has a great texture. It has it’s own, nice flavor.


     Place an ear of corn in a steamer (no husk), for around seven to ten minutes. Without losing a lot of those water soluble vitamins. It does end up coming out better than boiling without the chances of ruining it. This one looks the best. It’s very juicy, it’s firm. The texture is great!

   Grill With Husk

     For this method, you just need to throw it over the coals for around fifteen minutes. Continually turn it, same way that you would with the foil corn. You’d think this would dry out since it’s not encased in anything or coated in butter but there is something about it remaining in the husk that keeps it nice and juicy. This is the winner, the favorite! There’s a drastic difference between this one and the ones before it. It’s super juicy. Firm, not deflated at all. The flavor is awesome! This is how it is meant to be cooked. You don’t lose any nutrients this way!


     So when all the methods are done, I buttered them all up, and added some salt too (except for the one that already got salted). If you have any of that extra corn fiber on your ears, a kitchen blow torch or even a gas burner could burn those fibers right off. Oven roasted or husk grilled are your best bets! So don’t boil corn! Watch the full video here!

Don’t Boil Your Corn, You’ll Thank You!

A bunch of ways to cook your corn that are NOT boiling! Boiling gets rid of a lot of the nutrients in the corn!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • 6 ears of corn
  • vegan butter
  • salt


Microwave Corn

  • Toss an ear of corn with the husk still on, in the microwave, wrapped in a wet paper towel. Microwave for 5 minutes.

Grilled Corn

  • Remove the husk, coat corn in vegan butter and salt.
  • Prepare grilled with hot charcoals. Add foil pack onto grill, directly over the heat.
  • Let cook for 15 minutes but continue rotating.

Oven Roasted Corn

  • Leave the husk on but remove the corn silk.
  • Preheat the oven for 350ºf.
  • Toss the corn directly on the rack for 35 minutes.

Steamed Corn

  • Place an ear of corn (no husk) in a steamer for 7 to 10 minutes.

Grilled With Husk

  • Add to grill with husk on for 15 minutes. Continue to rotate it around so it doesn't burn.
Keyword appetizer, corn, easy recipes, easy snack, Fresh, Grill, healthy appetizer, healthy side, healthy snack, Kid-friendly, light dinner, Lunch, Popular, side dish, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
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