How To Cook Fresh Corn In A Microwave?

By: surbhi

Summertime is synonymous with corn on the cob, but waiting for a pot of water to boil can be a big bummer when you’re craving those delicious, juicy kernels. 

Fortunately, your microwave can help, making the process quick and painless. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to microwave fresh corn so you may enjoy this seasonal treat with no effort.

How To Cook Fresh Corn In A Microwave?

Microwaving fresh corn is a quick and easy way to prepare this delightful vegetable. Here’s a basic step-by-step guide to getting started:


  • Cobs of fresh corn
  • (Optional) butter
  • Optional seasonings: salt & pepper


Selecting Fresh Corn: When buying fresh corn, seek for ears with brilliant green husks, plump kernels, and a little moist or milky appearance at the cut end. The silk should be light and not very dry. Freshness is essential for the finest flavor and texture.

Husking the Corn: Begin by peeling back the husks (the green outer leaves) one at a time. Take out as much silk (fine threads) as you can. If any stubborn silks remain, wipe them away with a damp paper towel.

Removing the Stem End: While this step is optional, some people prefer to clip the corn’s stem end to create a flat surface. This can help you keep the corn erect in the microwave-safe dish.

Adding Water (Optional): A couple of tablespoons of water added to the microwave-safe dish might assist create steam, preventing the corn from drying out during cooking. This is very beneficial when frying numerous cobs at the same time.

Covering the Corn: Cover the corn with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap to ensure consistent cooking and to trap steam. If you’re using plastic wrap, leave a little valve for steam to escape so that it doesn’t build up and cause the wrap to burst.

Microwaving Time: Microwave the corn for 3-5 minutes per ear of corn on high power. Begin with 3 minutes and check for completion. If the corn is not tender, microwave it in 1-minute increments until it reaches the required tenderness. Handle the hot food and cover with caution.

Resting Period: Allow the corn to rest for a minute or two after microwaving it. This resting period allows the corn to continue cooking while residual heat and steam do their work, ensuring that it is properly cooked and soft.

Serving and Seasoning: To serve and season, carefully remove the lid or plastic wrap, taking care not to inhale the hot steam. While the corn is still hot, serve it. Season with butter, salt, pepper, or your favorite seasonings or toppings. For added taste, some people like to add herbs, shredded cheese, or chile powder.

Enjoy: You can eat the wonderful and soft corn right off the cob, or you can cut the kernels off with a knife if you prefer. A delightful and handy side dish for any meal is freshly microwaved corn.

Keep in mind that microwave cooking durations can vary based on your microwave oven’s power and the size of the corn cobs. It may take some trial and error to discover the ideal cooking time for your microwave, but once you do, you’ll have a quick and easy way to prepare fresh corn on the cob.

How To Microwave Corn On The Cob With Husk?

If the corn on the cob is still fully encased in the husk, you can leave it on, and the husk and corn silk will slide right off the cooked corn after microwaving. (The quickest way to remove the husk and all the silk from corn is to microwave it with the husk on.)

Place the corn on a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 2 minutes for one ear and another minute and a half for each consecutive ear, no more than four at a time. (Duration may vary depending on microwave wattage.)

Allow the corn to cool.

After about 5 minutes, cut the corn’s end with the stub off about 1 inch from the end of the cob with a sharp knife. Using the silk, grab the end of the husk and pull the husk away from the corn. When handling the corn, use a towel or oven mitt to protect your hands from the scorching ear. You may need to jiggle it a little, but the corn silk and husk should easily slip off.

Microwaving fresh corn is a game changer on hectic days or when you simply can’t wait to enjoy this summer classic. Using the appropriate technique, you can eat sweet and tender corn on the cob in minutes.

With this microwave approach, you may now enjoy the taste of summer whenever you want. So, get some fresh corn and try this microwave technique—you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading. I hope you find it helpful.