Easy Boiled Corn on the Cob

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Boiled Corn on the Cob is a summertime staple, it always comes out tender, juicy and sweet. It’s the perfect side for letting you focus on making juicy hamburgers and hearty potato salad for the best summer meal!

We always cook a little bit extra to enjoy in our favorite fresh corn salad or Frito corn salad.

A white bowl full of boiled corn seasoned with pepper, salt and parsley.

Corn is the epitome of summer in one bite. Sweet and buttery, perfect served with anything from BBQ grilled chicken to juicy marinated pork chops.

How to Boil Corn on the Cob

Boiled corn on the cob can be made with whole cobs or cobs broken in half or even cut into thirds (depending on how many other dishes you’re serving it with). Remove the husks and silk and wait and bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.

  1. Once the water is boiling, drop the cobs in and allow them to boil for about one minute.
  2. Turn off the heat and cover. This boiled corn recipe can stay on the stove up to 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the corn and place the cobs back into the warm pot. Add butter (or even garlic butter) and salt & pepper to taste. Replace the lid and toss the cobs of corn until they are coated with the butter.

Use a pair of tongs to remove them from the pot, they’re hot, juicy and ready to serve!

Many boiled corn recipes suggest adding milk, butter or sugar to the cooking water. If your corn is fresh, sweet and in season, it really isn’t needed!

Two image of boiled corn in a pot, one cooked and one uncooked.

How Long to Boil Corn

Corn really doesn’t need much time to cook, just a few minutes!

Start with a large pot of water and bring it to a boil before adding the corn. Don’t overcrowd the pot otherwise, the cobs won’t cook evenly.

Add the cobs of corn and allow to boil 1 minute at a full boil. Then, simply turn off the heat and cover the pot and allow the corn to cook on its own for another 10 or up to 30 minutes.

A pot full of boiled corn seasoned with pepper, salt and parsley.

More Summer Sides We Love

Boiled Corn on the Cob

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Boiled corn on the cob is a great time-saver in the kitchen and it always comes out just right!


  • 4 ears corn
  • 2 tablespoons butter or to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

avatarFollow Spend with Pennies on Pinterest


  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove husks and silk from corn. Break cobs in half if desired.
  3. Once water is boiling, add corn and boil 1 minute. Turn off heat and cover.
  4. Leave 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes. Drain well.
  5. Place corn back into the warm pot, add butter, salt & pepper and toss to coat.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 128, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 63mg, Potassium: 243mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 345%, Vitamin C: 6.1%, Iron: 0.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Boiled Corn on the Cob

REPIN this Easy How To Recipe

Corn on the cob piled together in a white bowl and garnished with parsley, salt and pepper.

This boiled corn on the cob recipe is the easiest to follow! It makes it so simple to create a quick and delicious meal! #spendwithpennies #boiledcornonthecob #sidedish #summer #howto
This boiled corn on the cob recipe is the easiest to follow! It makes it so simple to create a quick and delicious meal! #spendwithpennies #boiledcornonthecob #sidedish #summer #howto

More Recipes You'll Love

About the author


pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

More Posts by Holly

Latest & Greatest Dishes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *