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How to Boil Corn on the Cob

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best-way-to-boil-corn-on-the-cob, corn-on-the-cob-recipes, how-to-boil-corn-on-the-cob
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings (may vary)
Calories 187kcal


  • 6 large fresh ears of corn husks and silk removed
  • 12-16 cups water (Adjust amount depending on the size of the pot)
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ΒΌ cup cubed butter optional
  • butter, salt and black pepper for serving


  • In a deep pot bring water, sugar and salt to a rolling boil.
  • Add milk and corn. Return to a rolling boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Add butter, if using.
  • Turn off heat and let corn steep on the stovetop in the hot liquid for 10 more minutes or until the kernels are bright yellow and tender. Corn should be fully submerged in water.
  • Drain and serve slathered with butter, salt and black pepper and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg