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How to Make Microwave Corn on the Cob

Updated on October 30, 2014

Easy,Delicious, and Mess Free Corn on the Cob

One of the best things about summer is fresh and buttery corn on the cob! I love to eat it but have never enjoyed cleaning the husks and silks off the cob.

Do you find cleaning corn on the cob to be a real challenge? Do you always have a silk or two that just wants to stick to the corn. That is how it was with me till I found this easy and mess free microwave method to cook the corn in the cob.

Now my ear of corn is done in just 4 minutes and it is completely silk free and ready to eat! Read on to see how you too can to this in just three easy steps.

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Corn on the Cob and in the Husk - buy in store or pick from garden

Corn in Husk
Corn in Husk

The process is started by using corn on the cob. Don't try to remove any of the husk before cooking.

all photos by mbgphoto

Step One- Microwave Corn - leave husk attached

Cook in Microwave
Cook in Microwave

The first step is easy. You don't need to dirty any dishes or pots and pans, simply put the desired number of ears of corn in the microwave. You will then set your microwave to 4 minutes for each ear of corn.

I have done this for anywhere from 1-4 ears and it has worked great.

Corn on Cob Apron

colorful apron

This colorful apron will be great to wear while preparing a meal for your summertime guests!

Step Two- Cut off end of Corn - use sharp knife

Cutting Corn
Cutting Corn

After the corn is finished cooking, remove it from the microwave and put it on a cutting board. You will want to use a sharp knife and make a firm cut through the unopen end of the corn (the opposite side from the husks). Here you need to be careful that you are cutting all the way through the end of the corn so the husks are separated from that end.

photo by mbgphoto

See the Corn End Cut Off

See the Corn End Cut Off
See the Corn End Cut Off

Step Three- Shake out the Corn - this is the fun part

Shake out Corn
Shake out Corn

Next you grab the corn by the husk end and give it a couple of shakes. When I made this ear it slipped out with just one shake, but sometimes it takes a couple of shakes to get the corn out.

The corn will slide out of the husks and leave all the silks behind. I was totally amazed out how well this worked!

Corn Husks
Corn Husks

Easy Clean Up

my favorite feature

Now all you have to do is dispose of the husks. How easy is that!

And of course best of all...enjoy eating your corn!!

Pottery Corn on the Cob Dish - pretty and practical

Do you find an ear of corn taking up too much room on the plate? How about serving it in an individual corn dish. These pottery dishes are especially nice!

Corn on Cob Holders - keep your hands clean

These corn on the cob holders are a great way to eat the corn and keep your hand clean.

Easy Corn Shucking - watch how easy cooking corn can be

Here is the video that caught my interest!

How do you make corn on the cob? - Do you think you will try this method?

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    • flinnie lm profile image

      Gloria Freeman 

      4 years ago from Alabama USA

      I will give this a try, it look like the best way to cook corn on the cob.

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      4 years ago

      In the past I saw some one who had shucked the corn and wrapped it in wet paper towels and then microwaved each ear separately. Your way is the best! I will tell my daughter about it as she does all the cooking for us now! Great lens!

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      Shamim Rajabali 

      4 years ago from Texas

      This is so much easier!!

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      4 years ago

      Your corn on the cob recipe sounds great to me. I always grill mine with the husk on outdoors, so why not in the microwave too! I leave the husk, though, just roll it down and it makes a great hands-on eating without messy hands.

    • ramonabeckbritman profile image


      4 years ago from Arkansas

      A friend told me about cooking corn on cob with husk and pop in microwave. I thought she was just joking with me since I never cook from the microwave. But oh no!!!! Corn on cob in microwave is Delicious. Your Lens helped me even more. Thank you

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      5 years ago

      That's a great, easy way to make delicious corn on the cobb... I've done it many times ;)

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      I never cross my mind that can be done using microwave, but you are right it is done quickly and without mess... so I will try. Usually I boil the corn... and is taking forever.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I have never made corn on the cob in the microwave but it would certainly make clean up much easier. It is now on my list for this summer.

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      5 years ago

      So easy to do corn on the cob in the microwave. I will have to try it. :)

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      5 years ago

      I will definitely try this method. So glad you made this lens. I usually put my ears in a steamer bag...but I like this way better.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, that looks so easy. I can't wait to try it. Congratulations on the purple star.

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      SailingPassion LM 

      6 years ago

      I'd never considered it could be done int he microwave - thanks for this :-)

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      Mark Falco 

      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I never would have thought of leaving the husk on. Thanks for the tips.

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      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the tip about leaving the husk on! Hadn't tried that.

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      6 years ago

      we always do it this way to cook but we do not cut it. We pull down the 2 sides of the husks, and it comes off in one pull on each side. Then we crack the bottom off. Perfect... Microwave for 3 minutes, Pull, Pull, Crack - way easier than the old fashion way.

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      6 years ago

      Mmmm.. corn on the cob. My favorite summertime side dish. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Rudy145 LM 

      6 years ago

      I just bought corn. good read!

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      Pete Schultz 

      6 years ago

      seems easy, and I will try this method. I wonder if it would work for corn on the grill? I usually soak the ears in water, and toss on the grill until it gives a little when you squeeze it....then tear off the husks....which removes most, but not all the silk, which is then a pain in the fingers to srtip off the hot ears of corn. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Just steaming it, but I will try this on our lil pantry!

    • AgingIntoDisabi profile image


      6 years ago

      I usually boil it, but it never occurred to me that you could microwave it. Definitely want to give it a try.

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      6 years ago

      Yea sure.. but not sure will such tasty or not

    • LynetteBell profile image


      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I make corn on the cob the same way as you do but I only do it for two minutes not four...but maybe it depends on the microwave power.

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      6 years ago

      I've only cooked corn on the cob by husking, removing the silks, then cooking in hot water. Your method looks sooo much easier and less messy. Thanks for sharing.

    • kimark421 profile image


      6 years ago

      I didn't know you could microwave corn on the cob. I'm going to give it a try! Thanks!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I've made corn on the grill but never the microwave-thanks for teaching me a new method! :>)

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      6 years ago

      great lens I must say...with wonderful pics...

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Just like this. Great job!

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      6 years ago

      I had no idea it's possible to do this!

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      6 years ago

      This is a great way to fix corn on the cob! I've been doing it for several years in the husks, BUT I didn't know about this great method of removing the husks! Doing that tonight! Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      good insight thanks!! check out Xs Energy drink all natural

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      Netlexis LM 

      6 years ago

      Got to try this one. I'm getting reacquainted with my microwave and using it for more cooking. I've made scrambled eggs, a fritatta and cream sauce for mac & cheese so far. Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      interesting.. if this works out it will save me tons of time!

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I always have trouble with the corn silks when I cook corn.

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      6 years ago

      I am really liking these instructional lenses with good images. Thanks!

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      Im Horse Crazy 

      6 years ago

      corn - fresh, quickly boiled - or now might microwave! - but most importantly, with butter and salt!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks allot for such a delicious recipe. (:

    • Edwardjames81 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow - I never knew you could cook corn this way. This is something I am definitely going to have to try.

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      6 years ago

      I will do it in a BBQ method, you can use honey or butter to give it a nice taste.

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      6 years ago

      Microwaving is probably my primary cooking method sad to say. Thanks for the great lens. I will be trying this in the near future.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these wonderful easy to follow directions. I will give this a try.

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      6 years ago

      I think I'll try it!

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      Wow, that seems so simple. Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      This is so much easier than booiling the corn. I have to try this. I love corn.

    • Sunflower2423 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a really nice lens on how to make corn on the cob easy. I love corn on the cob especially with the buttery taste on it. Good job on this lens. I enjoyed reading it.

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      6 years ago

      Wow - I make great microwave corn but I unwrap it, roll it in waxpaper and then nuke it. Always tender and good. However, after reading this hub, I will definitely try it your way. Sounds much easier.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 

      6 years ago from Marryland

      my mother in law tells me she makes corn in the cob. A perfect way to make it especially for one or two people.

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      6 years ago

      This sound great! I'll have to give it a try. Congrats on the purple star!

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      6 years ago

      Never saw this clever and easy way to avoid the mess! Thanks for this splendid tip and the perfect instructions. (Love your step by step photos!)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I always forget to do this until the season is almost over but I won't forget tonight thanks to you. Great directions and photos

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I did not know that corn could be made in the microwave. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try it next time we have corn. =D

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'll try it, 'cause it sounds like a win-win situation to me. I always hated those darned silks anyway! Mmmmmmm, love corn on the cob! Thanks for sharing this technique.

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Cool! I'll definitely try this!

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      6 years ago

      nice how-to, thanks for the info.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a great way to cook corn on the cob -- thanks for sharing.


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