How To Boil Corn – Best Way To Cook Corn on the Cob

Corn is a popular food, it is not difficult for you to learn how to cook corn and boiled corn is one of the best and easiest ways for you to enjoy it.

1. How to choose the best Corn?

  • Choose Corns that have vibrant green color husks.
  • If the husks wrap the corn on the cob tightly it’s a good one.
  • Select the ones having a slightly moist stem, silk tassels, or husks.
  • Peel the tip of the corn (if possible) to see if the kernels are fully developed, and it smells like sweet mud. It shows they are fresh.
  • Avoid those having visible holes as it’s a sure sign of being infested with worms/bugs.

2. Where to Buy the Best Corn?

Fresh corns, taste best! Therefore, buy corn during their local growing season in and around your area. Buy recently harvested corn from local produce farm stands or farmer markets.

When purchasing packaged corn from supermarkets, see the corn’s original growing place in the label! The closer the farm, the fresher the produce as shipping switches the natural corn’s sugars to starch which hampers the taste of the corn.

3. How To Prepare Corn on Cob Before Cooking?

At times, no prior preparation is required to cook corn on the cob as you can microwave and oven-roast them directly along with their husks and silky tassels. In other situations, when cooking with corn ears, simply pull out the greenish husks and silks with your hands!

If you wish to cook with corn kernels, hold the corn ear vertically on a bowl (stem-side down). Next, using a knife, slice down the corn kernels to fall on the bowl. Be cautious!

4. How To Boil Corn


  • 6 ears fresh corn, still in husk
  • Butter and Salt
  • Water


Step 1: Peel the green husks & remove the silky tassels from the corn on the cob.

Step 2: Take a large-sized pot and fill it halfway through with water.

Step 3: Place the water-filled pot on the stove and bring it to boil over a high flame.

Step 4: Reduce the flame to medium and add the corn ear to the boiling water.

Step 5: Cover the pot with a lid and let it simmer for 6-7 minutes.

To serve, uncover the lid and take out the cooked corn ears on a plate with tongs. Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle some salt. Enjoy warm corn.

Tips: The 3 Signs of the boiled corn’s doneness are- the corn kernels turn deeper yellow, they tend to plump up, and become very soft.  

How To Cook Corn on the Cob

Now, you know how to boil corn on a cob. I hope after reading this article you can successfully make a boiled corn recipe and can share it with many others. Good Luck

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