How to Cook Corn on the Cob (Boiling Corn on the Cob)

How to Cook Corn on the Cob: We have mastered all the tips and tricks for how long to boil corn on the cob, what to add in to make the corn extra tender and delicious, and fool-proof ways to cook to perfection EVERY time. This Perfect Corn on the Cob is our very favorite Summer Side Dish. 

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

How to Cook Corn on the Cob 

How to Cook Corn on the Cob: Everything you need to know about boiling corn on the cob, for the PERFECT Summer Sweet Corn!

Learning How to Cook Corn on the Cob was one of the first things my Mom taught me when I was ready to learn how to cook. One of the absolute best parts about Summer is sweet corn. The first bite instantly makes me think of time spent with family. There was no bigger lover of corn than my Grandpa Gall. My Dad says he would eat 7-8 ears of corn in one sitting without batting an eye. He grew up on a farm so it was in his blood. At our family table, my Dad will eat about 4, and always butters the corn with a slice of bread.

To me, corn on the cob is the absolute best side dish you can make, and boiling corn on the cob couldn’t be easier! We have developed a few easy tips to make cooking corn on the cob that much more delicious, if that’s even possible.

Learn How to Cook Corn on the Cob to make the PERFECT sweet corn. Boiling corn on the cob is the easiest and best way to make it!

Boiling corn on the cob in a large red pot

How to Cook Corn on the Cob: We have mastered all the tips and tricks for how long to boil corn on the cob, what to add in to make the corn extra tender and delicious, and fool-proof ways to cook to perfection EVERY time. This Perfect Corn on the Cob is our very favorite Summer Side Dish. 

Boiling Corn on the Cob (the best way to cook corn on the cob)

Cooking Corn on the Cob should be easy, and can result in the most flavorful side dish for Summer! And the best way to cook corn on the cob is to boil it.

You shouldn’t be intimidated when learning how to cook corn on the cob. Anyone can do it and be the star of the show. Summertime fresh flavors at their absolute best. Boiling corn on the cob with a little sugar in the water (and even a little butter!) makes all the difference and takes the guess work out. Corn on the cob goes with EVERYTHING from burgers to steaks to chicken. Or if you’re like my grandpa, 8 ears of corn can be a meal of its own.

Cooking corn on the cob

Buttering corn on the cob with a piece of bread

Can I bake Corn on the Cob instead of boiling?

You can! We have written this recipe for how to BOIL corn on the cob, but if you prefer baking or grilling your corn, you can absolutely do that.

How to Bake Corn on the Cob:

  1. Heat oven to 450°. Husk corn and remove silk. Rinse off/clean the corn.
  2. Place each ear on a piece of foil. Spray cooking spray on all sides of ears. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap each ear in foil.
  3. Place sealed ears in the oven and bake about 20 minutes or until corn is tender.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob:

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. Husk corn and remove silk. Rinse off/clean the corn. Place 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn.
  3. Wrap each ear of corn in aluminum foil. Place on the prepared grill. Cook for approximately 30 minutes or until soft and tender.

How can you tell when the corn on the cob is done cooking?

A fun tip for cooking corn on the cob is when its done, it will steam off moisture quickly. If you remove the corn from the water, it will dry quickly when done. Interesting, right?

Do you need to wash corn on the cob?

You should peel back the husks and remove the silks from each ear of corn on the cob, and rinse with water to clean. Rinsing in cold water should be enough before boiling the corn.

Fresh boiled corn on the cob with a lice of buttered bread

It’s not too late in Summer to make this favorite Summer Side Dish recipe. As long as you can get fresh produce, this recipe for boiling Corn on the Cob is a must make. I hope these tips for how to make corn on the cob makes it all the tastier.

See the recipe card below for How to Make Corn on the Cob. Enjoy!

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Here is How to Cook Corn on the Cob. The BEST way to cook corn on the cob is by boiling corn on the cob. It's easy and it makes the perfect sweet corn.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiled corn, corn on the cob
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 178 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
How to Cook Corn on the Cob: We have mastered all the tips and tricks for how long to boil corn on the cob, what to add in to make the corn extra tender and delicious, and fool-proof ways to cook to perfection EVERY time. This Perfect Corn on the Cob is our very favorite Summer Side Dish.
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Ingredients

  • 8 ears corn-on-the-cob silk removed, husks pulled and tied back *see note.
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Butter optional, see below

Instructions

  1. Fill a pot, about the same height as the length of the corncob, with water. Add sugar, stir and bring the sugar water to a boil. Set the prepared ears of corn in the boiling water with the tied back husks leaning against the sides of the pot. Boil the corn 1 minute then remove the ears with tongs. (The husks soften in the boiling water, so try to keep them out of the water and do not pull on the husks when removing the ears from the water.)
  2. Set the corn on a serving plate.
  3. If buttered corn-on-the-cob is desired, butter a slice of bread then rub the ear of corn across the bread to butter it evenly. **See note for alternate method.
  4. Salt & pepper, to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

*Note: This results in a beautiful presentation for serving corn-on-the-cob, but the easiest method of cooking corn-on-the-cob is to completely remove the husks and silk from the corn, if desired.

**Note for instant buttered corn: Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the boiling sugar-water before adding the corn.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 486mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 17g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 14.8%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

MaryBeth
Nice presentation of corn on the cob! I've never seen the husks done this way. I've always cooked it the same without the husks and both buttering options are great! Thanks for sharing!
Yolanda
You only boil the corn for one minute? Will it be cooked?
    Becky Hardin
    Yep! If you prefer the corn a bit softer, you can let it go slightly longer, but 1 minute in boiling water will cook it through. Hope you love it!
Cindy
I'm curious if you have a trick to removing all the silk from the corn. That to me is the most timely part of it. Love the presentation on this! Thanks for sharing.
Jeff Gall
Hey Becky -- buttering corn with a piece of bread, that was MY SECRET -- you told the world! Hah. Enjoyed this post. Great work as always. Love, Dad
Dell Support Number
When summer comes, the first eating item which comes in my mind is corn. I like corn very much. I always used to eat corn almost every day. I read your post and I followed your recipe, the taste of corn becomes doubled. I was not aware that corn can have such a good taste. It was such a tasteful recipe. Waiting for more like this from your side.
Michelle Passos
Beautiful presentation and so interesting about using a slice of bread to butter corn. I've never heard of that. We eat corn 3-4 times a week throughout the summer and my husband eats 6 at a time!! But boiling one minute is not long enough. That will not even blanch the corn! For eating fresh it should boil 7-10 minutes and if blanching to freeze it should boil 3 minutes.
AppValley
You are definitely right with this sentence "Boiling with a little sugar in the water (and even a little butter!) makes all the difference and takes the guess work out""
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