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Microwave Corn on the Cob

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Growing up we at a lot of corn on the cob. We had a cool garden on a quarter acre lot and it was always fun growing that corn. What wasn’t fun was shucking the corn and trying to get every silk off. Then without fail the silks would stick to your clothes and get everywhere. Well in order to get rid of all that fuss there is a cool way to cook the corn and not deal with shucking and the silks. Microwave corn on the cob is the way to go! I know some people are against using the microwave, but it really is a great way to cook the corn. Especially if you don’t want to make a lot of them. I live alone and when I crave corn on the cob, I don’t want to shuck it, get the silks off, and boil a big pot of water just for one or two ears of corn. So this method works out great.

Don’t get me wrong though I still like the other methods, especially cooking corn on the grill. But if you want a great tasting ear of corn fairly quickly, try out the microwave.

Two ears of corn on the cob sitting on a white cutting board next to a chef knife and brown oven mitt.

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

For microwave corn on the cob we don’t need a lot of stuff. You will need:

  • Corn in the husks (washed)
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • microwave
  • toppings (butter, salt, pepper, etc)

Step 2: Place corn in the microwave and cook

First we will place the corn in it’s husk in the microwave, then we will cook it on high for 3 minutes.

Step 3: Remove corn on the cob with oven mitt

Now you can let the corn sit in the microwave and cool down a bit or just remove it with an oven mitt. Then place it on your cutting board.

Step 4: Cut the corn and pinch/wiggle

Now using a sharp knife cut off the end of the corn, then pinch and push the corn out of the husk, leaving all the silks behind! If you hold it upright and wiggle it a bit while pinching the corn will come out as well. If the corn isn’t hot you can just grab the end and pull it out too. Tongs can work as well but you might damage a few of the kernels. You may get one or two silks, but that is not bad, pick those off. Super easy!! Then put whatever toppings you want on it. Butter, salt, and pepper, are the classics.

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Common Questions

Can I do more then one ear of corn? Yes you certainly can, but you will need to add more time. Depending on the watts of your microwave. With 2 ears try 5 1/2 minutes, for 3 ears go 8 1/2 minutes. You may need to adjust the time a bit after cooking a few.

Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out the short video tutorial. 🙂

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5 from 12 votes

Microwave Corn On The Cob

Do you want a hassle free way of cooking corn on the cob? Tried of shucking and having the silks get everywhere? Try microwave corn on the cob, it is a great way to cook corn. It is perfect too if you only want to cook a few ears. Let's get started!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time3 mins
Cooling time2 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, quick, vegan, vegetables
Servings: 1 Ear
Calories: 132kcal

Equipment

  • sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • microwave

Ingredients

  • Corn in the husks washed
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • First we will place the washed corn in it's husk in the microwave, then we will cook it on high for 3 minutes. (adjust time for more ears, 5 1/2 minutes for 2, 8 1/2 for 3) The time will also vary depending on the wattage of your microwave.
  • Now all we need to do is remove the corn with an oven mitt. It will be really hot. Place it on a cutting board.
  • Now using a sharp knife cut off the end of the corn, then pinch and push the corn out of the husk, leaving all the silks behind! You can also hold it upright and let gravity do its thing while wiggling the husk. If it is cool enough you can just grab it and pull it out. Tongs can work as well but be careful you don't damage the kernels. You may get one or two silks, but that is not bad, pick those off. Super easy!! Then put whatever toppings you want on it. Butter, salt, and pepper, are the classics.

Notes

Note the nutritional facts will vary a little depending on the size of the ear of corn and how much butter, salt, etc you put on it. 🙂 
nutritional facts for corn on the cob

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40 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks good, it makes me wish I had a microwave now.

  2. I would be nervous to do microwave corn. I just want to make sure it keep its crunchy and crispness.

  3. Melanie williams

    Ooo yes please, we love corn on the cob. Nice as a side dish to a jacket potato xx

  4. As someone culinary challenged I can appreciate a quick and easy microwave recipe. Corn is also one of my faves! I’ll definitely be doing this.

  5. I am going to try this today itself. Never thought of doing corn in the microwave. Thanks for this. Healthy and easy to make.

  6. Eileen M Loya

    5 stars
    Wow. That is one thing new I learned today! I did not know you can cook corn on the cob in a microwave. I have to try that soon!

  7. I had no idea you could microwave corn! I am so giving this a try!

  8. 5 stars
    I can never get tired of this meal! And guess what, I don’t exactly use a microwave….I lay out the maize over an open-air grill and let it burn slowly to golden brown. And we are good to go.

    • Yep, that is a classic way to cook corn on the cob. I do mine on the grill lots of times too, especially when I have more people over. But with just me living at my house, it’s nice that the microwave is so quick and easy, especially if I just want to cook one ear of corn, haha. 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I love corn on the cob but it usually takes so long to cook. I had no idea it could be done in the microwave. I cannot wait to give this a try!

  10. 5 stars
    I love to make corn this way. I always look forward to summer because we can get very good corn in the grocery store. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves to eat corn on the cob.

  11. Growing up, my Nana always made corn on the cob in the microwave. I didn’t realize, until I was an adult, that it could be cooked any other way.

  12. 5 stars
    So simple and yet such a great nutritious food. Sweetcorn is about the only veg that all my kids adore.

  13. 5 stars
    I love making corn on the cob in the microwave. It’s so convenient. When I first heard about it, it sounded like one of those things that wouldn’t really work, but it’s actually the best.

  14. Oh I have never tried to make corn like this, it seems so simple 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    I cannot wait to try this! We love fresh corn on the cob, I usually get it at the farmers market in the city, in the Summer. This looks like a great way to prepare it!

    • Awesome, Mitch!! 🙂 Yeah, I like it because it is just me that lives here, and I can do a couple of ears really quick. I still like it on the grill or steamed of course, but this is just another option. 🙂

  16. Shilpa Bindlish

    I love corns in every way. And this is quite an interesting style. Surely gonna try this.

  17. 5 stars
    I love corn on the cob and this makes it so much more convenient!

    • Yeah, I love it too! I like having another way to make it that is super convenient. Although I do love it roasted on my grill outside, I don’t always want to fire it up for a couple of ears of corn. haha

  18. 5 stars
    OMG!! I love how easy this is!!!

  19. 5 stars
    I never knew you could do this in a microwave! Such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    I’ve never thought to do this but what a cool idea!

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