Sweet Microwave Corn on the Cob

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Microwave Corn on the Cob from ZestuousI don’t know why after all of these years of cooking, I never thought to microwave corn on the cob. Maybe I thought it would explode, like the time my brother put a glow stick in the microwave to see if he could bring its glow back. (don’t try that at home). Maybe I thought it would turn into popcorn, and what I would have left would be suitable for Popeye’s corn cob pipe. I’m not sure the reason, but it never crossed my mind.

I usually shuck the silks off of the corn, slather the cob with butter and reshape the husk around the cob. Then, I bake it in the oven or on the grill for about 45 minutes. I’ve also tried grilling it with a mixture of mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese, which is quite tasty. But now, I have a new, quick way to make corn on the cob.

While at the military commissary one day, my father-in-law was shucking corn next to the wife of a retired Soldier. They struck up a conversation, and she told him her secret to sweet, perfectly cooked corn…the microwave. He thought it was too good to be true, but after testing it and sharing the recipe with me, it’s now the only way we make corn on the cob.

Sweet Microwave Corn on the Cob

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Sweet Microwave Corn on the Cob


  • 2-3 cobs of corn
  • butter
  • salt, pepper and Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning to taste


Place 2-3 ears of shucked corn on the cob on a paper plate.

Place two large paper towels under running water; then squeeze out the extra liquid. Loosely wrap the wet paper towels around the cobs.

Microwave 2 cobs for 7 minutes or 3 cobs for 8 minutes. Remove from the microwave and top with your favorite fat and seasoning. I prefer butter, salt, Tony’s and pepper.



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  3. Dan Fiss

    April 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I remember the glow stick I think my eyes still burn a little. Can’t wait to try the corn, I think it will be an easy way to introduce Emmie to corn on the cob.

  4. nancy@skinnykitchen.com

    April 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Sounds sooo simple and delicious!

  5. The Café Sucré Farine

    April 27, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this – I just saw the first corn on sale at my local grocery store. This looks fantastic – I can’t wait to try it. You also took a fabulous photo, makes me want to make some right now!

  6. Pops

    April 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Butter, maybe a little salt and some tony’s. Next you cook a pot of rice, throw a good Ribeye and some asparagus with beuuter/oil and lemon pepper on the grill and you got a great meal. Yum, yum.

  7. Amy Deir

    April 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    This is the only way I make corn on the cob! Super easy and very tasty! My microwave has a special setting for corn and it senses when it is done. Butter, salt, and pepper. Perfection!!!!

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