Easy Steamed Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

Let the countdown to summer begin with this Iowa-favorite: simple, sweet corn on the cob slathered with homemade garlic-herb butter

easy steamed corn on the cob

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is one of the simplest things you can cook - and it’s one of the most perfect summer treats for backyard barbecues and picnics. Aside from the fact that you absolutely need to floss after eating it. Sacrifices, ya know?

Some like to boil their corn on the cob, but my go-to way to cook corn on the cob is steaming. All you need is a large pot or deep skillet with a lid (if you’re cooking for a lot of people, best to stick with a large pot), a steaming basket/insert and some water. 

easy steamed corn on the cob

Easy Steamed Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes


4 ears of corn, shucked and cleaned
1/2 cup water
Garlic Herb Butter
Sea salt, to taste


1. In a large pot or deep skillet, add about 1/2 cup - 2-inches’ worth - of water to a simmer. Place steaming basket and corn on the cob (whole or halved) ever simmering water. Cover with a tight fitting lit and continue to simmer on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until corn is tender and bright. Remove from steamer basket. 

2. Slather corn with garlic herb butter, a sprinkle of sea salt, and serve.