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Summer on a Cob: Buttery Boiled Corn with a Milky Twist

There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh, summer corn on the cob. This recipe takes this classic side dish to a whole new level with the addition of creamy milk and a touch of butter, creating a dish that's both simple and incredibly flavorful.


  • Fresh from the Farm:

    • 4 ears of medium corn, husked and silks removed
  • The Creamy Addition:

    • 1 cup milk (whole milk adds a richer flavor, but feel free to use low-fat or skim milk)
  • Buttery Goodness:

    • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • Seasoning:

    • Salt, to taste
    • Pepper, to taste (optional)


  1. Heating Up: Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the corn cobs comfortably. Bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat.

  2. Preparing the Corn: While the water heats up, remove the husks and silks from the corn cobs. You can cut the cobs in half for easier handling and faster cooking, but this step is optional.

  3. The Milky Magic: In a separate large pot or Dutch oven, combine the milk, softened butter, and a teaspoon of salt. Heat this mixture over low heat until the butter melts and everything is well combined. This creates a flavorful bath for the corn to cook in.

  4. Introducing the Corn: Gently add the prepared corn cobs to the milk and butter mixture. Increase the heat slightly and bring the mixture to a gentle boil.

  5. Cooking to Perfection: Boil the corn for 5-8 minutes, or until the kernels are tender and bright yellow. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the corn cobs.

  6. Serving Up Summer: Using tongs, carefully remove the corn cobs from the pot. Serve them immediately while they're hot and juicy. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste (optional).

  7. Storing Leftovers: If you have any leftover corn, let it cool completely and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • For a smoky flavor, char the corn cobs slightly on a grill before boiling them in the milk mixture.
  • Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to add a twist to the flavor profile. A sprinkle of dried dill or paprika can be a nice addition.
  • Leftover corn can be enjoyed cold or reheated in the microwave for a quick and satisfying snack.