Tony Tries It: Microwaving Sweet Corn

For years I’ve heard that you can microwave sweet corn and that it’s really easy to do.  I’ve never had an occasion to try it, though.  When we make sweet corn it’s for the whole family. Doing it an ear at a time in the microwave just doesn’t make sense.

Last night the opportunity for me to try it presented itself.  My wife was working late and my girls were both busy.  That meant I was on my own for supper.

As luck would have it, we had a few ears of freshly picked sweet corn in the house.  Our neighbor, Mike, had dropped it by earlier.  They had a few extra ears and wanted to share.

I knew this was my chance to try microwaving sweet corn.  A quick Google search gave me all the direction needed to get started.  It’s really quite simple.

I placed one ear of unshucked sweet corn in the microwave and cooked it for 3 minutes.

Microwaving Sweet Corn

It got steamed right in the husk and was extremely hot.  You’ll want to use some oven mitts to get it out of the microwave.

Let it cool for several minutes.  When it’s cool enough to handle, peel back the husks and silks, butter, salt, and enjoy!

The first ear I had was good but I felt it was a little overcooked.  I made a second ear and microwaved it for 2:30 and that was perfect.

I’d definitely recommend this way of preparing sweetcorn if you’re just making a few ears.  Any more than that and I’d stick to cooking them in boiling water for a few minutes.

The hardest part of this whole process was waiting for the corn too cool!  Seriously… let it cool before removing the husk and use oven mitts to get it out of the microwave.  I came close to burning myself.

Now I need to try cooking sweet corn on the grill and over a campfire.

Have you microwaved sweet corn before?

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