How To Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Corn on the cob is a huge treat for my family. I look forward to Summer each and every year just so I can walk into the store and see that beautiful yellow gold peeking out from green husks. Oh my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I swear if I could, I’d eat it every day. Just as summer is in full swing, and I’ve been seeing piles of corn at the store, I have also been seeing this new method of cooking and shucking corn on the cob making its rounds on the web.

I first came across this when my mother in law forwarded me the video, again when it was featured on a blog that I follow, and saw it popping up all over Pinterest. I admit, I was starting to become curious.

So, we all know the traditional way of cooking corn on the cob. You fill a pot with unsalted water and bring to a boil, add your shucked corn and cook for 4-5 minutes. Ta-da! Beautifully cooked yummy corn on the cob. It’s not a horribly lengthy process, but if you are in a time crunch it can get stressful. I know I become impatient waiting for water to boil. I swear it takes FOREVER!  That, and you do have to use a lot of water, and take up a big burner on your stove. Not to mention, the shucking. If you are anything like me, than you must hate standing at the grocery store, or over your trash can at home, shucking the corn. Making sure all the husks are peeled and each and every, teeny tiny piece of silk is detached, is such a tedious process. I am getting a headache just talking about it. So, while boiling corn is not totally out of the question, you really need to plan ahead. This can be a bummer, if like me, you tend to change your mind once at the store and decide you want corn on the cob with dinner tonight, only to realize you don’t have the time once you get home.

Well, this other method boasts an easier and less time consuming process that will cook your corn in just 8 minutes. Yup, you heard that right. Freshly cooked corn on the cob in only 8 minutes. And the best part, you don’t have to shuck one ear. Not one. Amazing! But…does it really do that? I had to find out for myself.

The next time I headed to the grocery store I picked up four ears of corn, one for each family member. Tonight, we’d be eating hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. While my husband was busy grilling the burgers, I got to work trying out this new method of cooking corn.

Here are the 4 easy steps:

1. After you have purchased your fresh ears of corn, husks still attached, put them “as is” in the microwave. Two ears of corn take 8 minutes. I put the first two ears in together,  followed by the next two.

2. Once done, they will be hot so use oven mitts to take them out of the microwave.





3. Place them on your cutting board and with a SHARP knife cut off the end, making sure you cut completely through the cob.




4. Slide the whole ear of corn out of the husk sleeve.


Voila! Perfectly cooked corn, no silks.

I have to admit, I was amazed. It worked really well, and was super fast and super easy. I would not recommend this method for huge amounts of corn, though. If you are having a party or a lot of family over, I would stick with the boiling method. Because cooking corn two ears at a time for 20 people is gonna be a pain.  In small groups, this method works great. The only negative, for me, is that the corn is not as crispy as when you boil it. We like crispy corn on the cob. However, if you prefer your corn softer or you just don’t care, than this method is the way to go. It gets that corn out fast, especially for those impatient little ones who want their yummy corn right now. So the next time you head to the store and wonder if you have the time for corn on the cob tonight, grab a few and try this method. Then come back here and let me know what you thought.

rachel1A Mom Knows Contributor

About Rachel B

I am currently a Stay at Home Mom of 2 wonderful kids. Before I had kids I worked as a Photographer and then a Contract Administrator. Now I spend my days being a room mom, managing my daughter's food allergies (peanuts and tree nuts), and overseeing homework. I have discovered a joy for running, having completed five 5K races, and have a whole new outlook on being fit and staying fit. Because of my daughter's food allergies, I have taken up cooking from scratch and find that it is not as hard as I imagined. I still enjoy curling up with a good book (am in search of a good book group), creating things (whether it be handmade cards, themed parties, holiday decorations, crafts for school, gifts for friends and family), and photographing and documenting our daily lives through scrapbooks and my blog, Unscripted.

One Response to How To Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

  1. Holly says:

    This is cool!