Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Friday 19 August 2022


Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave 

Right now we are in the depths of Corn season.  When I was living in the UK, I longed for a good old Canadian Corn on the Cob season.  When I was a child we used to really look forward to this time of year.

My mother would cook us up a corn on the cob feast.  She would bring a huge pot of water to the boil on top of the stove and drop in husked cobs of corn. We were allowed to eat as much of it as we wanted, with plenty of butter and salt. Oh how we loved it! 

I confess I did the same for my own children.    

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Now I live on my own the idea of bringing a whole big pot of water to the boil to cook one ear of corn is a bit  . . .  well  . . .  a bit of an "I can't be bothered" kind of an idea.  I mean, who wants to go to all of that trouble for one ear of corn.

Cooking your corn in the microwave is the perfect solution. Nothing could be easier, or quicker, and you don't even need to husk it first!  Just microwave the corn with the husks on for four minutes, lop off the stem end and then slip off the husks!

Easy peasy lemon squeasy and it ends up perfectly cooked every time! 

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave 


Nothing could be any simpler.  There is no need to husk the corn at all.  Just pop the whole cob into the microwave (you can put it on a plate if you wish) and nuke it on high. Four minutes is all it takes.

Once done, just remove the corn from the microwave. (Use a glove it will be hot!)

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Use a sharp knife to cut the bottom off of the cob of corn as in the above photograph. I used my Santoku knife. It has a nice sharp blade and is straight edged. I find that is the knife I use most of the time because it is comfortable to use, a great size and does a great job.

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Grab the tassel end of the cob of corn firmly (again use a glove) give it a bit of a shake and a wobble and the cooked ear of corn should slip right out, no fuss, no bother, no corn silk or strings (for the most part anyways.) 

You won't believe how easy it is!

If you are cooking a ton of corn, its probably not the most efficient way to do it, but when you are only cooking a few cobs, (up to four)  nothing could be faster or easier, or more convenient!!! 

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave


There are actually a few strong positives about cooking your corn on the cob in the husk.  Cooking it in this way means that the corn steams in its own juices and absorbs all of those lovely flavors from the husk, resulting in cornier tasting corn!

I would even go so far as to suggest that if your corn is really fresh you won't even need to serve it with butter and salt, but meh.  Butter and salt are all a part of the enjoyment you have when eating corn on the cob!! 

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave


It is possible to cook more than one cob of corn at a time, depending on how large your microwave is and how strong it is.

Add 2-minutes of cook time per ear of corn.  This will largely depend on the size of your ears of corn and the strength of your appliance. This is a good basis to begin on.

Time as follows:  

  • 6 minutes for two ears
  • 8 minutes for three ears
  • 10 minutes for four ears

I do not recommend cooking any more than four cobs of corn at a time.  

Place the in the microwave next to each other toe to tail. So wide end of one cob next to the narrow end of the next cob, etc. 

corn on the cob with lime butter

Of course, even at its simplest, you cannot beat a delicious cob of perfectly cooked corn with plenty of butter and salt. It is heaven on earth.

However, if you are looking to amp things up a bit, why not try a deliciously tangy Lime Butter on your corn.   This is one of our favorite ways to enjoy it!  

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

If you have any leftovers, you can easily cut the corn kernels off the cob with a sharp knife and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container, ready to use in any number of recipes.  Its great tossed into salads, casseroles, soups, etc.

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Yield: 1
Author: Marie Rayner
Cook time: 4 MinTotal time: 4 Min
Instructions are for one ear of corn. If you are wanting to cook more than one ear, increase the cook time by 2 minutes per cob. It is not recommended that you cook any more than 4 ears at a time.


  • 1 medium ear of corn, fresh, unhusked


  1. Place the cob of corn into your microwave, unhusked. Microwave on the high setting for 4 minutes.
  2. Remove from the microwave, using a pot holder to protect your hands. Lop off the stem end with a sharp knife and then, holding onto the tassel end (again using a pot holder) gently wobble the corn out of the husk onto your plate.
  3. Enjoy hot with plenty of butter and salt.


It should be perfectly cooked at four minutes. Crisp and tender. This may vary according to your own model of microwave. If four minutes is too long, then reduce the time by 2 minutes the next time.

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Easiest Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

And then there was none. 

It was my son who suggested to me when I was talking to him earlier today that I cook my corn like this. (Thanks Doug!) Its such a simple thing and yet incredibly delicious. I don't think I will ever cook corn another way again!  This was so good I just had to share it with you right away. Hence the double post in one day!  Once you taste it I know you will forgive me!

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  1. This is really good timing ! I am just about to start picking mine . I love the sound of the lime and coriander butter . Thankyou for this one Marie .

    1. Tis the season! I love this time of year. That lime and coriander butter is amazing! You are welcome! xo


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