Uncle Bill's Corn on the Cob - Microwave

"This is such a simple way of preparing and cooking corn. All of the goodness is maintained within the corn. You will love it done this way. I prefer white corn or peaches and cream corn."
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Ready In:


  • 1 ear of corn
  • plastic wrap, enough to wrap the cob completely
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • sprinkling salt


  • Remove husk and all corn hair and discard.
  • Wrap each corn on the cob in (microwave suitable) plastic wrap to seal completely.
  • Microwave on HIGH (full power) for 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Turn corn over 1/2 turn and continue to microwave on HIGH (full power) for another 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Remove from microwave and let rest for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the plastic wrap, being very careful when you remove the wrap because of the steam.
  • Serve with butter and sprinkle with salt if desired.
  • If you are microwaving 2 corn on the cob at the same time, Microwave on HIGH (full power) for 3 minutes. Then turn the corn over 1/2 turn and continue to Microwave on HIGH (full power) for another 2 1/2 minutes, then let rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Yellow corn is also very good if it is nice and young and not old kernels unless you prefer old corn.

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  1. I loved corn cooked this way, instead of plastic wrap I actually keep the corn in its husk and microwave each ear for 2 minutes each, so if I have 3 ears of corn I stick them all in at once for a total of 6 minutes. Perfect corn on the cob everytime. Thanks!
  2. Made with "bread and butter" corn, our Mid-West term for the yellow and white sweet corn. I double rolled it in Parchment paper and twisted the ends tight for a perfectly steamed ear in the time stated. This was a terrific side with Recipe #74226, Thanks for another of your wonderful recipes Uncle Bill! Made for When It's Hot Tag Game.
  3. Perfect way to cook corn without heating up the kitchen! So easy. My favorite part was that the corn stayed hot in their plastic pouches until we were ready to eat each one. Thank you! I'll use this method very often.
  4. Since I have learned that your not supposed to cook or use plastic wrap or cook in plastic in the microwave, I have stopped using this method to sometimes cook my corn. It is said that it causes cancer, so that was enough news to make me go back to the traditional method!
  5. Excellent, easy, tender and delicious corn. I did 4 ears for 6 minutes, rotated 180 degrees, then did 4 minutes more (HIGH power both times) as Uncle Bill instructed in the request forum. I then sprayed them with butter spray and sprinkled with seasoned salt immediately and wrapped them in foil to rest. They were just perfect. Thanks for posting the easiest way EVER to make perfect corn on the cob!


  1. I love this easy way to make corn on the cob. Instead of using plastic wrap, I stuck the ears ( I have put up to 4) in a gallon baggy that I sealed. Worked great!


I live in Burnaby, British Columbia. I am retired and have written a cookbook entitled, From Uncle Bill's Kitchen. I am a recipe developer, author, publisher, distributor and a chef. My cookbook is very unique as I have a Nutrient Analysis for each ingredient used in each recipe that shows you the values for Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. A high-lighted bar shows the values on a per serving basis plus the Fat/Cal%. From Uncle Bill's Kitchen contains tried-and-true, tested, easy to follow reipes for both novice and experienced cooks. You'll find old Russian, Ukrainian, and other ethnic favorites, along with modern West Coast dishes. The Nutrient Analysis will please the health conscious. Uncle Bill's favorite recipes will reward efforts of the most creative cook and provide the family with many tantalizing, healthful meals. I have appeared on 48 various Television Shows in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamploops, B.C. Canada, as well as in Palm Springs, CA. In Palm Springs, CA, I have been a Guest on the JACKIE OLDEN RADIO SHOW and THE JOEY ENGLISH RADIO SHOW, twice a year since 1998. I also do demo cooking shows at CHAPTERS BOOK STORES, SAVE-ON-FOOD STORES, GALLOWAY'S FOODS, WESTMINSTER PUBLIC QUAY MARKET, and in the U.S. at BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES in Palm Springs, CA, Phoenix and Yuma, AZ. I was in Palm Springs, CA from June 10th to July 14th. 2002 and again appeared twice on the Jackie Olden Show, twice on the Joey English Show and pre-taped a TV COOKING SHOW with Jackie Olden that is aired on TV from Palm Springs, CA to Los Angeles, CA.
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