Skip to Content

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

How to Cook Corn on the CobWhat is summer or a get-together without buttery corn on the cob? Let us teach you how to prepare it. Follow these instruction and learn how to cook corn on the cob four ways; cook corn on the stove-top, grill, microwave, and in the oven.

Buttered corn on the cob on a serving tray.

Summer, it’s one of the best times of the year, and the main reason for that is peaches, tomatoes, strawberries, and CORN! These crops only come in during a small window of time, making summer even more special! So many of my childhood memories involve summertime and eating corn on the cob with my cousins; if you’re looking for the best way to cook corn on the cob, we have a few methods for you to choose from.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Corn on the Cob
  • Milk
  • Butter

HOW TO COOK CORN ON THE COB

1. How to Boil Corn on the Cob

This is our preferred way to make corn on the cob. It may not be the easiest method, but it is certainly the most delicious; milk and all that butter imparts so much flavor to the tasty side.

1. Remove the husks from the corn on the cob and give them a good wash.

2. Add the corn to a stockpot and poach them in water, milk, and butter.

3. Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.

4. Using tongs, remove the corn on the cob and place them into a serving dish.

2. How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill

1. Preheat the grill by setting all the burners to high heat for about 10 minutes. While the grill is coming to temperature, remove the husks and give them a good wash.

2. Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.

3. Add the corn to the grill and turn down the heat to maintain a grill temperature of 450° F | 232° C.

4. Grill for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then, remove the corn from the foil to serve.

3. How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

1. Add an ear of corn on the cob to the microwave with the husk intact. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.

2. Remove the corn using oven mitts. Then, cut off the end and remove the husk.

Remove the husk.

3. Coat with butter to serve.

4. How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Oven

1. Preheat the oven to 425° F | 218 ° C. Then, remove the husks and give them a good wash.

2. Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.

3. Line the corn onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

4. Remove the corn from the foil and serve.

SEARCHING FOR MORE LIKE THIS? 

If you love this recipe, pair it with one of these tasty meals!  

TOPPINGS AND GARNISH

  • Compound Butter
  • Homemade Ranch or Ranch Seasoning
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Spices: Cayenne, Paprika, Tajin

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

HOW TO USE LEFTOVER CORN ON THE COB

Store leftovers in an air-tight container; corn will keep for 3-5 days.

  • Corn Salsa
  • Corn Chowder
  • Corn Casserole
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • Corn Tortilla Soup
  • Elote
  • Corn Succotash

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you select corn on the cob?

Look for corn with bright green husks wrapped tightly against the corn. The tassels, or the things sticking out of the cob, should be brown. If they are dried out and black, toss them back; they’re old.

Why do you put milk in water when boiling corn?

Milk is a secret ingredient to preparing the best corn on the cob on the stove. Poaching corn in milk with butter draws out its natural sweetness and enhances the overall flavor.

How long to cook corn on the cob?

It all depends on how you decide to prepare it.

Stove-Top: 5 minutes
Grill: 30 minutes
Microwave: 4 minutes
Oven: 20 minutes

YOU SHOULD ALSO TRY: 

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Learn how to cook corn on the cob four way; make corn on the stove-top, grill, microwave, and in the oven.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Preparations
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook corn on the cob, how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave, how to cook corn on the grill
Yield: 4 Servings
Author: Tressa Jamil

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 stick butter, for stove-top
  • 1 cup milk, for stove-top
  • butter, to garnish

Instructions

Stove-Top:

  • Remove the husks from the corn on the cob and give them a good wash.
  • Add the corn to a stockpot and poach them in water, milk, and butter.
  • Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Using tongs, remove the corn on the cob and place them into a serving dish.

Grill:

  • Preheat the grill by setting all the burners to high heat for about 10 minutes. While the grill is coming to temperature, remove the husks and give them a good wash.
  • Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.
  • Add the corn to the grill and turn down the heat to maintain a grill temperature of 450° F | 232° C.
  • Grill for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then, remove the corn from the foil to serve.

Microwave:

  • Add an ear of corn on the cob to the microwave with the husk intact. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.
  • Remove the corn using oven mitts. Then, cut off the end and remove the husk.
  • Coat with butter to serve.

Oven:

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425° F | 218 ° C. Then, remove the husks and give them a good wash.
  • Wrap the corn in foil and add a tablespoon of butter before closing it.
  • Line the corn onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove the corn from the foil and serve.

Notes

  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
  • Web Story: Check out our web story for how to cook corn on the cob!
Recipe Rating