Rating: 4.62 stars
541 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 394
  • 4 star values: 104
  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 6

This is a no-nonsense recipe for corn on the cob. Perfect for when you run out of stove or grill space. 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!

Recipe Summary test

cook:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
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Directions

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  • Wet a paper towel, and wring out. Wrap the ear of corn in the moist towel, and place on a dinner plate. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully remove paper towel, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

123 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 27.2g; fat 1.7g; sodium 21.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (522)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2004
Mmmm...baby! Instead of wet paper towels just leave that sexy thang in da husk an cook it for 3 minutes. But WATCH OUT BABY! that thang is gon' be HOT!! Don' won' ya ta burn dem little tootsies. Butter it up an' salt an' peppa an' you is gon' be a heaven! Read More
(1308)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/18/2009
Since microwave ovens vary in wattage, the directed cooking time is not necessarily accurate. Saving a few minutes by not having to put a kettle of water on the stove was not worth the guesswork of knowing when the corn was done. I didn't find this method any easier and, frankly, I still prefer cooking the corn for a few minutes in boiling water with a little sugar added. Read More
(53)
541 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 394
  • 4 star values: 104
  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2004
Mmmm...baby! Instead of wet paper towels just leave that sexy thang in da husk an cook it for 3 minutes. But WATCH OUT BABY! that thang is gon' be HOT!! Don' won' ya ta burn dem little tootsies. Butter it up an' salt an' peppa an' you is gon' be a heaven! Read More
(1308)
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2003
This is a fantastic, easy way to enjoy corn on the cob. I generally microwave 2 minutes, on high, per cob. It is fast, simple, and tastes the same as boiled corn. Be sure to wrap in the damp paper towels as this helps steam the corn. Read More
(1114)
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2006
We've always boiled our corn on the cob, however after reading other reviewers comments here, I convinced my wife to let me microwave them this time. She was sceptical at first, but we both agree now that microwaving brought out better taste in the corn. Instead of wrapping in a wet paper towel however, we simply pulled back the husk to expose about 3/4 of the cob, cleaned out the tassel, rinsed the cob liberally inside and out, then pulled the husk back around the cob. We microwaved two at a time for 2:15 minutes, turned them over, and did them for another 2:15 mins. If you're doing more than two cobs, leave them to continue to steam in their husks until they're all done. Then remove the husk and serve. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2006
You can also do this by husking the corn, putting it into a pyrex dish with a tablespoon of water, and covering the dish with plastic wrap, leaving a corner open for steam to escape. Two ears of corn, 8 minutes in my microwave. Read More
(394)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2006
Microwaving is our favorite method now. Learned this at Weight Watchers about 5 years ago and unless I need to feed a crowd or want to make Frogmore Stew, we never boil it anymore. Leave the corn in the husks, cut off any floppy silks, and microwave 2-3 minutes per ear. Two ears are ready in 5 minutes in our microwave, but it will vary. And the silks just fall off. The corn is so moist and naturally sweet that we often just skip the butter. Read More
(339)
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2007
This recipe is terrific. I was looking for an easy-cleanup way to cook corn-on-the-cob, and this is it. I tried it twice, both times with 3 ears of corn at the same tiem. Ten minutes was too long, and 8 minutes turned once halfway through was just right. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
I wrap a dry towel around ear of corn and then wet. It's easier then trying to get a limp wet towel around ear. Read More
(186)
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
This couldn't have been any easier, not to mention great tasting! After nuking it in the microwave, I removed the paper towels, buttered the corn and then nuked it in the microwave for a minute longer. PERFECT! Read More
(110)
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2007
Works like a charm! I can't even tell the difference between this and boiled corn. Since I normally only cook for myself and sometimes one or two other people, this makes more sense than boiling the water and doing it the traditional way. Read More
(107)
Rating: 3 stars
11/18/2009
Since microwave ovens vary in wattage, the directed cooking time is not necessarily accurate. Saving a few minutes by not having to put a kettle of water on the stove was not worth the guesswork of knowing when the corn was done. I didn't find this method any easier and, frankly, I still prefer cooking the corn for a few minutes in boiling water with a little sugar added. Read More
(53)