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How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop

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author image Shelley Frost
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.
How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop
How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop Photo Credit Irina Marcovici/Demand Media

Fresh ears of corn provide a slightly sweet vegetable side dish for summer meals. Corn on the cob begins turning up in supermarkets in late spring, but the summer months are prime corn season. The later ears of corn are often more tender and sweet. Cooking the corn on the stove top is a simple preparation method that anyone can handle. The most difficult aspect of boiling ears of corn is knowing when to remove them from the water to prevent overcooking.

Step 1

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop
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Fill a pot about three-fourths full of water. Add a few pinches of salt. Bring the water to a full boil.

Step 2

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop
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Peel away the husks of the ears of corn. Remove the corn silk that stays on the corn. Break off or cut off the stem if it is still attached to the cob.

Step 3

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop
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Lower the ears of corn into the salted, boiling water, being careful not to splash. Place the lid onto the pan of corn. Wait for the water to being boiling again.

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Step 4

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop
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Set the timer for between three and five minutes. Check the corn to see if the kernels are tender. Continue cooking if they aren't tender enough, but avoiding overcooking, which can make the corn tough.

Step 5

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on a Stovetop
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Pull out the ears of corn you will serve right away with a pair of tongs. Allow some of the water to drip off of the corn on the cob before placing it on the serving platter. Spread butter on the corn before serving.

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