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perfect boiled corn on the cob recipe

Perfect boiled corn on the cob recipe

Perfectly boiled corn on the cob makes a delicious side for lunch or dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 317kcal


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • water just enough to cover and cook the corn in the pot or pan
  • ¼ teaspoon salt adjust to taste


  • Transfer the corn to a large pot of pan (a good quality pasta pot should be fine) and add water just enough to cover the corn so the corn will be immersed in the water.
  • Add the salt, one stick of butter and one cup of whole milk to the pot, mix everything well.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring quite often.
  • As the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer the mixture for about 6 to 8 minutes, keep stirring frequently so the mixture won't burn at the bottom of the pan. The idea is to cook the corn in the mixture of water, milk, salt and butter which will flavor the corn while its getting cooked.
  • After 6 to 8 minutes of cooking the corn in the milk butter mixture, the corn is cooked and soft and so you can switch off the stove and keep the pan away from heat.
  • Cover the pan with lid and keep it closed for another 8 to 10 minutes so the flavors of the butter and milk will blend well with the cooked corn.
  • Gently transfer each of the corn ears from the pot or pan to the serving plate and serve the delicious and warm corn on the cob for dinner or lunch! If you wish you can sprinkle the corn on the cob with ground black pepper or add more butter if needed.


This recipe uses more butter and whole milk and so the dish is more rich and calorie dense, but perfectly delicious as well. If you want a low calorie version, try this corn on the cob recipe which is vegan too and very delicious as well.
The remaining liquid from the preparation of this corn and the cob can be used as a delicious broth for soups or stews or I also like to use this liquid to make pasta as well.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 0.5mg