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An easy foolproof corn on the cob recipe that comes out perfectly tender every time and is made in just 10 minutes on the stove!
There is nothing quite like some butter-dripping-down-your-chin, perfectly tender fresh corn on the cob in the summertime, right?! 🌽💛
They are the perfect inexpensive side for any lunch or dinner and everyone always wants one… or more!
As a kid, we had some of those cute corn cob holders and I loved jamming them in the end so I could pick mine up. I need to get some of those!
Grilled corn is great, but it’s so easy to burn or char and it’s just a bit more temperamental.
So I almost always turn to this method when we’re having corn on the cob. It’s fast, easy and takes just a couple minutes to prep. Literally, this is all you need:
Easy, foolproof corn on the cob
All you do is bring a big pot of water to a boil, add some salt and add your corn cobs. Then cover and turn off the heat. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and that is it.
And you get perfectly cooked, perfectly tender beautiful corn on the cob every single time. 🙌
That is my kind of easy! (I even made you a video so you can see how easy it is – scroll down to see it!)
And while it’s ready to go in 10 minutes, I’ll go ahead and admit I’ve totally forgotten about it before. Walked away, got distracted and finally got to it about 30 minutes later.
The corn? Still totally perfect!
That’s the “foolproof” part of this corn on the cob. It’s so forgiving.
Which is nice because I have two little distractions running around that make this a lovely little bonus. (And, OK, sometimes I’m at fault when I “quickly” check email or Pinterest or Facebook and suddenly 20 minutes has somehow passed. Whoops!)
This corn doesn’t care. It won’t be a charred mess if you let it go a little longer. It’ll just be perfectly cooked, perfectly delicious, tender cobs that you can dress up however you like.
As for toppings, which you know I think butter, salt and pepper are all you really need. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle them with paprika and cilantro, as seen here, to give it a little pizazz. Sometimes I’ll even sprinkle the corn with cheese – Parmesan, cheddar, goat, feta – whatever you fancy!
Here’s a few of my favorite ways to use fresh corn:
- Spicy corn radish salad
- Bacon rice with corn
- Quick corn and pepper saute
- Quick okra, corn and tomato saute
- Cheddar, corn and bacon potato salad
Sweet summer corn on the cob, welcome to the table!
P.S. Don’t shuck your corn until you’re ready to cook it! It helps keep it fresh. If you must, peel back the outer green a little bit in the store to make sure the corn looks OK, but replace it and keep everything on until you’re ready to drop it in the boiling water. 👍
Easy, foolproof corn on the cob
The foolproof method for perfect crisp-tender corn on the cob!
- 4 ears corn on the cob
- salt, for water
- Desired toppings: butter, salt and pepper, paprika, cilantro, Parmesan or cheddar or goat or feta cheese
- Bring a large pot of water to a roiling boil. Add a healthy hit of salt to the water.
- Shuck and add corn cobs to boiling water. Cover, turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Remove, add desired toppings and enjoy perfectly tender sweet summer corn!
Don’t shuck your corn until you’re ready to cook it! It helps keep it fresh.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 156kcal Calories from fat 31|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 3g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|