How Long To Boil Corn On The Cob: The Main Thing

While buying corn that has already been shucked and shrink-wrapped may be alluring, it is preferable to purchase corn that is still in its husks, which guard the kernels and keep them from drying out and losing flavor.

How to Buy Perfect Corn on the Cob

You must first clean your corn before boiling it. By firmly holding the feathered ends and pulling downward toward the stem-end, you can peel off the husks. To get rid of any remaining silks and cut off any protruding stems, rub your fingers along the corn. That was simple after all. You are now prepared to boil!

How to Shuck Corn

Tongs for lifting the corn into the hot water from a large pot a dish or baking sheet to serve the corn on after it has finished cooking

Tools for Boiling Corn on the Cob

Approximately half of a large pot should be filled with water before it is brought to a boil over high heat. Salt the water liberally once it has reached a boil (it should taste like the ocean). This is crucial because it will season the corn and enhance its inherent sweetness.

1. Boil a large pot of salted water

You can season the water with a variety of aromatics if you want to give it a flavor boost. Try adding a few halved lemons and a few shakes of Old Bay seafood seasoning in addition to salt. White wine, bay leaves, and crushed garlic cloves are yet another choice.

2. If you’d like, add extra flavor to the water

With tongs, carefully lower the corn into the salted, boiling water, being careful not to crowd the pot. It's best to only boil about 4 cobs at once so that they have enough room to fully submerge in the water and cook uniformly.

3. Add the corn to the boiling water

Boil the corn for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the kernels are bright yellow and crisp-tender. With tongs, carefully remove from the water to a serving platter, then warmly serve. Check out our article A Precise Guide to How Long You Should Boil Corn for more information on how long to boil different types of corn.

4. How long to boil corn on the cob?

For a straightforward side dish where the corn really shines, brush the boiled corn with butter and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. The corn may also be brushed with a homemade, spiced butter.

5. Butter the corn and season it with salt

For ideas, take a look at this corn on the cob with basil butter or this corn with scallions and lime butter.

5. Butter the corn and season it with salt

There are a variety of things you can make with corn kernels besides simply eating it straight off the cob. Use them cut from the cob in salads, soups, pasta dishes, and other dishes. This guideline is helpful to keep in mind: About 1/2 cup of corn kernels make up 1 ear of corn.

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A tasty method of eating all that fresh corn? Pickled corn and peppers! Cut the boiled corn kernels through the center into 1-inch-thick pieces, and then combine with the bell peppers and chiles in a pickle-brine for a refreshing side dish that goes well with just about anything.

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