How to Cook Corn on the Cob


When buying corn, look for ears with bright green, snugly fitting husks and golden brown silk; the kernels should reach the ear's tip in tightly spaced rows and should appear plump and milky. Also try: Mexican Corn. Ahead, learn how to cook corn on the cob for a delicious side dish.


  • Coarse salt

  • 4 ears corn, husks removed

  • Unsalted butter, for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add corn and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Spread each ear with butter to coat. Sprinkle with salt; serve immediately.

    David E. Steele
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