Boiled Corn on the Cob or Nilagang Mais in Filipino language, is one easy and healthy recipe. It’s an absolute favorite snack for me growing up. I loved it specially when it is raining just like now. I remember growing up, my Nanay whenever she goes to the market(almost every day) she would come home with Nilagang Mais for each one of us. Those corn on the cobs were sweet and tender. I remembered her telling us to pick the “mura” or young corn not the “magulang” or matured corn.
When buying corn in the market, buy it with husk still intact because it protects the corn and keep it moist. Make sure that the husk is bright green in color and it fit snugly around the ear. Also pick the corn with nice and plump kernels in tight rows with a few underdeveloped kernels at the end of the cob. When you press your thumb on the kernel, juice should squirt out.
There are different ways to cook corn on the cob, I like it grilled too. But today’s recipe will be Boiling Corn on the Cob. First, put water on a large pot enough to hold 6 corns and let the water comes to a boil. Remove the corn husks just before you drop them in boiling water. Put the corn on the boiling water gently then put the lid on. Once the water comes to a boil again, then turn off the heat. The corn should be ready.
If your corn is showing signs of age or its been stored for awhile, add a cup of sugar or honey per gallon of boiling water.
To keep it fresh longer, keep the husks and remove it just before boiling.
To avoid corn from toughening, do not add salt. You may add a bit or sprinkle some salt just before serving.
If you want it sweeter, adjust the amount of sugar added to water. I have used 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water depending on how sweet I want them to be.
- 6 ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed
- water(4 quarts)
- ½ cup sugar (optional)
- Fill in a large pot with ¾ water(4 quarts), bring to a boil over medium heat.
- When the water comes to a boil; Add the corn, then cover the pot. Cook till it's tender or when the water boils again(approximately 10 minutes).
- Remove from pot. Serve while it is still warm.
If you want it sweeter, add the sugar while its boiling just before you add the corn.
1/4 cup sugar---gives you a subtle sweetness.
1/2 cup sugar---you have a sweeter Corn on the Cob!
You can add butter to make it creamier!
Healthier option---just add a bit of salt!
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