How to Steam Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob evokes the perfect idea of summer. Steaming corn on the cob is a quick way to prepare the vegetable. Corn is a good source of magnesium, vitamin B-6, potassium and vitamin A. While you can enjoy steamed corn on the cob on its own, it will taste even more delicious when salted and rubbed with butter immediately after steaming.

Corn on the cob ready to be prepared.
Corn on the cob ready to be prepared. (Image: Chad Baker/Jason Reed/Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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Preparing the Corn

Husk the corn just before you’re ready to steam it to keep it fresh. Remove any silky threads that remain after husking. You don’t need to rinse the corn cobs, though you can for added reassurance. If you have a small steamer basket, break the cobs in half so that they will fit in the pot.

Steaming the Corn

Add water to a large pot -- just up to the bottom of the steamer basket -- and bring it to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling, add the corn cobs to the steamer basket and place the lid on the pot. Don’t use salt in the water, as this can make the corn taste tough. Steam the corn for about seven minutes. Use caution when removing the corn from the basket and enjoy. You can also use an electric steamer for steamed corn, following the same preparation, though you'll need to let the corn steam for about 25 minutes.

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