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Easy Boiled Sweet Corn on the Cob (Romanian recipe)

Wondering how to make easy boiled sweet corn on the cob spending no more than 1 minute in the kitchen preparing it?

All you need to do is bring salted water to a boil in a large pot, clean the sweet corn on the cob and wait for it to boil for 20 minutes.

Fun fact about ear of a corn

Do you know why it is called “ear of a corn” in English?

According to Wonderopolis.org

“Ear” comes from the ancient word “ahs,” which meant “husk of corn.” In English, sometimes the ear also is referred to as a “cob” or a “pole.”

The ear is the spiked part of the corn plant that contains kernels. The kernels are the delicious yellow tidbits we love to nibble on in the summertime. (Source)

7 Tips for best homemade boiled sweet corn on the cob

  1. Buy fresh sweet corn, preferably from a farmer’s market

2. Use small, fresh sweet corn on the cob, the lighter in color the better (we call it “milk corn” in Romanian because when you squeeze the tips, a liquid similar to milk comes out)

3. Choose the corn with the brightest green husks

4. Peel back the top of the husks to check if the tips are soft and bright yellow in color. Squeeze to see if white liquid comes out.

5. The silks should be light brown and soft, like cat’s fur.

6. Boil the sweet corn on the cob covered for at least 20 minutes if you want it to be really soft and juicy.

7. Serve hot!

Here is the best boiled sweet corn on the cob recipe I learned from my Granny, Victoria.

Easy Boiled Sweet Corn on the Cob (Romanian recipe)

Recipe by ViviCourse: SidesCuisine: RomanianDifficulty: Easy


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By far the easiest and most fun corn on a cob recipe in the world!


  • 3 ears corn on the cob

  • Salt to taste

  • Butter (optional)

  • Water for boiling


  • Peel the husks and remove the silks
  • Don’t discard the husks
  • Cut the corn ear ends
  • Fill a large pot or dutch oven about half full with water
  • Add a tsp of salt
  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Add the corn on the cob
  • Place a layer of husks on top of the corn
  • Boil for at least 20 minutes, covered with lid
  • Remove the corn on the cob, drain and place on a nice platter
  • Serve hot brushed with salt (and butter)

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  • Boiling the sweet corn on the cob with a layer of husks on top has a twofold role: 1. The husks enhance the flavor (I don’t have a scientific explanation for this, but my friend Robert told me that, and he knows it from his Romanian mother who is an AMAZING cook, so it is almost science :). Also 2. The husks apply pressure and consequently keep all corn on the cob submerged in water during boiling.
  • Boiling time varies between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the size of the corn. The smaller pieces take less boiling time.

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Vivi is a passionate teacher, story teller and photographer. Adara is a passionate accountant, businesswoman and videographer. On Cooking Romania by Vivi, the Mom and Daughter play together at the intersection of self and food mastery.

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