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
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 77kcal
Author Liren Baker


  • 1 ear corn on the cob husk intact


  • 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!


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.


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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