How to boil corn on the cob

Boiling corn is THE way to cook corn on the cob because it comes out perfect every time. Our secret? Add the corn and water to the pot at the same time, bring to a boil, and turn off the heat just as it begins to bubble.

Folks, we live and breathe Midwestern air every day, and knowing how to make the most perfect ear of corn is essential. Boiling corn on the cob is truly the best and most foolproof method there is. That’s how mom did it and that’s how I do it now too.

The best way to eat corn on the cob is simple: with butter and salt. Trust us on this one!

What do you need for corn on the cob?

  • Corn : the fresher the corn, the better. We prefer to buy unhusked corn on the cob for optimal freshness.
  • Large pot with lid: Make sure you have a pot large enough to fully submerge the corn.
  • Water: fill pot with water until corn is completely covered.

Our secret to perfectly cooked corn on the cob

Although we have tried many methods of cooking corn on the cob, such as air fryer corn on the cob, boiling corn is truly the best way.

Our secret to perfectly juicy corn is to add the corn and water to the pot at the SAME time. Then, raise the heat to high. Once it boils, the corn is ready!

How long to boil corn on the cob?

Corn on the cob will take 5-10 minutes to cook, depending on how much water is in the pot and how fast it boils.

Serving Suggestions

While we like to keep things classic with corn on the cob and serve it with butter and salt, you can do a lot with corn!

Fresh Corn Salsa: Say hello to our Fresh Corn Salsa! Inspired by the bounty of summer, this salsa is bursting with farm-fresh corn, ripe tomatoes, and a hint of tangy lime.

The Mexican Street Corn Salad: This recipe is inspired by the classic Mexican street corn salad and is made with grilled corn, tomato, onion and delicious cotija cheese.

Street Corn Chicken Salad: This recipe takes the classic chicken salad to the next level by incorporating elements of the street corn.

Thai Chili Summer Corn Salad: This salad is a delicious mix of grilled corn, carrots, red bell peppers, cabbage, and a delicious vinaigrette.

Corn fritters: These homemade corn fritters are made with whole kernel corn, white whole wheat flour, pickled jalapenos, and green onions.


Let the corn cool completely. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or gallon-sized plastic bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To reheat: you can do it in the microwave for 60 seconds or on medium heat on the stove.

Can you freeze corn on the cob?

Freezing corn on the cob is a simple and great way to have access to amazing tasting corn when it is not yet in season.

We prefer to freeze just the beans. because it takes up much less space.

  1. After the corn has cooled, use a sharp knife to cut through the cob, removing only the kernels.
  2. Transfer them to a gallon-size freezer-safe bag, pushing out as much air as possible.
  3. Seal and freeze up to 3 months.

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