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How to Cook Corn on the Cob

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5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 8 mins
Serves 4
Learn how to cook corn on the cob with this simple recipe + topping ideas! Hot, juicy, and sweet, it's the best summer side dish.


  • 4 ears fresh corn, husked
  • olive oil, butter, lemon, salt & pepper, for serving

Basil Butter Corn on the Cob variation

  • 1/2 cup butter or vegan butter, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mexican Corn on the Cob variation

  • adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo
  • crumbled cotija cheese
  • chopped cilantro


  • In a large skillet, bring 1 inch of water to a boil and add the corn in a single layer. When the water returns to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until hot, about 3 minutes. Drain.
  • Season with olive oil or butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, as desired.
  • Basil Butter Corn on the Cob: Blend softened butter with basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Slather it on corn with a squeeze of lemon.
  • Mexican Corn on the Cob: Brush the corn with adobo sauce and top with cotija cheese and cilantro.