Microwave Corn on the Cob


Microwave corn on the cob quickly and easily without crowding your grill or waiting for a whole pot of water to boil. This no-nonsense recipe for corn on the cob lets your microwave and a moist paper towel steam each ear of corn to perfection. I freeze the corn on the cob in plastic bags, and remove a single ear of frozen corn in the cold winter months to have the sweet taste of summer corn throughout the year!

Prep Time:
2 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
5 mins

Did you know you can microwave corn on the cob, creating a perfectly cooked side dish in just five minutes? Well, you can! Learn how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave today.

close up of microwave corn on the cob with rice on a plate

Can You Microwave Corn on the Cob?

Yes! Microwaving corn on the cob is an incredibly easy way to prepare corn more quickly than traditional versions, such as on the stove or on the grill. With just an ear of corn, a wet paper towel, and a microwave, you can have a great vegetable side dish ready in just five minutes.

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make corn on the cob in the microwave:

1. Remove the husk and silk.
2. Wrap a moist paper towel around the corn and place it on a microwave-safe plate.
3. Microwave until the kernels are tender, but still crisp (three to five minutes).

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Microwave Corn on the Cob

How Long to Cook Corn on the Cob In the Microwave

The cook time varies depending on the size of the ear of the corn and the power of your microwave. If you follow this recipe, a medium ear of fresh corn should be perfectly cooked in three to five minutes.

Should You Microwave Corn With or Without the Husk?

You can microwave corn on the cob with or without the husk. If you'd like to microwave before shucking, simply let it cool for a few minutes after cooking. When it's safe to touch, cut off the ends and remove the husk and silk.

What to Serve With Microwave Corn on the Cob

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Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great when it's so hot you don't want to use the stove," says Wildfire41. "The corn is so much sweeter when you're not boiling all the goodness out of it. I microwave a half dozen and keep the ones I don't eat wrapped in a paper towel and placed in a [zip-top] bag in the fridge."

"Had to adjust for microwave power, but otherwise perfect," raves Loree. "This is a life hack I wish I had learned 30 years ago!!!"

"Very impressive," according to v1234. "I followed the directions exactly, and the corn turned out great. Thanks for such a quick and easy way to make corn!!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ear fresh corn


  1. Remove husk and silk from ear of corn.

  2. Wet a paper towel, then wring it out so it's still moist. Wrap the moist towel around the ear of corn and place it on a microwave-safe plate.

  3. Cook in the microwave until kernels are tender but still crisp when poked with a knife, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Carefully remove and discard paper towel before serving.



Cook time will depend on the wattage of your microwave and the size of your corn. If cooking two ears at a time, wrap each ear in its own moist paper towel, and increase the cook time by 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
2g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 386mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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