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Corn on the Cob: How to Shuck & Cook in Under 5 Minutes


How to Cook Fresh Corn in 5 Minutes Hip2Save

Love fresh corn but hate the prep work? Make preparing and cooking fresh summer corn on the cob a breeze with this easy and super fast trick of cooking/shucking that takes just a few minutes.

Directions for 2 cooked ears of corn:

(Inspired by Holm Family Cookbook)

Cut ends off of corn making sure to cut inside where the husk would be attached. Then place inside the microwave on top of a damp paper towel. Microwave for 3-4 minutes (cooking times will vary).

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Estimate on microwave times:

1 ear – 2 minutes
2 ears – 3 to 4 minutes
3 ears – 5 to 6 minutes
4 ears – 7 to 8 minutes

Easy 5 minute Corn on the Cob Hip2SaveThis method is so easy and works great! Sometimes, I buy fresh corn and it sits in the fridge because I’m too busy to make it, but there’s no excuse now! This is a great tip if you need a quick side dish at dinnertime. Do you have any kitchen tips for cooking corn that work for you?

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 48

  1. Jessica

    I have always made it this way. Easy to do while the grill is going.

  2. vmm

    I thought shucking corn was removing the kernals from the cob? 😉

    • makaylaisabel

      Yep! Husking should be it I guess people made the error for so long, it has just been accepted in our language. 🙂

      • vmm

        exactly! but then I’ve always thought husking was a wierd name for it too(though that’s what we call it) cause should it be de-husking or something since we’re removing the husks? 🙂

  3. vmm

    hmm, nvm; i just looked it up and it can mean either…I didn’t know that.

  4. Esther

    I’ve always been hesitant about cooking without inspecting for worms.

    • Kelly

      I have never tried this but …. I with you on the worms. I strongly dislike husking corn and pay an extra .50 to have it done for me. 🙂 No worm worries then.

    • Tina

      Exactly! I wouldn’t try the microwave method with organic corn from the garden or farmers market. LOL!

    • brittneydeanne

      I feel the same way. Pretty much every ear comes with a little traveler inside the husk. So I don’t think I could cook it without looking at it first.

      • Brianna

        For years I have taken the husk off, washed, wrap each one in a paper towel and then run water over it and place it on a plate and microwave 2 minutes per ear of corn. Turns out really good. I use to boil, but they said that takes out the nutrients plus sometimes it came out tough. So I tried this and it worked perfectly and no worms!!!

        • CW

          Thank you for posting this! Just what I needed.

        • Bunny

          Brianna, that’s exactly how I cook my corn. I shuck it at the grocery store (they always have a big trash can nearby for this task) so I don’t have a mess at home!

        • Jennifer B.

          A lot of people boil the corn too long. I add some sugar to the water and boil the ears for about 3 minutes TOTAL. That’s it! It comes out crisp and sweet this way for us.

  5. Lori Stevens

    I had no idea! Thanks for sharing the great idea!!!

  6. JA

    I just send the kids out in the yard and make them do it!

  7. Hannah

    Do you leave the husk on while mircrowaving and remove it afterward?

    • Shanshan

      I wonder about that, too. Most corn I bought has nasty looking leaves on the outside, and dirty looking silks on the tip. Microwaving those together with the corn inside sounds icky…

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        I would pick off the icky ones if any on the top. You would also cut the ends off. No it’s like steaming it and comes off so easy and good too 🙂

        • Shanshan

          Well that’s true. Will try that with my next batch and see how it goes. Thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Cut the ends though.

      • v

        also works if you cut ends after microwaving…for real! 🙂

  8. Caitlin

    I always do it the way my grandmother taught me: grab the corn by the silks and pull them down in opposite directions. That’s been the best way to remove the silks, in my experience. I then either boil or grill it. I also have a cutter and a device that creams it as I’m removing it. We regularly put up many containers of corn while it is in season.

    • Allyson

      Same here. This is the same way I was brought up doing it and have taught my children the same way. It’s really not that messy, and shucking or removing the silk just seemed like a normal, summer task to do and wouldn’t miss it for the world 🙂

    • Laura

      Same here. I boil. Summertime tradition. Plus piece of mind for little critters that may be there.

  9. Kayli

    I do this slightly differently. I cut off any loose, dry ends on the husk. Then I wet it lightly and put the whole thing in the microwave for about the same time as listed. Then when it’s done, I remove it (careful, it will be hot) and then cut the end off. Then you can squeeze the other end and shake a bit. The corn fall out of the husk and no little silk stringies attached at all.

  10. Sherri

    Do you wash it? Do you cut off both ends?

  11. Lisa

    I do this, except in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great tip! Thanks Lisa 🙂

  12. Diane

    Isn’t it too hot to husk it after it is microwaved?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Let it sit for 2 min then peel them back carefully.

  13. Norma

    after cooking spread mayonnaise on it and parmesan cheese (yummy)I also like to lightly sparkle powder chili.(Tajin)

    • Patty

      We have a restaurant here that cooks the corn on the cob, then grills it to give it a nice spotty charring color, then uses some type of coating before rolling it in Parmesan cheese. It is so good. Also, we clean the husks and silks off, then place the ears in a steamer. The corn comes out so sweet and still has some nice crunch while being thoroughly cooked.

  14. v (the other one)

    I’ll have to try this method.
    My local farm fresh supermarkets has white corn this week for 5/$1.
    At 20 cents per cob….I got a bunch this morning.

  15. jennifer

    Yum, sounds great! I need this for rushed late evening meals. I have been roasting mine in the oven, which is delish but takes sooo much longer. Thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I can relate! I was pleasantly surprised 🙂

  16. Erin

    I got an awesome pressure cooker for my birthday and I’ve been cooking corn in it to prevent my house from heating up. Four minutes per batch and done! I now cook it in the husks now, too, and the silk just slides off.

    I wouldn’t worry about worms–though they are better for you than the pesticides used to eradicate them! You will see wormholes if there are any and you can just cut off the affected parts.

  17. Karen

    I dont mind husking and i like to see the corn before i cook it. I break them in half and steam in a ziploc microwave bags a couple minutes. Sometimes i cut it off the cob first and use it for taco nite.

  18. Jane

    Try roasting with husk on, mm mm good.

    Ps…. I have never found a worm,,, and either corn,,,it’s most likely to be GM,,,I haven’t yet found it with the “non GMO” stamp. Organic or not it’s most likely gm so.. Just enjoy.

    I use season salt and Parmesan,,,,so tasty.

  19. Heather

    I tried ice cooler cooking last summer. Perfect for the busy moms 🙂

  20. c

    I tried this and it is quick cooking. EXcellent.

  21. Missdeally

    My store always has a bin next to the corn. I ‘shuck’ it right there. That’s what I’ve always called it.

  22. Michele

    I always husk the corn first and wash it and then just pop it in the microwave, about 3 minutes an ear. It turns out great. A friend told me about it a few years ago because I used to boil mine but with two toddlers at home and working full time I don’t have time for boiling corn when I get home!

  23. Lindak

    I boil water with a spoonful of sugar and lemon juice. When the water boils i turn it off and add the cleaned ears. Let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes and it is great. Wrapping cleaned ears in foil with butter and grilling is great too.

  24. ihearthip

    My favorite is to use the husk as a handle and grill over flame. Short amt of time and the char is unmatched. Boiling is good, yet a little time consuming so I will try this.

  25. Lisa

    Just tried this a week ago and I didn’t like the taste of the corn…..it tasted dirty to me. Will definitely go back to the old fashioned cooking method.

  26. hal

    This method works good but a few additions: Take off outer husks but leave a few leaves on corn. Cut off tassels about 1 inch from end. Soak in water for about 15 minutes. Wrap in wax paper. Microwave for 2 minutes 15 seconds one ear at a time. Then let sit for 2 minutes while you microwave the next one. Unwrap wax paper – the silk really comes off easy. I use butter and Tajin. Mighty tasty.

  27. ihearthip

    Finally did this today. Thanks! It worked awesome. rubbed them with butter and sprinkled with sea salt and they were wonderful.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for reporting back! 😉

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