Silk Free Corn on The Cob – No Shucking, Tender & Moist Every Time!

One of my favorite vegetables is fresh corn on the cob.  And one of my least favorite vegetables is corn on the cob with a lot of silk remnants sticking to it. These easy tips show how easy it is to cook silk free corn on the cob every time.

tips for cooking silk free corn

No one wants silk on a corn cob when it hits your plate. Nothing is worse than biting into an ear of freshly cooked corn and come away with bits of the silk stuck to your teeth.  Shucking corn won’t remove them all, trust me.

You will want to shuck corn close to the time that you plant to cook the corn to keep it fresh, so buying shucked corn in the store doesn’t do it for me. 

This easy way of cooking the corn leaves the husks on to keep them fresh before cooking and then leaves them on while while cooking for extra moistness.

Once this is done, the whole outer husk and silk are removed in one easy step.

   !Corn silk helps to transfer pollen on a corn plant




Silk Free Corn on the Cob Every Time

For years, I would tediously shuck the corn and try to peel away all the silk before I cooked it.  I would get most of it, but was sure to leave a few of the silk strands.

Once you have this situation, no matter how long you cook the corn, it still stays attached. Mother Nature has created a perfect way to fertilize corn…she doesn’t care so much whether we get the silk in our teeth!

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How to remove silk from corn

There is a really easy way to avoid this, and it saves the task of shucking the corn in the first place. Just follow these few tips and you will have clean corn on the cob with no silk, and it will be very moist and flavorful to boot.

Start with corn in the husks

Begin with an ear of corn still in the husk.  You can do this process even if the ends have been trimmed but it works best with full husks.Ears of corn with husks

Use the microwave to cook the corn

Microwave the corn, husks and all, for about 2-3 minutes for each ear of corn, depending on the size. This creates steam inside the husk which helps with the silk removal.corn in a microwave

It will be hot!

Remove the corn from the microwave with a heat mat, tea towel or silicone oven gloves. The ears will be VERY hot so you need to make sure to protect your hands.Hot corn and silicone gloves

Cut the root end

With a very sharp knife, cut off the root end of each ear. (not the silk end) at the widest part of the cob and discard the knife and corn ear

You will want to make sure that you are cutting all the way through all of the husk, not just the knob at the very end where it joined to the plant.

If you leave the leaves of the husk still attached to the root end, the husks won’t remove easily. If this happens, just slice a bit more off.

Use a long skewer to hold the corn

It is easiest to remove the corn silk if you insert a long BBQ skewer into the cut end of the corn and push it in firmly.Barbecue skewer in ear of corn

In addition to making the job of shucking the corn easier, the skewer is also a great thing to leave in the corn cob to make eating it easier. No need to mess with corn holders!

Hold on to the skewer with one hand and then grab the silk end with the other hand and start to pull.Shucking corn easily

Remove the husks in one strong pull

Grab the entire tip of the corn where the silks are located tightly and squeeze them as you pull.  With a bit of practice the corn cob will simply slip out.Cooked ear of corn with husk removed

The husk will likely stay in one piece and every last piece of silk will be gone and left inside the discarded husk!

The trick on getting the corn to come out easily is to make sure the corn is cooked long enough. This creates more steam and makes the ear “shrink” a bit, making it easier to shuck the whole husk.

If the corn cob resists, just give it a bit of a tug with the other hand. Also look to see if any pieces of husk are still attached to the root end.

Depending on how much steam has built up you can also shake it over a plate to release the corn cob.

Add melted butter to your silk free corn

Pour melted butter over the corn cob if desired. I also like mine sprinkled with lime and pepper for a more healthy version.

Marvel at the silk free corn.

sweet corn with no silk

Have you ever tried this with your corn on the cob?  Did it take you a while to get the knack of it?  Let us know in the comments below.

Admin note: This post for removing silk from corn first appeared on the blog in January of 2013. I have updated the post to include qll new photos, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.

Pin this project for silk free corn later

Would you like a reminder of this project removing corn silk?  Just pin this image to one of your household tips boards on for getting silk free corn every time

Yield: perfect silk free corn on the cob

Silk Free Corn on The Cob - Removing silk from corn

How to cook silk free corn

Tired of corn silk on your corn on the cob? This tutorial shows how to easily cook corn in minutes, shucking the corn as you cook it.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Corn on the cob with husks


  • Microwave
  • Barbecue skewer
  • Sharp knife
  • Silicone gloves


  1. Place the corn in the microwave. Do not remove the husks.
  2. Cook on high for about 2 1/2 minutes for each ear of corn (depends on the size)
  3. Use silicone gloves to remove the corn.
  4. Use the sharp knife to cut off the entire root end of the corn cob. (don't leave any husks attached.)
  5. Insert a BBQ skewer into the cob and hold with one hand.
  6. With the other hand grab the silk end of the corn on the husks and give a good pull.
  7. The husks and silk will come away from the cob leave silk free corn every time.


The ears of corn will be very hot. Be careful not to burn your hands.

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  1 comment for “Silk Free Corn on The Cob – No Shucking, Tender & Moist Every Time!

  1. 03/20/2020 at 2:14 am

    this an interesting article. More power!

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