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How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Learn how to microwave corn on the cob for the easiest, and quickest way to cook your corn!

Late summer means corn is in season! Nothing better than sweet corn on the cob, dripping with butter with lots of salt and pepper. Did you know you can microwave corn on the cob? Save time and energy with today’s trick on how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave!  

How to microwave corn on the cob
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Corn on the Cob is Our Favorite Summer Veggie!

I have two children with eating habits that are on the complete opposite ends of the spectrum. One has a very adventurous palate (takes after her dad) and will eat anything, including almost all veggies.  

The other, won’t let anything green come within a foot of his plate.  (With the exception of lettuce and pickles on his hamburgers.)  It can be quite a struggle to get him to eat veggies. The two veggies he will eat? Beans and corn.

Our local grocery store always has corn on the cob on sale during August and September, so yes, this time of the year, we are eating corn on the cob with almost every meal.

corn on the cob in the microwave

Why Microwave Corn on the Cobb?

Grilled corn on the cob is delicious, but it’s really too much work and way, way, way too hot to be firing up the grill up right now. (Daily temps are currently averaging around 105° with high humidity AND NO BREEZE!.)

My favorite way to cook the corn on the cob when it’s this hot out is in the microwave! Kids just love it and the corn is ready in just about 2 minutes.

Really, who doesn’t love sweet corn on the cob, slathered in butter with lots of salt and pepper?  It’s pretty hard to pass up, lol.

corn on the cob in the microwave

Ingredients + Notes

Not too much to this one. You basically need:

  • Corn on the cob | with or without the husk – I give instructions for both below.
  • Butter | Salted or unsalted – doesn’t really matter as you will be adding more salt anyway.
  • Salt and Pepper |
  • Any optional spices |Ypu could use herbed butter, paprika, curry powder, chives. Even better make it in a Mexican Steet corn style by topping it with a bit of Mexican crema (or sour cream) with a sprinkle of cilantro, chili pepper, squeeze of lime, and fresh crumbled cotija cheese.
microwave corn on the cob

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave Without the Husk

When I grocery shop, I usually order online for store pick up and get whatever is on sale.  In today’s case, the already shucked corn was all that was available, plus it was on sale.

So first up, I’ll show how to cook shucked corn on the cob in the microwave, but cooking the corn in the husk in the microwave is just as easy and I will include tips for that method next.

  1. To cook the shucked corn in the microwave, dampen a paper towel and loosely wrap 1 to 2 ears of corn. Each ear in its own towel.
  2. Place the corn on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for two minutes for one ear and three minutes for two. (Add 1.5 minutes for each ear up to 4 at a time.)
  3. Let the corn cool just a bit and add salt pepper and lots of butter.  (Don’t even bother with the parsley if serving to kids, but it does make for a nice presentation.) 
  4. Use some cute corn on the cob holders and you’ve got a veggie the kids are sure to eat!

I like these corn on the cob holders because the colors are cute and they snap together for storage.

how to cook shucked corn on the cob in the microwave

How to Cook Corn in the Husk in the Microwave

If your corn on the cob is still fully encased in the husk, then you can leave it on and after microwaving, the husk and corn silk will slide right off the corn. 

  1. To microwave your corn in the husk, place the corn on a microwave-safe plate and cook 2 minutes for one ear and add about a minute and a half for each additional ear, no more than 4 at a time. (Time may vary based on microwave wattage.)
    how to cook shucked corn on the cob in the microwave
  2. Let the corn cool.
  3. After about 5 minutes cut the end of the corn with the stub about 1 inch. Grab the end of the husk with the silk and work the husk off of the corn. Use a towel when gripping the corn as the ear will still be quite hot.  You may have to rock it a bit, but the corn silk and husk should slide right off.  
easy microwave corn on the cob

FAQ’s – Reheating, Storage, etc…

How To Reheat Corn On The Cob In The Microwave

Have leftover corn on the cob and want to reheat in the microwave?  Here’s how:

  1. Place the corn on a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Wrap the corn loosely with a damp paper towel
  3. Microwave corn for 30 seconds, check.  If it needs additional time, keep microwaving at 15-second intervals.

How Long does Corn on the Cob Last Once Cooked

Once cooked store the corn on the cob in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The corn should last about 3 days.

Can I Microwave More than One Ear of Corn at a time?

Of course! 1 to 2 ears of corn will take about 2 minutes on full power. Add 1.5 minutes for each additional ear up to 4 at a time.

corn on the cob in the microwave

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how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: however many ears of corn you cook

Description

Fresh, sweet corn on the cob, slathered in butter with lots of salt and pepper is the ultimate late summer vegetable. Save time and energy with this microwave corn on the cob cooking method.


Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob
  • Optional toppings: salt pepper, butter, parsley, cheese, chili powder lime

Instructions

Shucked corn on the cob:

  1. Dampen a paper towel and loosely wrap 1 to 2 ears of corn. Each ear in its own towel. Place the corn on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Microwave the corn on high two minutes for one ear and three minutes for two ears. (Add 1.5 minutes for each ear up to 4 at a time.)
  3. Let cool just a bit and add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Corn on the cob still in the husk:

  1. Place the corn, still in its husk on a microwave-safe plate. (You can trim the ends a bit if the corn won’t fit in the microwave)
  2. Cook corn for 2 minutes for one ear and add about a minute and a half for each additional ear, no more than 4 at a time. (Time may vary based on microwave wattage.)
  3. Let the corn cool.
  4. After about a few minutes of cooling time, cut the end of the corn with the stub about 1 inch.
  5. Grab the end of the husk with the silk, and work the husk off the corn. Use a towel when gripping the corn as the ear will still be quite hot.  You may have to rock it a bit, but the corn silk and husk should slide right off.
  6. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Do you have any corn on the cob tips to share? Sound off in the comments below!

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