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Microwave Corn on the Cob

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Microwave corn on the cob is the easiest way to cook a whole ear of corn. It's quick, mess-free, and comes out perfect every time.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Cooling Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 to 4 servings
Calories 99kcal
Author Tracy


  • Un-husked corn on the cob *
  • Butter optional for brushing
  • Salt optional


  • Place corn on a cutting board, and cut off the stalk end by making a shallow cut all the way around the corn and then slicing through.
  • Place the corn in the microwave and microwave for 3 minutes. Let it sit for 1 minute.
  • Carefully, using an oven mitt or towel if necessary, squeeze the top of the corn so that the cob slides out.
  • Rinse, pat dry, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt if desired, and enjoy!


To microwave more than one ear of corn in the microwave, the rule of thumb is you’ll want to add 1 to 2 minutes per ear of corn and not cook more than what will fit in a single layer with a little space between, so 3 to 4 ears is usually the limit.
  • Microwave 2 ears of corn: 4-5 minutes
  • Microwave 3 ears of corn: 5-6 minutes
  • Microwave 4 ears of corn: 6-7 minutes
*If you're struggling to cut through the corn before microwaving, you can wait to do this step until after cooking when the cob will be softer. Just be careful, as the corn and steam will be quite hot.
*To microwave husked corn, fold a paper towel in half, run it under water, and then squeeze out most of the liquid so that it is not dripping. Wrap the damp towel around your corn and microwave as directed.


Serving: 1cob | Calories: 99kcal