Microwave Corn on the Cob in Husk and Slip Away Silk!

Microwave Corn on the Cob in the husk. It’s the easiest way to enjoy fresh corn and you won’t have to mess with any silk!

Microwave Corn on the Cob

I never knew I’d been cooking corn on the cob the hard way until I toured Long & Scott Farms. (They have a great corn maze to explore if you are ever in the area.)

Previously, I’d pat myself on the back when I shucked the corn in the grocery store, instead of at my house, thereby reducing the amount of mess I’d have later. Then, I’d boil the corn.

Important lessons learned:

1) It’s best to store corn in the husk in a cool place or the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.

2) After microwaving corn in the husk, the husk and silk will slide right off the corn. The corn cooks in its own juices and is tender crisp. And, it only takes a few minutes to cook.

Corn on the Cob

See…no silk, except for a little teeny, tiny piece.

Microwave Corn on the Cob in the Husk Step-by-Step Directions:

Corn on the Cob in Husks

1. Leave the corn with the husks completely intact. You can trim the fuzzy end a little though.

Microwave corn in the husk

2. Place the corn on a microwave-safe plate and microwave according to the following guidelines:

  • 1 ear – 2 minutes
  • 2 ears – 4 minutes
  • 3 ears – 5 minutes
  • 4 ears –  6 minutes

3. Allow the corn to sit after cooking for about 5 minutes. Note: The corn will be very hot when the corn finishes cooking.

Cut end off corn on the cob

4. Cut about 1 inch off of the end of the corn that has a stub. Don’t cut the end with the silk showing.

Slide the husk and silk off the corn on the cob

5. Grab the end of the corn with the silk and pull it away. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get things moving. If you are having difficulty, try holding the end with the silk in one hand and using the other hand to rock the corn a bit.

Enjoy corn in a favorite recipe, with a pat of butter…or fresh and hot. It’s hard to beat fresh, sweet corn!

Microwaved on the Cob in the Husk





  1. I have tried cooking and cleaning the corn this way and it works great. I use a towel to hold the husk as I squeeze the cob out because it does get hot and gives me a good grip. Thanks for posting!

  2. Thanks for this easy and useful tip!

  3. I can’t wait to try this! Especially since it is now in season! Thanks!!

  4. Thanx Marjory
    I tried this and was very impressed!! less mess, and so quick and easy.

  5. A huge thanks from me too. It’s really easy! 😀

  6. I am amazed that the whole world does not know about this. Corn cooked this way is soooo good and so easy.

  7. “Leave the corn with the husks completely in tack. ”

    Intact. ;O)

    BTW, if the ears don’t fit in your microwave, it’s just fine to cut off the stem end.

  8. Do you need to soak them first or microwave with a wet paper towel?

  9. Beverly Frank says:

    I used this method all last year and LOVED it. I actually bought fresh corn every week while available where as in the past, only a couple times during season.
    In the grocery store I’d share this technique with people ‘looking at corn and considering’. Several people decided to go ahead and purchase fresh corn.
    This year, I couldn’t remember the length of time to microwave it…..so, I came to this site and am now writing it down and putting in my recipe file. THANKS So Much.

    • Thanks for your comment! Chuckling over here because I find myself spreading the work at the grocery store too!

  10. I do mine this way but cook it about 4 minutes for each ear…I like it kind of tender due to having dentures…and I use a hot pad to help pull it out of the husk because it is hot…then I brush melted butter with salt on each piece….so good