Microwaved Corn on the Cob Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Learn the steps to make corn on the cob in the microwave. It only takes 5 minutes and the kernels end up perfectly steamed every time.


  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 cobs of corn*, shucked and all husks and silk removed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ tsp. salt


  1. Put water onto a large microwave-safe dinner plate.
  2. Put two cobs of corn onto the plate.
  3. Top with an inverted second dinner plate.
  4. Microwave until kernels are deepened a bit in color and tender, 4-5 minutes.
  5. Drain water from plate. Insert corn holders into the ends of the cobs, if using.
  6. Spread corn with butter and sprinkle with salt.


*To do 4 cobs of corn, do everything exactly the same except microwave for 3 minutes. Then flip the cobs over and microwave until kernels are darkened and tender, another 2-3 minutes.