How to Cut Corn Off the Cob

Here’s how to cut corn off the cob…the mess-free way! This simple trick makes it easy to use the kernels for salads and soups.

How to cut corn off of cob

Wondering the best way to cut corn? You’re not alone. Go to cut corn for a soup or corn salad, and inevitably you’ll get the kernels all over your kitchen counter and floor. We’ve had this problem and end up finding corn kernels days later. So we were elated to find there’s a secret to getting all those kernels to collect in one place. Here’s the method that works like a charm: how to cut corn off of the cob!

Also see: Knife Skills 101: How to Cut Basic Fruits & Vegetables!

What you need to cut corn off the cob

The key to this method is in your equipment. You need two items:

  • A bundt pan (or rimmed baking sheet or dish). You can also use a tube pan: otherwise known as an angel food cake pan. Don’t have one? You can use a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish, with a folded towel placed under it.
  • A sharp chef’s knife. A good sharp knife is also key. Don’t try this with a paring knife or small knife.
How to cut corn off of cob

How to cut corn off the cob…the mess-free way!

The idea behind this secret method is this: place the corn cob in the raised center of the bundt pan. When you cut the corn, the sloped sides of the pan catch all the kernels! It sounds unbelievable: until you try it. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Place the tip of the corn cob into the hole in the middle of the pan. Hold the bottom of the corn cob securely with your non-cutting hand. (If using a baking sheet or dish, place a towel underneath. Hold the corn vertically and rest the bottom right on the sheet.)
  2. Use a large chef’s knife to cut in a downward motion, letting the corn cobs kernels collect neatly into the bundt pan.
How to cut corn off of cob

Recipes that use fresh corn kernels

That’s it! Now you know the secret. Let us know how it goes in the comments below! There are lots of great corn recipes where you can use this new skill. Try it in:

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How to cut corn off of cob

How to Cut Corn Off the Cob


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: n/a
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to cut corn off the cob…the mess-free way! This simple trick makes it easy to use the kernels for salads and soups.


Ingredients

  • Corn cobs
  • Bundt pan or tube pan (or rimmed baking sheet or dish, with a folded towel under it)
  • Large chef’s knife

Instructions

  1. Place the tip of the corn cob into the hole in the middle of the pan. Hold the bottom of the corn cob securely with your non-cutting hand. (If using a baking sheet or dish, place a folded towel underneath to prevent slippage. Hold the corn vertically and rest the bottom right on the sheet.)
  2. Use a large chef’s knife to cut in a downward motion, letting the corn cobs kernels collect neatly into the pan.

  • Category: Knife skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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