Cooking Hacks

This Simple Hack Will Make Corn on the Cob Even Juicier and Sweeter


Many of us look forward to fresh corn on the cob this time of the year. You can grill it alongside other veggies, like zucchini and peppers, but sometimes prepping and cleaning the barbecue can feel like a whole ordeal. When we want a simpler option, we opt for boiling it on the stovetop. It may not sound as tasty, but these tips will make your boiled corn even juicier and sweeter than on the grill — all you need is milk and butter!

Boiling corn makes the kernels soft and tender, so you can bite into them easily. However, it can end up pretty bland if you just use plain water water. You already slather the corn in butter once it’s cooked, but adding a couple tablespoons to the pot will infuse the kernels with a luxurious creaminess.

You can amp the flavor up even more by adding milk to the boiling water. A little goes a long way to bring out its natural sweetness. This butter and milk combo is a clever way to take the in-season veggie to a tastier new level.

We recommend following the recipe from Simple and Delish by Canan’s YouTube channel. First, remove the silky fibers and husks from five ears of corn. (Check out this easy corn-shucking hack to get the job done quicker!) Next, fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add 1/2 cup whole milk and 2 tablespoons of salted or unsalted butter to the pot. Once the butter is melted, place the corn in the pot. Reduce the heat to medium and let the corn simmer for eight to 10 minutes.

If you’re making a bigger batch of corn, double or triple the amount of milk and butter used in the recipe. Either way, once it’s done cooking, remove the corn from the pot and serve on a platter while it’s still warm. Brush with a few tablespoons of melted butter for an extra touch of liquid gold and it’s ready to enjoy!

Watch the video below for the full step by step breakdown:

Who knew these two fridge staples could make corn on the cob even more delicious? Just be sure to cook plenty — this trick will definitely have everyone begging for second helpings!

And if you find yourself with any leftovers, take a peek at our guide for how to reheat corn on the cob so that it’s juicy, crunchy, and sweet like before.

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