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How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

Everyone loves corn on the cob in the summer and it’s a great addition to a party, picnic or BBQ. But one of the biggest struggles is how to butter it! I learned a nifty trick for How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party from my Grandmother many years ago.

My Grandmother had a small catering business and I helped her from a very young age. I learned many cooking and entertaining tips from her, but this and my love of butter are perhaps my favorite!

Dipping corn in melted butter is great and all, but you need lots of butter in a deep container, right? What a waste of perfectly good butter!


Just as oil and water don’t mix, neither does butter and water. And by allowing melted butter to float (naturally) on top of warm water, when corn is dipped in the butter fully coats the entire cob on it’s way out!

Let’s face it, butter isn’t cheap and there’s no need to be wasteful with butter or money. This trick avoids messy butter getting everywhere or people taking more butter than they need.

The Easiest Way to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

#1: Fill a wide-mouth half-gallon jar with 5 cups of hot water

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

#2: Add 1 pound of melted butter.

Yes. you heard me correctly BUTTER… not faux butter are margarine. For your health (and the best taste) it’s butter or don’t bother!

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

#3: Let’s your guests dip their own ears of cob into the jar.

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

#4: Your corn on the cob is fully buttered and ready to eat!

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

When serving corn on the cob picnic style, create a water bath in your crock pot.

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

Now isn’t that easy??? And a lot less fuss. You can thank my Grandma for this tip 🙂

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Yours in Health,

Hayley Ryczek

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

How to Butter Corn on the Cob for a Party

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  • Combine hot water and melted butter in half gallon canning jar. Initially it will get mixed up but will separate into distinct layers quickly.
  • Use for parties, picnics and BBQs to butter corn on the cob.


Do NOT under any circumstances use butter-like-subsantces. It's just not nice. Butter is better.
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  1. 5 stars
    Great idea! I heard another good idea that I would use if serving corn on the cob to a smaller group – and that is to use a roll to butter the corn. A split roll with a generous pat of soft butter contours the corn and makes it easy to butter without drips or mess. Just hold the roll (or even a slice of bread) in the palm of one hand, and run the cob over it. Then, you get to eat the buttered roll, too!

  2. We like to flavor our butter with fresh lime juice and tarragon. Do you think we can add this on top of the butter, or in the water?

  3. 5 stars
    we used to do this at block parties, in fact are doing it again this weekend! Cook your corn IN THE HUSKS, on the grill. Fill a large coffee can with the water and butter and keep it on the grill. Partiers can peel back the husks and dip and go. I always keep a container of salt and butter nearby if they would like to take a pinch to sprinkle on. SOOO yum.

    1. I mean container of salt and pepper. Hubby likes ot have a container of hot pepper flakes too. 🙂

  4. We tried this for a picnic and it worked fantastic,thank you. Can I save the leftover in the fridge and just heat it back up to use again?


  6. Great Idea I love it. We are going to use it at our wedding and I was wondering if you have an estimate of approximately how many corn on the cob will that coat?

    1. You are welcome to use any method that works for your group. I’ve found it’s extremely wasteful, time consuming and messy.

  7. What an effective, mess-free way to butter corn on the cob. I’ll try this method out once we grab some! 🙂

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