Boiling Sweet Corn

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Boiling sweet corn is the quickest way to prepare it but it must be done the right way.

The sugar in sweet corn begins to turn to starch as soon as the ear is picked. Boiling sweet corn stops that conversion and helps retain the full flavor as well as the texture so the faster you get the corn to the cooking kettle, the better it will be.

Exactly how long to boil sweet corn is often argued, but a shorter time allows for better flavor and texture. Once the ears of corn are husked or otherwise prepared, bring a large pot of water to a hearty boil, then slip the ears of corn into it. Wait until the water returns to a full boil, then time it for two minutes and remove the corn with tongs.

It only takes a few minutes and is ready do eat all on its own or simply slathered in butter and sprinkled with sea salt. Boiled sweet corn is a great side dish for grilled chicken, sea food, or chilled and chopped into salads! Check out our video about boiling sweet corn below and head over to our Boiled Corn Recipes section for inspiration!