Nothing evokes memories of carefree summers more than fields laden with corn. This merits the question how to cook corn on the cob, with ease; and a little know-how is all you need to make this simple and nutritious dish.

When learning how to cook corn on the cob, it is essential that you first choose a good ear of corn. So, when buying corn, ensure that the husks are bright green and fit closely around the ear of corn, whilst its kernels should be in tight rows right down to the last tip.

Now you are ready to learn how to cook corn on the cob. The first step in preparation is to peel back the husks and remove the stalk of the corn, prior to cooking. You will then find silky white threads under the husk, which needs to be removed, and this can be done by rubbing a moistened paper towel over the corn, a few times.

The corn is now ready to be made, and in answer to the question how to cook corn on the cob, there are many options open. Boiled corn on the cob, grilled corn on the cob, batter fried corn on the cob, and herbed corn on the cob are just a few of the extensive list of recipes one comes across when perusing cookery magazines.

First let us consider the traditional method of how to cook corn on the cob over a conventional stove. Simply, get a big pot with a lid and bring the corn and water to a boil; alternatively you can put the corn into boiling water for a few minutes. The boiling time, the decision whether to add salt or sugar when cooking will all depend on your preference and taste. A word of caution though, over-cooked corn is tough to eat, so ensure that it is not placed over the stove for too long.

Another question that busy home-makers have is how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave. Simply shuck the corn, remove the silk, wrap wet paper towels around the corn and place it in the microwave for about five minutes till done.

Grilling corn on the cob is another popular option, and this can be done even without removing the husks. As it is impossible to go through all the suggested methods of how to cook corn on the cob here, a look at some basic recipes might prove to be useful for many would-be cooks.