Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob

A method for easily and cleanly getting corn kernels off of a cob, using a bundt pan to catch hold the corn cob and catch the kernels.


To remove corn kernels from the cob using a bundt pan, stand the shucked corn cob upright, with the tip of cob placed in the center hole of the bundt pan.

Holding the cob steady, use a sharp knife and make long downward strokes on the cob, separating the kernels from the cob.

Many bundt pans have a stick-free interior. If this is the case with yours, be careful not to scratch the interior of the pan with your knife. If the knife scratches around the edges of the bundt pan hole, that shouldn't be a problem, as when you use a bundt pan baking, this area doesn't usually come in contact with the cake batter. (Note from the comments, you can tuck a paper towel or dish towel into the hole to protect the pan.)

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  • Mike Walsh

    I put mine in a lathe.

  • katie mccoy

    This worked so well! Not only was it easy to strip the corn off the cob but my almost 14 year old son enjoyed doing it. That was worth mentioning the method right there! And all those kernels that fly all over were in the bundt pan. We put the pan in the sink – it was right at the right level to work. Lovely. I’ve tried lots of differnt tools and methods and this was by far the best. And who cares who came up with the idea first? This is the one that came up in a search (and you can’t get on the CI site without paying for it – even if you have a subscription which stinks). I did a quick search and didn’t see any other pictures of Chiarello doing this although I saw one other mention of his method. He’s the only one who eever thought of this? That was kind of a snarky comment. And although it is probably easier to get a grip on the cob if it’s cut in half, those kernels are still flying around instead of landing in a pan. Thanks, Elise.

  • Linda

    Here’s a new idea. . .

    Take a clean nail and pound it through a wooden cutting board, then place the corn cob on the nail, then use a knife to cut the corn off the cob. The nail should help hold the cob steady for you. I read this idea somewhere but didn’t read about it until after I finished freezing a bushel of corn. Of course, this idea does not solve the issue of corn flying around while you are cutting it off the cob.

  • Jess

    Here’s one better than using that huge knife (not that I dislike knives at all) Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper, Stainless. I’ve bought these as gifts for two family members who can’t or won’t eat corn off of the cob, but love the taste of it.

  • Paul

    I’ve been using this method for a while, Elise, and love it. I think I got it from Cook’s Magazine. Whatever the source, I also learned at the same time to use a serrated knife. I use a large bread knife and find it’s much more controllable and cleaner.

    Thanks as always for sharing great information and recipes.

    Great idea on the serrated knife, thanks Paul! ~Elise

  • Mitchell Webster

    Growing up we used a knife to strip the corn off the cob, however in recent years I have been using the slicing blade meant for potatoes on a Box Grater, this elemenates a lot of the flying around the kitchen of kernels and makes short order of the job, I can have several dozen ears done in a couple of minutes.

  • Annie

    I can’t seem to strip the kernels off whole – the knife just slices most of them in half. What am I doing wrong?

    Cut them a little closer to the cob. It does take some finagling. ~Elise

  • Sean

    You can also put a small bowl upside down in a bigger bowl. The bottom of the small bowl will hold the corn in place while the kernels will fall over it into the bigger bowl.

  • Nancy

    Great tip, Elise! I think I’d put the pan on a damp paper towel or that rubbery shelf liner to prevent the pan from sliding around on the counter while I’m cutting.

  • Brian

    Great tip! I always use my mixing bowl with a can of soup (or whatever) in it. Works great.

  • Patricia

    I have to admit, I love kitchen gadgets and I’ve bought a lot of useless ones – but one of my recent favorites has to be the OXO corn stripper. It works like a dream to get the kernels off, but the best part is that the handle is actually a little measuring cup that collects all the corn as you go! It’s brilliant!!

  • Sue

    If you don’t have a bundt pan, you can also use a large, wide mixing bowl with a small bowl turned upside down in it. I cut off the tip of the ear to make the end flat which makes it more stable for cutting. Then I just stand it on the small bowl and cut off the kernels. It works great.

  • Christie

    We use and electric knife and the bundt pan to do ours and it works out pretty well. I love that electric knife.

  • Robbie

    For the bundt pan-less in the crowd, break the ear in half so you have a somewhat flat steady surface to contact the cutting board. Of course, it doesn’t help with the scattering of kernals everywhere. :-) I’ve been wanting a reason to buy a bundt pan though. So I might just have to put it on my shopping list. Thanks for the info!

  • KissTheChef

    If you are worried about scratches, stuff a small dish towel or folded paper towel into the hole in the pan, allowing it to just hang over the edge of the hole. It won’t interfere with the corn being cut, but will protect the pan from the knife, and vise versa. You can also just use a clean kitchen towel to cover the entire pan, tucking it into the pan and dumping the kernels when finished, but it would soak up any “milk”. So if you plan to use the back of the knife to scrape the “milk” from the cob into the final product, do that part over another dish or the pan in which you will cook the food.

    Brilliant, thank you! ~Elise