Boiled Corn On The Cob


Boiled corn on the cob is very easy to make. Ready in fifteen minutes, making it an ideal side dish.

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Boiled corn on the cob
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-09-06, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 15 minutes.

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Updated at: 12-03-2022

15 minutes 4 people Side dishes 96 calories p.p.
Boiled corn on the cob


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  • 4 corn cobs
  • 1 tablespoon salt + extra
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 knobs of butter
  • optional: fresh parsley
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  • large saucepan
  • kitchen tongs

Boiled Corn On The Cob

15 minutes 4 people Side dishes 96 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 5 minutes

Fill a large saucepan with water, add 1 tablespoon salt and 4 tablespoons sugar and bring to a boil.

Remove the husk and silks from the corn cobs if necessary.

Boiled corn on the cob
Boiled corn on the cob

Finishing the cooked corn on the cob – 10 minutes

Once the water is boiling, place the corn cobs in the water and cook for about 10 minutes.  

Remove the corn cobs from the water and sprinkle them with a little salt.

Garnish the corn on the cob with parsley and serve with a knob of butter. Enjoy your dinner!

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Boiled Corn On The Cob: frequently asked questions

Why do you boil corn on the cob in water with sugar?

The sugar in the water used to cook corn on the cob brings out the sweetness of the corn, making it even tastier.

Can I use precooked corn on the cob?

You can use vacuum-packed corn on the cob, which will only require cooking/heating for 5 minutes, but they won’t be as tasty.