How to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

Cooking corn in the microwave? This trick couldn't be easier! Husk on, 3 or 4 minutes. Simple!

February 14 2019

How to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

For perfect results every time follow this method for cooking corn on the cob in the microwave and you won't go wrong...



1. For 1 to 4 ears of corn in the microwave

Arrange the ears of corn, un-shucked (keep the green leaves around the corn on) in the microwave.

You can set them on a microwaveable plate or tray or you can microwave the corn on the cob on wax paper or paper towel. Alternatively, place the corn straight into the microwave.

2. For more than 4 ears of corn

Do them in separate batches of 1-4 only. 

3. Microwave for 3 to 5 minutes

For just 1 or 2 ears of corn, microwave on high for 3 minutes. For 3 or 4 ears, microwave for 4 minutes.

If you like softer corn or if your ears are particularly large, microwave for 1 extra minute.

4. Allow to cool

 Set the ears on a cooling rack or cutting board to cool.



TOP TIP! When the leaves and silks (the long stringy things) are cool enough, cut off the end of the corn ear and remove the leaves. Serve with butter!









  • Leave the husk on. The husk helps trap heat and moisture, cooking the kernels evenly. 


  • Rest the ears after cooking. After microwaving, be sure to let the ears sit for a few minutes before you shuck off the husks. They might feel only warm to the touch on the outside, but can be very hot on the inside. Wait until the silks and top leaves are cool enough to handle before peeling them off.


Check out this video on how to microwave corn on the cob!