Microwave Corn on the Cob

Learn how quick and easy it is to steam corn on the cob in the microwave. You'll get a delicious corn on the cob, with a husk that falls right off, after just a few minutes in the microwave. Find tips like these and more on Food Network.

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July 03, 2014
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What You'll Need to Microwave Corn on the Cob

If you steam corn in a microwave, it will slide out well-cooked and completely clean of husk and silk.

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Set the Microwave

We found that three minutes struck the perfect balance of just-cooked kernels and an easy-to-husk ear.

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3-4 Minutes' Cook Time

If you like your corn a little more cooked, feel free to go with four minutes. (And if you want to take that extra minute to whip together a microwave compound butter, maybe with a pinch of paprika and a squeeze of lemon, we'd hardly blame you.)

Use a Serrated Knife

Use a serrated knife for a secure grip to cut off the tip of the corn.

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Cut Off the Top Half Inch

You can cut the tip of the corn off either before or after you microwave it; it's easier to do before, because it's pretty hot out of the microwave, but if you do it after, you don't lose that half inch of corn.

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Perfectly Cooked and Silk-Free Corn

Microwaves cook corn on the cob by agitating the water molecules inside the corn. As the molecules are agitated, they generate heat, eventually turning into steam. The steam coming from the kernels forces the silk and husk away from the cob, making them easy to slip off. You end up with perfectly steamed corn, no husk or silk.

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