If you have ever wondered – How Long to Boil Corn on the Cob? You have come to the right place! In this simple step-by-step tutorial we will go over everything you need to know about getting the best corn on the cob cooked right on your stove top!
How To Boil Corn On The Cob
This is a staple of the summer every year! No matter if you grill corn in the husk, without the husk, or smoke corn on the cob – everyone loves it and boiling it in a large pot on the stovetop is just another way to make perfectly sweet corn on the cob every time! The whole family is going to love this amazing side dish that you have to top with butter and sprinkle with salt. We love grabbing our fresh corn from our local farmers markets or at the local grocery store in town, always so fresh! As soon as you bite into these tender corn kernels you won’t want to cook it any other way.
What You Will Need
- ears of corn – option to boil them whole or you can cut in halves or thirds with a sharp knife, if you want. The cook time will be the same regardless.
- water – enough to cover all of your corn in the pot.
- optional toppings – butter, herbed butter, kosher salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley), paprika, garlic, chili powder, mayo, etc. for lots of great flavor.
How Long Does Corn Take To Boil
Once the water in your pot (or dutch oven) has come to a boil you can carefully place your corn cobs in, using tongs, and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes or until tender. That’s it! So fast and simple!
Can I Use Frozen Corn On The Cob
Absolutely! You just have to add a few minutes to your cook time. Frozen corn on the cob usually takes about 5-8 minutes to fully cook in boiling water.
Serving Suggestions For Cooked Corn On The Cob
You can keep it simple with just a little butter, salt, and pepper and then serve alongside a main protein and side of potatoes. Or you can cut it off the cob and enjoy it on any of your favorite tacos or salads. Another great variation is to make Mexican street corn with mayo, feta cheese, cilantro, red onion, and chili powder or Mexican street corn salad.
Any leftover sweet corn can be wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and stored in the fridge for about 3-5 days. You can also cut the corn off of the cob and store it in an airtight container in the fridge that way.
How To Boil Corn On The Cob
First, you can begin by removing the tassels, husks, and silks off the sweet corn.
Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Once the hot water is boiling you can use tongs to carefully place the corn in the pot and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. You might have to do this in batches depending on how much fresh sweet corn you have.
And then enjoy any way you want.
Made this recipe and loved it?! We would love it if you would take a minute and leave a star rating and review – it is also helpful if you made any substitutions or changes to the recipe to share that as well. THANK YOU!
How Long to Boil Corn on the Cob – an easy tutorial that teaches you how to boil corn on the stove (+ how long to boil corn) – so easy!
- 4–6 ears of sweet corn, shucked*
- Fill a large stock pot with water, leaving enough room for whole cobs of corn.
- Bring water to a simmer/light boil.
- Place corn in the pot of water.
- Let boil, uncovered, 4-5 minutes.
- Carefully remove with tongs and place on a plate or tray.
- Let cool slightly then serve with butter and salt.
- Corn: feel free to use whole cobs of corn or you can cut them in half or even in thirds – it won’t impact how long to boil them.
- Serving: we love making Mexican Street Corn or Mexican Street Corn Salad with our boiled corn (and then maybe making some Mexican Street Corn Burgers or Mexican Street Corn Nachos).
Keywords: how long to boil corn