How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

This easy microwave method will have you taking a bite of sweet corn in no time!

Few things compare to corn on the cob, especially when you know how to pick the best sweet corn. For those who want to get their corn fix without waiting for corn to boil in a big pot or putting it on the grill, there’s another clever method.

If you’re wondering how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave, we’ve got you covered. You’ll have juicy, plump corn on the cob ready in just a matter of minutes. Holding onto the ends and diving in to take a big bite is as satisfying as can be!

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave with the Husk

The beauty of corn on the cob is that it’s in its own self-contained vessel, and that comes in handy for cooking. Instead of shucking the corn ahead of time, go ahead and leave it on. This will help the corn retain moisture while it cooks.

Step 1: Cook in the microwave

Place the ear of corn in the microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. If you have more than one ear of corn to cook, add a few more (up to 4!) and cook for 4 minutes. Add an additional 30 seconds if the corn needs more cooking time.

Step 2: Let cool and shuck

Once your corn has cooked, set the ears aside to cool. Once cooled, shuck the corn before diving in.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave Without the Husk

If you prefer to shuck your corn when you get home from the store or before cooking, or you’re buying pre-shucked corn, you can still cook it in the microwave.

Step 1: Prep the corn

Wet a paper towel and wring it out. Wrap the ear in the damp paper towel (to mimic the husk) before placing it in the microwave. Repeat this step with all ears, as this will help retain plenty of moisture while cooking.

Step 2: Cook in the microwave

Microwave the corn on high for 3 minutes, increasing the time up to 6 minutes if you have 4 ears of corn. Cook for 30 seconds more if it needs additional cooking time. Once the corn is cooked, it’s already shucked and ready to be buttered and sprinkled with your favorite seasonings before taking a bite!

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.