Perfect Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 17 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
878 Calories
0g Fat
237g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 878
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 237g 86%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is the best way to cook corn on the cob. It's simple and adds fabulous flavor to this quintessential summer food. It doesn't get much simpler than this.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Favorite Minnesota Recipes by Joyce Lamont.


  • 6-8 fresh ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Refrigerate the corn as soon as you get it home. One hour before you want to serve it, husk the corn and remove the silk. Place the corn in a deep container of ice water.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add lemon juice and sugar to the water. Do NOT add salt; it toughens the kernels.

  3. Add corn when the water comes to a boil. Let the water come to a boil a second time, and let it boil for 2 minutes, no more, no less. Remove pan from heat.

  4. Let corn stand in the hot water, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Then serve with lots of butter. The corn can stand in the hot water up to 1 hour.