How to Cut Corn on the Cob

how to cut corn on the cob

Much as I might love to sink my teeth into a tender cob of corn, I like it even better sheared from the cob and made into a summer salad. But the process of stripping corn from cobs often results in a colossal mess. Never again. Here’s a tip for how to cut corn off the cob I picked up from Cooking Light that keeps your mess to a minimum.

How to cut corn off the cob / Mom's Kitchen Handbook 1. Get out a Bundt or angel food cake pan.

2. Invert the tip of a shucked ear of corn into the center of the pan.

3. Hold the ear firmly at the top, and run a knife down the side to shear off the kernels. I prefer a serrated edge knife for this.

4. Work your way around the cob, allowing the cake pan to collect the kernels as they drop.

How to Cut Corn on the Cob

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How to Cut Corn on the Cob


06.15.2015 at6:37 AM #

Nicole C.

I was cutting corn off the cob in a similar fashion for years until I saw a chef simply lay the corn on its side and cut it off that way. It is easy enough and doesn’t require anything other than a cutting board and a knife. It was a total AH HA moment.

06.15.2015 at6:37 AM #

Katie Morford

Well that looks awfully simple! I will have to give that a go as well. Thanks for the link!

06.18.2015 at10:40 AM #

Anne|Craving Something Healthy

How happy are we that it’s corn season?! Love this tip!

07.01.2015 at3:11 PM #

Sonali- The Foodie Physician

Great tip! And those 3 corn recipes all look delish!

07.01.2015 at3:11 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Sonali. I’m kind of obsessed with corn salads right now

07.24.2015 at4:45 PM #

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

How have I never seen this tip before?! You need to submit to Deanna and Serena’s Kitchen Hacks over at Teaspoon of Spice! I could have used this tonight before making a huge mess making my corn and tomato salad!

06.22.2016 at10:22 AM #

Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids)

So happy it is fresh corn season! I have made the biggest mess – juice hitting my glasses and the entire counter, lol! I’ll try it this way!

10.24.2021 at3:11 PM #


The most BRILLIANT idea I have seen to date!

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