How to Shuck and Cook Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a summer treat. Roasted, boiled or barbecued this vegetable seems to appeal to the majority.

Eating corn on the cob was once described by Lillian Eichler Watson, in a 1921 etiquette book, as “without a doubt one of the most difficult foods to eat gracefully.” Her words still hold true today. Watch people eat corn on the cob and you’ll discover so many ways to eat it. Holding it at the ends, holding it in a napkin and some even use a small knife to cut off the kernels.

Season the cob drenched in butter, sprinkled with salt and pepper, paprika or tobasco. Everyone has a favorite way. Etiquette recommends salting and buttering the corn a section at a time right before biting into the kernels in that section.

How to Shuck Corn on the Cob

Briana made corn on the cob for fifty guests this past Memorial Day weekend. For the record, she hates shucking corn. It was her “chore” each summer at Grandma’s because SHE hated shucking corn. 

Does that sound familiar?

No matter the chore, corn fresh from a garden or Farmer’s Market shucked tastes amazing!

corn on the cob
Start at the end of the corn where the strings are hanging out and pull down to “undress it”.
Continue until the cob is Nekkid then, snap the bottoms off!
Rinse in cold water, running your hand up and down the corn cob to remove the “silk threads” that may be clinging.
To help alleviate Miss Watson’s etiquette predicament, you may want to break the cob in half for easier eating.
It takes hardly any energy to snap a corn cob in half versus fighting like crazy with a knife to cut through one. Just grab each end and break it in half!
national corn on the cob day
If you have tamales on your menu, save the husks.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob:

shucked corn on the cobOnce your cob is shucked, boil a big pan of water.

Place corn on the cob into the boiling water.

Boil for three minutes- don’t over-boil!

Remove from water and place on an area where the cob can drain.

Serve immediately, or wrap in aluminum foil with butter to keep warm.

About Corn on the Cob:

Corn was eaten by Native American tribes before European settlers arrived in the Americas.


  1. says

    We live on a farm and plant large gardens. We always enjoy the fresh corn and corn on the cob. I always like to freeze a lot too so we can enjoy it during the winter months. Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    No matter how messy it is, a big ole’ ear of corn is SO good! I just bought some from the store and can’t wait to make them!

  3. says

    I have wonderful memories of sitting on the back of my dad’s pick up truck and shucking corn with my dad and mom. We would freeze corn and have it all winter long. It was so good. Thanks for the post!