The Art of Microwaving Corn on the Cob

Have you ever wondered how to cook corn on the cob in a microwave? It’s a quick and easy method that takes only about 5 minutes if done right. Microwaving vegetables is a game changer when it comes to convenience and tenderness. Let me guide you through this simple kitchen hack.

The Magic of Microwaving Corn on the Cob

Microwaving corn on the cob is a game changer. It’s an effortless way to prepare a side dish that pairs perfectly with any main course. The corn stays crisp and the kernels become tender, all while cooking right in the husk with no prep work required. It’s one of our favorite microwave recipes out there.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Unlike microwaving broccoli or carrots, you don’t need any additional dishes for microwaving corn on the cob. Let me give you a breakdown. I’ll share two methods: cooking corn in the husk and microwaving frozen corn on the cob.

Cooking Corn in the Husk

This method is the best overall for achieving ideal results. Start by selecting fresh corn on the cob. If fresh produce isn’t readily available, you can use frozen corn as well. However, keep in mind that the texture won’t be as perfect as with fresh corn.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Place the whole cobs with the husks intact into the microwave. Using a rotating lazy susan inside the microwave is the best option.
  2. Heat on high (or 100% regular heat) for about 4-5 minutes. If your microwave doesn’t have a rotating plate, remember to turn the corn over halfway through.
  3. Pull back the husks and use a fork to test the tenderness. If the corn is not tender enough, add another minute of cooking time and test again until it’s just right for you.
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Microwaving Frozen Corn on the Cob

For frozen corn on the cob, the husks will typically be removed. You can use a few damp paper towels to mimic the husks. Here’s how:

  1. Fold 4 paper towels in half, creating two long and two thick towels.
  2. Run the towels under cool water to dampen them.
  3. Gently squeeze out any excess water.
  4. Lay the corn cobs inside the wet paper towels, wrapping two cobs together.
  5. Use the same timing as mentioned above for cooking corn in the microwave. Set the microwave to high power and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the corn is tender to your liking.

Remove the corn from the microwave, pour melted butter over the ears, and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy your perfectly cooked corn on the cob!

Explore More Corn Variations

Microwaving corn on the cob opens up a world of possibilities. Here are a few additional ideas to elevate your corn game:

  • Corn on the Cob with Paper Towels: If you want to remove the husk beforehand, you can use dampened paper towels to achieve a similar effect. However, leaving the corn in the husk is the best method if possible.
  • Microwaving Shucked Corn on the Cob: While I prefer methods like grilling or air frying for making corn ribs, you can also use the microwave if that’s all you have. Simply slice the kernels almost off, leaving them in strips for a unique corn eating experience.
  • Mexican Street Corn: You don’t need a grill to enjoy the flavors of Mexican street corn. In the microwave, you can achieve a similar taste by adding a fresh lime, cotija or feta cheese, and a bit of mayo.
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So there you have it! Microwaving corn on the cob is a fantastic kitchen hack that delivers tender and delicious results. Give it a try and enjoy the simplicity and speed of this cooking method. To take your corn game to the next level, check out our other microwave recipes like acorn squash and carrots. And for the best BBQ experience, make sure to visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy cooking!