I learned this from a shopper in Stockbridge, Massachusetts when I was young. I have used this for 40 years and it has never failed to produce the most wonderful corn on the cob.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 ears
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Stir sugar into water to dissolve; add corn, cover pot, and turn heat off, leaving pot on hot burner.

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  • Steep corn in hot water until tender, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

78 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 17.4g 6% DV; fat 1.1g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 13.5mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
Haven't tried steeping for 25 minutes but I make "cooler corn" when feeding a crowd. Place corn (have used as many as 2 dozen) into clean cooler. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar over; pour boiling water over (you don't need to cover corn, just a gallon or so); close lid and let set until rest of meal is finished (at least an hour). The cooler keeps corn hot and perfectly cooked. Never fail and frees up stove top and grill for the rest of your feast! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2014
This was too overdone for me. There is a similar recipe on here that only cooks for 10 mins that turned out more to our liking. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
Haven't tried steeping for 25 minutes but I make "cooler corn" when feeding a crowd. Place corn (have used as many as 2 dozen) into clean cooler. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar over; pour boiling water over (you don't need to cover corn, just a gallon or so); close lid and let set until rest of meal is finished (at least an hour). The cooler keeps corn hot and perfectly cooked. Never fail and frees up stove top and grill for the rest of your feast! Read More
(89)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2014
I always cook my corn on the cob in the shuck in the microwave for delicious, crispy corn. This corn tasted just as good and my husband didn't have to burn his hands shucking the corn. He says this is the way he wants his corn from now on :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2014
I thought this was going to be way overcooked by leaving it in the water for that long. It was PERFECT! I really liked this, and it was good without any salt or pepper on it----just some butter. Yum! Yum! Thank you, caquilter! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2014
I have been using this method for years and always produces fresh tasting corn. Something about the sugar brings out the natural sweetness. Thanks caquiter for letting others aware of this simple but tasty method. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2015
I don't add sugar (if the corn is fresh, it's really not needed). I usually bring water to boil, add the corn, return to just boiling and then turn off the heat and put a lid on the pot. Let steep 10 minutes, and you have fresh, delicious corn that taste as if it just came out of the field. You can use this method on frozen corn on the cob as well. I learned this recipe over 60 years ago from my Mom, a Farmer's Wife. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2014
I have done corn this way for years. It is simply wonderful. This works far better than my quick method (below)if the corn is even a little bit old. If you want to prepare more than a few ears the above method is much quicker too. For really fresh corn, this method takes a very short time and is great: Cut the silk end off where the cob ends, force a little water from the tap under the husks, then microwave two ears of corn at "high" for perhaps 5 to 7 minutes, allow to rest a few minutes. Then the silks come off really easy, and the corn is excellent. Butter, salt, and pepper to taste and chow down. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2014
add a tablespoon of milk to the water. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2014
I always put my corn in cold water add about 2 TBSP sugar bring to a boil turn heat off and cover it can sit up to 2 hrs always comes out so sweet and still crisp...Tried this and was just as good Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/05/2014
This was too overdone for me. There is a similar recipe on here that only cooks for 10 mins that turned out more to our liking. Read More
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