It is delicious but really? That’s a lot of moola for an ear that costs 40 cents at my local grocery store. Big mark up going on! So make it at home. I don’t know about you but when I only am making one or two ears it seems silly to fire up a tall pot of water. I do steam the corn which only takes an inch or so of hot water but still…too much to do.
Last summer, on a hot day, I realized there was a quick and easy way to make an ear…or two without that big hot pan of water and steam. I just take a large frying pan, put a quarter inch of water in it, sprinkle of salt and let it heat until bubbling. I then lay in my ear or two (I think you could squeeze in three) which I have husked and removed all the silk. Then the pan is topped with a lid or a metal pizza pan if your frying pan is too big for your lids. Cook it the usual time; depends on how fresh the corn is. The fresher your corn ears, the less cooking time you need. The steam in the pan will cook it really fast. Maybe 6 to 8 minutes.
And the bonus is that if it runs out of water your ear will get a bit of carmelization going which only adds to the flavor. In fact I hope it gets browned a bit; sometimes I rotate the ear to brown it on another side. Remove with tongs when your corn reaches the done stage you like. Sometimes I take a quick bite to test for eating readiness!
Serve your ear(s) with salt and butter and enjoy fresh corn without heating the kitchen up much.
Originally published June 2015: I thought some of you needed a gentle reminder to try this; gonna be hot in the next seven days here in PA!