Microwave Corn On The Cob

Corn On The Cob cooked in the microwave couldn’t be easier. The corn steams in the husk while cooking in the microwave. When it is finished cooking, all the corn silk comes off with the husk and there is no silk left on the corn.

Place the corn on a plate without removing the husk and place it in the microwave. I find 1-2 ears steam the best but you can steam up to 4 ears. I also find fresh corn has more moisture than the grocery store kind (what these are), therefore steaming them quicker.


1-2 ears on high for 3-4 minutes.

3-4 ears on high for 4-5 minutes.

If you like it softer add a minute at a time to your desired tenderness.

Let corn sit a few minutes so you don’t burn yourself while removing the husk.



  1. I never thought of steaming corn in the husk. I usually microwave husked corn wrapped in a damp paper towel. But the idea of all the silk releasing easily really appeals to me.

  2. Great hack! I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now. Our farmer’s market allows us to shuck the corn before we buy it (a great convenience). When I nuke the corn, I wrap it in a damp paper towel. Other than grilling, this is the only way I’ll make corn on the cob! 🌽

  3. I only microwave corn on the cob, recommended by a grower at a Farmer’s Market almost thirty years ago! Thank you for promoting this. I wrap each ear in a paper towel and moisten it before placing it in the microwave. It’s delicious without adding anything.

  4. That’s a neat trick! I always dehusk them before steaming. This just makes so much sense to do it this way now!

  5. I’ve hear d of this but never tried it yet. But I will now, with your recommendation. If I keep it in too log, will I get popcorn??

  6. I’m going to try this. I love corn on the cob, but hate getting the husk off. Thanks for the tip.

  7. This time of year, we have corn on the cob almost every night. Before microwaving it, I cut off the last 1/2 inch or so on the stem end. Then, when it’s done, I take a mit, grab the other end tightly, and shake. The corn slides right out onto the plate without a bit of silk!

  8. That’s a great idea – heavy pot of boiling water and heating up the kitchen and yourself … easy-peasy, my favorite way to go. Now I just need a microwave … minor details.

  9. I grill mine when we grill meat. Peel back husks without removing and detassle. Cover in butter and seasoning salt. Replace the husks to cover corn. Place on grill until corn is tender. So good.

    • You’re welcome Susan! There is nothing I hate more than biting into corn that has the silk still on it. I honestly didn’t think this would work and it did!

  10. Your post just put a smile on my face. I worked in a hospital for 11 years and once a month our kitchen gave a demonstration to our management team about a unique way of cooking. And so they once demonstrated how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave. We all rushed to the shop after work to buy corn and the next morning that was all we could talk about – how easy it is to cook corn 😄. And that is still how we cook our corn today (if it’s not wrapped in foil on the fire).

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