Microwave Corn on the Cob Recipe

A simple and quick way to serve corn!

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Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated October 2, 2022

Microwave Corn on the Cob is one of the simplest ways to enjoy corn! In just minutes, you can have a steamed corn side dish, without all the work.

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Corn is one of the most versatile and widely eaten vegetables in North America. It has a long tradition in American indigenous culture, and gained widespread popularity once it was introduced to settlers.

Native Americans were the first to teach settlers how to cook corn and use it to make meal. Corn is now used in a wide variety of recipes such as cornbread, corn chowder, and cream corn.

Traditional methods of cooking corn include steaming or roasting it on a fire. My trick to perfectly cooked corn on the cob is to simply microwave it!

A buttered cob of corn is a perfect companion for any number of meals, from ribs to hamburgers. It’s a great picnic food or a quick side for a weekday meal.

If you want to enjoy corn quickly and easily, give this microwave corn on the cob recipe a go!

All About The Microwave Corn on the Cob Ingredients


Did you know that corn is considered a grain and a vegetable? It all depends on when it’s harvested!

Corn harvested at the “dent” stage when it’s dry and mature is a grain used for animal feed. Corn that is harvested in the young “milk” stage is juicy and sweet and eaten as a vegetable.

Corn tends to dry out once the sugars turn to starch, so it’s best eaten fresh, canned, or frozen. But the most popular way to enjoy corn is steamed and straight off the cob!


Butter is made from cow’s cream which has been churned. Its creamy, rich flavor makes it a popular ingredient for cooking and seasoning.

Unsalted butter is most commonly used in cooking and baking. Whereas salted and sweetened butter is used as a spread for sandwiches, or to flavor cooked vegetables.

Butter is a popular complement to microwave corn on the cob. It helps bring out the sweetness of the corn and adds more flavor.


Although corn is delicious on its own or with a bit of butter, seasonings can transform it into something special. A sprinkle of salt is often added to corn on the cob to help balance the sweetness.

You can also add black pepper, or cayenne pepper if you like a bit of spice and smokiness. Paprika and chili powder are also popular seasonings, especially in Mexican cuisine.

Easy Tips for the Best Microwave Corn on the Cob

  • Wrap the corn (with husks and silks) in a wet paper towel to keep it from drying out. This will ensure the corn steams and kernels cook through.

  • Increase the cooking time if you’re cooking more than one ear of corn. In general, add 1-2 minutes of cooking time for each additional ear of corn.

  • Check your corn cobs while they cook if you’re unsure of the cooking time. You never want overcooked corn, because it becomes chewy and dense.

Microwave Corn on the Cob recipe

How to Microwave Corn on the Cob

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time4 min
  • Total Time9 min
  • Servings1
  • Yield1

Level: Easy




  1. Place Corn on Plate

    Keep the husks and silks on the ear of corn. Place it on a plate in the microwave.

  2. Cook Corn in the Microwave

    Cook corn in the microwave for 3-4 minutes on HIGH.

  3. Cut Off the Ends

    Remove the corn from the microwave and cut off the ends.

  4. Remove Corn Husks and Silks

    Peel off the husk and silks and discard. Always be careful when you shuck corn that’s been microwaved, as it will release hot steam.

  5. Serve

    Serve the microwave corn on the cob with butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Microwave Corn on the Cob serve

Fun Ways to Adapt This Recipe

Corn is such a simple yet delicious food. Its mild sweet taste lends itself to so many flavor combinations.

  • For a summery twist, add a squirt of lemon juice to your steamed corn on the cob. Smoked paprika is another great summer seasoning that will help your corn tie in with other barbecue foods.

  • If you like Mexican food, Mexican street corn (elote) is a popular way to enjoy this vegetable. Spread a layer of spicy mayonnaise onto your steamed corn and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cilantro and add lime juice.

  • Another way to enjoy cheese with your corn is to create a garlic parmesan butter. Use a pastry brush or butter knife to spread the mixture onto your corn for a savory flavor.

  • You can also accentuate the sweetness of your sweet corn by adding a drizzle of honey. Honey and cayenne are an excellent combination that balance each other out while adding flavor.

  • Use leftover corn to make a delicious corn salad. Simply cut off the kernels and add your favorite vegetables and dressing.

What To Serve With Microwave Corn on the Cob

  • The juiciness and sweetness of corn make it a natural pairing for rich barbecued meats. One of my favorite combos is corn on the cob with smoky sweet pork ribs.

  • Since microwave corn on the cob is a very kid-friendly dish, it’s great to serve with other childhood classics. Sloppy Joes and tacos are both simple yet tasty companions for microwave corn on the cob.

  • For any meal where you’d serve fries, try swapping them out for corn on the cob for a healthier option. Roasted chicken, steak, and pulled pork sandwiches can benefit from a fresh, low-fat side like corn.

Storage Instructions

Raw corn loses its sweetness as it ages because the sugars turn into starch. So, it’s best to buy your corn from the grocery store the same day you plan to cook it.

Once you’ve cooked the corn, it will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. You can also keep cooked corn in the freezer for up to 8 months.

The best way to store corn is in a heavy-duty freezer bag. It can be difficult to fit the cobs into an airtight container.

If you do plan to freeze corn, it’s best to cook it and cut the kernels from the cob. This will help save space in your freezer, and make it easier to store.

To reheat frozen corn, place it in the microwave with a moist paper towel to rehydrate it.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 186Calories
  • 12.5g Fat
  • 19.7g Carbs
  • 2.7gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat12.5g 16%
Saturated Fat7.5g 37%
Cholesterol31mg 10%
Sodium663mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate19.7g 7%
Dietary Fiber2.3g 8%
Total Sugars2.5g
Vitamin C8mcg 40%
Calcium8mg 1%
Iron0mg 3%
Potassium173mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.