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Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn

Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn- this milk boiled corn is wonderfully sweet and a little spicy. It’s a recipe you’ll want to use all summer long.

Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn in a large pot.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • Honey– adds extra sweetness.
  • Milk– creates a milk bath which further sweetens the corn.
  • Jalapenos– add a little kick to contrast the sweetness.

Boiling Corn In Milk Heightens Its Sweetness.

Boiling corn in milk is a great way to make sweet corn even sweeter. The carbohydrates in the milk break down and add sweetness. You don’t need to use a lot of milk. One cup added to a pot of water is plenty.

Corn and jalapeno slices in milk bath.

How Long To Boil Corn

How long you cook corn is mainly a personal preference. The freshness of your corn is another factor. Super fresh corn really doesn’t need to be cooked long at all. Honestly, it tastes delicious uncooked. Older corn benefits from being cooked a little more. You can boil fresh corn for as little as 5 minutes. Some people like to boil corn for as long as 12 to 15 minutes, but you risk it getting water logged when cooked this long. Plus I find it starts to lose flavor after 8 minutes.

How To Serve Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn

Once removing the corn from the milk bath, season it to taste with salt and pepper and add a little more butter if desired.

Recommended Equipment

  • Large Pot– this Pasta Pot has a pour spout that works really well for this recipe.
  • Tongs– I use tongs for so many things and they are especially useful for removing corn from the milk bath.
  • Corn Holders– keep your fingers clean when eating corn on the cob with these colorful corn holders.

Add Extra Heat

Sometimes jalapenos don’t provide enough heat on their own. For extra heat, add a teaspoon or two of crushed red pepper flakes to the milk bath.


If you don’t want to use honey, you can add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Half-and-half can be used instead of milk.

Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn in a large pot.

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Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn

Jalapeno Honey Butter Corn- this milk boiled corn is wonderfully sweet and a little spicy. It's a recipe you'll want to use all summer long.
PREP: 8 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes


  • 8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 to 3 jalapenos, sliced
  • 6 to 8 ears fresh corn, husked and silks removed


  • Add about 4 inches of water to a large pot. Add butter, honey, milk and jalapenos.
    Place over high heat.
  • When water comes to a boil, add corn. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let corn sit in liquid for anther minute or two.
  • Use tongs to remove corn and place on a serving platter. Fish the jalapeno slices out of the liquid and place them on top of the corn.
    Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: corn, summer, vegetarian

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  1. This was delicious!! I cooked three cobs with two jalapeños and one tsp of red pepper flakes. This turned out buttery and very sweet. The heat couldn’t be tasted right away but left a subtle surprise after every bite.
    We had also smoked two cobs to try out, eating that made me crave for the milk bath version more! Definitely will only make it this way in the future!!

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