Boiling Corn on the Cob Recipe

Corn on the Cob is one of our favorite side dishes. It’s inexpensive and so tasty. Boiling Corn on the Cob is simple and tastes amazing. Learn the trick to the best corn on the cob ever.

Boiling Corn on the Cob:

We love corn on the cob at my house. We have had it grilled, smoked, put in the oven with the corn husk on and boiled. My kids love it and it definitely a good side dish that we have often.

I have discovered a new trick that brings out the sweetness of corn on the cob. You are going to be surprised how easy it is and you will never cook corn on the cob any other way.

So what is the trick?

Do you want to know the secret to the best corn? I do this every time I boil corn and my kids can’t get enough. It’s so good and packed with flavor.

What is the secret ingredient to making the best corn on the cob? Instead of using plain water, try boiling the corn in milk and butter instead! You are going to love how delicious this corn is.

It just takes it to an entirely new level. You are going to love how amazing they taste.

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How long to boil corn on the cob:

It only takes about 8-10 minutes to boil corn. As you can see, it’s an incredibly easy and quick side dish idea!

I love that I can make this at the last minute and still have a great side dish to serve. It doesn’t take a lot of thought or time. Plus, corn on the cob is not expensive at all.

How do you know boiled corn on the cob is done?

Your boiled corn should be done around the 5-6 minute mark. But I usually let it stay in the boiled milk and simmer for about 8-10 minutes.

After the corn has boiled for around 8 minutes, it should be ready to eat. You can stick a knife or even a fork in it and see that it is tender. We love this sweet corn!

How do you cook fresh corn on the cob?

I follow this recipe when making fresh corn on the cob. I peel and husk the corn and then add them right to the pot with the water, butter and milk mixture.

Can you overcook corn on the cob?

Yes, you can. It is best to only leave your corn in the boiling water for no longer than 10 minutes. If you do leave it in longer it can be overcooked and lose its flavor and the texture can become mush.

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How to use leftover on the the cob

We love leftover corn. If I do have any leftover corn on the corn, I will cut the kernels off the corn and make this Spicy Corn Dip. This is the best dip if you need a fun snack or party idea!

We make this for game day, parties and more. We like to serve it with tortilla chips and it’s so good.

You can also find our 7 Ways to Use Leftover Grilled Corn.


  • 6-8 ears of corn
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 cup milk

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How to boil Corn on the Cob:

  • Fill a large pot with cold water and heat on the stove on high heat. Bring to a boil. (You can also use salted water to boil the corn)
  • Once your water is warm add in a stick of butter and a cup of milk. You can also add in sugar, but it is not necessary.
  • Peel the corn husks off your corn and remove the silk. Add the corn cobs to the hot water mixture once the water has return to boiling.
  • Cook the corn cobs for 8-10 minutes, carefully remove the corn and enjoy! Cover the pot until ready to eat.

I like to discard the water outside rather than the sink because of the butter in the water.

Add more butter and salt and pepper if you prefer. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Boiling corn is that simple! I’m certain it will be a hit with everyone in the entire family!You will love how yummy fresh corn tastes. This recipe makes the perfect corn.

Corn on the Cob Kitchen Tools

I use a stock pot to boil the corn on the cob. My favorite is the Calphalon 8 quart with stainless steel insert. It’s so handy to just lift it right out of the pan and have the water drained.

I use this all the time for boiling corn, pasta, vegetables and more!  This pot gets a lot of use!

We have several cute corn on the cob dishes and holders. It makes it so easy for the kids to eat it. They love how fun they are. Did you know they even have butter spreaders just for corn?

These are so handy if you like to add more butter after the corn has cooked. Even the kids can easily spread the butter without getting it everywhere. I love my butter spreader! 

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What to serve with Corn on the Cob

Buying corn is so frugal in the Summer. Stock up when you can. You can even freeze corn on the cob. When I find a good deal, I buy a ton and freeze it.

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We have yummy corn all year round at a great price. This is one of the ways I cut my grocery bill in half using these 8 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning!

The kids love when I fix Chicken on a Stick and this yummy corn on the cob.  It’s also great with Grilled Mahi Mahi Recipe. That only takes 15 minutes and the corn is really quick too.

Corn Salad will be so good to serve. You can serve it cold or warm. Perfect for potlucks or cookouts. We also liked Grilled Corn on the Cob! It’s such an easy side dish.

Try this Easy Corn on the Cob today:

Give this yummy boiled corn on the cob a try. Let us know what you think. I was using plain water for years and years. Once I switched to this method with milk and butter, it was a game changer!

My family loves this corn. I also have brought it to pot luck dinners and cookouts. Everyone loves corn and it’s very inexpensive.

Sometimes I will break corn on the cob into 2 pieces. It’s perfect for little hands or cookouts. I even like to cut the corn off the cob after cooking for little ones. See How to Cut Corn Off the Cob.

What is your favorite way to eat corn on the cob? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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