ffwD: (Not really) Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob


For the past few days, I mistakenly thought this week’s ffwD assignment was the dessert recipe actually assigned for August 30th. Imagine my surprise (and sigh of relief) when I realized it was only a new cooking method for corn on the cob (oven roasting the ears in their husks for forty mintues).

However, after reading through it, I realized that my mother achieves essentially the same result by popping an ear of corn, husk and all, in a plastic grocery bag and microwaving it for five minutes. Peel back the husk from the piping hot ear of corn, and voilà! I actually prefer corn on the cob made this way without butter, salt, or pepper.

This microwaved corn on the cob was made (but not sanctioned by!) French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Arthur in the Garden!
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 16:49:04

    Corn! You can buy 12 fresh ears from the field here for $5.00!

  2. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 16:58:58

    I’d heard of microwave corn, and with a plastic bag! amazing

  3. TrafficDiva
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 17:41:11

    Hey Yummy! Don’t give away all of your mom’s cooking secrets! I’ve been using them as my own for years–Haha! Happy Friday!!

  4. squishymonster
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 17:53:27


  5. apuginthekitchen
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 18:01:46

    i love the quick microwave method if I cooked my corn, I don’t cook it, eat it raw off the cob with nothing, no salt, pepper or butter. I think I may be a bit weird.

  6. bakeawaywithme.com
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 18:12:52

    I’ve microwaved corn many times, but not with the husk or plastic bag. I’ll have to give it a try one day. I did enjoy Dorie’s method, it was quite good.

  7. Balvinder
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 18:36:40

    I have only eaten grilled corn but want to try this microwave method.

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:11:31

    I have never heard of this! We always boil ours even though the majority of the time it can never fit into the pot! I gotta try this.. thanks!

  9. ANSI
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:15:09

    Corn fresh corn nothing better for the summer meal! I have been cooking the corn all summer in the microwave but not in the grocery sack. I will try that next time. Enjoy your baked corn Andi

  10. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:18:52

    Interesting about the plastic bag. I will compare techinques thanks.

  11. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:33:53

    I thought it was the islands also – so relieved! I’ve heard of doing corn in the microwave and will try this method soon –

  12. Geraldine Saucier
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 19:38:14

    I need to try your mothers method!

  13. thespicylemongrass
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 20:20:29

    I have heard of the microwave technique as well, but the plastic bag is new to me. Would the plastic bag need to be heat-proof?
    Love the look of your corn yummy!

  14. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 20:39:13

    Lol. Looks beautiful regardless. I’ve made the same mistake myself. So many cooking groups. So little time.

  15. betsy
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 21:17:03

    I usually cook corn in the microwave, but I always shuck it. I’m going to try it your (mom’s) way. Thanks for the tip.

  16. Hotly Spiced
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 21:54:50

    Lately I’ve seen on blogs a lot of different ways to cook corn. I’m going to have to give the BBQ method, the roasting method and now the microwave method a try xx

  17. Three Well Beings
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 22:03:05

    WOW! I’m so impressed with this method and have never even considered the microwave. I am guilty of actually letting some corn get a little “old” because I didn’t have the time to cook it properly. You’ve made my day! 🙂

  18. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 23:34:48

    I love corn on the cob. I boil a pan of water, add the corn, cover and remove it. When dinner is done, so it the corn. I’ll try roasting. 🙂

  19. Dimple@shivaaydelights
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 01:24:22

    Excellent tip, thank you for sharing!

  20. Bam's Kitchen
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 05:04:25

    This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy the last of the corn season. I really miss real corn the corn sold in HK is horrible. Tough, bland and not even sweet. Until I am back in the States I guess I will have to hold out.

  21. cquek
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 07:38:40

    That taste and also texture must be amazing!

  22. Cathleen
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 09:52:20

    I never thought to cook it in the oven and I’m not a fan of microwave cooking. We do however cook our corn, husk and all on the grill. Works great.

  23. tastytreats13
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:03:16

    Interesting method! I should try it out!

  24. nana
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:35:27

    I am going to try that micro-wave method, it sounds interesting. Your corn
    looks delicious.

  25. Olivia
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 13:45:11

    Mmm summer, local corn around here is the best! It’s so sweet and wonderful for the summer.
    Hugs & Kisses,

  26. I WIlkerson
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 14:56:09

    Alas I never know when I’m going to find a worm in my CSA corn, so I think I’ll keep peeling it. Can’t quite get past the idea of roast worm…

  27. Tammy
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 14:56:16

    I will also try to microwave it but perhaps not in plastic. Paper bag method to be examined.

  28. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 15:57:44

    I will try and cook it in the microwave. I love corn!

  29. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 16:17:21

    I love using the microwave for easy shortcuts. This is great!

  30. Liz
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 18:22:43

    And your way didn’t heat up the kitchen! Brava!

  31. Melolimparfaite
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 19:47:11

    I never had this !

  32. Cakelaw
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 02:03:44

    LOL – yup, it’s microwaving all the way for me too.

  33. Raymund
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 03:29:23

    When we discovered microwaving corn we never boiled it anymore, its fast and it keeps the flavor in tact (boiling looses some flavour), we also add a cup of water inside the microwave for moisture

  34. Sammie
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 04:14:06

    Wow! I’ve actually never heard of microwaving corn! My family always boils it with a broth. haha.. Should try this some time! Time-conserving!

  35. Mary
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 09:22:27

    Your mum was a smart lady – easy, healthy and delicious – who can ask for more!!
    Mary x

  36. Cher
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 11:17:24

    That’s a great idea!

  37. Monet
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 18:31:47

    Smile. This is my kind of side. Easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing! I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog tomorrow for one of Ryan’s necklaces, and I’d love for you to stop by! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

  38. Mary Hirsch
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 22:06:56

    Never heard of that method. Anything that eliminates turning on the oven in the heat of the Summer works for me.

  39. The Foodie Affair
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 22:21:04

    My sister-in-law cooks her corn the same way! I tried it and wow, what a time saver!

  40. Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 22:40:06

    Simple is where it’s at. Always.

  41. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 23:04:34

    I have never tried cooking them in their husks before.

  42. Ameena
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 04:33:33

    You can microwave a plastic bag? I had no idea. 🙂

  43. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 05:22:53

    I’ll definitely need to try that although I love the smokey flavour I got from the BBQ roasting…

  44. Gloria
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 05:40:07

    I love corn! Reminds me of my childhood!

  45. tokyohamster
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 07:41:51

    Love corn! There is a new breed of very sweet corn here in Japan where each kernel has a very thin skin so you can eat it raw! Just peel the husk, wash, and eat 🙂

  46. markd60
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 08:23:03

    We cook ours on the grill, (we don’t own a microwave) We peel the leaves back to make a handle, and grill the corn, till it starts to get brown bits on it. It is fantastic!

  47. ashley
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:30:47

    Great idea!! I’m going to have to to microwaving the corn sometime.

  48. abby
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 16:34:28

    that is interesting! I would have never thought about microwaving corn on the cob. It seems like a much faster route to cooking it. I definitely should try this out 🙂

  49. Julianaj
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 22:18:41

    I am crazy for corn…but never used the microwave method…must try it.
    Thanks for the tips and have a wonderful week ahead 😀

  50. Carolyn Jung
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 22:56:08

    I’ve microwaved ears like that but without the plastic bag. Works really well. Have not tried the oven roasting on the cobs. Wow, 40 minutes is a long time to do that. Curious about how they taste. I bet the sugars do caramelize really well that way.

  51. lemongrovecakediaries
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 23:20:49

    I would definitely give the microwave method a go, I normally just cook mine in a pot of boiling water – microwaving seems so much easier and quicker – thanks for the tip!

  52. Culinary Flavors
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 04:05:25

    I would love to try the microwave method. Sounds like fun!

  53. kitchen flavours
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 09:48:38

    I love corns, would usually steam them for 10 minutes. Yum!

  54. Jenn and Seth
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 09:51:03

    So interesting!

  55. Zoe
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 22:08:48

    Yeah… This method of cooking corn is much more quicker than cooking them in boiling water or steaming them.

  56. Mary Frances
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 22:36:48

    I’m so glad it’s corn season. Clever trick! 🙂 Fast is good if it keeps a person eating well.

  57. Amanda chic
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 07:12:05

    Love it!!

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  58. Monica
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 07:38:03

    I love learning something new – I, too, have never tried cooking corn in the microwave! Some people like to cook bacon in the microwave, too. Maybe I can get a bacon and corn “hash” together quickly with these tips! : )

  59. Bluejellybeans
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 10:54:45

    I like this idea! Thanks for sharing 😉

  60. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 10:39:04

    I have never tried the microwave method, but I should sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Nik@ABrownTable
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 13:33:13

    The microwave trick sounds pretty amazing, I am going to give this a shot soon.

  62. Deepti
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 13:50:33

    I like the quick microwave method… your picture is making me want to do some right away…

  63. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 17:16:15

    That is a great tip! I am going to try this. Nothing like a shortcut method that has amazing reesults.

  64. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 09:54:47

    I love corn on the cob and will definitely be trying this out!

  65. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 11:01:45

    corn on the cob is kinda dailysnack in Indonesia,
    we used to called it jagung rebus

  66. Amelia
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 09:22:50

    I love corn. Rub with salt, steam it, brush with butter and serve immediately. 🙂

  67. Promenade Claire
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 15:03:22

    I’m loving your mum’s way of preparing the corn I imagine the juciness and sweetness is full on!

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