9 Ways to Cook Mini Corn

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9 Ways to Cook Mini Corn
9 Ways to Cook Mini Corn
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Mini corn is a type of small sweet corn, harvested at an early stage. It can be eaten raw or used as an ingredient in other dishes such as oriental stir-fries. Mini corn can also be cooked and served alone.

Ingredients

scalded

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • Water.

Boiled

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • Water.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt (optional).

steam cooked

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • Water.

stir-fry

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil.

Fried

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of all-purpose flour.
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch.
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of chili powder.
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) of garlic powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt.
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons (30 to 60 ml) of water.
  • Vegetable oil.

braised

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) of chicken stock or vegetable stock.
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 ml) of soy sauce.
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt.
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) of ground black pepper.

Roast

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sesame oil.
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt (optional).

in the microwave

Makes one or two servings

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of mini corn.
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of water.

Steps

Method 1 of 9: Before you start: prepare the mini corn

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Step 1. Wash the corn

Rinse the mini corn under cold running water and dry it with clean sheets of paper towels.

  • Fresh mini corn may have hairs on the cobs. You will need to remove them during rinsing.
  • If you use frozen mini corn, thaw it and rinse off the ice residues before using it.
  • If using canned mini corn, drain the liquid and rinse before using.
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Step 2. Remove the thick ends

With a sharp kitchen knife, cut the thick ends of the stalk from each ear. The rest of the ear can be left untouched.

Being small, mini corn is usually cooked and served whole. However, if you wish, you can cut it into cubes or in half. Remember that, when cut, mini corn takes less time to cook

Method 2 of 9: Scalded

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Step 1. Boil the water

Fill two-thirds of a small or medium pot with water. Boil water over medium or high heat.

While the water boils, fill a medium or large bowl with water and ice. Set the bowl aside for later use

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Step 2. Cook corn for 15 minutes

Add corn to boiling water. After approximately 15 minutes, drain the water and remove the corn from the pan.

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Step 3. Transfer corn to ice water

Soak corn in bowl of ice water and leave for 30 to 60 seconds.

The chilled water will stop the cooking process, preventing the corn from softening further and keeping it crispy

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Step 4. Serve or use as desired

Drain the water and dry the mini corn. It can be served alone or used in recipes.

  • Poached mini corn can be added to cold noodles, salads and other cold dishes.
  • It can also be added to hot dishes from the last minute of cooking. The corn will already be partially cooked, so it won't be necessary to continue cooking much longer.

Method 3 of 9: Boiled

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Step 1. Boil the water

Fill two-thirds of a small or medium pot with water. Boil water over medium/high heat.

Add salt to water after boiling if desired. This will add flavor to the corn during cooking. Do not add salt before boiling as this will make the water take longer to boil

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Step 2. Cook for four to five minutes

Add mini corn to boiling water. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat until the corn has a soft, crunchy texture.

It should be possible to pierce the corn with a fork, however it is important that it is still a little crunchy. Do not cook past this point

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Step 3. Serve

Drain the water and serve the corn while it is still hot.

  • You can serve it with melted butter and even season the butter with fresh herbs.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator, but try to use them within a day or two.

Method 4 of 9: Steam Cooked

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Step 1. Boil the water

Fill a medium pot with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat.

Make sure the steam cooking basket fits in the mouth of the pan. The basket must be on top of the pan without touching the bottom

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Step 2. Add corn to basket

Place the corn in the basket and place the basket over the mouth of the pot with boiling water.

Spread the cobs evenly to make sure they all cook evenly

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Step 3. Cook for three to six minutes

Cover the basket and pan with the appropriate lid. Let the corn cook until it has a slightly soft consistency.

Pierce the corn with a fork to check that it is cooked through. The fork should pierce easily, but it is important that the food is still slightly crispy. Once past this stage, the corn can become soggy and have an unpleasant consistency

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Step 4. Serve

Remove corn from heat and serve while hot.

  • You can serve the food with butter or a little olive oil.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and try to consume them within a day or two.

Method 5 of 9: Stir-fried

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Step 1. Heat the oil

Add a tablespoon (15 ml) of cooking oil to a medium skillet or wok pan. Place the skillet on medium or high heat.

Olive oil is recommended, but you can also use other cooking oils. Some alternatives are vegetable oil, canola oil and sunflower oil

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Step 2. Cook for two to four minutes

Add corn to hot oil. Cook, stirring continuously, until the food has a smooth consistency and a slightly browned appearance on all sides.

Corn should have a smooth consistency when pierced with a fork, but it is important that it still retains some of the crunch

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Step 3. Serve

Drain the oil and serve the corn while still hot.

  • The oil will add flavor to the corn, so you probably won't need to add butter. If desired, you can add fresh herbs or a dash of pepper.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within a day or two.

Method 6 of 9: Fried

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Step 1. Preheat the oil

Pour about 5 cm of vegetable oil into a pan. Heat over medium or high heat until the oil reaches a temperature of 175 °C.

Check the oil temperature with a frying thermometer. If the oil is not hot enough, the dough may become soggy before the corn is cooked, and if it is too hot, the dough may burn before the corn is cooked

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Step 2. Mix the dough

While the oil heats up, mix in the wheat flour, cornstarch, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Add enough water to the mixture to make a fine paste.

This dough is basic, but you can change the seasonings as desired for a stronger or lighter taste

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Step 3. Soak the corn in the batter

Dip the corn cobs in the dough, in portions. Using a fork, turn the spikes to cover them completely.

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Step 4. Fry corn for two to four minutes

Add several spikes to the hot oil. Fry them until golden on both sides, turning them during the process.

Continue frying separate portions to avoid filling the pan. The oil temperature will drop slightly when corn is added. Adding too many cobs can cause the temperature to drop too low, inhibiting cooking

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Step 5. Drain and Serve

Using a pierced spoon, transfer the corn from the hot oil to a paper towel plate. Wait a few minutes and consume the corn still hot.

It is difficult to store leftover fried corn as it will likely become soggy if heated after refrigeration. But if necessary, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume them within a day

Method 7 of 9: Stir-frying

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Step 1. Mix the broth and seasonings on the fire

Pour chicken or vegetable stock into a medium skillet. Add soy sauce, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil over medium or high heat.

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Step 2. Cook the corn for three to six minutes

Add corn to stock and reduce heat to medium or low. Cover the pan and cook until the corn has a soft, crunchy consistency.

  • It may be a good idea to turn the corn over while cooking. This will help distribute the broth flavors more evenly.
  • Do not cook corn beyond the recommended stage. It should have a smooth consistency when pierced with a fork or bitten, but it is important that it still retains crispness.
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Step 3. Serve

Remove corn from broth and serve while hot.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within a day or two

Method 8 of 9: Roast

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Step 1. Preheat oven to 200 °C

While the oven heats up, cover the baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.

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Step 2. Add corn and oil

Place the corn on the baking sheet and soak the cobs with sesame oil. Oil should be added gently, spread evenly with the aid of a fork.

If desired, also add a little salt to add flavor

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Step 3. Roast corn for 20 to 25 minutes

Place the corn in the preheated oven and cook until it has a smooth consistency and a slightly browned appearance.

  • To make the corn evenly brown, stir and turn the cobs occasionally during the process.
  • Ideally, the corn is soft and crunchy. If you bake too much, the food can become soggy.
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Step 4. Serve

Remove cooked corn from oven and serve while hot.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within a day or two

Method 9 of 9: In the microwave

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Step 1. Place the corn in a microwave-safe container

Spread a layer of corn over a shallow microwave-safe container. Pour water over the corn.

Cover the container with the lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap

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Step 2. Cook in microwave for two to seven minutes

Corn should be cooked on high power until it has a soft, crunchy consistency.

The exact cooking time will depend on the type and size of corn. Canned corn is pre-cooked, so two minutes should be enough. In small portions, fresh or frozen corn can take three to four minutes, and in larger portions, it can take seven minutes. Check the corn every one or two minutes to prevent it from overcooking

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Step 3. Serve

Drain the water and serve the corn while still hot.

  • If desired, serve the corn with melted butter.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within a day or two.

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