How To Prepare Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

In the time it takes to set the table, you can have piping hot fresh corn ready for supper.

Fresh corn is one of our favorite vegetables to eat during the summer months. When preparing main dish summer salads, you can cut kernels straight off the cob and toss together with other vegetables or you can grill ears of corn outside to serve along with your burgers and ribs. You can even make creamy summer desserts with this sweet vegetable. If done properly, you can boil fresh corn for a quick and easy side dish, just watch your time and don't boil all the goodness out. The microwave can also come in handy when cooking fresh corn for a weeknight supper. You can prepare as many ears as you want (or even just one), because there is very little preparation involved. Plus, it makes removing the husk and silks so much easier. Here is the very easy method for preparing corn in the microwave.

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How to Microwave Fresh Corn on the Cob

Place 1 to 4 ears of un-shucked corn in the microwave in a single layer. You can set them on a microwave-safe plate, if you wish. Leaving the husks intact helps trap moisture, ensuring the kernels all cook evenly. Depending on the size of your microwave, if you need to cook more than 4 ears of corn, cook them in batches.

Microwave on HIGH for 3 to 5 minutes. For just 1 or 2 ears of corn, microwave for 3 minutes; for 3 or 4 ears, microwave for 4 minutes. If you like softer corn or if your ears are particularly large, microwave for an additional minute.

Set the ears on a cooling rack or cutting board and allow to cool. When the silks and top leaves are cool enough to handle, quickly and carefully pull the husks and silks off the cobs. The corn will stay quite warm in their husks, so wait to shuck them until just before serving.

How to Microwave Shucked Corn

If you purchase pre-shucked corn at the grocery store, you can still take advantage of the microwave. Simply wrap a wet paper towel around each ear of corn. Place on a microwave safe plate, and cook in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the amount of corn you are heating.

Be sure to keep in mind that the power of your microwave and size of the corn will impact the cook time. Whether you are heating the corn shucked or un-shucked test one ear out in your microwave (it won't take but 2 to 3 minutes) to be sure you get the timing right.

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