How to Microwave Corn on the Cob



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I love corn. I might be biased, but I think our state makes the sweetest and juiciest corn out there. We definitely eat way more than we should, but honestly, I am okay with that! Especially now that I’ve learned how to make corn in the microwave. Now it’s done in a few minutes with zero extra dishes. And that is always a good thing right?

I swear dishes multiply when they are dirty.

There are a couple of ways to make corn in the microwave, but my favorite is one that is a lot faster and with the least amount of time waiting for the corn to cook. I mean, why would you want to cook corn, only to wait for it to cool down for you to handle? Don’t we want a plate of hot food on the table to eat?

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By shucking the corn (or using corn that was pre-shucked), we don’t need to be as hands-on with the corn after making it. This means we don’t have to wait for the corn to cool a ton before we handle and serve it. Instead, we wrap the corn in damp paper towels and microwave for a few minutes. After that, we simply unroll the corn (I recommend using tongs just in case), then dress how you like before serving. Easy!

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Prep Time: N/A
Cook Time: 7 min
Total Time: 7 min


  • Corn


  1. Wrap each ear of corn in damp, but not dripping, paper towels.
  2. Place directly in the microwave, or use a microwave-safe plate if desired.
  3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Carefully flip, then microwave for an additional 3 – 4 minutes.
  4. Carefully unroll the corn, then dress with butter, salt, and/or herbs.

Hi, I’m Ashley & I’m so happy you’re here!

Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!