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How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Learn the best way to make corn in the cob: right in your microwave oven! Summer corn comes out delicious and perfectly steamed. This method of cooking juicy corn is completely foolproof! Give it a try!

We are super lucky to live right next door to one of our favorite farmer’s market. They have the most delicious corn on the cob! We buy ears of corn every other day it seems.

Fresh corn is really great to use in so many of our favorite recipes like my seafood boil, corn fritters, corn salad, elotes with chili powder, stew recipes and so many other different recipes. The next time you have some sweet corn give this easy way a try!

corn on the cob with butter in a white casserole dish

This easy trick is going to blow your mind! No more boiling water or heating up the oven to cook corn on the cob. Yup it’s true.

A friend told us about this hack years ago and it is now our tried and true method of making corn on the cob. It’s so simple! Because the husks trap heat, you are basically steaming the corn in the microwave right in it’s own husk.

Don’t forget to scroll down to get the full, printable recipe!

Ingredient Checklist:

  • Ear of Corn, still in the husk.
  • Salt, pepper
  • Melted butter
  1. The first step is to trim the corn silk a little bit.
  2. Place corn with corn husks still on in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Microwave for a cooking time of 4 minutes on high power.
  4. Take the hot corn out using a kitchen towel or oven mitt. Let the corn cool for a couple of minutes so you can handle it.
  5. Shuck the corn out of the husk.
  6. Butter the corn on the cob, sprinkle with salt and pepper and any of your favorite corn on the cob toppings!

Now of course, if you are making a large amount of corn on the cob, this corn on the cob microwave trick may not be the fastest way. But, I usually will make the corn in the microwave while I am cooking dinner and by the time my meal is done, the corn is done as well. But this easy method is perfect for smaller households.

Corn on the Cob with butter and old bay seasoning in white casserole dish
How do you know when your corn is done?

Because microwave wattage may vary, you may need to add a few more minutes to the cook time. The easiest way to check for cooked corn is just peel back the husk a little bit and check your corn kernels by poking it with a sharp knife.

How can I reheat leftover corn?

Yes, you can. Place the corn on a microwave-safe dish, covered with a damp paper towel. Cook the corn in 20-second increments and then check to see if it is done.

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How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Yield: 1 corn on the cob
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Learn the best way to make corn in the cob: right in your microwave oven! Summer corn comes out delicious and perfectly steamed. This method of cooking juicy corn is completely foolproof! Give it a try!

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob, still in the husk. 

  • Salt, pepper 

  • Butter

Instructions

    1. Trim the edges off of the husk of the corn.
    2. Put the corn on the cob in the microwave.
    3. Microwave for 4 minutes.
    4. Take the corn on the cob out. Let it sit for a few minutes so you can handle it.
    5. Shuck the corn out of the husk.
    6. Butter the corn on the cob, sprinkle with salt and pepper and any of your favorite corn on the cob toppings!
    7. Continue for all of the corn on the cob!

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