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How to Boil Corn

How To Boil Corn

It's already summer season, but are you still wondering HOW TO BOIL CORN on the cob? Today you'll learn TWO  simple ways - the traditional and the well-flavored way. From appetizers to desserts, this golden grain yields so much satisfaction!
Course Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword corn, how to boil corn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 155kcal
Author Imma


  • Large pot 
  • Tong


Plain Boil Corn 

  • 4-6 ears of corn , shucked  
  • water , enough to cover the corn
  • salt to taste  
  • homemade garlic butter (optional) 

Corn cooked in coconut milk  


Plain Boiled Corn 

  • Add water to a large pot. Followed by corn, and salt, if desired. Bring to a boil, then cook for 5-7 minutes, until the desired doneness has been reached. The amount it takes to boil corn depends on the individual. If you like your corn kernels crisp and fresh then cook for a shorter length of time. 
  • Once the corn is cooked to your liking, drain and carefully remove them with a tong and place on a plate.  Let it cool slightly and serve with garlic butter if desired. 

Corn Cooked in Coconut Milk 

  • Add coconut milk (Homemade HERE) and water to large pot water, enough to cover the corn. Followed by fresh corn, Creole seasoning, and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste.    
  • Cook for about  5-7  minutes, depending on how you like your corn.  If you like your corn slight chewy, cook it longer and taste test as you cook and adjust cooking times based on preference. 
  • Once the corn is cooked to your liking, drain and carefully remove them with a tong, then place on a plate. Let it cool slightly and serve with garlic butter if desired.


  1. Shuck the corn good! Shucking corn can get messy, so I recommend doing it over a trash can or outside. Starting at the top of the corn, grab the husks and pull it down grabbing as much as you can. Repeat until corn is completely shucked. Rub off any lingering strings. 
  2. To choose for the best corn, go for the corn with a green husk that is tightly wrapped around the top part of the cob.
  3. To test if the corn is tender, gently prick a kernel using the tip of a sharp knife.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg