Can You Microwave Corn on the Cob? – Quick Informational Guide

Corn on the cob is one of those popular snacks you could eat during school breaks, at home, or the office (during office-breaks, of course!). 

However, that is only possible when nicely grilled or cooked.

But, let’s face it, no one has all that precious time to wait until a single cob cooks in a pot of boiling water. 

If you want to have tasty corn quickly and with no messy cleanup, then it’s time to learn how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave. Yes, it is absolutely possible! How? Continue reading.

There are various techniques online on preparing corn on the cob in the microwave; this method is the most efficient and time-saving method. 

Learning this cooking technique will get your corn ready in less than 5 minutes.


Grab two fresh corn ears and place them on a microwaveable plate. Make sure the plate is nicely prepared with paper towels laid on the surface. Please do not remove the husks; it is our secret weapon 🙂 .

Place the corn in the microwave one by one and give each cob about one and a half minutes to cook. In less than two minutes, your corn should be ready. 

Wrap it in an aluminum foil and let it cool for another five minutes; this will also help it retain some heat. Do NOT put aluminum foil in the microwave!

After cooling, you can now remove the foil but remember that your snack might still be hot with the husks on the corn. 

So, remember to use kitchen gloves while shucking them off. As mentioned earlier, there are several ways of cooking corn in the microwave, but 99% percent of them taste almost the same.

Don’t be shy; you can add a bit of spice here and there.

TIP: To enrich the corn’s flavor, try throwing in some chives or salad herbs when preparing. Some butter lovers even make a separate dish with melted butter to compliment the corn. If not, you can add some pepper or salt, and you will have a ready to go snack.

You can have a tasty snack that you or your friends will enjoy in a matter of minutes. It is a simple method and, as you can see, takes little effort to prepare (provided you have the microwave!). 

There may be slight variations in how much time you leave it in the microwave.

After a few trials, you will get the right specifics and find what works best for you.

Well, I’m not quite finished. Did you know that you could also prepare a popcorn on the cob? Throw away the husks and silks and rub your corn in butter. You can also use olive oil if you’d like. 

You need two paper bags and an ear of corn. The bags should be the small bags you would use for a lunch, not the bag you get at the grocery store.

The ear or ears need to be dried out first for at least a couple of weeks, you can’t use fresh corn on the cob for this, or you will simply get dried corn.

Place the ear of corn at the bottom of one of the bags.

Place the second bag over the opening of the previous bag. This little “bag sandwich” allows steam to escape and keeps everything all neat and tidy.

If you can adjust the power of your microwave

, change the setting to only 50% power.

Cook for approximately 4 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: brown paper bags are not necessarily microwave safe, and you should always use caution and keep an eye on the bag to avoid any fire when making popcorn this way.

Once finished, take out the bags. The bags will be VERY HOT! use caution!

Dump the now freshly popcorned cob into a bowl and season how you prefer.

Cooking times will depend on your microwave.

Check out this YouTube video showing the process in action.