Perfect Microwave Corn on the Cob

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Microwave Corn on the Cob is unbelievably easy to make, and just as delicious as when it’s grilled or boiled. Cooking corn on the cob in the microwave is especially great when you’re in a hurry!

microwave corn on the cob seasoned with butter, salt and pepper


This is a fast way to cook corn on the cob without any additional steps required — all it takes is the press of a button!!

Use regular ol’ salt and pepper, or spice things up with some of your favorite herbs and seasonings.

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Sweet and crunchy, summer corn is undeniably the best side of the season.

You might be used to preparing it in the oven, in boiling water, or on the smoker or grill, but it can be so much easier than that!

Place some corn in the microwave — you don’t even have to shuck it! You’ll be shocked at how perfectly tender it gets in just 5 minutes.

Scrumptious and simple — the best combination!

Sweet corn is usually served just as a side, with chicken or steak on the grill. But there are endless ways to enjoy it!

If you have leftover microwave corn, use it in a super spicy Mexican sausage skillet or a casserole (perhaps one with bacon?

Yes, please!), or use it to make some corn salsa.

Ingredient Notes and Swaps

  • Corn – It’s always good to be choosy when you buy produce! Take a peek inside the husks.

    Choose the ones with kernels that are uniform in shape and size. And, of course, without any bugs!! That’s a little too organic.
  • Butter – Want to get a little fancy? Add some seasonings to your butter and whip it together!

    Garlic, parmesan, and paprika are a few of my favorites for corn on the cob in the microwave. 
  • Seasonings – You can never go wrong with classic salt and pepper, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up!

    Tex-Mex seasoning has a bit of a kick (I like to use it when I serve fajitas or quesadillas), or you can use some taco seasoning

How Long to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

It takes just 4 minutes to microwave corn to perfection! It’s super easy and quick, and my favorite way to make it.

Of course, the time it takes to microwave corn on the cob varies depending on the size and how many ears you’re cooking together.

For every ear that you cook, add an additional 2 minutes — so 6 minutes for 2 ears, and 10 minutes for 4 ears.

This time is the same whether you leave the husks on or remove them before cooking corn on the cob in the microwave.

The only difference is, you need to wrap shucked corn in some damp paper towels to protect and steam the kernels. 

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Oven mitts – Safety first, always! Corn in the microwave will be piping hot when done, so be sure to wear a pair of oven mitts to protect your hands.
  • A sharp knife – The best way to cut through the husk. It’ll also help to separate the kernels from the cob if that’s how you like to eat it!

Storing and Reheating Corn in Microwave

Until you’re ready to prepare, keep fresh corn stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

After cooking, you can stick the ears back in the fridge for up to 3 days! Even better, you can remove the kernels and freeze them for up to 1 month.

So if you love to meal prep, knowing how to microwave corn on the cob is a must.

As for reheating, you know the drill — just pop it in the microwave! Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it warms through.

Microwave Corn FAQ

Why do I have such a hard time getting the corn out of the husk?

It could be that the ear isn’t cooked all the way through. Are the kernels dark and yellow? Is it easy to poke a kernel with a fork? If not, pop it back in for another minute.

You can also try wiggling it free from the other end, rather than at the base. Twist and loosen the ear at the base and pull from the top. 

Is it safe to microwave corn on the cob?

There are some myths about the danger of microwaving certain foods, or microwaving foods for too long, but it’s perfectly safe. In fact, it’s the easiest way to cook corn!

Is it better to boil or microwave corn on the cob?

Microwave, all the way! Not only is it quick and easy, but I think it’s the tastiest.

You’re really steaming corn on the cob in the microwave (especially with husks on), so it’s super juicy, sweet, and crisp. I really can’t describe how delicious it gets — you just have to try it!

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Perfect Microwave Corn on the Cob Recipe (So Easy!)

Donna Elick
Microwave Corn on the Cob in 5 minutes! Little prep for this recipe — just microwave corn in the husk and enjoy with butter and seasonings!
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Microwave
Servings 1


  • 1 ear corn on the cob, silks removed, but husk left intact
  • butter, salt, and/or pepper (optional)


  • Place one ear of corn on a revolving plate in the microwave oven.
  • Be sure that long husk pieces and stem have been trimmed so that the sides of the ear do not catch on the microwave while rotating.
  • Microwave on full power for 4 minutes, flipping over halfway through cooking.
  • Remove from the microwave oven using an oven mitt and transfer to a cutting board
  • Holding the top of the ear of the corn down, carefully cut through the husk, about ½ inch up from the bottom of the ear. Be sure to cut above the stem and through the actual corn kernels.
  • Squeeze from the top while wriggling out the ear from the base where you have cut to expose the ear. The ear of corn should slip out of the husks cleanly.
  • Top with butter, salt, and pepper or other toppings of choice.

Donna’s Notes

  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can also cut the kernels from the ears and freeze for up to 1 month.
  2. Microwave cook times will vary, especially when adding additional ears of corn to the microwave at the same time. One ear of corn takes 4 minutes, 2 ears of corn takes 6 minutes, and 4 ears of corn takes about 10 minutes. (Add 2 minutes per ear of corn after the first one at 4 minutes.)
  3. Loosen the husks around the ear of corn at the base and then pull the ear out if you’re having trouble wriggling it free. Difficulty slipping the ear out may also be a sign that the corn is not cooked all the way.
  4. The corn will turn slightly darker and more yellow when fully cooked.
  5. When choosing corn in the store, open the husks just slightly with your fingers and check for uniformly shaped and sized kernels. Choose corn that is free from worms or bugs.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 77cal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2022, updated and republished May 2023

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  1. I like the idea of using the microwave but how do you remove the silk from the ear while leaving the husk intact?

  2. I have read that when you cut the corn at the stem end, you remove the anchor which is holding the silks in place. Removing the cob at the stem end ensures that most of the silks remain in the husk and leaves your corn relatively clean. Try it.

  3. best way to cook corn on cob I love it sometimes I just do one for me. on other days love it .

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