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Boiled Corn on the Cob

Boiled Corn on the Cob
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 3
  • Servings 4
Does corn on the cob immediately make you think of summer picnics, fresh flavors and that delicious juicy crunch? Us too! Corn on the cob is a simple, versatile side with many different ways to cook it. But if you only have a few minutes, this super easy boiled corn on the cob recipe might be the best ear around. If you don’t know how to cook corn on the cob or how long to boil corn—it’s much easier than you may think. There are plenty of right ways to make boiled corn on the cob; some people add butter or sugar to the water, but our all-time favorite method puts the spotlight on the sweet corn itself, with just three simple ingredients: corn, salt and water.
Updated January 22, 2021

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ears fresh sweet corn, husks removed, cleaned

Steps

  • 1
    In 5-quart saucepan, Dutch oven or stockpot, heat water and salt to boiling.
  • 2
    Add corn; cook uncovered 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.

  • To add sweetness to your corn, 1 tablespoon of sugar can be added to the boiling water.
  • For a flavor twist, spread corn with butter, and sprinkle with your favorite fresh chopped herbs.
  • Though boiling corn on the cob is the most common cooking method, you can also grill corn on the cob in their husks. Peel back the husks, remove silk and brush the corn with olive oil or butter. Bring the husk back over to cover the corn and place it on a grill, turning occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Running low on time? You can also cook your corn in the microwave by shucking the corn and wrapping each ear in wax paper. Cook on high for 3 to 6 minutes, one or two ears at a time. Let corn stand to cool a few minutes before eating.
  • Add even more flavor to your boiled corn by brushing the cooked corn with butter mixed with taco seasoning for a Mexican-inspired side dish.
  • Prefer to grill your corn? If you're wondering how long to cook corn on the cob on the grill check out our recipe for Grilled Corn-On-The-Cob with Spicy Butter. The best part is the taco infused butter that will make every crunchy bite that much better.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
Calories from Fat
15
Total Fat
1 1/2g
2%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
610mg
25%
Potassium
220mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
22g
7%
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
Sugars
5g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • Is there anything more quintessentially summer than corn on the cob? Whether boiled or grilled, corn on the cob is a beloved summer favorite at barbecues, fairs and even casual dinners. If you live in the heartland, you’re probably lucky enough to buy fresh corn on the cob picked straight from the farm at your local farmers market, but thankfully for the rest of the country, it’s easy to get corn on the cob at the grocery store. Not sure how to tell what corn on the cob you should pick? It’s easy to tell if an ear of corn is ready to eat by simply peeling back the husk and looking at the kernels. Is the ear well-filled? Are the kernels creamy yellow and white? You have yourself a perfect ear of corn. Just don’t pull the husk back too far—it’s a protective covering and you should keep it on the corn until you’re ready to cook it. Learn the history of corn on the cob and more tips for how to cook it by reading this handy how to cook corn on the cob article. Plus, make the most of corn and the rest of your summer veggie bounty by checking out all of our easy vegetable recipes.
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