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Boiled Corn on the Cob

Learn how long to boil corn on the cob to make the sweetest and tastiest corn that everyone will love. Boiling corn on the cob is perfect for backyard bbqs and other get-togethers, and it only takes minutes to make. Serve it hot with butter and salt as a delicious side dish or appetizer.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiled corn, how long to boil corn on the cob, how to boil corn
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 111kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 6 ears corn on the cob
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted or salted
  • salt to taste


  • Fill a large pot halfway with cold water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, shuck the corn by peeling back the husks and removing the silky strings.
  • Cut out any brown parts with the tip of a paring knife. If your pot is on the smaller side, break the corn in half to fit.
  • Add the corn to the boiling water.
  • Cover and cook until done (this will depend on the corn - see note)
  • Using tongs, remove the corn from the pot to a serving platter.
  • Brush with butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve hot and enjoy!


The exact boiling time depends on the freshness of the corn:
Corn Boiling time
In-season and freshly picked 3-5 min
In-season and several days old 5-7 min
Off-season or older corn 10-15 min


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.5mg | Net Carbs: 15g