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How to Boil Corn

Learn how to boil corn in a just a few easy steps! Plus, find six homemade herb butter recipes to top your sweet corn.


Boiling Corn on the Cob

To boil fresh corn on the cob, first remove the husks and silk. Then place the cobs in a kettle of unsalted boiling water. Cover the pan and return it to a boil.

Cook the corn for 3-5 minutes or until tender. The exact cooking time will depend on the type of corn you buy and its maturity. Very fresh corn or super-sweet varieties may require a shorter cooking time while older corn may require a longer one.




6 Homemade Herb Butters

Piping hot sweet corn begs for a pat of herb butter! Each variation makes about half a cup. If you have an abundance of herbs, make a few batches and freeze for up to six months.


Classic Herb Butter: Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 Tbsp. minced fresh tarragon, 1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley, 1 tsp. minced fresh chives, 1 minced garlic clove and 1/4 tsp. coarsely ground pepper.


Rosemary Hazelnut & Lemon: Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary, 2 tsp. grated lemon peel and 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper.


Backyard Basil: Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 3/4 cup minced fresh basil, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. coarsely ground pepper and 1/4 tsp. garlic salt.


Blue Cheese, Walnuts & Sage: Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese, 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts, 1-2 Tbsp. minced fresh sage, 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper.


Cilantro-Chili: Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 3 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro, 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. coarsely ground pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt.


Cajun Butter: Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme, 1 tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 tsp. cayenne and 1/4 tsp. coarsely ground pepper.