How to Boil Maize Corn

NOTE: Please, never over-cook your fresh corn! The best way to boil maize is with its cover.

Boiling is the quickest, easiest, and tastiest way to prepare fresh corn. Too many people do not know how to correctly boil fresh corn on the cob. It is a very easy technique and produces the most delicious corn on the cob. Corn should be cooked quickly and not left to sit in the boiling water very long. Fresh corn is at its best when it is very milky inside. If overcooked, it will dry out quickly.

Boiling Corn On The Cob - Perfect Boiled Corn Recipe:

How to Boil Maize Corn

Recipe Type: Corn, Vegetables
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min


Fresh ears of corn
Salt and pepper


Choose a pot large enough to hold the amount of corn you want to cook, with room for water to cover the corn. Cover pot and bring cold unsalted water just to a boil over high heat. Some people like to add a little sugar to the boiling water, but never add salt as it will only toughen the corn.

Add husked corn ears and bring the water back to a boil on high heat (covered or not). Since corn tends to float on top of the water, I cover the pot. This helps the water come back to a boil faster and helps the corn cook. It will take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to bring the water back to a boil. Once the water comes back to a boil, immediately remove the corn ears from the water. The corn is now cooked perfectly and NOT overcooked.

Boiling time is a matter of taste; some people like to just boil them a minute or two to warm their corn on the cob, leaving the kernels crisp and fresh. Others like to let them boil 3 to 10 minutes for softer kernels. How long you cook your corn on the cob depends on your tastes.

Remove the cooked corn ears from the hot water with tongs. Serve with butter, salt, and pepper. Some people like to roll their hot corn on a stick of butter, others spread the butter with a knife. Your choice!
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