Microwave Corn on the Cob is a tasty time saver that nearly anyone can do while you’re busy at the grill! Fresh, firm cobs are microwaved with the husk on. In just a couple of minutes, the husk slips off for the perfect side dish to serve alongside Grilled BBQ Chicken!

This easy side is best brushed with butter (or Homemade Garlic Butter) and served hot and fresh!

Corn on the cob on a wooden board with butter and pepper

A Summer Time Favorite

No one can resist the season’s first batch of summer corn on the cob! It’s a must have at every picnic or barbecue! Serve it with grilled chicken breast and your favorite pasta salad recipe!

Whether you grow it yourself or get it at the supermarket or the farmer’s market, cooking corn in the microwave preserves its sweet flavor and keeps it fresh and crisp.

Corn husk in the microwave

How to Cook Corn in the Microwave

This microwave sweet corn recipe only takes a few minutes and it steams itself inside the husk, that’s right no need to peel it first!

With the husk and silk on the corn, place between one and four whole corn cobs in the microwave. Don’t overcrowd the microwave to be sure that all the cobs cook thoroughly.

A microwave with a turntable inside will more evenly cook the cobs, but you can also stop cooking halfway through and rotate them.

Steps to show how to peel a corn on the cob

How Long to Cook Corn in the Microwave

Cooking corn on the cob in the microwave is easy once you determine what size your cobs are. Regardless of the size of the cobs, set the microwave to high power! The times can vary slightly based on your microwave (and how many cobs you have going in).

  • Smaller Cobs: cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Larger Cobs: cook for 4-5 minutes.

Remove the microwave corn with a mitt or kitchen towel and carefully cut off each end and slide the cob out of the husk and silk.

Brush on melted butter and season with salt and pepper and serve hot! If there is leftover corn, use it to make a yummy Mexican corn dip or a delicious side of homemade creamed corn.

Favorite Summer Sides

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Microwave Corn on the Cob

With only 3 simple ingredients, have this tasty corn on the table in under 5 minutes!
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 2 ears of 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.
  • Slide the corn out of the husk (the silk should slide right off too).
  • Season with butter, salt & pepper to taste.
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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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