The Easiest Way to Microwave Corn on the Cob


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

  • 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.


  • 1 ear of corn, husk on


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

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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.

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That's it!

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  • Susan

    Just tried this tonight. It worked like a charm! Thank you for sharing this.

  • JR

    I like this method because I don’t have to wait for water to boil plus their isn’t tons of steam in the kitchen adding extra heat on hot summer days. Also the added bonus of the silk slipping off with the husks can’t be beat. I hate eating corn full of silk strands. I haven’t tied doing this with the bottom end still on the cob. So far have just cut it off before cooking. When the corn is done I grab the top end with a thick pot holder and squeeze and usually the corn slides out minus the husk and silk.

  • Kathy

    I just love this microwave method. First tried it last summer (2014) and it’s a winner. My personal mod is to cut near the bottom of the ear, score it all the way through the husk up to the corn itself, but not cut through. Then microwave. When it’s done, you will have an entire ear of corn without losing even a little end piece. You can either snap the husk off at that end or just peel back the little bit covering the ear of corn, and slide off the big upper part along with the silk.

  • jeff

    peel back husk, fold over, wrap with paper towel instant handle.

  • Denise

    I tried this today and it worked perfectly! I love the fact that it was so easy. The husk and silk came off with no mess what so ever. Eating the corn was a lot less messy too. Love it! Thank you Elise for this great tip. I will be using this method from now on.

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