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 recipe yields 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 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.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

Picky Palate

I used first corn of the season from the grocery store and it turned out wonderfully! Linda is right on target when she says those days of soggy corn are over with. I can't think of a better or easier way to make corn, so this is now my favorite way to prepare it now!

review by:
(28 Jun 2017)

Kitchen Magic

Works like a charm and end result is the most tender delicious corn!

review by:
(14 Jun 2016)


Everyone loved our corn cooked like this.

review by:
(7 Sep 2015)


My boiling days are over. This steamed corn is so much better! I wonder why my mother never told me this!

review by:
(26 Aug 2014)

Mimi Bobeck

Simple instructions ending with delicious corn that you can actually taste the butter on.

review by:
(20 Aug 2014)


Loved me some corn made this way!

review by:
(28 Jul 2014)