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Learn how to microwave corn on the cob without husk with just a few minutes of cooking time. This easy recipe is the best way to cook corn in the microwave and the easiest way to enjoy fresh corn during the summer months!

microwave corn on the cob with melted butter on white plate.

There are lots of ways to cook fresh summer corn, but microwaved corn on the cob is definitely the easiest and quickest method of cooking corn.

No standing over a hot grill or heating up a large pot of water. Just pop the corn into the microwave oven, and enjoy this easy side dish.

As an Arizona native, I’m all about quick cooking methods in the summer, and the microwave method is the fastest!

Check out more of my microwave recipes, including microwave ramen, microwave baked beans and microwave baked potatoes!

4 ears of corn on the cob without husks on plate.


Sweet corn on the cob — Either yellow or white corn. You can buy pre-shucked corn in your grocery store or farmer’s market. Or, buy corn in the husk, and shuck it at home.

You will also need paper towels to wrap the corn. You can use a microwave-safe plate or place the ear of corn directly on the microwave. A pair of kitchen tongs and oven mitt are also recommended for handling the hot corn.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

First, remove the corn husks. If you bought corn without husks, just remove the packaging and clean any stray corn silk.

While it’s not necessary to rinse corn before cooking, I do this anyway. Don’t dry the corn — water droplets will help prevent it from drying out.

Next, place the corn in a single layer on a microwaveable plate. Leave some space between the corn cobs.

husked corn on cob on microwave-safe plate.

Next, cover the corn with wet paper towel or towels. Make sure they are tucked tightly around the pieces of corn.

Alternately, you can wrap the corn in a damp paper towel or towels if you like.

corn wrapped in paper towels.

How Long to Microwave Corn on the Cob without Husks

  • 1-2 pieces of corn — 2-3 minutes on high
  • 3-4 pieces of corn — 4-5 minutes on high

Total cook time depends upon the microwave wattage, how many pieces you are cooking and the size of the corn.

Corn is fully cooked when you can easily pierce the juicy corn kernels with a sharp knife or fork.

plate of corn on the cob with butter on the table.

How to Store and Reheat

Refrigerate leftover corn on the cob in an airtight container. It should keep for 4 days. The best way to reheat cooked corn is to cut it if off the cob and reheat in the microwave.

You can also use corn off the cob in corn salad or in any recipe that calls for cooked corn.

Expert Tips

Don’t over cook the corn. Corn will continue to cook after you remove it from the microwave. So cook in additional 30-second increments if you want softer corn.

If you need to cook more than 4 pieces of corn, cook in batches and keep the first batch covered while the second once cooks.

You can microwave corn in husks if you have room. Just cut off the ends after cooking, and the corn should slide right out — silk free!

More Ways to Cook Corn on the Cob

5 from 4 votes

Microwave Corn on the Cob

By: Dee
Learn how to microwave corn on the cob without husk with just a few minutes of cooking time. This easy recipe is the best way to cook corn in the microwave and the easiest way to enjoy fresh corn!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 medium ears of corn
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  • Remove corn from husks, remove corn silk and rinse under cold water
  • Place on microwave safe plate, and cover with wet paper towels
  • Cook for 4 minutes or until you can easily pierce kernels with sharp knife or fork. Cook in additional 30-second intervals if needed


Cook time may vary with microwave wattage and size of corn cobs. 
Do not over cook, as corn will continue to steam after it is removed from the microwave. Cook in 30-second increments if needed for softer corn.


Serving: 1ounce, Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Fiber: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Amy says:

    What an easy way to do corn! Juicy hot enough to melt a ton of butter! Doing it this way from now on!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome! So glad you liked the corn, Amy!

  2. Vicki says:

    Wow! Never thought of doing them in the microwave! Made these last night to beat the heat! Delicious!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Glad you enjoyed the corn, Vicki. Thanks!