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Fast and Easy Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Yes, you can make corn on the cob in the microwave!

Yes, you can make corn on the cob in the microwave!

We love corn at our house. When corn is in season and I can get it from our local healthy grocery, Sprouts, for 10 for $1, I usually stock up so I can preserve a bunch by canning it. But it goes fast, so until then I grab it fresh whenever I get the opportunity.

There are probably some pretty firm rules somewhere that define when it's okay to eat corn on the cob. Like, it's probably safe to serve with bbq, or when you're having a backyard cookout, but I think we break all the rules over here. Tonight I served it with lasagna. I know! It doesn't go with lasagna.

But it did! We take advantage of any excuse for corn on the cob. And what's even better than my toddler devouring an entire cob all by himself in a matter of minutes is how fast and easy it is to make. Four minutes! That's right. I can pop these babies husk and all in the microwave and have corn on the cob for everyone quicker than you'd expect. Check it out for yourself!

Fast and Easy Corn on the Cob

Fast and Easy Corn on the Cob

Cook Time

Cook timeReady inYields

4 min

4 min

1 corn on the cob


  • 1 corn on the cob


  1. This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or whatever. Just tack on 4 minutes for each additional corn on the cob you want to make.
  2. Start by pulling off just a few off the outside dirty pieces of the husk, but leave most of it intact.
  3. Pop your corn on the cob into the microwave. Yes, husk and all.
  4. Microwave for 4 minutes (per cob). That means 8 minutes for 2 cobs, 12 minutes for 3 cobs, and 20 minutes for 5 cobs.
  5. Let cool a bit because it will be hot.
  6. With a sharp knife, chop off the bottom just above the end of the corn cob.
  7. The rest of the husk should just slide off the end if gripped and pulled.
  8. Serve with tons of butter. Yum!

This method is so easy, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to have fresh, juicy corn on the cob anytime you'd like; even with lasagna. The trick though is finding the good stuff at the right places.

Fresh corn isn't good anywhere. I've bought pounds of sweet corn before from road side markets and Mexican markets only to end up with feed corn. Yes, there's a difference. Feed corn is grown strictly for feeding animals and sweet corn is for grocery stores. Feed corn doesn't taste good at all as it has relatively no flavor but it's cheap.

Unfortunately, I think this is why some people sell it as sweet corn, but you instantly know the difference. If you need to, ask to taste it. Sweet corn should taste good without needing to be cooked. Seriously! But buy the right stuff and you can put heaven on your dinner plate and smother it in butter. I hope this helps you to enjoy corn on the cob more often.

© 2018 Victoria Van Ness