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How to Boil Corn on the Cob

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marybeth Feutz


  • 5 quarts 20 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 ears sweet corn shucked and cleaned
  • Optional: butter and salt for garnish


  • Put water and salt in a large pot. Cover, and bring to boil over high heat.
  • When the water reaches a rolling boil, carefully add the corn on the cob to the boiling water.
  • Do not overcrowd the pot. In a pot this size, 4-6 large ears will fit comfortably.
  • Cover and return to boil. Once the water is boiling again, remove the lid.
  • Cook for 7-10 minutes from the time the corn was added to the water, until the corn is bright yellow.
  • Remove from water with tongs and serve immediately with butter and salt.