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Boiling Corn on The Cob (One Pot)

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Boiling corn on the cob in butter and milk is quick, easy and the best! Learn how to cook corn on the cob in one pot with simple ingredients and 30 minutes on stovetop.

My family loves corn and and boiling corn on the cob is our absolute favorite way to enjoy it! This side is just as good as some of our sides like One Pan Quick Oven Roasted Tomatoes or these One Pot Creamy Mashed Potatoes.

Easy Boiling Corn On The Cob Recipe (One Pot)

Cooking corn on the cob via boiling is quick, easy, perfect!

Typically, it’s boiled in water but that’s so bland and flavorless. This method infuses a rich butter flavor into the kernels.

How to cook corn on the cob? How to boil corn on the cob? How to make corn on the cob?  How do you cook fresh corn off the cob?

  1. Heat water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Mix in milk and butter.
  3. Add corn and let it simmer until kernels are soft to your liking.
  4. Remove corn from pot and serve them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

How do you know when boiled corn on the cob is done?

It’s done when corn kernels are tender and corn also becomes a brighter yellow color.

What is the best way to cook corn on the cob?

Boiling it with milk and butter is truly the best way to enjoy it since it makes it so rich and flavorful.

How long to boil corn on the cob? How long do you boil corn on the cob?  How long to cook corn on the cob? How long do you cook corn on the cob? How long does it take to boil fresh corn on the cob?

It takes about 8 minutes to boil corn until tender. Some people boil for a shorter amount of time if they prefer a firmer kernel.

How to Cook Corn on The Cob

How to store corn on the cob?

Store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Can you freeze corn on the cob?

I don’t recommend freezing, when cooked my way, because it becomes soft and “mushy,” when thawed. However, you can typically freeze corn in sealed, vacuumed freezer bags after blanching.

How to reheat corn on the cob?

You can easily reheat it in the microwave for 1 minute.

How to cook frozen corn on the cob?

It’s the same method. It might take a few minutes longer to fully boil and become tender.

How to Boil Corn on The Cob in Milk and Butter

Tips for boiling corn on the cob

  • Freeze or refrigerate leftover butter/milk liquid mixture and use it in soups and mashed potatoes.
  • Salted or unsalted butter can be used. If you use salted butter, you may not need to sprinkle any additional salt at the end.
  • You don’t need to brush any additional butter on the corn at the end because it already has a very “buttery” flavor but you can still do it, if you love butter as much as me.
  • Sprinkle this cob with any seasonings you like, at the end.
  • Use whole milk for maximum flavor and richness.
  • You can add 1-2 tbsp sugar or honey in the milk mixture to sweeten the corn, if you like.

How to Make Corn on The Cob- Step By Step Instructions

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One Pot Boiled Corn on The Cob Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Boiling corn on the cob in butter and milk is quick, easy, and the best way to cook corn on the cob. It requires simple ingredients, one pot and 30 minutes on stovetop. 
Yield: 4 People


  • 5 cups Water
  • 1 cup Milk, Whole
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Salted or Unsalted
  • 6 Corn, Fresh, Whole, Husks removed
  • Salt, To taste
  • Pepper, To taste


  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. There should be enough water to fill half the pot.
  • Add milk and butter and mix everything together. 
  • Add corn and simmer for about 8 minutes or until just tender. 
  • Remove corn from this liquid and place on a serving dish.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • If you use salted butter, you may not even need to sprinkle any additional salt at the end. 


Calories: 242kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 244mg, Potassium: 80mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 810IU, Calcium: 85mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 242
Author: Abeer

Happy cooking everyone!

5 comments on “Boiling Corn on The Cob (One Pot)”

  1. My family loves corn on the cob, so I’ve gotta give this recipe a try. Sounds delicious!

  2. Corn on the cob is easily one of my favorite sides. I love this recipe!

  3. What do you do with the melted butter, milk and water after you cook the corn? 

  4. This is AMAZING! My husband always burns the corn on the grill, so I tried this and even HE prefers it this way. The kids of course LOVE IT! I love that you don’t have to butter the corn afterwards too! Winner!!!!

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