How To Cook Corn on the Cob

How To Cook Corn on the Cob

Leela Cyd
Oct 4, 2012

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 barbeque 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!

What You Need

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

Large pot
Forks or tongs


1. Shuck the Husks: Shuck your corn husks into the compost, then rinse off the corn. This method can easily cook more than 4 ears of corn, just make sure you have a very large pot for cooking adequately.

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.

3. Cook the Corn: Cover the pot with a lid and lower heat to medium. Set a timer. For just softened corn kernels, cook for 4 minutes. If you like softer corn, cook for 6-8 minutes.

4. Serve the Corn: Serve corn immediately with butter and flaky salt.

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