8 Jan 2024

Aw shucks: Making the most of sweetcorn season

From Summer Times, 11:45 am on 8 January 2024

Sweetcorn season is in full swing.

Before Christmas, Aotearoa's largest sweetcorn grower said there was a bumper season ahead. That means there's no better time to get your fill of juicy kernels either straight from the cob (sweetcorn loses 25 percent of its sweetness 24 hours after being picked), barbecued or used in a salad.

Fresh sweet corn on wooden table

Sweetcorn is in season - and in abundance - now. Photo: 123RF

Lucy Corry shared her recipe for Roasted Sweetcorn Ribs with Chilli-Honey Butter with Summer Times today.

Roasted sweetcorn ribs with chilli-honey butter.

Roasted sweetcorn ribs with chilli-honey butter. Photo: Lucy Corry / RNZ

Not sure how to cook corn so it's tender and juicy? It's simple: bring a pot of water to the boil and add husked cobs. By the time the water is boiling again, the cobs will be cooked.

For a speedier result, leave the husks on and microwave corn on 100 percent power for 2-3 minutes (use caution when husking, the leaves will be very hot). If barbecuing, Dame Alison Holst's Barbecued Glazed Sweetcorn recipe has great advice for corn-cooking beginners.

If you're looking for more ways to make corn the star, check out Alby Hailes' Grilled Sweetcorn and Nectarine Salad with Miso Dressing. This fresh, vibrant salad makes use of lots of abundant summer produce.

Alby Hailes's grilled sweetcorn salad features an added flavour boost from nectarine

 Grilled Sweetcorn and Nectarine Salad with Miso Dressing. Photo: Supplied / Aaron McLean

Got a barbecue coming up? Annabel Langbein's Corn and Israeli Couscous Salad can be made in advance, while Julie Biuso's Sweetcorn with Black Garlic and Red Pepper is perfect when you're bored with cold salads.