I don’t know about you, but I have not mastered the art of grilling corn. We’ve tried leaving the husks on, taking them off, wrapping them in foil and found that it is just so hard to predict the precise moment they are done. And sometimes they end up burned which is such a waste because I love the taste of grilled corn on the cob.
And then I discovered the awesomeness of sauteed fresh corn. How did it take me so long?
It was like the scene from Sleepless in Seattle when Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally meet on the top of the Empire State Building: perfect and a long time coming. They stare into each other’s eyes and just know. Cue happy, emotional music.
Sauteed fresh corn is that good.
Our story: I needed something to do with all the fresh corn we get from our CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Side note: I highly recommend CSA’s. When we pick up our box of local fresh produce, it seriously feels like Christmas every week. Some weeks our present is a bushel of corn. That’s 45 ears! We give some away, freeze some, and one day I decided to slice the kernels off and saute them. The idea just came to me. Then it was love at first bite and the rest is, as they say, history.
It’s so easy I feel weird calling it a recipe. So here’s the “recipe”:
1-2 ears of corn per person
1 tbsp of butter per 3-4 ears of corn (or more or less to taste)
Kosher salt to taste
1. Remove husks and silks from the corn cob.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet. 3, Slice off kernels with a knife (remember to cut away from you!) into a bowl or right into the skillet.
4. Saute over medium heat for about 8 minutes. Add salt. Salivate, then enjoy!
5 Reason It’s So Good:
1. It still maintains its fresh crunch. Canned corn cannot compete.
2. You can taste the butter and salt in every bite.
3. It’s the taste of grilled corn in a fraction of the time!
4. You can eat more of it because you can pile giant heapings on your spoon instead of trying to maneuver around a cob.
5. You can avoid the debate of whether it’s better and more efficient to eat in rows across the ear of corn or to go around in circles. My husband claims his family tested it one time and the circle method was far superior time-wise. I’m not convinced and think maybe he’s been reading too much Cheaper by the Dozen. But anyway, if you saute your corn, you can avoid that argument. That’s right, I’m claiming that sauteed fresh corn is better for your marriage. It doesn’t get any better than that.