Monday, June 15, 2009

Microwave Fresh Corn on the Cob

I bought some fresh corn at the grocery store last week--still-with-the-shucks-and-silks-on-it fresh. One of my favorite ways to cook corn on the cob is to grill it, but unfortunately, the apartment complex we live in while we're in Georgia doesn't allow grills of any kind. I thought about trying to roast a few ears in the oven, but the heat has been so bad, and our apartment, facing the west, is H-O-T enough in the afternoons and evenings without having the oven on.

After a little research into different ways of cooking fresh corn, I decided in the interest of sparing us the heat to try it in the microwave. Even narrowing it down to microwaving left me with several different methods to try--wrapping it in wet newspaper, plastic wrap, steaming it in a little bit of water, all kinds of things.

What I finally decided to try tonight was cooking it still in the shucks. We had already peeled the shucks back and silked it, then folded the shucks back around it. I soaked three ears, with the shucks still attached, in plain water for several minutes. They float, so I weighted them down with a bowl, turning them after awhile so both sides got wet.

All of the articles/recipes I read had different cooking times, so I just picked a happy medium and went with 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per ear. I cooked three ears for a total of 9 minutes, rearranging them on the dish about half way through. After cooling for just a couple of minutes, I peeled the shucks back and easily cut them off, right at the base of the cob.

This turned out really well--the corn was tender, easy to eat on the cob (as hubs and son did) or to cut it off the cob (as I did). We each added a little salt and butter to taste, but it really doesn't need much of anything at all.

Now that summer time is well upon us here in the deep south, I'll be trying lots of things to help us beat the heat while still eating that good old southern-style food.

This recipe is shared at:

Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace

Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum

Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!


  1. Yum, yum. I love corn on the cob. I've never tried it in the microwave, though. I'll have to remember this. Thanks!

  2. I love fresh corn on the cobb. My in-laws cook it in the microwave too. I would have never done it, then had it at their home. GREAT!! Thanks for the recipe and linking up to TMTT.

  3. Great recipe!Love fresh corn on the cob!

  4. I love corn on the cob. A new organic fruit/veggie store opened down the street from me. It's about a 20 minute walk. I love buying fresh corn on the cob and cooking it up for dinner that night.

  5. I've done this before and I do like the way it turns out. So easy

  6. Fresh corn on the cob is such a delicious treat during summer. Like you, I have only made it on the grill. It's so nice to know that the microwave is an option for the time hubs isn't home to grill (I don't even try!) or we don't have much time. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Corn on the cob is the best. I have tried it in the microwave before, but never with the shucks on. I am going to have to give that a try. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Thanks for sharing this technique with us. We love corn on the cob. Have a great weekend.

  9. Wow! I eat the Corn on the Cob like this at the state fair and it's the best! Now I can do this at home - thanks! ~ Robyn

  10. I think I like it better in the microwave then boiled.