Corn, the golden jewel of summer produce, can be prepared in a variety of ways that bring out its natural sweetness and crunch. Affectionately known as ‘mielies’ in South Africa, this classic favourite can be enjoyed in any dish! Whether you prefer the classic method of boiling, the convenience of a microwave, the innovation of air frying, or the smoky allure of a braai, there are endless possibilities to elevate your corn dishes.
Explore the different ways to cook corn:
The classic method. Start by shucking the corn and removing the silks. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil, add the corn, and cook for 5-7 minutes until it’s tender. Season with butter, salt, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or chives.
A quick and easy option. Leave the corn in its husk and microwave for 3-4 minutes per ear. Let it cool slightly before peeling off the husk and silk. Season with a zesty lime butter, a pinch of chilli powder, and a sprinkle of cotija cheese for a Mexican twist.
A modern, healthier approach. Coat your corn with a little oil and season with your choice of herbs and spices. Air fry at 190°C for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and slightly charred. Try a Mediterranean blend of olive oil, oregano, garlic, and a squeeze of lemon.
For a smoky delight. Leave the corn in its husk and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Grill on medium heat, turning occasionally for about 15-20 minutes until the husks are charred and the kernels are tender. Brush with garlic-infused butter and sprinkle with a blend of smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and a touch of grated Parmesan for a Southwestern flair.
Popular corn seasonings
Butter: It’s a classic choice that adds richness and a luscious mouthfeel to the corn. Experiment with flavored butters such as herb-infused or lemon butter for a twist.
Salt and pepper: A dash of salt and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper are the foundation of corn seasoning.
Fresh herbs: Chopped herbs like basil, cilantro, and dill can elevate the flavor profile.
Spices: Experiment with spices like smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, or chilli powder for a kick of heat and depth of flavour.
Cheese: Grated Parmesan, cotija, or feta cheese can add a savoury, salty element to your corn.
Citrus: A squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice can brighten up the natural sweetness of corn.
Incorporating these cooking methods and seasoning ideas into your corn preparations will take your dishes to the next level. With so many ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable, corn is sure to remain a star at your dining table, no matter the season.
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