The best way to make fresh summer corn is with the microwave oven. Ready in under 10 minutes, this easy recipe transforms cobs of corn into buttery juicy masterpieces.

Microwave Corn on the Cob.

Savor the taste of sweet, juicy corn on the cob with our quick and easy microwave method. Enjoy delicious corn, perfectly cooked in minutes.

Making perfect corn on the cob in the microwave

Sometimes, I shuck the corn silk off of the ears of 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 grilled corn with a mixture of mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese, which is quite tasty. 

But now, I have a new, quick way to make perfect corn on the cob. The microwave method. 

Cooking corn on the cob in a microwave is the quickest way to cook corn on the cob. Plus, you don’t need a boiling pot of water. Just a microwave, a moist paper towel and a microwave-safe plate.

It’s an easy way to make the perfect side dish to accompany any main dish you like. I guarantee this cooking method will become your favorite way to make juicy corn whenever you want.

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Sweet Microwave Corn on the Cob

Savor the taste of sweet, juicy corn on the cob with our quick and easy microwave method. Enjoy delicious corn, perfectly cooked in minutes.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 cobs fresh corn
  • 2 tsp butter
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions 

  • Prep: Place 2-3 ears of shucked corn on the cob on a paper plate.
  • Wet: Place two large paper towels under running water; then squeeze out the extra liquid. Loosely wrap the wet paper towels around the cobs.
  • Microwave: Microwave two cobs for 7 minutes or three cobs for 8 minutes.
  • Season: Remove from the microwave. Slather with butter and season with salt and pepper.

Notes

You may need to adjust the cook time, depending on the wattage of your microwave. 

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 293IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Three ears of corn.

Ingredients

  • Cobs of fresh corn: Corn can be found in the produce section of your grocery store. Sometimes it’s sold with the husks covering the cobs, and sometimes they’re already shucked. Either work with this recipe.
  • Butter: You can use any type of butter you like. I prefer the flavor of salted sticks of butter like Kerrygold. But spreadable or even squeezable butter are good, too.
  • Kosher Salt: Just like the butter, any type of salt is fine. I prefer the large grains of kosher salt. If you use table salt, just use a little smaller pinch.
  • Black Pepper

See the full recipe card for servings and a full list of ingredients.

How to make microwave corn on the cob

  1. PREP: Place 2-3 ears of shucked corn on the cob on a paper plate.
  2. WET: Place two large paper towels under running water, then squeeze out the extra liquid. Loosely wrap each damp paper towel around the corn cobs.
  3. MICROWAVE: Microwave two cobs for 7 minutes or three cobs for 8 minutes.

✔️ PRO TIP

Depending on the size of the corn and the wattage of your microwave, you may have to adjust the cook time. 

  1. SEASON: Remove the cooked corn from the microwave. Discard the wet paper towel. Slather with butter and season with salt and pepper.
Microwave Corn on the Cob.

How to serve microwave corn on the cob

Serve up your delicious corn with some pork barbecue, smoked turkey legs, coleslaw, potato salad or some juicy ribs.

Storage

Leftover microwave sweet corn on the cob can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. It can also be frozen for up to 4 months. Just make sure to freeze it without the seasonings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reheat leftover corn on the cob?

Place your leftover corn cob on a microwaveable plate in 30-second increments until heated.

Can I use pre-shucked corn for this corn on the cob recipe?

Yes. If you don’t feel like shucking corn husks, you can spring for pre-shucked corn. 

Do I have to use the seasonings listed?

Not at all. Feel free to use your favorite seasonings. Some great options are chili powder, paprika and garlic powder.

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.


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  1. Shuck the corn, wrap each cob in wax paper and twist the ends like a candy. Microwave 5 to 6 minutes. Be careful when unwrapping, it’s very steamy and hot. Then fix as usual and enjoy