The Easiest Way to Microwave Corn on the Cob

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

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!

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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 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.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Danny

    One additional trick: if you have a few stray silks remaining, Hold the corn over a gas flame briefly, rotating it. The silk will char and make it easy to wipe off.
    Use a tool like a tongs that has a silicon handle, so The heat doesn’t transfer to my hand.

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  2. Darlene

    Love it, so I buy it all the time now, I use to hate chucken the corn, this so much cleaner.

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  3. Ruth Kaplan-Kramer

    This is so easy and there is no pot to wash. Like not having to dirty a pan wide enough for one ear to fit when cooking for one person. I love fresh corn but it does not always love me so I only eat one ear, then want more. When cooking more ears for more people, I don’t mind taking out a pan with a lid but it is a lot to clean to cook one ear.

  4. Garreth

    Simply simple way to make tender, flavorful ears of corn. Cooked it 30 seconds longer than suggested. Perfect.

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  5. Vic

    It works and the corn was nicely cooked, 6 minutes for 2 ears, but the husk does not “nicely slide off”. It is much easier to remove the husk and silk first, wrap the ear in plastic wrap and then cook it.

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