Microwave Corn On The Cob Recipe

Published on May 20th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Corn on the cob is sweet, buttery, and delicious. However, cooking corn in a pot of boiling water is not necessarily the best idea. Water-soluble nutrients such as folate will be leeched into the water, and you will be missing out on beneficial nutrients. Luckily, you can cook corn on the cob in the microwave; no boiling water is needed. We show you how to make corn on the cob in two ways: with or without husk. It doesn't matter which method you use to make microwave corn on the cob; once you serve it with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper, the corn on the cob will be equally delicious and satisfying. 

How Long Do You Microwave A Large Ear Of Corn?

The rule is to cook each ear of corn for 2 minutes. However, if you are cooking multiple ears of corn, you will need to add additional time to the cooking time. For example, if you are cooking two ears of corn, you would cook it for 6 minutes, and if you were cooking four ears, you would cook it for 10 minutes. 

 

How Long Does It Take To Microwave Corn On The Cob Without Husk?

It takes about 3-5 minutes to microwave corn on the cob without the husk. However, depending on your microwave, it may take a bit longer. 

 

Can I Microwave Frozen Corn?

Yes, you can microwave frozen corn. First, place the corn on the cob into a microwave-safe dish with a lid and add 1/2-inch water to the container. Next, place the top of the corn on the cob and heat it in the microwave. For example, if you are cooking 4-6 ears of corn, cook it on high for 14-15 minutes. In contrast, if you are cooking 2-3 ears of corn, cook it on high for 10-12 minutes. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn on the cob

     

  • 4 tablespoons butter

     

  • 1 teaspoon salt

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

How To Cook Corn On The Cob With The Husk-On

Remove the top layers of silk from the top of the corn if they are soggy or fall off. 

 

Place the corn on the cob onto a microwave-safe dish and cook it for 2 1/2 minutes. Next, turn the cob over with a pair of tongs and cook it for 2 1/2 minutes. If the corn on the cob is not done, cook it for an additional 5 minutes, turning it over halfway through. 

 

Using oven mitts, remove the corn on the cob from the microwave. 

 

Place the corn on the cob onto a cutting board and use a knife to cut through the stump of the corn. Make sure you cut through the corn kernels and the stem to ensure the husk will slip off. 

 

Wrap each ear of corn with a clean kitchen towel and squeeze the corn out of the hole you just made. 

 

Remove any lingering silk from the corn and place the corn onto a serving platter. 

 

Add a tablespoon of butter to each ear of corn and sprinkle them with salt and pepper before serving. 

How To Cook Corn On The Corn Without The Husk

Shuck each ear of corn. Wrap each ear of corn with a wet paper towel.

Place the ears of corn onto a microwave-safe dish and heat it on full power for 2 1/2 minutes. Next, flip the ears of corn over and cook them for an additional 2 1/2 minutes. If the corn on the cob is not done, cook it for an additional 5 minutes, turning it over halfway through. 

 

Using oven mitts, remove the corn from the microwave. 

 

Unwrap each ear of corn and place them onto a serving platter. 

 

Add a tablespoon of butter to each ear of corn and sprinkle them with salt and pepper before serving. 

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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon