corn on the cob in a large pot of water

How to Boil Corn on the Cob

Recipe Adapted From:
Learn how to boil corn on the cob! This easy method for boiling corn yields tender, sweet, and juicy ears every time. Served with butter, salt, and pepper, they're the perfect summer side dish.


  • 4 ears Corn Fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed
  • Butter For serving
  • Sea Salt To taste
  • Black Pepper To taste


  • Stovetop
  • Large Pot


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the corn. Cook, stirring occasionally to make sure the corn is submerged, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the corn is tender and bright yellow. Alternatively, place the corn in a large pot filled with cold water. Bring it to a boil and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until the corn is just tender.
  • Drain and serve warm with butter, salt, and pepper.
Keyword Black Pepper, Butter, Salt, Sweet Corn