Monday, June 15, 2009
Microwave Fresh Corn on the Cob
I bought some fresh corn at the grocery store last week--still-with-the-shucks-and-silks-on-it fresh. One of my favorite ways to cook corn on the cob is to grill it, but unfortunately, the apartment complex we live in while we're in Georgia doesn't allow grills of any kind. I thought about trying to roast a few ears in the oven, but the heat has been so bad, and our apartment, facing the west, is H-O-T enough in the afternoons and evenings without having the oven on.
After a little research into different ways of cooking fresh corn, I decided in the interest of sparing us the heat to try it in the microwave. Even narrowing it down to microwaving left me with several different methods to try--wrapping it in wet newspaper, plastic wrap, steaming it in a little bit of water, all kinds of things.
What I finally decided to try tonight was cooking it still in the shucks. We had already peeled the shucks back and silked it, then folded the shucks back around it. I soaked three ears, with the shucks still attached, in plain water for several minutes. They float, so I weighted them down with a bowl, turning them after awhile so both sides got wet.
All of the articles/recipes I read had different cooking times, so I just picked a happy medium and went with 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per ear. I cooked three ears for a total of 9 minutes, rearranging them on the dish about half way through. After cooling for just a couple of minutes, I peeled the shucks back and easily cut them off, right at the base of the cob.
This turned out really well--the corn was tender, easy to eat on the cob (as hubs and son did) or to cut it off the cob (as I did). We each added a little salt and butter to taste, but it really doesn't need much of anything at all.
Now that summer time is well upon us here in the deep south, I'll be trying lots of things to help us beat the heat while still eating that good old southern-style food.
This recipe is shared at:
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!