How To Cook Corn on the Cob

How To Cook Corn on the Cob

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Leela Cyd
Aug 1, 2017

If you are lucky enough to still be able to get the last of summer's sweet corn, do yourself a favor and cook it over the stove in a pot of boiling water. This easy method couldn't be simpler and the results couldn't be finer!

Fresh corn on the cob can be a wonderful addition to any barbecue or special touch for a weeknight meal. It is delicious grilled, but my favorite method is so simple and consistent. When I want a bunch of corn done right, I love to boil it. There's no messy husk to attend to and the flavor is pure!

Related: How To Shuck Corn Quickly & Cleanly

This method can easily cook more than 4 ears of corn, just make sure you have a very large pot for cooking adequately.

What You Need

Ingredients
4 ears of corn, shucked
Water
Salt and butter, optional garnish

Equipment
Large pot
Forks or tongs

Instructions

  1. Shuck the husks: Shuck your corn husks into the compost, then rinse off the corn.
  2. Boil the water: Heat a large pasta pot full of water to boil.
  3. Drop the corn in the water: Carefully drop in freshly shucked corn into the boiling water. Poke the ears a little bit so each side gets covered in water.
  4. Cook the corn, covered, over medium heat: Cover the pot with a lid and lower heat to medium.
  5. Set a timer: For just softened corn kernels, cook for 4 minutes. If you like softer corn, cook for 6-8 minutes.
  6. Serve the corn: Serve corn immediately with butter and flaky salt.
What's your favorite way to cook corn on the cob?

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