Boiled Corn with Jalapenos and Honey

Boiled corn with honey and jalapenos on a white plate

I have so many memories of eating fresh corn from my uncles garden in the summer. We would sit and help my aunt clean the corn , then she would boil it up as a side with my uncles famous BBQ chicken. Fresh boiled corn is so sweet and crisp and I thought it was pure heaven until I discovered the milk and honey bath. Boiling corn in a milk and honey bath adds a certain richness that brings fresh corn up to a whole new level of greatness. Add a fresh jalapeno and it is a sweet and spicy heaven! Boiled corn with Jalapenos and Honey is now the only way my family wants corn . It is the perfect summer side when the corn is fresh and sweet and goes perfectly with Baked Beans .

I made this corn many many times last summer and I found two jalapenos added just the right amount of spice without being overpowering.  The spice is very slight but if you are sensitive leave them out . Also , if you are adventurous the broth is fabulous, save it and make a soup out of it. It is a wonder base for a corn chowder.

A few FAQs about Boiled Corn with Honey and Jalapenos

Do you have to use fresh corn?

Frozen corn can be substituted for fresh corn. With that being said if fresh corn is in season it is a wonderful treat.

Do I have to use honey?

I recommend honey , it really adds a nice sweetness which is perfect for that sweet and spicy flavor. If you are in a pinch a 1/4 cup of sugar will work as well.

Do I have to use half and half?

I have tested this recipe many ways and I have used heavy cream , canned milk , and whole milk. All of them work well , so you can use whatever milk product you have on hand . It is mixed with so much water I never could tell much of a difference.  You you used skim milk I would recommend doubling the amount since it is already watered down.

Do I have to use real butter?

I ALWAYS use real butter and that is what I like . If you like margarine by all means use it BUT nothing beats the flavor of real butter and corn.

Can I skip the jalapenos ?

If you are sensitive to spice skip the jalapenos . Boiling the corn in a milk bath is still delicious even without the jalapenos.


What you will need to make Boiled Corn with Jalapenos and Honey:

  • Large Stock Pot- I love my Enameled Cast Iron Stock pot and use it all the time
  • Metal tongs– These come in handy getting the hot corn out of the pot
  • Fresh Corn
  • Half and Half
  • Fresh Jalapenos
  • salt
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Corn Holders-Not a necessity but fun and keeps your hands clean
  • Corn serving set– this is just something fun . Growing up with had these and I remember twirling the corn around on the serving dishes to get butter on all the sides


Let’s Make Corn!

Boiled corn with jalapenos and honey ingredients

Gather all of you ingredients and shuck your corn.

Pouring honey into the pot with water and corn

Add the corn to a large dutch oven type pot and cover the corn with water. Turn the burner to high and once the water gets warm add the salt and honey.

Pouring milk into a pot with corn

Then add the half and half.

Sliced jalapenos in a pot with corn and milk

Add the sliced jalapenos .

Corn boiling in a milk bath

Bring the milk bath up the a boil and then turn the temp to medium heat to a hard simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Boiled corn in a milk bath with a stick of butter

Turn the burner off and drop a stick of butter in and place the lid on top. Allow the corn to steep for about 15 minutes

Serve straight from the pot and serve with a little butter and salt and pepper if desired.

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Boiled Corn with Jalapenos and Honey

Boiled corn with Jalapenos and honey is a summer must ! The corn is simmered in a milk and honey bath with jalapenos to add a little bite. 
4.54 from 13 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 6-8 Ears of corn
  • Water-Enough to cover the corn
  • 1 cup half & half or whole milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 fresh jalapenos -sliced with seeds
  • 1 stick Butter 1/2 cup


  • Shuck and clean corn
  • Place the corn in a large boiling pot that has a lid and fill it enough to cover all of the corn
  • Turn the burner to high
  • When the water get warm add the salt, honey, sliced jalapenos and 1/2 and 1/2.
  • Once the water comes to a boil turn it to medium heat so it doesn't boil over
  • Cook the corn for about 8-10 minutes
  • Turn the burner off , drop the butter in and place the lid on the pot
  • Let the corn steep for about 15 minutes
  • Leave the corn in the jalapeno honey milk bath and serve straight from the pot.
  • Serve with a pat of butter and salt if desired.


Keyword corn recipes, fresh corn recipes, summer corn recipes
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2 years ago

This is the best way to cook and serve fresh corn on the cob. The perfect summer side dish.

2 years ago

Well this is an amazing side dish for my next BBQ! Kids love corn!

2 years ago

I never prepared corn this way. But it sounds fantastic! Looks great too! Now I can’t wait to make this. I bet my family will love this too.

2 years ago

Many thanks for sharing this recipe. I would not have tried cooking corn in half and half. I will certainly give it a go. I am sure it will taste great.

Farrukh Aziz
Farrukh Aziz
2 years ago

I’ve never thought of adding jalapenos and honey to boiled corn! I love the amount of creativity in this recipe, and since everyone loves corn, why not give it a try!

2 years ago

Both jalapenos and honey make a perfect duet, and that combo sounds so awesome on corn

2 years ago

I tried this recipe and is delicious matter of fact, I had it two nights in a row .I added a few pinch of salt to the scallops

Tamara Andersen
2 years ago

Wow! I have never heard of this method of cooking sweet corn, and I’m intrigued. I especially love the addition of jalapenos and their hint of spice as I live on the Texas-Mexico border…

Amanda Dixon
Amanda Dixon
2 years ago

This was such a great way to prepare corn! I loved how the spicy jalapeno paired with the sweet honey. Will definitely make again throughout the summer!

2 years ago

Looks delicious. I love how quick and easy this recipe is – a perfect side dish for busy weeknights.

Nancy in NC
Nancy in NC
9 months ago

Simple to make in the instant pot and quicker too. Put corn on rack, pour in milk, honey and butter. Cook on high pressure for 1 minute for each ear of corn; six ears would be six minutes, etc. Give a quick release and enjoy the best corn. Plus it stays hot in the pot with a lid.