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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  • Loretta Bell

    You’ll need more than that thin cloth to grab hold of the HOT ear of corn – Use heavy gloves the heat won’t go through. Otherwise, double delicious!!

  • Sally

    This is awesome

  • Bev

    Just an FYI…. Be sure to dry out the microwave in every corner because it does cause alot of condensation and I must have missed a corner and it started to rust out. Got a new microwave and I am very careful to dry completely. All is well…

  • 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.

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