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How Long To Boil Corn On The Cob

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!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 111 kcal


  • 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: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 1238mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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