Fresh summer corn straight from the garden. Do your family a favor. If you are choosing to boil your corn on the cob ….. STOP OVER COOKING YOUR CORN. Drop fresh, husked corn on the cob in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and eat. Trust me…. …it will be perfect. 10, 15, 20 minutes in boiling water causes it to turn to mush, stick to your teeth, and it loses all of its natural sweetness in the water. Remember 3 minutes, 5 at the most! Also, the cooking time may be longer depending on the number of ears you’re cooking (thanks Cathy).