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Cooking Corn on the Cob in a Microwave

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Corn on the cob can be prepared in a variety of ways. This is a guide about cooking corn on the cob in a microwave.


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July 23, 2013

You will never boil corn on the cob again. This is easy, and the tastiest, sweetest corn ever. You are not boiling all the flavor out of corn.

You can cook 1 or up to 4 at a time. The time may vary with how many you are cooking. 4 minutes in the Microwave, turning over at 2:00 minutes. Add 1 minute for additional ears of corn.

Follow examples in pictures. Being cautious of hot corn when it comes out of the Microwave. Using Mitts or pot holders is wise.

Total Time: 4:00 minutes per ear of corn, 1:00 added for each additional ear.

Yield: As many as you wish to cook.


  1. Start by removing old dark husks that are loose only.
  2. With a large sharp knife, cut of stump and about 1/4 inch into the corn.
  3. Cut away the loose silk and dead husks at the top.
  4. Rinse well in cold water.
  5. Put Corn wrapped in wet paper towel in Microwave
  6. Cook on high for 4:00 minutes, turning over after 2:00 minutes. Carefully removing from Microwave with Mitts or pot holders.
  7. With a Paper towel, just squeeze the thin end of the corn and your corn should come sliding out with no husks or silk.
  8. Keep squeezing until corn falls out neat & clean
  9. Ready to eat, Hot, sweet and delicious.
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By 4 found this helpful
August 7, 2017

You will never boil sweet corn in a kettle of water again.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 to 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 to 20 minute

Yield: 1 or 2


  1. Begin with ears of corn still in the husk. Cut the bottom end off, and rinse with cold water let drain. Do not peel back the husk.
  2. Place one or two ears in the microwave. Set the microwave for 5-8 minutes. If you are using 2 ears add another 3 minutes or so to the timer. You can always change the amount of time, if you like your corn cooked more.
  3. Use towel, mitts or potholders to remove the hot ears from the microwave and pull the husks off starting on the top end. The corn silk will come off clean and easily. Cut the husk off at the bottom of the ear. If you need more corn, just wrap the finished hot corn, still in the husk, in a towel while you cook more.
  4. Once the husk is removed place in a holder or on a plate and add butter and salt. You will never boil sweet corn in a kettle of water again.
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September 19, 20052 found this helpful

Now that sweet corn is in season, a frugal way to prepare it and save time and water is to make it in your microwave. Use a gallon size freezer bag and place the peeled and cleaned ears of corn inside. Six will fit easily.

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By 3 found this helpful
July 14, 2010

The very best way to cook corn is to leave the husk and silk as is (unless there is a wormy spot on the tip, if so cut away that part) and place three at a time in the microwave with a damp paper towel over the top.

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