Trinidad Boiled Corn

November 26, 2014
Thinking of having a batch of boiled corn for dinner?

I urge you to try this flavorful dish of corn simmered down in some coconut milk and spices.

A big pot of boiled corn

Trinidad Boiled Corn

I can confess I love corn very much. LOVE!!

I am always ready to indulge in some corn in some kind of way.

If it's not corn soup, or roast corn or boiled corn. At any time, at any gathering.

You're probably wondering what is this boiled corn and why am I saying "trini".

We Trinbagonians do not do things the normal way. We think we need to create a whole other flavor to the most basic thing.

We don't just drop our corn in a batch of over-salted water to have it boil. What fun or flavor is there in that?

We instead have it simmer away in a bath of coconut milk, water, and spices. At the simplest form (basic seasoning) it is a delight to eat.

Boiled corn is another one of our street foods. Like our corn soup, you can find it being sold at a lot of events: festivals, carnivals.

It is also common to find it at a house lime where there's partying and food.

These are your major ingredients:

Trinidad Boiled Corn

Corn, green onions, onion, coconut milk and a hot pepper for seasoning.

Please also use shado beni, thyme, clove, and other spices. You are free to get as fancy as you want to.

Me, I just like it basic. I rely on getting fresh corn and just enhancing the flavor with what it is boiled in.

How to select the best fresh corn.

a bussel of corn on the cob in husk

I do not like using frozen packaged corn to make my boiled corn at all. I don't find they have any kind of taste.

So that means I've had to go find corn and husk it. I have picked a few bad ones along the way.

Sometimes I am able to husk at the store so then I know that it's bad and can pick another one. Some roadside vendors would not let you do that.
This is a very easy recipe. Here's a video to show you through the process.

So here are some tips to make sure you don't select a dud.

  • Color is important. Is the husk bright green? And if it's also tightly wrapped then we know it's fresh. 
  • Is it damp? I used to think those were about to go bad but learned that they actually mean they are fresh. Damp.. not wet from water or something. 
  • Look at the tassels. (or hair as I call them). You want to make sure they are brown and kind of sticky when you touch them. Dry or black ones usually the corn is starting to get old. The kernels close to the top might already be dry and hard. 
  • Feel the kernels through the husk. We want to make sure they feel plump and plentiful. Getting a cob with kernels missing is most annoying. If you feel any kind of hole in the cob, put it back sis.
  • Avoid those with holes that look like it could be from worms or some pest. AVOID

Then clean the corn cobs as best as you can. Taking off as much "hair" as possible.

Cleaned corn on the cob, peeled and cut up

You can cut or break them into sizes that are better to hold or if you have a lot of people coming over.

I cut each piece in half. They fit better in my pot that way.

Now I need to mention that the order I do in this post does not have to be the order you do it. In fact, I sometimes do a drop and boil and will mention that process in the notes below.

A pot of coconut milk and spices for the corn to be boiled in

Add the can of coconut milk, onion and bring to a boil

I also add a little bit of brown sugar to my mix.

I then added my corn, about 2 tins (I filled the coconut milk tin with water) of water, green onion and my hot pepper.

Give it a mix and also taste for salt and black pepper. If you have pimento pepper or sauce also add it here

You need to have enough liquid to cover the corn so that it can boil in the water.

I don't suggest adding more coconut milk. It makes the corn very oily.

A full pot of corn and milk about to be boiled

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Let boil for about 15 mins. The liquid will evaporate to about 1/4 of the original amount. Make sure corn is at the tenderness that you want.

During boiling taste liquid to ensure that it's flavored as you want.


After the corn is boiled and to the tenderness you like, transfer to a container and get ready to dive in!!

FInished corn boiled

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Boil corn is not usually paired with anything.

It's a street food that we just usually get from a vendor. It can come in the husk of the corn like a natural cup or in a styrofoam cup. These are the things that make up the experience.

Or if you at a little house gathering, usually the big, deep steel pot has either the boiled corn or the corn soup.

A bowl of corn on the cob already simmered

Here are some other worthy street foods:

Aloo pie
Pineapple chow

Corn on the cob, Boiled Corn, Boil Corn, Seasoned Corn, Trini Corn
Snacks, sides, Street food
Caribbean, Trinidad, Tobago
Yield: 16
Author: Renz @ HomeMadeZagat

Corn boiled in coconut milk, with additional spices. A favorite street food from Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad Boiled Corn

Corn boiled in coconut milk, with additional spices. A favorite street food from Trinidad and Tobago.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 8 corn cobs (Full Length)
  • 1 tin (13.5 oz) Coconut Milk or make your own 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 1/2 a large onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pimento sauce (or 2 pimento peppers sliced) (optional)


How to cook Trinidad Boiled Corn

  1. Clean corn cobs and break/cut them into halves
  2. In a deep pot on mid-high heat, add coconut milk and diced onions and let boil.
  3. Add salt, black pepper and sugar to the pot
  4. Add corn to the pot and add enough water to cover corn (about 1 1/2 of the coconut milk tin)
  5. Stir and taste for seasoning levels
  6. Add hot pepper and chopped green onion
  7. Bring the pot to a boil
  8. Lower stove to medium heat
  9. Boil for 15 - 20 minutes till corn is at tenderness you desire.


Boil Method 2 - Add everything but the corn to the pot and bring to a boil (Taste for salt level). Then add corn return to a boil. Lower heat and cook till corn is at tenderness you want.
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.


  1. this was Delicious. Thanks for the samples

  2. Tried this a few weeks ago...I have been looking for a decent recipe for boiled corn Trini-style for a while...the search is over...looking for more corn presently to repeat recipe...thank you!

    1. Thank you Stephen for taking the time to let me know. If you took pics send me some nah.. I love showcasing recipe attempts.

  3. Years ago I went out with a guy from Trinidad and he made corn and sold it on the streets I'm Italian-American and I love the West Indian food to today I haven't made it a long time I decided to make it but I put the shadow Benny which is cilantro not sure if you put sugar in it like this recipe but I'll try it


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