Perfect Corn on the Cob – Boiling Corn

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How to Cook Corn on the Cob – Please, never over cook your fresh corn!

Boiling is the quickest, easiest, and tastiest way to prepare perfect corn on the cob.  Too many people do not know how to correctly boil fresh summer corn on the cob.  It is a very easy technique and produces the most delicious and perfect corn on the cob.  My mother and my grandmother taught me this technique on how to boil perfect corn on the cob.  You do not need to add any sugar to this delicious fresh summer corn,

Corn should be cooked quickly and not left to sit in the boiling water very long.  Fresh corn is at its best when it is very milky inside.  If overcooked, it will dry out quickly.


Perfect Corn On The Cob


How To Grill Corn On The Cob – Grilled Corn on the Cob is a popular menu item for barbecues and clambakes, and it is very easy to do.  Grilled corn on the cob is not only tasty, but grilling your corn never fails to impress your guests.  Fresh corn on the cob can be cooked on your barbecue either wrapped in aluminum foil or in its own husks.  Either way, the corn will be delicious!

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Perfect Corn On The Cob

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves many


Fresh ears of corn (as man as you want)
Salt and pepper



Selecting fresh corn on the cob:  

Good corn on the cob always begins with selecting the freshest and just ripe ears of your favorite variety of corn.  The absolute best corn is corn that is picked ripe and straight from your own vegetable garden!  Now I know everybody can not have a garden and grow their own corn, so pick fresh corn from your local market carefully!

When buying corn at the market, the husks (outer green covering) should be bright green and fit snugly around the ear of corn.  The kernels should be in tight rows right to the tip of the ear of corn, and be plump and milky.  In the grocery store, it is perfectly acceptable (well maybe a little frowned on) to peel back the outer green husk to check and see if the corn looks OK to you.


Husking the corn:

For maximum freshness, husk the corn just before cooking.  When ready to cook your corn on the cob, pull all the husks off of the corn and discard.  Remove silk (the white hairy threads just under the husk) from the corn and discard.  TIP: To help remove the silk, wet a paper towel and wipe down the corn

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How to boil and cook corn on the cob:

Choose a pot large enough to hold the amount of corn you want to cook, with room for water to cover the corn.  Cover pot and bring cold unsalted water just to a boil on high heat.  Some people like to add a little sugar to the boiling water, but never add salt as it will only toughen the corn.

Add husked corn ears and bring the water back to a boil on high heat (covered or not).  Since corn tends to float on top of the water, I cover the pot.  This helps the water come back to a boil faster and helps the corn cook.  It will take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to bring the water back to a boil.  Once water comes back to a boil, immediately remove the corn ears from the water.  The corn is now cooked perfectly and NOT overcooked.

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Boiling time is a matter of taste; some people like to just boil them a minute or two to warm their corn on the cob, leaving the kernels crisp and fresh.  Others like to let them boil 3 to 10 minutes for softer kernels.  How long you cook your corn on the cob depends on your tastes, but Grandma Myers' Corn Tip is my family's way of cooking them (see below):

Grandma Myers' Corn Tip - Put a pot of water on the stove.  While the water comes to a boil, choose and husk your corn.  Drop the corn into the boiling water.  When the water comes to a boil again, remove the corn from the water.  IT'S DONE!

Remove the cooked corn ears from the hot water with tongs.

Serve with butter, salt, and pepper.  Some people like to roll their hot corn on a stick of butter, others spread the butter with a knife.  Your choice!

TIP:  If you're having a party, borrow this trick from markets in Mexico.  Vendors selling ears of corn for snacks keep them ready and waiting for several hours in tubs of lukewarm water.  Instead of butter, ears are rubbed with lime wedges and sprinkled with salt.  This nonfat alternative is very good. I have not tried this technique.

Comments and Reviews

9 Responses to “Perfect Corn on the Cob – Boiling Corn”

  1. roger jahn

    what is white corn Mahindi? Not sure but someone close is selling a lot of it. Also, what is your tip for freezing corn on cob. We bring water to boil, boil 2 to 4 minutes and then take out of water and put in cold water with ice cubes for a few minutes and freeze for a day or so and then vacuum pak. corn does not taste as fresh as before freezing

    • Linda Stradley

      Mahindi – Translates from Swahili to English to mean corn. In Hindi it describes the henna plant.

      I, personally do not freeze corn on the cob. We like to eat it immediately after cooking.


    I freeze corn after I cut it off the cooked cob. It is great in little freezer bags for soup or casseroles.

  3. Donna Little

    I live in New Mexico. Each year in August we anxiously await the arrival of the Moriarty sweet corn from Scwebach farms in Moriarty. People come from miles around to get this corn and even visitors from Iowa confessed that it’s better than their corn. I buy a few dozen and freeze them in the husks in zipper freezer bags to enjoy all year long. A couple of years ago I wanted to bless my family in California when I went out there to visit in November. I took the frozen corn, wrapped each bag in 3 layers of newspaper and taped it close, put the packages inside doubled cooler bags (like you bring frozen food home from the store), added a couple of freezer packs and packed them in a separate suitcase. When I arrived at my destination, even though we stopped for lunch, the corn was still totally frozen when I got to my brother’s house about six hours after leaving my house! My family was over joyed to have fresh corn in the winter. I’m doing this again this year! It’s awesome with Chipotle Lime Butter!

    • Ceu

      Donna, thank you for your information. When your freeze your corn, do you remove the hair/strings before freezing?

  4. Shawn Curtis

    I trim the silk even with the husks. HINT: Make sure the water is boiling before you start to husk the corn. Husk the corn under cool running water. These two steps help keep the corn from turning mushy.

  5. Louise

    I cook mine in the microwave As Is:
    I just put the cob straight from the store as is, husk and all in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes depending on the size of the cob it comes out delicious it is really fast and sweet .

  6. BILL

    Leave corn in husk, open top of husk, rinse in running water, and wrap in wax paper (twist both edges to seal place). Cook in microwave for 2 or 3 minutes. Wearing an ov-glove, cut off the bottom end and grab the top pull husk and silk comes out. Enjoy!


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