Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

Last year when I posted about how much I like roasting corn, I had several people tell me that the most delicious way to cook corn is to boil it with a cup of milk and a stick butter. I finally got around to trying it and I agree – this is the most delicious way to cook corn.

Best Way to Cook Corn- boiled with 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of milk.

 

If you haven’t tried cooking corn this way, you must.

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This is the most delicious way to cook corn on the cob - in boiling water with a cup of milk and a stick of butter. So good!

Best Way to Cook Corn - boiled with 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of milk. Most delicious corn ever!

 

The corn cooks up so flavorful, fresh tasting and rich. You’ll be so obsessed with it you won’t even care what else is being served.

Best Way to Cook Corn- boiled with a stick of butter and a cup of milk. Most delicious corn ever!

 

No need to slather butter all over the corn. This corn already has a buttery taste.

Just a little salt and pepper and this corn on the cob is ready to go.

And actually, if you use a stick of salted butter, you might find you don’t even need to add any salt.

Best Way to Cook Corn - boiled with a cup of milk and a stick of butter. Most delicious corn ever!

 

Some people add sugar too, but I find the corn available around here during the summer is already sweet enough.

If you suspect your corn is a little lacking in flavor, you might want to add some sugar to perk it up.

Best Way to Cook Corn - boiled with a stick of butter and a cup of milk. Most delicious corn ever!

 

Best Way to Cook Corn- boiled with a stick of butter and a cup of milk.

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4.53 from 40 votes
Best Way to Cook Corn- boiled with 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of milk.
Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Boiling corn with a cup of milk and a stick of butter creates the most delicious corn imaginable. Truly the BEST way to cook corn on the cob!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 110 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot about halfway with water. 
  2. Bring water to a boil.

  3. Add milk and butter. Add corn and reduce heat. 

  4. Simmer corn for 6 to 8 minutes. 

  5. Remove corn from cooking liquid and its ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


 

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179 thoughts on “Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

  1. I think any way YOU like to make corn is a good way. I cut up my ear of corn into 6 little pieces and boil it with milk, margarine (sorry folks I like margarine better but feel free to use butter) salt and pepper. Then I drain the cobettes and tossed them in a bowl with fresh crushed cilantro, rosemary and some Aleppo pepper. Then to the grill it goes. Talk about an explosion of taste. A little extra steps..but so worth it!!!

    1. This recipe is wrong. It’s supposed to be can milk, not regular milk. Put a little sugar and butter. And yes u can add cayenne for a little kick to it.

      1. Lol recipes are different all the time. Just because you dont do this doesnt make it wrong. Sheesh, tad bit pretentious.

      2. And….”wrong” is relative! I”m lactose intolerant, even though I can use butter (thank God!) So I tried this with Almond milk and it came out just as delicious!

  2. This is an absolutely delicious way to try a new corn recipe! We have the absolute best sweet corn there is grown right here in the Yakima Valley in Washington State! You won’t get any better corn and you get here!
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! It’s definitely going to be used at our house for years to come! God’s blessings…

  3. It was ok. I know from chemistry that most of the butter is wasted, never being absorbed by the corn. This reflected in the corn taste and to my surprise I boiled rice in the butter and I still can only taste a hint of it.

    1. I usually put the butter, water milk and corn in all together and boil it and voila, its delish. I put some cayenne pepper in there with creole seasoning. I can’t get enough.

    2. Um…That is absolutely not true. The butter ends up coating the outside of the corn. Of course it tastes good! So does almost anything with unlimited amounts of butter and salt. But of course it’s well-documented that over time that eating this way will kill you with more certainty than anything else on the planet, including smoking.

      Not being able to enjoy the taste of sweet, fresh, juicy, pop-in-your-mouth corn on the cob, which is an amazingly wonderful dish all by itself, without coating it in a stick of butter and a few grams of salt is the reason why we Americans are the fattest of all first-world people on this planet.

      This is how children eat. Come on people. Grow up, and save your own lives in the meantime. If you have kids, or grandkids, trust me: they’ll thank you.

      1. OMG….can’t we eat ANYTHING without the food Nazi’s popping up? Just regulate and restrict anything that might shorten your life (sky diving, driving a car, playing football, anything at all with the slightest hint of sugar, or grilling, etc.). You can make your child the only one who never ate a b-day cake, but I doubt he will thank you. Go gnaw on your raw corn in the field and stay out of my plate.

        1. Sharon, You are my hero. OMG I laughed. I’ve smoked, I love red meat, butter and don’t get me started on chocolate or wine. I’ve also skydived and ran w/ scissors. Happy, healthy normal weight w/ a grown daughter that just started her second year of teaching in middle school. She survived and I let her eat cake.

      2. Really, its CORN for heaven’s sake. You live your life, we can live ours. Everyone ENJOY your favorite recipes and dont listen to the BUTTER n SALT NAZI!!!

      3. I literally want to poke holes in this jamkoe with corn cob holders. Then salt and lightly butter him/her.

      4. If u can’t say anything good, don’t say anything. No one ask you,,, and why on earth are u looking for corn recipes if u already know what’s best?
        “According to you. “. P. S. It was delish. Yummy to my tummy. 🤗👍👍👍

        1. Love corn on the cob! I can’t believe that you search recipes just to insult people! Stay off the cooking sites if you can’t be nice. Great tasting corn, thank you for sharing!

      5. Actually I disagree with you for a different reason. I am a nutrition educator and happen to believe (in line with plenty of research to the contrary of Ansel Keys’ Lipid Hypothesis) that butter is not evil as everyone started to believe in the 50s. Real butter, especially that from grass-fed cows, is nutrient rich, satiating, and provides GOOD fats that your body needs. Salt is essential to the body – but unrefined real salt, not bleached, salt full of addatives. But everything in moderation! Nothing is good for you in excess, of course. Take a look into over -sugared diets and highly processed junk food (including fake food margarine/spread). I would say that is a much bigger contributer the deteriation of health and excessive weight gain. Eat a varied diet of real food! Butter is real food! The only reason I am afraid to put so much butter in the cooking water is because my Kerrygold butter is expensive and I am going to save it for melting directly on top of the hot cooked cobs!…even though I believe it would be lovely to cook it this way

  4. I’ve been sucking and cleaning mine… Then take the milk butter mixture Melt it down in a sauce pan with garlic and old bay.. add salt pepper….let it harden back up.. the rub it all over my corn… wrap it in foil and throw it right on top of my charcoal turning every 3 minutes til my foil is blackened!!!! Delicious

  5. Does it matter what type of milk? I drink skim milk but I use whole milk in some recipes for the flavor. Or maybe buttermilk?
    I haven’t made this yet as I can’t find any corn in the stores since it’s February.

  6. We had this in new orleans and it was called kicking corn.. cut in 2 in. Pieces. Cook the same way in the milk. When done sprinkle with Cajun spiced…..delicious.

  7. I HAVE MY OWN WAY OF DOING CORN ON THE COB AND HOPEFULLY YOU;LL TRY IT
    LEAVE HUSK ON AND PUT IN THE MICRO WAVE APPROX 5 MINUTES
    carefull it’ll be hot, take out with towel
    remove husk and string
    enough tin foil to wrap cob
    ad butter and salt, then mayo on cob, and then grated pamma cheese on cob
    wrap in foil and a little squeeze foil to get all to meld together and then eat–great taste

  8. Sounds delicious! I have 6 pieces of fresh corn on the cob leftover from last night. I boiled them in water like I normally do but I’m curious if tonight when I reheat them if I can use your recipe instead and for how long will I cook them?

    1. Hi Rachelle, thought I may give a little advice. When I have leftover corn, which is almost never, I put in the fridge in the same serving dish, with butter & milk. Next day, I put it in the microwave (power level 5) for 2 mins, combine to do this till you get it warm enough, make sure it is covered in liquid, that way it’ll be great. If you don’t cook it originally as the recipe, melt the butter, then pour over it, sprinkle lit’l sugar (it naturally brings out the sweetness of the corn) then add milk 1% or dilute it some. It truly works. My family, 8 grandkids think I’m the best cook in the world, lol.. “I’m not” I think they just love me lots. Good luck

      1. I always put my leftovers in a freezer baggie (lg) and put left over melted butter, milk, and sugar if you like, then warm it all in microwave next day…Delicious…

  9. Best way to cook corn on the cob is throw in the hot coals of a camp fire leave the husk on and toss it in. Also helps if you get good corn I lived in PA most of my life always bought my corn from the Amish along with there home made hand churned butter. I live in az and the corn ain’t as good here

    1. I hear what your saying about the corn in AZ but thankfully at Safeway grocery stores they sell pure Amish homemade turned butter. Check out our cause it’s the best butter considering ask three other butters are full of unhealthy junk unlike this one I mentioned. Hope that helps! 🙂

    2. I am also a transplant here in Az from Pa, and I have to agree that it is really hard to find decent sweet corn around here. Sometimes you do get lucky when the farmers grow their secret crop of sweet corn in the center of their corn fields. You really have to search for the good stuff around Az if you want the good produce, meats and dairy. Az people claim there is good stuff around, but I don’t think they ever lived in Pa.

      1. The soil here in AZ is very alkaline so it’s hard to get sweet corn and tomatoes etc .
        If you can get it from Apple Annie’s in Wilcox it is better than what you will get in the regular grocery store

      2. You guys are so right! They serve feed corn here in AZ as if it’s sweet corn! It’s so GGGGRRROOOOSSSS!!!! There’s no corn like the sweet corn back home in NY & PA!!!

    3. As a Texan, I gotta laugh that only certain regions grow great corn. If you check the list of corn producing states, PA is somewhere in the middle. Nebraska and Colorado are big producers too. There are a lot of products that are made from corn.

      1. Absolutely!! If you drive through Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska during the early summer, all you see is a thousand miles of rows of great sweet and bi-colored corn!!!
        And there is also “feed” corn and “corn for ethanol”…

        But it is God’s Corn Country!!

        Great Recipes and Conversation!!

  10. We get local sweet corn every year. It’s best cooked in the husk in the microwave 3-4 minutes. I was skeptical at first but it really is better than boiling.

    1. Wouldnt it have bugs and sprays on it if you cook in husks. Ive found all sorts of creepy crawlies from time to time.

    1. I just filled the pot I was going to cook the corn in with water and put the frozen corn in for 5 min o thaw out. I took the corn out and then continued

      1. This corn is so good but is there anything you can do with the “milk/butter” water? Seems like such a waste!

  11. Wow! I love this corn! I will be cooking my corn on the cob this way from now on. Just adding 2 simple ingredients like milk and butter really added to the flavor. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!

    1. I have a question! After you cook the first 6 to 8 cobs can you use the same mixture to cook another 6 to 8 cobs of corn?

  12. OMG! This is truly the BEST tasting corn ever made. I bought six ears of fresh local corn. Cleaned it and made it exactly according to the recipe. It was to die for! Soooo good. Thank you for a great recipe!

  13. I just made corn on the cob foe dinner. I asked my sister if I could use milk, but she said she was worried about the calories. But I have to be honest, I tried boiling it for 7 minutes, and it was raw, absolutely inedible, it took a total of 19 minutes before we could eat it, of course, if I hadn’t kept taking it it oit every 4 minutes after the first 7, it might have been edible at 16. I don’t know what I did wrong.

    1. Try a rolling boil for 6 -8 min, for fresh corn, after you put the butter and milk in & bringing to a boil again.

  14. I have used this recipe ever since finding it on Facebook. It is the best corn I have ever eaten. Good to know about using the milk/ butter for other dishes.

  15. Just a general question re: obtaining the best sweet corn. For me, that means getting it from east of the Mississippi, if not north of the Ohio, though there are many in CA who argue their Coachella Valley (Palm Springs-Indio) variety is good. What say you to a native Hoosier who was spoiled at any early age by the real thing, but has been unable to find it in SoCal stores, the Golden State’s vaunted foodism notwithstanding ?

    1. A good place to go get your corn is from Fresno State College they have a little spot right there where the students grow corn and sell it it’s the best ever you just have to get there very very early in the morning because there’s a massive line but definitely worth it

  16. I am So excited to try this method of cooking corn. After I read every comment I thought what a Great way to make corn on the cob and then have a base for a soup, casserole,or more corn… Thanks Christin

  17. Can’t wait to try this way of cooking corn! Was wondering if you remember where you got the blue plates?? Looking for something similar.

  18. I happen to have a large batch of raw UNsalted butter that I got from my co-op (I meant to get the salted kind, but got the unsalted by mistake). If I use this unsalted butter to cook the corn in, I feel like I should go ahead and add salt to the butter/milk/water mixture before boiling. The question is… how much salt do I add? A teaspoon? or more?

    1. I read that you’re never supposed to add salt to the wTer you boil corn in because it toughens the corn. It said to admit after you take it out of the water.

    2. Unsalted butter is the butter of choice for any serious cook/chef because not all foods need salt.
      Having said that, it is also true that adding salt to boiling water for corn is just a waste of salt.
      While there are lots of people who will tell their opinions on the subject, I am telling the scientific result of experiments conducted by America’s Test Kitchen (Cooks Illustrated). Salt in the water will not penetrate into the corn kernels unless you leave them in the water for ~ 5 hours.

      So do NOT add salt to the water; let your guests add as much salt as they like.

      1. some fiddle-FUD there…

        Brining does not work with corn; you are talking about diffusion / osmosis; which is true due to corns fairly impenetrable pericarp. That said its a bit misleading in this context which is describing cooking.

        Cooking corn with salt makes huge difference in flavor; especially in a recipe with milk and butter added; to not add any salt is absurd. No “serious” chef is going to cook a meal without salt. The idea of these recipes is the liquid that gets trapped in between the kernels, pith and silk adds flavor.

      2. You aren’t ABSORBING the salt INTO the corn anyway, so why even bother to quote “The American Test Kitchens” in the first place? I’ve never seen ANYONE sprinkle a little salt on their corn, then sit back and wait for five hours to eat it because it has to ABSORB into the corn to flavor it. So no! It’s not a waste to sprinkle a little salt on your corn, or in the liquid used to boil it. As for tough corn…I haven’t broken a tooth yet that has been cooked in salted water. We’re not talking leather here people.

      3. If it’s fresh off the stalk corn.. like I have in my yard.. U use a little salt in the water to.. As u say toughen up the kernels a tad to hold in the juice.. we only use salted water for the first third of cooking then take it out and put it in another boiling pot with the H20 milk and unsalted butter!

      4. The salt the kernels! That’s how you taste it. Anyone claiming you shouldn’t salt or butter your corn just hasn’t tried it or are one of the food nazi’s!!

      1. I grill my unhusked corn directly over the hot coals for 10–15 minutes each side , turning once , after soaking it in water for 30 minutes. Then I remove the husk and throw a couple chunks of my favorite smoking wood right on the hot coals, Pecan works really well. A couple minutes of serious smoke (Or more), delicious!!

        1. I just don’t feel like making hot coals for corn…☺ Besides, someone is sure to tell you that grilling food is cancer causing!

  19. I soak the corn in the milk/butter/sugar water for a couple hours, remove to boil water, then toss corn back in to cook, YUMMO!

  20. I love my corn roasted but this is my all time favorite!! Only difference is besides adding the sugar, my Grannie always added 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream when she added the milk. I guess for those worried about the extra calories you could use half & half but if I were going to do that I’d definitely use at least 1/2 cup. I’ve tried it without the cream but…”it ain’t like Granninie’s” lol. Since becoming a Nana myself, my grandchildren have reminded me of something I’ve known all along and that’s “Grandma” (no matter what you call her) is ALWAYS the best cook…lol. Thanks for the great recipes!!

  21. I must be daft at making corn. Do you seriously only cook it for 6-8 minutes? I boiled mine for like an hour to get it done to the point it does not taste like starch. I didn’t see any benefit flavor wise cooking it with butter and milk. The only thing I did different was I may have used too much water and my corn cobs were full size. : /

      1. You can even eat corn raw!
        Delicious!! Sweet!!

        It does NOT need to be cooked that long at all!!!!

        I agree, you’re OVERKILLING it cooking it that long!!!!

        Just try it cooked less. You’ll LOVE it!! ?❤️?

        1. Cooking too long breaks the natural sugar down into starch. That is why it tastes like starch. If the corn is fresh and tastes sweet raw cook only long enough to make it tender.

    1. I have always cooked my corn at least 20 min…..I know recipes say 8 min. or so but I won’t eat it if it’s not tender……Been cooking it for years & will always touch the kernels to see if they’re getting soft…..I also don’t like corn that is fully ripe with big hard kernels…If I’m tasting the starch, I won’t eat it.

    2. If your corn is starchy, it was starchy to begin with! Corn starts to turn to starch as soon as it is picked, the best corn is picked and eaten in the same day. 🙂 I know this thread is a year old, but just had to add! Cheers!

      1. We’ve always said if you trip on the way in from the garden the corn’s too old. We pick and husk the corn in the garden. Best if you pick when the kernels are not too big because that means the corn is old and it will be starchy. The water is on the boil when we bring the corn in from the garden. Drop the corn into the pot and when the water comes back to a boil keep cooking for 5 to 8 minutes. If you have planted a good variety it can be relied on to be sweet without any help or additions beyond table butter and salt. When purchasing corn, find a grower who picks and sells fresh every day and purchase as early in the day as possible. Look for ears with smaller kernels and fresh and green husks. Good eating!

  22. Will using unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk ruin the taste of this recipe? It’s the only kind of milk I buy. Or, should I just use water and still add a stick of butter?

    1. I tries this last season with Vanilla Soy Milk. People raved about the corn. The vanilla does not impact the awesome flavor of this corn.

  23. I’m tempted to add 2 cups (or more ) of milk instead of 1 has anyone tried that? I mean, why not? Going to make a cream soup with the stock anyway 😉

  24. I tried it w/ frozen corn on the cob, it was fine. However, i hate wasting that milk / butter mixture…anyone have any ideas on how it can be reused?

    1. Use the leftover milk / butter for mashed potatoes or freeze and use in many different options – soup, casseroles, pot pies, etc…

    2. I’d use the butter/milk mixture to make creamed corn with the leftover corn (my husband doesn’t like corn on the cob but loves creamed corn.

      I’d buy extra corn and boil it in the liquid so I’d have extra for creamed corn or chowder.

      I also think the liquid would be a great base for corn chowder as well. Use it to cook the potatoes then add the corn. Celery, onion, and carrots and maybe some red bell peppers would be a great base (I’d brown the vegetables in another pan and add them with the potatoes so they’ll better flavor the potatoes. If you want to get more fancy and serve this chowder for a special dinner or company, add some lump crab meat at the end ( if cooked too much, the crab will just get tough! Shrimp would also be really tasty.) I’d use an Emulsion stick blender to blend up the potatoes. Doing that will make the soup creamy with less cream. –Evaporated milk would also make both the corn and chowder more creamy. ( Try it in coffee and espresso, too!)

      1. Love the efficiency and creativity of using the corn stock as a base for soups, etc.! My only change would be to cook the corn first, as the potatoes might add too much starch to it and overwhelm the corn taste. Also, you might throw the cobs back into the brew for a bit, in order to add some more corn flavor; grilling them a bit before doing so might also enhance this.
        My go-to addition is pickle juice, which I save for long periods of time, since it last for months in the reefer. It’s a great addition to the water used for cooking pasta salads, and then to sprinkle over the cooked pasta before it cools and the other ingredients are added. I bet a few tablespoon of it would work well here to give the corn a bit of a zip.

  25. THANK YOU!!!!! I am a massive corn addict. I basically spend all year waiting for sweet corn season to come around again, and when it’s over the only thing that lessens the sting is a pumpkin pie blizzard from dairy queen. I’ve been trying to nail down this method forever, but couldn’t quite figure out what it was I was looking for. This was perfect! And next time, if I take pictures before destroying the pile of corn, I’ll throw it up on my blog too, with credit back of course! Also – I added one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into the pot too 🙂

  26. I made this last night and it was FABULOUS! Never making corn on the cob any other way. I saved the milk and butter mixture and froze it to use in another batch of corn or even a pot of soup. Just couldn’t pour all that flavor down the drain. 🙂

  27. Ive been cooking corn on the cob this way for years. This is how my grandmother did it. It’s also great if you cut the corn off the cob and put it in a cast iron skillet with the milk and butter! That’s my favorite! I guess it comes from growing up with a full blood Native American grandmother in Oklahoma! Not many ways I won’t eat corn!

    1. So glad you commented about the cast iron crying pan. I’m also from a back ground of Cherokee Native American Indians. I was taught to cream corn ,melt butter in cast iron add crumbled bacon, grade silver queen corn. Add to butter and bacon salute until tender add salt, pepper and milk. Makes a wonder cream corn. Also Indian Corn Bread made with corn is wonderful with cabbage. It’s all fat but so good.

  28. How would you adapt this for frozen corncobs? I bought some fresh corn and froze it immediately. I do not want to overcook and make mushy.

    1. Oh, are you in for a treat! There is nothing like fresh corn! And it is really easy to prepare. Just pull the outer husk and the silk off and pop it in the cooking liquid and simmer 10 minutes and voila! The fresher the corn, the sweeter it is so try and get it within a day or two that you want to use it.

  29. Haven’t had much time for blog reading/commenting, but saw this show up on my feedly and had to pop in and say HI and tell you that this looks ah-mazing!!! Hope you and your family are doing well, Christin 🙂

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