My mother-in-law gave me this quick and easy recipe for the sweetest, tastiest corn cobs!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot about 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil. Stir in sugar and lemon juice, dissolving the sugar. Gently place ears of corn into boiling water, cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let the corn cook in the hot water until tender, about 10 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

94.2 calories; 2.9 g protein; 21.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 13.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2012
O.M.G. Seriously the *best* corn on the cob we have ever had! Sugar & lemon juice? Insane! But it worked beautifully! I am somewhat of a corn snob (and would personally be perfectly content eatting it virtually raw from the stalk) so I was somewhat hesitant and made two pots - one just in boiling water, the other as you directed in your recipe. The subtle sweetness of the sugar meshed with the tangy lemon juice was superb. Thank you so much for recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2014
Didn't quite cook enough. I've found the corn needs to boil for a bit first Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2012
O.M.G. Seriously the *best* corn on the cob we have ever had! Sugar & lemon juice? Insane! But it worked beautifully! I am somewhat of a corn snob (and would personally be perfectly content eatting it virtually raw from the stalk) so I was somewhat hesitant and made two pots - one just in boiling water, the other as you directed in your recipe. The subtle sweetness of the sugar meshed with the tangy lemon juice was superb. Thank you so much for recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2012
O.M.G. Seriously the *best* corn on the cob we have ever had! Sugar & lemon juice? Insane! But it worked beautifully! I am somewhat of a corn snob (and would personally be perfectly content eatting it virtually raw from the stalk) so I was somewhat hesitant and made two pots - one just in boiling water, the other as you directed in your recipe. The subtle sweetness of the sugar meshed with the tangy lemon juice was superb. Thank you so much for recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2018
Have made it like this before. I like it. Leaving a 5 star to counteract the jerk that left a 1 star review because her husband's a diabetic. Reviewing recipes you can't eat and didn't make is a dick move. Get a life and quit making me do this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2012
Absolutely delicious, I did add a little milk to the water which I always do anyway. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2018
Outstanding! From now on, this is how I will be making corn on the cob... you can't taste the lemon juice or the sugar, but it adds a subtle sweetness and the corn doesn't get overcooked and chewy. Love it! UPDATE 2018: 6 years later, this is still the only way I will make corn on the cob - even my mom wanted my "secret" for great corn EVERY TIME. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2014
SUMMER! I grew up in NW PA on a Dairy Farm where we grew a lot of COB; I've always cooked it the same way salted boiling water, add the corn, cover and remove from heat.i don't know what compelled me to check out ideas but I found 2 yours with lemon juice and sugar and another with vinegar and sugar..used 2 pots and lemon juice won hands down. The vinegar and sugar was better than my original method but after 30 years will ever use anything but sugar and lemon juice again. The leftover corn that I butter and wrap for easy microwave reheating stayed crisper and didn't have the mushy spots. Thanks for a great recipe ! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2015
I can't believe it but truly the best corn I've ever had. When I read the recipe and reviews I thought this is crazy, it can't make a difference to add sugar and lemon juice but it honestly did. It really brought out the flavor of the corn. And I also didn't believe that letting it sit for 10 minutes would thoroughly cook the corn but it did, perfectly. I would recommend when putting the corn in making sure the water comes back to a boil for a few seconds before turning it off to let it sit or you can keep it on the lowest lowest setting for the 10 min. I will be making corn this way from now on!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
Thank you Jamie! This helpful hint made it so easy. Perfect corn on the cob! Not mushy, very firm just like I wanted. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2014
Didn't quite cook enough. I've found the corn needs to boil for a bit first Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2013
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Thank you Jamie. I like easy recipes that taste good and don't require a lot of ingredients or fuss. This was fabulous. Didn't change a thing. Read More
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