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How To Microwave Sweet Corn On The Cob

Sweet, flavorful, full of corn flavor and FAST! You REALLY need to know how to microwave sweet corn on the cob shucked! I’ll show you ALL THE GREAT WAYS to make microwave corn on the cob!

A plate of yellow sweet corn on the cob sitting on a blue plate

Microwaved corn on the cob

Why This Recipe Works

  • Best sweet corn on the cob Recipes out there for the microwave
  • You can choose between FOUR different ways
  • Easy!
  • Fast!
  • Delicious! 
  • Works with ANY sweet corn!

Here’s How It’s Done

(This is for the recipe that I like best, however, if you scroll on down, I’ll show you FOUR other ways to do microwave corn on the cob shucked and in the husk!)

STEP 1. 

Shuck the corn. Wet a paper towel and wrap it around the corn on the cob. 

ear of corn wrapped in paper towel held by a hand

How to microwave corn on the cob

STEP 2. 

Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

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Sweet Corn on the Cob microwaved shucked


Repeat as needed until the corn is steaming hot and too hot to hold. Remove from the microwave with tongs. 

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How to Microwave corn on the cob

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Is It OK to Microwave corn on the cob?

Yes, it’s fine to microwave corn on the cob.  You’ll want to know exactly how to do so or you’ll end up with corn that’s cold and crunchy in spots and over cooked in others. 

Check below for the best ways to microwave corn on the cob.

How Long do I Microwave  Corn on the cob? 

It’s about 2 minutes per ear of corn. 

Microwave Vs. Boil 

We prefer boiled or grilled corn on the cob, but really, it’s up to you and sometimes getting something to eat RIGHT NOW is more important than flavor. 

If you are concerned about boiling water, I can show you how to do that!

If you follow the directions below though, you’ll get a lot of flavor from your microwaved corn on the cob! 

Can You Eat Corn on the Cob Raw?

Yes, you CAN!  But it tastes better if you cook it AND you might get a tummy ache if you eat it raw.

Can you Get Sick From Undercooked corn on the cob?

Not unless your corn on the cob is moldy or spoiled in some way.

How to Choose the Best Ears of Corn on the Cob

“Don’t remove the husk” the sign says. 

So, how are you supposed to check to see if the corn is good? 

Here’s how….

  • Look at the husks. They should be green and have a fresh leathery feel. If they feel dry or papery then it’s been a while since they were picked. 
  • Look at the tassels. They should be brown on the ends but white or yellow near the tip of the corn. If the entire tassel is brown, they are getting old. 
  • Feel the weight of the ear of corn. If it feels weighty for its size in your hand, then it is fresh and probably fully seeded. 

To Shuck Corn Quickly and Easily

  1.  Remove the outer layers of husk leaving the thin see throughish leaves that are near the ear. 
  2. When you are down to just the inner leaves, hold the cob by the stem end in one hand and with the other hand grab all of the tassels that come out the end. 
  3. Quickly pull all of the tassels to one side in one swift movement.
  4. Hold the tassels at the base of the corn and then use your other hand to grab the husks and peel away from the corn quickly.
  5. With the husks and tassels in one hand, break the stem end off of the corn cob and discard. 
  6. This should leave your corn on the cob mostly without strings. Pick away the few that remain

How Do I Know My Corn on the Cob is Fully Cooked Through? 

A fully cooked corn on the cob is HOT! The surface will appear dry when you remove the wet paper towel.

The steam will be rising from the ear and it will be too hot to touch. 

How Long Does a Cooked corn on the cob Keep? 

Cooked corn on the cob, if kept covered and refrigerated should be good for 3 days. 

Do not allow cooked corn on the cob to sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours

Fresh corn that is refrigerated, should be eaten the same day it is picked, however, it is safe to eat for up to 5 days. The longer corn sits, the less sweet it will be. 

How Do I Know If My Corn on the Cob is Bad? 

  • Bad corn on the cob has a sour smell,
  • corn kernels appear dented in,
  • the husk is dry and papery and
  • the silks are dark brown all the way to the top of the ear of corn.

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What To Serve With Microwaved corn on the cob? 

Topping Ideas for Corn On the Cob…

  • Butter
  • Bacon
  • Crumbling Mexican Cheese
  • Hot Sauce
  • Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Season All Salt
  • Black Cracked Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

The Ways to Microwave Sweet Corn on the Cob

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob in Water

We do NOT recommend this method, however if you really want to do this method, this is how it’s done…

  1. Place corn on the cob in a microwave safe bowl and cover with water. 
  2. Heat on high for 1 minute.
  3. Stir the water and
  4. Check temp of water and corn on the cob.
  5. Repeat in 30 second intervals until heated through.

CAUTION:  The water will be HOT. Be VERY CAREFUL removing it from the microwave.  It is BEST to use tongs to remove the corn on the cob and THEN allow the water to cool before removing the bowl of water. 

PRO TIP:  You will add a TON of FLAVOR by cooking the corn on the cob in milk with butter melted in it. 

How To Microwave Corn On The Cob in Wax Paper

  1. Remove the husk and tassels
  2. Wrap the corn on the cob in wax paper and lay with seem side down
  3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes per ear
  4. Remove from microwave, if the corn on the cob is not hot enough, heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until heated through

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob in a Wet Paper Towel

Check out the recipe below for how to microwave  corn on the cob in a paper towel. 

How to Steam a corn on the cob in the Microwave

Check out the recipe below for the best way to steam a corn on the cob in the microwave.

How To Microwave Corn On The Cob in Plastic Wrap

To Microwave Corn On The Cob In Plastic Wrap, do the following…

  1. Shuck the corn,
  2. Remove as many silks as possible.
  3. Wrap with plastic wrap
  4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes per ear of corn.
  5. Use care removing from the microwave as the plastic wrap and corn will be very hot. 
  6. If the corn is not hot enough, repeat in 30 second intervals. 

How To Microwave Corn on the Cob in the Husk

  1. To microwave corn on the cob in the husk, 
  2. Microwave the ears of corn for 2 minutes per ear of corn, 
  3. Remove from the microwave.
  4. Shuck the corn.


***The reason this is NOT my favorite way to microwave corn is because we often eat organic local corn and there are often corn worms in the end of the corn. I can’t even think about microwaving those worms with my corn. Ewwwww. *****

If you eat grocery store corn on the cob, then you should not have problems with corn worms. My local farmer does not treat his fields with anything to kill the worms, so we just cut that end of the corn off and discard it (worms and all). 

How to reheat corn on the cob in a microwave

To reheat Corn on the Cob in the microwave, 

  • wrap them in a damp paper towel (wet the paper towel and
  • squeeze as much water back out as you can, then
  • gently pull the paper towel apart to flatten) 
  • Microwave on high for 20 seconds and repeat at 10 second intervals until heated through as you prefer. 

TIPS & TRICKS for Perfect Microwave Corn on the Cob

Start with a great corn on the cob! Fresh local corn on the cob is always best but go with what’s freshest.

You can microwave up to 4 corn on the cob at a time this way, but wrap them individually. Microwave on high for up to 4 minutes (2 minutes per ear) and then 1 minute intervals until heated through. Change their positions around between intervals. 

If you enjoyed this microwave recipe, you might also enjoy these other microwave recipes…

How to Microwave Hot Dogs

Or These other Corn Recipe…

How To Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob

Southern Scalloped Corn

Corn Dip


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How To Microwave Corn on the Cob

Ready in 5 minutes, delicious, buttery crisp fresh corn on the cob. You’ll be eating in less than 5 minutes so get your toppings ready!
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to microwave corn on the cob, microwave corn on the cob
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 77kcal


  • 2 Tbs Water
  • 1 corn on the cob shucks removed


  • Wet a paper towel with the 2 Tbs of water. Squeeze out any excess water from the paper towel.
  • Wrap the paper towel around the corn on the cob.
  • Heat on high for 2 minutes.
  • Check if the corn on the cob is steaming hot.
  • Repeat in 30 second intervals until corn on the cob is heated through and steaming hot.
  • Top with your choice of toppings!


  • You can use this recipe for as many corn on the cobs as you like, but wrap them individually and cook for 2 minutes per each ear. It’s best not to try to cook more than 4 at one time.
  • Remember that all microwave ovens are rated differently and while mine may have the corn raging hot in 2 minutes yours may only be a little warm. Start with 2 minutes and then increase by 30 second intervals until the corn on the cob is steaming hot.
  • If you are cooking more corn on the cob, increase the time accordingly.
    For directions on how to cook in wax paper, plastic wrap, in the shuck or in the husk or in a bowl of water, see the post.
PRO TIP:  Apply butter and salt right away for the best melting.  You’ll know the corn is cooked through when it is steaming hot and impossible to handle with your bare hands.  Use Tongs to remove from the microwave.


Nutrition Facts
How To Microwave Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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No matter what is going on, I hope you are thankful too! 

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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

It’s not tassels on sweet corn!! It’s silk

Carolyn Kuespert

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

We tried the microwave cooking of fresh corn on cob with damp paper towel. Will be doing this way mostly in future.quick and delicious..

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

That's fantastic!


Thursday 19th of March 2020

I'm going to try the milk with butter. I'm assuming this is cooked in the microwave, too.

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Yep, sounds great!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 19th of July 2019

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jodie filogomo

Friday 19th of July 2019

Dang, I needed this last night. I just put them on a plate in the microwave. But there's the rest of the summer, and I'll be using this idea!! XOXO Jodie

Wendi Spraker

Friday 19th of July 2019

Hi Jodie! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! :) . I hope ya'll love fresh corn as much as we do! I know you are in a better place for finding it for a longer season too!


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