The Easiest Way to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Cooking corn couldn't be easier! In the microwave, husk on, four minutes. Cut off bottom. Slip off husk. It works!

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

A video came my way on Facebook the other day for a drop dead easy way of cooking corn on the cob. Like my favorite grilling method for cooking corn, you don’t shuck the corn first, but leave it in its husk. After a few minutes on high, you remove the corn from the microwave, cut off the bottom, and cleanly slip off the husk and silk. Perfectly cooked corn with no mess!

This I had to see for myself.

You know what? It works! It is probably not the most efficient way to cook corn if you are cooking more than a couple ears. In that case it’s faster and easier to steam or boil. But since I’m often cooking for one, and I have the patience of a hummingbird, I like the idea of quickly cooking one ear of corn in the microwave.

I also like cooking the corn in its husk. Cooked this way, the corn steams in its own juices and absorbs flavor from the husks, resulting in a wonderful, undiluted corn taste. If your corn if farm fresh, you don’t even need butter. (But don’t let me stop you!)

The YouTube video that inspired this experiment can be found here. (It’s charming.)

I made my own video (only 22 seconds long). Take a look!

 

The Easiest Way to Microwave Corn on the Cob

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  • Cook time: 5 minutes

These instructions are for one ear of corn. If you want to microwave more than one ear at a time, increase the cooking time by 4 minutes for every ear of corn.

Ingredients

  • 1 ear of corn, husk on

Method

1 Place the corn in the microwave, do not remove the husk. Microwave the corn on the high setting for 4 minutes.

2 Use a kitchen towel or pot holder to remove corn from the microwave (it's hot!) Cut off the bottom of the corn, stem end, about one row of corn in from the stem.

3 Slip off the husk and silk.

That's it!

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  • Peg

    I cooked 2 ears for 4 1/2 minutes and came out perfect.

  • Myra

    Is it possible to freeze the corn after cooking and shucking?

  • Carol Murray

    Just tried this and we had to take a knife and strip the corn off ’cause they were too hot to eat off the cob. Will try less time when we do this again. It certainly is much easier when you are doing just a few.

  • Paul Artis

    Love it and perfect moist and tasteful husk damp!! Thank you for sharing of the video and YES it was less messy and fast!!

  • Elektra Thompson

    Do you mind sharing the wattage of your microwave?

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