Corn on the cob cooked in microwave, peeling husk

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Learn how to microwave corn on the cob for one of the easiest ways to cook corn and remove the corn silk for your favorite corn on the cob recipe!

Corn on the cob cooked in microwave, peeling husk
How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Learn how to microwave corn on the cob for one of the easiest ways to cook corn for your favorite corn on the cob recipe! The steam in the husk makes it easy to remove the corn silk, too!

Corn on the cob cooked in microwave on cutting board.

Corn on the cob! It’s one of the sweetest parts of summer, and there are so many ways to enjoy corn, whether it’s right on the cob or in a dish, or even dessert. When it comes to cooking corn on the cob, there are many ways to tackle the job, from boiling to steaming, roasting and grilling.

But perhaps the easiest way to cook corn on the cob is in the microwave.

It’s quick and doesn’t dirty any dishes, and has become one of my favorite ways to cook corn, especially when prepping it for other dishes.

HOW TO MICROWAVE CORN ON THE COB

To cook corn on the cob in the microwave, simply place one corn on the cob, husk still intact, in the microwave and cook for 4 minutes on high. Cooking times may vary depending on the microwave, so slightly peel back to check the kernels for doneness. When cooked, allow the corn to cool slightly and peel the husk.

Step by step instructions for how to microwave corn on the cob.

Do I need to peel the corn before cooking?

No! Cooking the corn on the cob in the microwave with the husk intact allows it to steam in its own husk.

Can I cook more than one ear of corn in the microwave at once?

Yes. Add two minutes to the cooking time for each additional ear, though do check it periodically to avoid overcooking:

  • 6 minutes for 2 ears of corn
  • 8 minutes for 3 ears of corn
  • and so on!

How do I reheat corn on the cob in the microwave?

Place the corn in a microwave-safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel. Cook the corn in 20-second increments, checking for doneness with each burst.

CORN RECIPES TO TRY

Now that you’ve learned the easiest way to cook corn on the cob, here are some corn recipes to try!

Avocado Corn Tomato Salad
Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh
Ginataang Mais: Filipino Coconut Rice Pudding with Corn
Creamy Corn, Zucchini and Poblano Tacos from Vanilla and Bean
Tomato, Corn and Nectarine Chickpea Salad
Mexican Street Corn Salad from Foolproof Living
Jalapeño, Corn and Cheddar Arancini
Crab and Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)
Thai-Style Crab & Corn ChowderLobster Corn Chowder
Grilled Corn and Poblano Salad
Summer Corn and Barley Salad

Corn on the cob cooked in microwave, peeling husk.

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Learn how to microwave corn on the cob for one of the easiest ways to cook corn and remove the corn silk for your favorite corn on the cob recipe!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 77

Ingredients

  • 1 ear corn on the cob husk intact

Instructions

  • Trim any excess corn silk and husk from the corn. Rinse the corn, husk still intact, under running water and place in the microwave.
  • Cook for 4 minutes on high. Cooking times may vary depending on the microwave, so slightly peel back to check the kernels for doneness. If you desire softer kernels, or if your corn is large, cook more in 30-second increments. *See note below for cooking more than one corn at a cob at the same time.
  • When corn is cooked, allow the corn to cool slightly and peel the husk. The corn silk and husk should peel easily. Enjoy!

Notes

Do I need to peel the corn?

No! Cooking the corn on the cob in the microwave with the husk intact allows it to steam in its own husk.

Can I cook more than one ear of corn in the microwave at once?

Yes. Add two minutes to the cooking time for each additional ear, though do check it periodically to avoid overcooking:
  • 6 minutes for 2 ears of corn
  • 8 minutes for 3 ears of corn
  • and so on!

How do I reheat corn on the cob in the microwave?

Place the corn in a microwave-safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel. Cook the corn in 20-second increments, checking for doneness with each burst.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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