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!

A plate of microwave corn on the cob set on a cutting board and topped with butter.
Eliezer Martinez

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.)

A plate of microwave corn on the cob set on a cutting board and topped with butter.
Eliezer Martinez

The Easiest Way to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Yield 1 ear of corn

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 2 minutes for every additional ear of corn, depending on the power of your microwave and the size of your ears of corn. You may need to experiment to find the right time for your microwave.

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.

    Note that every microwave is different. If this timing over-cooks the corn in your microwave, reduce it to 2 to 3 minutes the next time.

    An ear of corn in a microwave to show how to cook corn on the cob.
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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.

    Using pot holders to remove a corn on the cob from a microwave.
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    An ear of corn on a cutting board to show how to make corn on the cob.
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    Slicing the end of the corn off on a cutting board to show how to make corn on the cob.
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  3. Slip off the husk and silk.

    That's it!

    Sliding the corn out of the husk to show how to make corn on the cob.
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    Stacked microwave corn on a cutting board.
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