Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob | ChopChop


When corn is in season, there's nothing like it: it's so sweet and juicy that the kernels actually burst when you bite into them! Buy it super-fresh—from a farm stand, if possible—and, for the best taste, eat it as soon as you can, ideally the same day. Just follow these three steps:

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 Serving per ear

Kitchen Gear: 

Large pot
Servings plate


fresh corn


Before you can eat the corn, you need to remove the papery green husk on the outside and the sticky yellow silk beneath. 

  1. Starting with the outside layers, pull each side of the husk away from the top of the ear and tear it down and away from the cob until it rips off. Do this until you've peeled off all of the husk.
  2. Break off the bottom stalk as close to the ear as possible. This takes some strength, but you can do it!
  3. Now pull and rub off as much of the silk as you can. 
  4. Fill a large pot with water and put it on the stove (It will be heavy. Ask an adult to help you, or use your muscles!). Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil.
  5. Carefully add the corn—one ear per person—to the boiling water. Now look at your watch or set a timer for 3 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off and use a pair of tongs to move the corn from the pot to a plate.


Season It! Butter and salt are traditional seasonings, but there are many other ways to add flavor to your corn:

  • A squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of chili powder
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • A shower of minced fresh herbs, such as chives, cilantro, or basil
  • A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
  • A smear of pesto