How Long To Boil Corn?
How long to boil corn? How do you make perfect corn on the cob?
Never boil your corn for any longer than 10 minutes, the best way is to boil corn is for less than a minute and then let it seep in the covered hot water for 10 minutes as instructed below.
That’s the quick answer to how long to boil corn, but see the chart below for additional boiling times for corn of all types as well as alternatives to boiling your corn on the cob. Underneath the table of how long to boil corn are also step by step instructions on how to boil corn for the recommended times.
Perfect corn on the cob involves fresh summer corn. For many years I was following my mother’s advice on how to make perfect corn on the cob every time. The simple recipe never failed me, but then we took a detour through the corn fields of Indiana on a past vacation to visit some friends. She served corn for dinner that was absolutely amazing. I wanted her recipe… Turns out it was the same as mine!
How Long To Boil Corn:
|Table of Boiling Times for Corn|
|Corn||How Long To Cook Corn|
|Boil Corn on the Cob for||1-10 Minutes|
|Microwave Corn on the Cob for||4-6 Minutes|
|Steam Corn on the Cob for||15-20 Minutes|
|Bake Corn on the Cob for||30-40 Minutes|
|Grill Corn on the Cob for||20-30 Minutes|
|Boil Cut Corn (Fresh) for||4-8 minutes|
|Boil Canned Corn for||2-5 Minutes|
|Boil Frozen Corn for||4-5 Minutes|
As with any vegetable, do NOT overcook. That’s a sure way to eliminate most of the vitamins (and produce a mushy bland dinner)!
Steps to Boil Corn on the Cob:
Note: We listed 1-10 minutes in the chart for time to boil corn because many people like their corn almost raw and take it out of the water right after it boils, while others like it cooked longer until very soft. But pretty much everyone agrees that corn boiled for any longer than 10 minutes is usually tough, and even sometimes dry and flavorless.
What we recommend to make perfect corn is turning off the heat just after the corn boils as follows:
1) Fill a large pot about half full of water and bring to a boil. For details, see our FAQ on how to boil water.
2) Husk your ears of corn. Use a damp kitchen towel to remove any stubborn hair.
3) Add carefully the ears of corn to the boiling water. Use tongs or place the ears on a flexible cutting board that you can use to protect your hands and body from any splash that will occur as the ears of corn hit the water.
4) Return the water to a full rolling boil (this should take 3-5 minutes). When this happens, Put a lid on the pot and turn off the heat, leaving the pot on the burner. Add a tablespoon or two of granulated sugar, if desired, to ensure that the corn is sweet.
5) Set the timer for 10 minutes. That’s it!
Be sure to use tongs to remove the cooked corn on the cob from the pot when the timer rings (they will be hot!).
Most people like to roll their cooked corn on the cob into a stick of butter and then sprinkle with salt, but these ears should be sweet enough to eat straight from the pot!
That’s the answer to how long to boil corn and how to boil perfect corn on the cob. Hope you found it useful, enjoy!
A great way to boil corn on the cob, and other fruits and vegetables, is to use a Stainless Steel Muti-Cookware Set pot with a strainer insert and a lid. These pots are great to use because you can quickly submerge your corn on the cob all at once with less chance of getting burned and then just as easily remove your corn on the cob without having to fish around for each ear of corn.
To find out how long your cooked corn lasts, visit our how long does corn last page.
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