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Corn on the cob

How to Cook Corn on the Cob (5 Ways!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 8 servings 1x


Here’s how to cook corn on the cob: the best ways! Try these easy methods to make it boiled, grilled, oven roasted, and more.


  • 4 to 8 ears corn


  1. Boiled: Place 1 tablespoon salt in a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. This takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so plan accordingly. Shuck the corn, removing the silk.
    When the water is boiling, place the corn cobs in the pot. Boil covered for 5 minutes, until bright yellow and cooked through. Season with butter, salt and pepper.
  2. Grilled: Heat a grill to medium high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). Shuck the corn by peeling down the outside layers one at a time and keeping them attached, facing downwards away from the cob. When you’ve finished, use kitchen twine or string to tie the leaves together (see the photos). This step is optional; it makes a natural handle for eating the corn. Otherwise, simply shuck the corn. Use your hands to rub oil on each corn cob evenly. Place the corn directly on the grill grates and cook until it begins to blacken, then turn. Cook about 12 to 15 minutes total, until blackened on all sides. Serve immediately with butter and salt, using the tied husks as a handle for easy eating.
  3. Grilled in foil: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
    Shuck the corn. Place each corn cob in a sheet of aluminum foil. Rub it with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top it with a few thin pats of butter (½ tablespoon in each packet). Seal foil around corn, sealing the edges at the top but not making it too tight. Poke a few small holes in each packet. Place the packets on the grill grates and grill for 20 to 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until corn is bright yellow and cooked.
  4. Oven roasted: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Using a knife or kitchen scissors, cut off the excess corn silk from each ear of corn. Remove any loose outer pieces of husk. Place ears with husks on directly onto the oven grates, spacing them out evenly. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove the corn from oven and allow it to cool slightly before peeling off the husks. Season as desired (we like butter or olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper).
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Various
  • Cuisine: Corn
  • Diet: Vegetarian