Perfect Corn on the Cob (in 10 minutes)

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Sweet, buttery, plump and juicy, oh, so tasty corn on the cob. Very little effort required for big flavor all summer long.

Perfect Corn on the Cob - Sweet Tea & Thyme

I love corn on the cob, it's so quintessentially summer. I can't think of a cookout, barbecue, or patriotic holiday without some on the table, preferably with salt and butter. Lots of butter.

I learned this recipe from my neighbor when Brian and I were still in the military.  My neighbor, Heidi, and I constantly swapped recipes and had each other over since we lived in a duplex. A knock on the wall meant "Come on over! I've got dominoes and wine!" She was great fun, I miss her dearly.

Perfect Corn on the Cob - Sweet Tea & Thyme

This recipe is so simple, yet extremely effective. When you take the corn out of the pot, they are fresh, sweet, and deliciously buttery. And all it takes is a little milk, some butter, lemon juice, and sugar.

Perfect Corn on the Cob - Sweet Tea & Thyme

I know, it sounds crazy! I didn't believe it at first, but Heidi made magic happen in that pot and I've been doing the same ever since.

Perfect Corn on the Cob - Sweet Tea & Thyme

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Perfect Corn on the Cob - Sweet Tea & Thyme

How to Make Perfect Corn on the Cob (in 10 minutes)

Britt Anne
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -8 cobs


  • 4-8 corn on the cob silk and husk removed
  • 2 qt water
  • cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup ½ stick unsalted butter
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • Butter salt, pepper, for serving


  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot with a fitting lid. Once boiling, add the milk, butter, lemon, and sugar to the water and bring back to a boil.
  • Once all the sugar is dissolved in the boiling water, turn off the heat. Add your corn then put the lid on the pot for ten minutes. Leave it be.
  • After ten minutes your corn is finished cooking. Season with whatever you like, I add salt and pepper. And more butter, but that's just because I'm a butter fiend.
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