How To Cook Corn on the Cob

How To Cook Corn on the Cob

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 four ears of corn — just make sure you have a very large pot for cooking adequately.

How To Cook Corn on the Cob

What You Need


  • 4

    ears of corn, shucked

  • Water

  • Salt and butter, optional garnish

  • Equipment
  • Large pot

  • Forks or tongs


  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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