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How To Microwave Fresh Corn on the Cob (+ More Methods)

Fresh corn from your garden or the local farmers market is a traditional favorite for summer meals and barbecues, here are several ways you can cook it (some surprisingly easy).

Topped With Butter & HerbsFirst, here are the directions for making them in the microwave…keep in mind times will vary due size, amount heated at the same time, oven type and personal taste/preference. Experiment a bit to see what works best for you.

Tip: Try adding salad herbs or chopped chives when preparing, or make a separate dish with melted butter and chives to brush on after it’s done.


Careful: When removing from the wrappings, husks or bags, they will be hot and steaming. Take care not to get burned.







Other Ways To Cook Them

CaramelizedTo Grill:

Source: Chef Tips host Jason Hill [1] (video)

On The BBQ:

Source: BBQMyWay [2] (video)

Quick & Easy Ways:

The times can vary depending on how fresh it is and how tender or soft you prefer the kernels.

Oven Roasted: Preheat oven to 350° F. Place husks directly on the oven rack and roast for 30 minutes or until the kernels are soft. Peel down the husks and use as a handle when eating. Seriously easy! Source: Food Network [3].

Steaming: Couldn’t be simpler! Just husk and wash well under running water then place them in the steamer basket after water has been brought to a boil, cover with lid. Let steam for about 10 minutes until done.

Boiling: First clean & shuck then place in a large pot. Cover with cold water. Top with a lid and bring to a boil. When the water is at a rolling boil, turn off the heat and sit for 1 or 2 minutes–it should be done. Another method is to first bring the pot of water to a boil, add about 1/4 cup sugar then add prepared corn. Top with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes (until done). You can also boil in milk for delicious results, details at Mom Advice [4].

Interested in trying some tasty recipes? Here are a bunch [5] for you to check out, some sound so delicious and have some interesting ingredient twists (such as lime, molasses, bacon, parmesan cheese and more)…yum!