Introduction: Microwave Corn on the Cob - No Shucking No Silks No Fuss

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In this instructable I will show you how to make corn on the cob in the microwave. This method for making corn on the cob is awesome! There is no fuss, no shucking, and no silks to worry about, and it only takes 3 minutes to cook. Then you just put whatever you want on it and eat it! It is super easy to do, if I can do it you can do it. Let's get cooking!

If you have any questions or comments, put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Follow the easy steps or watch the short video or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients

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  • Corn in the husks (washed)
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board

Step 2: Place Corn in the Microwave and Cook

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First we will place the corn in it's husk in the microwave, then we will cook it on high for 3 minutes.

Step 3: Remove With Oven Mitt

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Now all we need to do is remove the corn with an oven mitt. It will be really hot. Place it on a cutting board.

Step 4: Cut and Pinch

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Now using a sharp knife cut off the end of the corn, then pinch and push the corn out of the husk, leaving all the silks behind! You may get one or two silks, but that is not bad, pick those off. Super easy!! Then put whatever toppings you want on it. Butter, salt, and pepper, are the classics.

Step 5: Video Tutorial

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Don't forget to watch the short video tutorial.


kilgore64 (author)2017-10-03

My son who worked in the restaurant industry showed me this trick several years ago. I thought it was absolutely brilliant! We cooked all our corn like this for a few years. Then somebody rained on my parade by asking, "What about all the pesticides that are probably absorbed by the husks? Aren't you ingesting them?" I had never thought of that but they may have been right. Now I'm afraid to use this technique. Does anyone have any thoughts or facts regarding pesticides used on sweet corn? Thanks for the Instructable, though! :-)

Yeah it is a pretty cool trick. I do sometimes wash the husk before putting it in the microwave. I also get my corn on the cob usually from a farmers market, but who knows if it has pesticides or not. But I haven't really been to frightened away from it though. Ignorance is bliss? lol

jangel222 (author)2016-08-30

How many ears can you put in the microwave at a time. There are 3 people living in the house and when I make corn on the cob I usually plan on at least 2 ears per person. The other question I have is how long does it stay hot if you leave the husk on so we can eat one ear at a time.

Thanks I can't wait to try this method.

Great question! I live by myself I only ever do one at a time. You could probably do 3 at a time and cook it a little longer like 4 minutes. Then eat those while they are warm and then do three more if you wanted seconds.

Thanks. I will try that and let you know the results soon.

Awesome! Good luck!

Bille Nutmeg (author)2016-08-29

Great! I have done it the same way, but learned to cut the end off before nuking. In addition, if you cut small slits around the sliced end, it makes it easier to shed the husk. Two ears at 3 minutes is a charmer and easy-peasy!!

By cutting slits I mean, stand the ear up with the cut end on the cutting board. Then cut small slits through the husk into the cob about 6 times (about 1/2 inch long).

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

That is awesome!!! I will definitely try that next time.

gm280 (author)2016-08-28

How does the taste compare to typical boiling it or roasting it?

margarethaidet (author)gm2802016-08-29

It tastes even better and thank you Matt, for making it available to everyone. So generous of you! Also (not a commercial, just experience) get an Ove Glove. Much easier.

Thank you!! :)

It tastes pretty good! Especially for how fast it is to prepare. I live by myself, so it is nice to use this method, I use it the most often actually. With that said, it is hard to be corn on the cob from the grill. So if I have company over and we are doing a BBQ, for sure I will throw it on the grill, especially since I can get several ears on there at once. Try it out once and let me know what you think. Mine always turn out really good, but it might have to do with all the butter, salt, and pepper I put on it. haha :)

asteadman (author)2016-08-28

Tried this tonight. Not only did the corn slip right out (sans silk) it tasted great!

My skeptical wife and son both agreed that we will do this again

Awesome!! I was totally skeptical the first time I tried it too. :) Glad you tried it and that you liked it!

BasinStreetDesign (author)2016-08-27

Excellent instructable! This is essentially the way we do them!

I can offer an optimization. Cut the ends off the ears before they go into the microwave then you wont need to do that when they are hot.

Thank you!! That is a great suggestion. I will give it a try on my last ear of corn! :)

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