4 Easy Ways to Cut Corn Off the Cob

4 Easy Ways to Cut Corn Off the Cob

There’s nothing like being elbow deep in a piece of corn on the cob. However, it sometimes makes more sense to cut the kernels off the cob if you’re using fresh corn in recipes or if you’ve misplaced your toothpicks and dental floss.

A sharp knife is the key to removing kernels from a corn cob, so that it’s done with little effort without damaging the corn. There is also more than one way to do it, so we’re offering four easy ways to cut corn off the cob.

Knife choice matters for this task. The knives we recommend for cutting corn off the cob are the 7-5/8″ Petite Chef knife, 7″ Santoku or the 5″ Petite Santoku.

Here are four easy ways to remove corn kernels:


  1. Stand the corn cob upright on a cutting board with the stem side on the board. Use the 5” Petite Santoku to slice the kernels from the cob from tip to stem. cutting-corn-5
  2. Lay the corn cob flat on the cutting board and use a 7-5/8″ Petite Chef knife or 7″ Santoku to slice down the side of the cob to remove the kernels. Rotate the cob to the flat side and cut again. Repeat on all sides. cutting-corn-3
  3. Use a Bundt pan or angel food pan to steady the cob, stem side down, in the center hole of the pan. Using a 5″ Petite Santoku, slice down the cob from tip to stem to release the corn kernels. cutting-corn-1
  4. Place a small bowl that's base has a lip upside-down inside a larger bowl. Place the stem of the cob in the middle of the small bowl and with a 5" Petite Santoku knife, slice from tip to stem to remove the corn kernels.cutting-corn-2

Now that you know four easy ways to cut corn from the cob, try one of our delicious fresh corn recipes with your newfound skill.

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