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How Long To Boil Corn On The Cob
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5 from 3 votes

Perfectly Boiled Corn On The Cob

The perfect corn on the cob, ideal for summer barbecues and get-togethers, requires very few ingredients and is so indulgent it will become your new favorite vegetable!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Elle John


  • 6 ears fresh corn on the cob with husks and silks removed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon parsley


  • Fill a large stockpot with enough water to cover the ears of corn.
  • Add salt to the water and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, carefully add the ears of corn to the pot.
  • Boil the corn for 5-7 minutes until they are tender.
  • Remove the corn from the pot using tongs or a pair of kitchen mitts.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan and drizzle it over the cooked corn.
  • Garnish it with some parsley (optional) and serve the corn on the cob hot!


  • Remember to remove the husks and silk from the corn before boiling them. 
  • Do not overcook the corn as it may become tough or chewy. 
  • Adding salt to the water before boiling makes the corn more flavorful, as the salt won't just be on top.
  • Adding butter to the corn after cooking is optional but adds an extra flavor punch.


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 341IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg