Shirley's Perfect Steamed Corn on the Cob Every Time!

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"Are you tired of soggy corn that soaks up all your butter and tastes waterlogged? Well, there is a reason for that :) Here is the way my mom always cooked her corn on the cob, and her corn always tasted fresh and delicious every time... Yours will too! Using a large pan, place a large plate or vegetable steamer in the bottom of your pan after you add the water. Stack the corn vertically with the stems down on the plate/steamer. You should be able to put about 12 ears in to steam doing it this way, if your pan is big enough. Corn is great with grilled meats and fish, so feel free to serve it at your next BBQ!"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (109.9 g)
  • Calories 87.7
  • Total Fat - 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 1178.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 6.4 g
  • Protein - 3.3 g
  • Calcium - 2.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Husk corn. Set aside.

Step 2

Put 2 inches of water in the bottom of a large pot big enough to hold all your corn. Add salt to water.

Step 3

Place a large plate or steamer in bottom of the pan.

Step 4

Put corn into the pan, whole or cut in half, and stack vertically (up and down) with the stems at the bottom.

Step 5

Put the cover on, and bring water to a boil. Once water comes to a boil, steam the corn for 15 minutes, keeping cover on. Keep an eye on the water, and if it starts to boil out, add more to keep at around 2" so water doesn't evaporate.

Step 6

Remove corn from pot with tongs, and put on a serving plate.

Step 7

Cover with aluminum foil, until ready to eat.

Step 8

Serve with lots of butter and sprinkle with salt, to taste.


No special items needed.

57 Reviews


What better way to start out the summer than to have fresh corn on the cob. I was intrigued by this recipe and had to try it out. Guess what. The corn was sweet, tender and delicious and no water! Excellent way to make corn and the only way I will make it from here on out!!!


review by:
(7 Jun 2021)


We are still able to get some good tasting corn, locally grown. This is insanely easy with great results! No other way to make it now! The days of a plate full of water are gone!


review by:
(12 Sep 2020)

Shar Pei

Great corn on the cob. No more plateful of water!


review by:
(18 Aug 2020)


Corn has been so good this year, especially using this method! No brainer, but I never thought of it, so I am thrilled that Shirley did! No waterlogged corn for us from now on, and we couldn't be happier!


review by:
(17 Sep 2019)


Nothing could be simpler or more delicious with fresh corn! Sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on mine. Yum!


review by:
(3 Aug 2019)


Awesome and sweet and very tasty because corn doesn't sit in water. Steamed is definitely best!


review by:
(25 Jul 2019)

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