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Boiling corn sugar or salt in water will make a simple, sweet syrup to add to any dish.

This secret method for making the Perfect Corn on the Cob comes straight from our Mom’s kitchen. It comes out sweet and crunchy every sure to check out ALL of our recipes using corn including our popular Corn Chowder, Fresh Corn Salsa, or our sweet and savory corn casserole (aka corn pudding). You can use fresh corn from the cob or use our favorite method for cooking frozen corn to use in any of our recipes!

Perfect Corn on the Cob

There’s something about the look and smell of a bright yellow cob of corn sitting on your plate that just feels like your’e about to enjoy a home cooked meal. Generally I think of summer time, with all its cookouts and barbecues and sweet, crunchy, fresh summer corn. But you want to know a secret? Not all corn on the cob is nice and sweet when you buy it. That’s where my mom’s Perfect Corn on the Cob recipe comes in.

Corn on the cob in a stock pot. One piece is being puled out with a pair of tongs.

What’s the Secret?

My mom always makes the perfect corn on the cob. It always turns out crunchy and sweet. Her secret? Sugar. Not all corn is nice and sweet when you buy it. This is a great way to cheat and your guests will never know!

Usually people throw salt in the water when cooking corn on the cob, but guess what — salt in the water actually toughens and dehydrates the corn. It’s better if you add salt after the corn is cooked. Instead, throw some sugar in the water before it comes to a boil.

More Ways To Make Corn On The Cob

The recipe below is our favorite method because it is quick, easy, and foolproof. You get perfectly sweet, buttery, crunchy corn every time. In addition to this method are several other trusted ways to cook corn on the cob. If you are limited on stove-top space or just want to try something new, you can try any of these other methods:

In The Oven

First of all, peel and butter the corn and season as desired. Next, wrap the corn up in foil and roast at 450-degrees F for 20 minutes. Then, remove from oven and allow to rest 2-3 minutes before unwrapping.

In The Instant Pot

Place a trivet in the Instant Pot. Then, add 1 cup cold water. Brush melted butter on up to 6 pieces of corn (peeled) and place them on the trivet. Then, close and seal Instant Pot and cook for 1 minute on high pressure and slow release for 1 minute before doing a quick release. Season and serve.

In The Slow Cooker

Peel corn (up to 8 pieces) and brush with butter. Season as desired. Place 1/2 cup of water in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

In The Air Fryer

Cut corn into pieces so it will fit in the air fryer. However, don’t overcrowd. Then, brush corn with melted butter or spray with cooking spray. Air fry at 350-degrees for 15 minutes, turning half-way through. Season and serve.

In The Microwave

Peel corn and wrap in a damp paper towel. Place on a plate and microwave for 5 minutes. Season and serve. (Not our favorite way as far as taste goes, but it is the FASTEST way and works great in a pinch.)

On The Grill

Leave husks on the corn but trim off the silks. Grill over medium-high heat for 13-15 minutes, turning often to distribute heat. If you have peeled corn, wrap the corn in foil with some butter and then grill. Get our full instructions on how to grill corn on the cob, HERE. Try our mouth-watering Grilled Mexican Street Corn or grill your corn in our Cajun Grilled Foil Packets. Don’t forget to use your leftover grilled corn in our refreshing Grilled Corn Salad!

  • Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob stacked on top of each other on a plate.
    How To Grill Corn
  • Grilled Mexican Street Corn on a piece of paper in a red plate.
    Mexican Street Corn
  • A Cajun Shrimp Foil Packet opened on a plate
    Cajun Grilled Foil Packets
  • Grilled corn salad in a clear bowl with a yellow napkin underneath
    Grilled Corn Salad

What To Do With Corn On The Cob

We love eating corn fresh off the cob but we also love adding fresh corn to many of our recipes. If you have some leftover corn, simply stand the corn up vertically on a plate or cutting board and use a sharp knife to run down the sides to get the kernels off. You can keep these kernels in the fridge for up to 5 days and/or use them in your favorite recipes, including:

  • Slow Cooker Creamed Corn in a casserole dish with a serving spoon scooping out corn
    Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
  • Mexican Street Corn in clear cups on a table
    Mexican Street Corn Cups
  • 5-Minute Creamy Corn Dip
  • Sweet Corn Cakes (Tomalitos)
  • Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
  • Mexican Street Corn Cups
  • 5-Minute Creamy Corn Dip
  • Sweet Corn Cake (aka Tomalitos)


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