Thursday, June 13, 2013

Amazingly Easy Corn on the Cob, Perfect Every Time

Corn on the cob is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer.  It just tastes like summer to me.  I have tried it all different ways...boiled, baked or grilled.  But this way is by far my favorite.  Mostly because it is easy, fast, and impossible to mess up.  And there are no dishes to clean up.  Bonus!

I feel a little silly sharing this, as it isn't really a recipe.  But when I saw my friend Sean do this, my mind was completely blown.  He learned this method from some vendors at a farmers market.  And now I am passing it on to you.  Perfect and delicious corn on the cob in 4 minutes.  In the microwave.  ::dead::

Seriously. Is this news to you, or am I the only one who didn't know about this?

Amazingly Fast Corn on the Cob
ears of corn, shucked and cleaned
paper towels

1.  Get the paper towels wet then squeeze out the excess water.  They should be damp, but not dripping.  Wrap each ear of corn individually in a damp paper towel.  Microwave for 4 minutes.

That's it.  Now go amaze your friends.

Note:  If your corn is not quite ripe or you are microwaving several ears at once, you may need to add additional time.  Stick a fingernail in a kernel, if it is soft and just slightly crisp you are done.  If it is still crunchy-crisp, add some more time.  For example...yesterday I microwaved 5 not-quite-ripe ears at once.  After 4 minutes, they were still fairly crunchy.  I added 3 minutes, and they were not quite there.  1 more minute and they were perfect.


  1. I did know this trick, but it's still surprising that anything would taste so good out of the microwave! I typically wrap corn in saran and zap it for a few minutes before having Bob throw it on the grill, which comes out pretty good too.

    1. You knew?! And didn't share? Ooh. The finishing on the grill sounds fancy...I might use that the next time.

  2. Microwave?!?! I did not know this!

    1. Right!? It is soooo fast. I was amazed. It's like a technology miracle.


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