It is so easy to microwave corn on the cob!

This shuck-free method makes juicy and tender corn on the cob that’s ready in no time at all! Add a little butter, salt, and pepper and they’re ready to enjoy!

As much as we love grilled corn, cooking in the microwave is perfect for a fast side when you need just a couple of cobs.

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Easiest Way to Cook Corn! 

This method is great if you’d like to cook just a few cobs of corn. No need to shuck or boil water.

  • This recipe can’t get any easier!
  • Place the whole ear of corn in the microwave with the silk and husk intact (no need to peel). The corn steams from the inside for the best taste and texture!
  • Once cooked cut off the end and the corn will slide right out, no peeling needed.
  • Make in batches and keep them warm in a crock pot or low oven with ½ cup of water.

More Ways to Cook Corn

This microwave corn on the cob recipe is great when you need just a couple of cobs. If you’re cooking for a crowd, try some of these other methods.

3 Simple Ingredients

Corn on the Cob – Choose ears that will easily fit in the microwave. Trim the tops of excess leaves and break off the stalk end if needed. Frozen cobs can be used, simply add extra minutes to the cooking time.

Butter Use unsalted butter, or use salted butter and omit the salt. Margarine will also work in a pinch!

Seasonings Kosher salt, pink salt, or table salt can all be used. Fresh cracked pepper, ground pepper, or even white pepper will all taste great, whatever you have on hand. Or skip the salt & pepper and go straight for the seasonings below!


Seasonal corn on the cob really only needs a little butter and salt and black pepper.

However, try new spice mixtures to pump up the flavor – homemade seasoned salt, homemade taco seasoning, or garlic butter. Don’t overlook a few squirts of lemon, lime, or Tabasco!

Corn husk in the microwave

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

No need to boil water on the stove for these juicy and sweet cobs!

  1. Microwave un-shucked corn on the cobs (as per the recipe below).
  2. Remove from the microwave with a kitchen towel (they’re hot!), and place them on a heat-proof surface.
  3. Cut off each end and the corn will slide out free of the husk and the silk.
  4. Season with butter and salt and pepper to taste.
Steps to show how to peel a corn on the cob

Storing & Reheating

Keep leftover microwave corn on the cob in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat by wrapping each ear in a clean, wet paper towel before reheating.

Remove the kernels and freeze corn in zippered bags for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as directed above or reheat them on the grill.

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Microwave Corn on the Cob

With only 3 simple ingredients, this tasty corn can be on the table in under 5 minutes!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
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  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Place corn in the microwave (with silk & husks intact).
  • Microwave on high power for 3 minutes (smaller cobs) or 4 minutes (larger cobs).
  • Remove from the microwave and using a sharp knife, cut both ends off of the corn. Careful, it will be hot!
  • Slide the corn out of the husk (the silk should slide right off too).
  • Season with butter, salt, & pepper to taste.


Cooking time can vary based on the power of your microwave. The cooking time is for two corn on the cob, add about 1 minute for each additional ear.
Cooking time can vary based on the size of the corn too, if the cobs are large, add extra time.
The corn will be very hot, use an oven mitt to handle it.
To reheat leftover shucked corn, wrap it in damp paper towels.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 128 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. HI! Just a PS: Did you know?
    You can FREEZE Corn on the cob-uncooked- ‘AS IS’ Still in their husks- just trim off any nasty leaves/bits/excess silk or stalk.
    NO NEED to blanch-an elderly farming neighbour advised me of this!
    Put in freezer bags (2/3/4 depending on bag size/serving needs) *suck out extra air with straw or such- so no freezer burn- freeze ‘as is’ up to 6 months=fresh tasting corn to have in winter!)

  2. Yes! Quick, easy, & saves on time as well as water waste!
    (why use litres of water to boil corn just to toss it down the drain later?)
    I used 4 cobs, trimmed stems and hanging bits of tops a bit, then microwaved on a dinner plate, with microwave ‘lid’.
    I alternated ‘stem to ends’ on the plate, for more ‘even’ cooking.
    husks& silk came off so easily!
    Added some butter,wee bit of salt, black pepper and tossed gently to coat, AFTER slightly cooled.
    Perfect. Thank you Holly.5 stars

  3. My brother told about this method last year after he learned it from a corn grower. It is the only way I cook fresh corn now. Fast, easy, and neater. Besides the corn tastes much better than being boiled to death.5 stars