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This no-fuss recipe for microwave corn on the cob is a must for those summer picnics and BBQs! It always disappears when I serve it with my BBQ Five-Spice Rotisserie Chicken!

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob
How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Have you ever felt that everyone is doing things the hard way? That’s how I feel about the “husk on” method of cooking corn on the cob in the microwave. Let’s be real:  peeling and picking the corn silks off a hot cooked corn of cob is a royal PITA. It is NOT easy, it’s not fast other than the cooking time and when I cook corn I actually want it hot on the table. Cooking it WITHOUT the husk is the only way I cook it anymore!

My secret? A wet paper towel.

Taa-daa! Clean corn, ready and hot to go straight to your table and no dry kernels in sight!

When corn is cooked in the microwave it really retains its sweetness and stays nice and crisp. It’s also the perfect solution when you run out of space on the stove or grill! This has been my go-to way for cooking corn ever since I discovered it unless I already have the grill on the go – in which case it’s just as easy to grill it instead. This is a super-fast of making one of my favorite side dishes without sacrificing any of the taste!

How to Make Microwave Corn On The Cob

Microwaving Corn On The Cob takes no time at all!

  1. You’ll need to use a large microwaveable dish and make sure it has a lid (if you’re anything like me, your dish lids tend to go MIA quite often!).
  2. Place the corn in a single layer in the dish and pour hot water over the top.
  3. Then cover the corn completely with a wet paper towel.
  4. Pop on the lid and place the dish in the microwave for around 5 minutes. It might take more or less time depending on how fresh your corn is and what size it is. Fresh corn cooks much quicker but the larger it is the longer it’ll take.
  5. When your corn is ready, just remove the paper towel and serve! I like to serve mine with butter and sea salt but it’s entirely up to your own preference.

Tips And Tricks For Microwave Corn On The Cob

  • It might take a few goes to get this cooked “just right” because microwave power can vary quite a bit, so don’t get disheartened if it comes out a bit over or under cooked on your first go! Just try changing up the cooking time next time around until you get to the perfect setting.
  • Make sure you’re using fresh corn.
  • Flavored butter is a great option if you want to add a bit of extra flavor to this recipe.
  • Store the corn in the husk or in the refrigerator (preferably) or a cool place until you’re ready to use it. You can even keep it in the freezer so it lasts a bit longer.
  • If you want a lighter meal, try serving it up with a nice chicken, radish and cucumber swiss chard chopped salad instead of with a meat main.

More Corn Recipes

Tex Mex Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Roasted Corn & Chickpea Salad

Curry & Honey Roasted Corn on the Cob With Husks

Hope you love and use this fun hack when it comes to cooking corn! Enjoy!

Love,

Karlynn

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Microwave Corn on the Cob

Making perfectly cooked microwave corn on the cob has never been easier, cleaner OR faster! You do not leave the corn in the husks for this recipe!

Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time
4 minutes
Course
Side Dish
Cuisine
American
Servings
4
Calories
62
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of fresh corn husked and cleaned completely
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 paper towel soaked

Instructions

  1. In a large microwaveable casserole dish with a lid, place the corn in one layer.

  2. Pout the hot water over top.

  3. Place the wet paper towel on top of the corn, covering them completely.

  4. Place the lid onto the dish and microwave on high for 3-5 minutes. The amount of time will depend on how fresh your corn is ( fresh good quality corn on the cob needs very little cooking!) and how large they are.

  5. When done, remove the paper towel carefully and serve hot and fresh with butter and sea salt if desired.

Recipe Notes

Calories are ONLY for the corn and not what you put on it! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 62kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 194mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 135IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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