Sweet corn season is here. In many places really good sweet corn can be had, like farms markets, road side stands and even Wegmans! You can get it at Musikfest at a price; $4 for an ear.
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!