Boiling corn on the cob is a simple and delicious way to prepare this summer staple. Here’s a basic guide on how long to boil corn on the cob:
- Prepare the Corn:
- Remove the husks and silk from the corn. Rinse them under cold water to remove any remaining silk.
- Boiling Water:
- Fill a large pot with enough water to fully submerge the corn cobs. Leave some space in the pot to prevent boiling over.
- Add Salt (Optional):
- Adding a small amount of salt to the water can enhance the flavor of the corn.
- Boil the Corn:
- Once the water is boiling, carefully add the corn cobs.
- Cooking Time:
- Boil the corn for about 7 to 10 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on factors like corn size and freshness.
- Check for Doneness:
- Use a fork to pierce a kernel. It should be tender but still have a slight crunch. Overcooked corn can become mushy.
- Remove from Heat:
- Once the corn is done to your liking, turn off the heat.
- Drain the Corn:
- Use tongs to carefully remove the corn cobs from the pot and let any excess water drain off.
- Serve Hot:
- Optionally, you can serve the corn with butter, salt, and pepper for added flavor.
- If you have very fresh corn, it may require slightly less cooking time.
- If you have older or less fresh corn, it might need a few extra minutes to fully cook.
- If you’re boiling a large quantity of corn, you may need to do it in batches to ensure even cooking.
Remember, the goal is to cook the corn until it’s tender but not overly soft. Enjoy your delicious boiled corn on the cob!