Slathered in butter and sprinkled with salt, there’s nothing like fresh ears of corn. For those of you who have ever wondered How long do you boil corn on the cob?—we’ve got you covered. Here’s how long you should boil one of our favorite summer foods.
Cooking Time Depends on the Corn
Sweet corn peaks mid-summer, so you’ll find the freshest corn on the cob possible during that time. Whether you buy it directly from the farmer or your local grocery store, take note of how sweet the variety is. The freshest corn and super sweet varieties may require a shorter cooking time, while older corn may take longer to become tender.
How to Boil Corn on the Cob
- Ears of corn
- One quart of water per ear of corn
Step 1: Prep the corn
Remove the husks and silk. Cut out any blemishes with a sharp knife.
Step 2: Place corn in boiling water
Once your pot of water is boiling, add the cobs. Cover the pan and let the water return to a boil.
Pro tip: Never boil your corn in salted water! It can make the kernels very tough.
Step 3: Boil for 3-5 minutes
Boil the corn until tender, 3-5 minutes. Remember, the cooking time will depend on the variety and maturity of your corn.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Turn off the heat and carefully remove the cobs with tongs. You can keep the remaining corn warm in the water for another 10 minutes without it becoming too tough. Or, place the corn on a platter and cover it with a dish towel. This keeps most of the heat in.
Try Another Popular Corn-Boiling Method
The method above is the most popular way to boil corn, but you may prefer this method better, depending on how tender you like your corn. Once you place the corn into the boiling water, cover the pot, turn off the heat and let the corn sit in the water for 10 minutes. The corn will have a crisp-tender finish.