Boiling Corn on the Cob

Boiling corn on the cob is a cinch! You will love this juicy corn on the cob to put on the side of any summer meal.

Corn on the cob is the ultimate side dish at BBQ’s. Pair it with some grilled steak, macaroni salad, and fresh fruit for a full spread!

Three cobs of boiled corn on a white plate

A Classic Side Dish!

Corn on the cob is classic! It goes with almost any meal and is so easy to make- especially when you boil it. We love eating corn on the cob during these hot summer months. It’s juicy, crisp, and always hits the spot. Spread butter over the kernels and sprinkle with salt and pepper! YUM.

This boiled corn on the cob is also great for salads and other dishes. Just slice off the corn from the cob and mix it in with your favorite salads or eat as is. Perfect for corn salsa or this summer corn salad.

Choosing the Best Corn: Try not to open the husk to look at the corn. Probe with your fingers and leave the cob if you feel soft spots or missing kernels. Look for a bright green and tightly wrapped husk. The tassels should be silky and a bit sticky. 

Four cobs of corn ready to be boiled

How Long to Boil Corn on the Cob

Boiling: Fill a large pot with water.  Pour 1 quart of water per ear into your largest pot, add Kosher salt, then bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the corn. Be sure you do not over crowd the pot.

As soon as the water returns to a boil, the corn is done. This should only take 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover the pot with a lid. The corn can stay in the hot water for up to 30 minutes. 

Boiling corn on the cob in a pot on the stove

Storing + Feeding the Masses

Storage: The sweetest corn is freshly picked so buy local corn when it’s in season. You can store the corn in the fridge, with the husks on, for 2-4 days.

Cooked Corn on the cob can last in the fridge for up to 5 days and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Be sure to place the corn in airtight, freeze safe if applicable, containers. You can also remove the kernels from the cob and store them in a Ziploc bag in the fridge or freezer.

How much for a crowd: Boiling corn is a great way to cook a large amount. If you are having a party plan on one whole cob per adult and a half a cob per child. The easiest way I have found to break the cob is by hand. Once the cob has been shucked firmly grip the cob with both hands and bend at the center. It should break with a nice snap. 

Boiled corn on the cob sitting on a white plate

For more summer sides, try:

You can use cooked corn in these recipes:

How to Boil Corn on the Cob

5 from 7 votes
Boiling corn on the cob is a cinch! You will love this juicy corn on the cob to put on the side of any summer meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 58 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 qt water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3-4 cobs of corn

Instructions
 

  • Fill a large pot with water.  Pour 1 quart of water per ear into your largest pot, add kosher salt, then bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling add the corn. Be sure you do not over crowd the pot.
  • As soon as the water returns to a boil, the corn is done. This should only take 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover the pot with a lid. The corn can stay in the hot water for up to 30 minutes. 

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    My favorite summer side!! These tips are perfect & come in so handy for making the best corn on the cob!

  2. 5 stars
    I love sweet corn season! This is a fantastic way to enjoy all of it’s wonderful goodness!

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for including even the most simple recipes. When i first moved out on my own i found myself calling my mom over things thaT were so sImple.

  4. I was told not to use salt when cooking the corn that it makes it tough. What is the purpose of the salt ?

    1. I know there are lots of ideas on the best way to boil corn… some use salt, some say no, some add sugar to the water. I haven’t taste tested with salt vs. no salt, but it’d be interesting to see if the salt in the water actually does make the corn tough. If you try both ways, you’ll have to let us know! 🙂

    1. same here. i’ve always boiled w/ sugar in the water. salt does make it tougher. you can also adjust the level of sugar to compensate when the corn isn’t the greatest. it really doesn’t make it taste overly sugary or dessert like, but obviously will depend on amount added & length left sitting in the hot water.

      1. This is so helpful! Thanks so much for sharing your corn on the cob tips. I’ll have to try adjusting my levels of sugar in the water to see how it affects the flavor.

  5. 1766 sodium for corn on the cob. For a renal diet isn’t that a bit HIgh for the sodium for a kidney diet.

    Or have the sodium count gone up recently and not been published to let us all know

    1. The salt will be mostly drained off with the water but I would be careful about adding salt to the cooked ears. 1500 mg is the maximum for the day for foods with sodium cooked in them.