The Easiest Way to Microwave Corn on the Cob

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

  • 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.

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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  • Jerry L Kerns

    You must have a low powered microwave. 4 minutes per ear turns them into mush.

  • Brad

    Four minutes per ear

  • Marja

    Help!! How long for 4 ears of corn. Ive tried 4,5,6,7,8 min but cant seem to find the best time . Corn is undercooked, not evenly cooked. Maybe I need to try more time. Try to keep ears same size..

  • Corn Daddy

    This corn is so good it could bring harambe back. Corn daddy approves

  • Mary

    I bought corn today at the Farmer’s market and came home and prepared it in the microwave as I have done for years now. When I removed the husks, the corn was mostly brown? I have been preparing my corn like this for the past five years and have never seen it do this. The corn is fresh, I ate an ear and it was sweet but the discoloring is odd. Have you ever had this happen and do you feel it’s ok to eat it? I thought maybe I’d just use it in recipes after cutting it off the cob and freezing it as that’s what I do with it anyway. thanks for your thoughts.

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