Easy Way to Clean Corn on the Cob


The things I learn from Pinterest are wonderful. I can’t get enough of that site, which isn’t always a good thing.

Today, I found what I think is an amazing discovery on Pinterest. I found an easier way to clean the corn and I never knew you could steam the corn in the microwave. All these years, I’ve been husking the corn for steaming on the stove.

We are not Foodies shows us how to clean the corn hassle free. It took 35 years to come up with this wonderful concept, but I’m thankful they were willing to share it. Before they cleaned the corn and then steam it in the microwave. Now they put the corn, husk all, into the microwave. They steam the corn in the microwave for at least 3 1/2 minutes. Remember all microwaves are different, so it may take longer or less for some. After steaming in the microwave, remove the corn, cut the bottom and slide out the clean corn.

I can’t wait to get fresh corn on the cob from the Farmer’s Market.

Click on the webpage in blue for direction and some other recipes.


  1. Beverly Morgan says

    Woops! Sorry to tell you, but all these tips that talk about leaving the husk on the corn to cook it, forget one important danger with this. All corn, except for totally organically grown corn, has been dusted with pesticides to kill corn worms. Before corn is cooked, it needs to have the husk and silk removed and cut off the pointed tip end. This is the open end where the pesticide dust is applied. To cook corn safely, after you’ve husked, silked, & sliced off the tip end (about 1/2 inch), wash thoroughly with a vegetable brush, wrap each ear in waxed paper, place on a paper plate and microwave for about 3 1/2 minutes or until tender. I am a retired University Food Safety Agent.

  2. P Bernard says

    In response to the pesticides on corn – Purchase organic corn. Organic corn isn’t full of pesticides. The microwave cooking method is just great, and the corn has a nice flavor. I soak the corn unhusked in water for a few minutes, cut off the tip end where there usually are no kernels and cut the ‘handle’ end off. I cook the corn in the microwave 2.5 minutes on one side then turn it over for about the same time on the other side. Usually the corn steams a bit while dinner preparation is completed. Take a terry kitchen towel with one hand and push the husks off with the other hand. These cooking thoughts are for one or two ears of corn.

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