Microwave Corn on the Cob

Did you know you can microwave corn on the cob? It’s the quickest and easiest way to cook juicy, crispy corn on the cob.

Microwaving corn on the cob is a really quick and easy alternative to boiling it on the stove. You can always serve your corn  as a side dish with Hot Dogs, Steak, or even a Pot Roast.

A cob of microwaved corn on a plate with a hot dog and fruit

Corn on the Cob – in the Microwave!

How great is the microwave? You can cook almost anything in there in just minutes. Have you ever cooked corn on the cob in your microwave? It’s great for easily removing the husk and cooking it at the same time. Cook this corn for a classic dinner side dish or slice off the kernels for salads, salsa, soups and more!

Shucking the corn: Did you know you can use the microwave to easily remove the husk? Just cut the stalk end off about 2 inches from the bottom. Cook on High for a few minutes. Once done, hold the corn at the top (where the tassels stick out) and shake. The steam created within the husk will allow the corn to slide right out the bottom. 

  • If you want to cook the corn at the same time, cook on HIGH heat for 4-5 minutes. Or, If you just want to remove the husk only and not cook the corn, heat the corn for about 2 minutes. If you have more than one ear add 1-2 more minutes per ear. 

Wrapping corn on the cob in a wet paper towel before microwaving

How Long to Microwave Corn on the cob?

First things first – shuck your corn.

Once that’s done, wet a paper towel, wring it out and wrap around each ear of corn. Place on a microwave safe dinner plate. Cook in the microwave for 3-6 minutes based on the amount of corn you are heating up.

  • 1-2 ears of corn: cook for 3-4 minutes
  • 4 ears of corn: cook for 5-6 minutes 

Note: The power of your microwave and size of the corn may affect the cook time. Whether you are heating the corn shucked or unshucked test one ear out in your microwave to be sure you get the right timing and adjust accordingly. 

Microwave corn on the cob wrapped in a paper towel

How to Season + Store

Seasoning your corn: Butter salt and pepper are a pretty common and delicious seasoning. To change things up you can:

  • Sprinkle with garlic salt
  • Add paprika
  • Top with parmesan cheese
  • Use chili powder with a spritz of lime
  • Chili flakes or hot sauce

Storage: Cooked corn on the cob can last in the fridge for up to 5 days and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Be sure to place the corn in an airtight/freezer safe container.

Microwave corn on the cob served with a hot dog and fruit

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Pair your corn on the cob with:

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

5 from 8 votes
Did you know you can microwave corn on the cob? It's the quickest and easiest way to cook juicy, crispy corn on the cob.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 77 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 corn cobs

Instructions
 

  • Shuck your corn. Once that's done, wet a paper towel, wring out and wrap around each ear of corn. Place on a microwave safe dinner plate.
  • Cook in the microwave for 3-6 minutes based on the amount of corn you are heating up.
    1-2 ears of corn: cook for 3-4 minutes
    4 ears of corn: cook for 5-6 minutes 

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Comments:

    1. Actually, we put one ear of corn (with shuck on) into the microwave. Nuke it for 3 minutes or 3 1/2 minutes. Remove with pot holder, place on cutting board, use a sharp knife and cut a slice off the bottom, just above the last kernel. Using the pot holder, pick up the ear of corn by the silks, and gently shake over a plate. If you cut it at the right spot, the ear of corn will slip out, totally devoid of silks. You can make another slice if you don’t get it right the first time. You might have one or two tiny silks to remove, but usually this method gets every one!!

  1. 5 stars
    The moist paper towel is a game changer. Love cooking corn this way. To reheat it as leftovers, we do this same thing for, but half the time.

  2. You do not need to shuck. Put in microwave 4-6 min. Remove cut off stem end squeeze from end like toothpaste. Everything comes off including silk. Butter and salt to taste. Why shuck ahead . Especially when this method even removed silk easily.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. You can certainly leave the husks on before microwaving as well. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This cooked up so quickly and turned out so perfectly tender! When I am in a hurry, I will definitely be preparing it this way again!

  4. I love cooking corn in the microwave but I prefer to leave the husks on while cooking.

    When the cook time is over, take the cobs out using an oven mitt or tongs. Hold the HOT cob with an oven mitt and use a sharp serrated knife to cut off a little of the large end of the cob. This frees the husk. Squeeze the cob out. This removes all of the silk so you don’t have to spend time picking it off.

    1. What an awesome trick! Thanks so much for sharing your tips for microwaving corn on the cob with the husks on. I’ll have to give that a try!