Quick Cooked Corn on the Cob

Baking, boiling and grilling corn are traditional techniques for cooking corn. However, sometimes we need it fast! Microwaving corn is a great way to cook it fast while maintaining the flavor and retaining the nutrients. Round out the meal with Easy BBQ Chicken Legs or Slow Roasted Rack of BBQ Pork Ribs. Want it even faster or an alternative technique? See Chatty Advice.


4 ears of corn husks intact
Kosher salt


Soak corn in water for about 5 – 10 minutes. Remove and place on paper towels and microwave for about 6 minutes depending on the size of our corn, turning half way through the cooking process.  To check slice a few kernels and taste. Once done, let sit until cool enough to husk or use a towel and remove husks and silk. Serve with your favorite condiments and enjoy!

Chatty Advice

I was telling my sister Diane about microwaving corn thinking I was giving her a great tip, since I usually bake my corn and she either boils it or bakes it. I explained the technique (which actually is Michelle’s idea) and she said “Do you want it even faster?” I am intrigued that she knows about this and does it even faster! Diane’s technique: husk the corn and remove any silk, don’t bother to soak it and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes. She says it is done and isn’t dried out either. There you have it folks – corn cooked super fast!

I have tasted the various techniques of cooking corn and my favorite still is baking the corn. (For baking corn, soak as you would above and place on a baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees.) Even though the microwave technique will get used frequently, because of the time factor. In my opinion baking corn enhances the flavor to make it sweeter. I remember the first time I baked corn for my parents. This was about 15 years ago when I was in North Dakota visiting on vacation. They had gotten several dozen ears of corn from one of our local farmers (Dad had retired from farming and ranching at that point.) and Mom was getting all the pots ready to boil a dozen of the corn. I told them, baking is much better, because it will taste sweeter and maintain the nutrients. They look at me like I have three heads. Mom buys into it, but Dad is not convinced. When corn is in season, it IS the meal and is eaten as a fast typist would operate a typewriter. I told them, I would only bake 4 pieces. As we are eating Mom gives me the little smile and look which meant “I trusted you that the baking technique would taste better.” Dad bellows out “Dammit Bibs this is the best corn I have ever had!” (Yikes, I just gave away one of the many nicknames our family has for each other!) I wonder what my parents would think about the microwave technique?

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