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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.

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

Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

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!
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 8 mins
TOTAL: 13 mins
SERVINGS: 6 to 8 servings


  • 6-8 ears of corn, husks and silks removed and cut in half (if desired)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick Challenge butter


  • Fill a large pot about halfway with water. 
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Add milk and butter. Add corn and reduce heat. 
  • Simmer corn for 6 to 8 minutes. 
  • Remove corn from cooking liquid and its ready to serve.


Calories: 110kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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363 thoughts on “Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob”

  1. yeah corn on the cob is one of my favourite but i usually dont use milk i use water but i believe if i use milk it will become more creamy
    i am about to try it now

  2. Delores henry

    I love, love, love corn on the cob. But, I don’t like it sweet. Why is all the corn sweet. It didn’t used to be

  3. This is one of my favorite ways to cook corn. I save the broth and make shrimp, potato and corn chowder! It is so yummy!!!

    1. 🤔 I’m making chicken and dumplings tomorrow. I’ll bet this would be a fantastic pairing!

    2. Oh my God I would love to try your recipe can you please send it to meEvan

      Oh my God I would love to try your recipe can you please send it to me

    3. I just made this corn. Loved it. I would hate to throw away that juice. Can you send your chowder recipe please.?

  4. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Thank you Jamie. I like easy recipes that taste good and don’t require a lot of ingredients or fuss. This was fabulous. Didn’t change a thing.

  5. I bought some locally grown corn today and cooked it this evening per your instructions and they were delicious. I will keep making it this way. It was easy and the corn cooked perfectly.

  6. Best corn recipe ever! Every single person at the family gathering asked for the recipe! I switched lemon zest for the orange, ad added garlic powder. Fantastic recipe! Thank you!

  7. I learned how to cook corn on the cob by trying different methods.
    This is the best. If you boil corn too long, the sugars become starch and the cob is tough.
    Boil water in a large pot. Add one Tablespoon of sugar.
    Add the corn. When the water returns to a boil, set the timer for 3 minutes.

  8. Almedia Seal

    My mother taught me to boil the corn in milk, salt and butter a looong time ago. And it tastes super really good

  9. Wow! Microwaving 2 ears of corn for just my hubby and me was sooooo easy! The silks came right out. I always hated getting the silks out when boiling corn! Never again!!!

  10. I was thinking of trying this. I have not read all of the reviews but has anyone suggested using the left over cooking liquid, already flavored with the corn, for making chowder? Add potatoes, cooked bacon or ham, corn kernels….sounds like it may be a great way to reuse the milk and butter the corn is cooked in.

        1. Audrey Anton

          I roast corn 🌽 in the husk whether it’s on the barbecue or in the oven straight from the freezer. Cook on 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. I put butter in a corn holder and sprinkle some season salt on the butter roll the corn on it and proceed to eat corn tasting as if it just came out of the garden!

  11. Friedrich Carl

    I live in southwestern Ontario which has some of the best corn in the world! The best way to cook corn without a doubt is in a microwave and using the freshest corn available!! You can always tell if the corn is fresh by the condition of the silk! The silk should be moist and look fresh, no silk and the corn is old and not worth buying! Even many of the supermarkets have started buying cribs of corn directly from local farmers and selling it fresh often within hours of harvest!
    To have the best corn ever is to put the whole corn with husk into a microwave and microwave it on high for 3 min.!! For each additional corn with husk and silk add an additional minute! Let them sit for another minute or so! BE CAREFUL removing them from the microwave and removing the husk!! They will be HOT!!
    Now, eat and enjoy the best tasting corn ever!!! I never even add salt or butter or anything, they are delicious nude!!
    The corn will steam in its own juices

    1. My mom is 85 and swears that microwave is the best! Easiest perhaps for someone living on her own.

    2. Thank you for this method. I decided to try with a single corn cob and was shocked at how good it was. No butter needed. Plus, I saved dishes! Microwave will be my choice from now on

  12. Sandra E Kunkle

    Hi, Just saw this, supposedly the best way to cook corn; in my opinion/experience, NO it is not! Allow me to explain. We drive almost 2 hrs over to Williams, CA to a farm stand to buy “corn on the cob”, especially to freeze it. Buy, home: take ea ear (DO NOT CHUCK OR CUT OFF SILK), cut off ea end about 1-2″; stick in freezer bag, I do 4 to a bag; when ready for corn; take out of freezer; soak in pan full of water for 15 min or longer; hold up & drain each ear to remove any dripping water; tick in microwave, 16 min for 4 ears of corn; wonderful, wonderful & EASY!

    1. I think everyone has their own choice on whether they like it in milk. I know this was not a video of where to buy corn, how to freeze it, & their choice to use this recipe. Everyone has their own opinions, but this comment should of been for a post on how to freeze corn. The milk & butter is a very good recipe. We cooked it HOW THE RECIPE says & it turned out amazing. I would NOT drive 2 hours away for heads of corn, but thats your choice.

  13. EXTREMELY delicious I live on a farm and have eaten corn on the cob all my life this is my favorite the only thing I do different is I have pieces of aluminium foil for each ear take out of the boil lay on foil and just a little more butter roll it up until everything else is ready serve in the foil it just steams it a little more YUMMY best recipe ever

    1. This was absolutely delicious! I am lactose intolerant so I used almond milk and a stick of vegan butter. We didn’t even need to season the corn! Southern NJ is known for their corn. I added a pound of tiny potatoes with the corn too. As the corn cooled a bit I let the potatoes cook a couple of minutes longer. Took them out and mashed with a potato mashers. Dinner was fantastic!

    2. Lisa Scheidee

      That’s how I’ve been cooking corn on the cob for the last 4 years. 😋LOVE IT❣️❣️ But i plan on trying the milk and butter for Shabbat dinner tomorrow to see how it turns out.

  14. Nadine Meade

    I love all these ideas about cooking con on the cob….I am from south Ga….mostly we cooked field corn! I was raised on a farm…we ate corn several different ways…my favorite was creamed corn baked in the oven with butter, a little milk and a little sugar. However we roasted it in the oven, on the grill or an open fire pit in the shucks. For boiling corn on the stove, we shucked and desilked the young ears and put them in a pot of boiling water with the pot lined well with the young shucks from the corn, dropped in the ears and boiled for approx., 10 mintues, removed from water, let drain…then slather them in real butter and serve. DON’T under estimate the taste of young field corn if you don’t have access to sweet corn!!!! DON’T EVER WASTE CORN OF ANYKIND…. 83 yr. old real southerner.

      1. I LOVE field corn!!!! I haven’t had it for years because I now live in Ohio and cannot find it!

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