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: Everything you need to know 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 absolute best side dish you can make, and it couldn’t be easier! We have developed a few easy tips to make corn on the cob that much more delicious, if that’s even possible.
Cooking Corn on the Cob should be easy, and can result in the most flavorful side dish for Summer.
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 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. :)
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.
- Heat oven to 450°. Husk corn and remove silk. Rinse off/clean the corn.
- 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.
- Place sealed ears in the oven and bake about 20 minutes or until corn is tender.
- Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
- Husk corn and remove silk. Rinse off/clean the corn. Place 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn.
- 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.
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 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.
Be sure to check out all of our favorite Summer Recipes, especially fresh side dishes like our Corn Salad, Mandarin Orange Salad, Lemon Butter Asparagus, and Baked Sweet Potato Chips. We also have some amazing HOW TO RECIPES such as How to Cook Baked Potatoes, How to Make Iced Coffee, and How to Cook Burgers on the Stove. And if you like this recipe, you’ll LOVE our Mexican Grilled Corn!
See the recipe card below for How to Make Corn on the Cob. Enjoy!
How to Cook Corn on the Cob
- 8 ears corn-on-the-cob silk removed, husks pulled and tied back *see note.
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Butter optional, see below
- 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.)
- Set the corn on a serving plate.
- 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.
- Salt & pepper, to taste.
*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.