One of my favorite vegetables is fresh corn on the cob. And one of my least favorite vegetables is corn on the cob with a lot of silk remnants sticking to it. Cooking corn in the microwave is the easy way to get silk-free corn every time!
These easy tips show how easy it is to microwave corn on the cob in their husks and make the task of shucking so much easier.
No one wants silk on a corn cob when it hits your mouth. Nothing is worse than biting into an ear of freshly cooked corn and come away with bits of the silk stuck to your teeth. Shucking corn won’t remove them all, trust me.
I like to shuck corn close to the time that I plan to cook it, so that the ears keep fresher, so buying shucked corn in the store doesn’t do it for me.
This easy way of cooking the corn in the microwave keeps the husks on the ears during cooking to produce tender, sweet corn with not silk. This method of cooking the corn gives it lots of extra moistness.
Once the cooking is done, the whole outer husk and silk are removed in one easy step.
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Peeling corn doesn’t get all the silk
For years, I would tediously shuck the corn and try to peel away all the silk before I cooked it. I would get most of it, but was sure to leave a few of the silk strands.
Once you have this situation, no matter how long you cook the corn, it still stays attached. Mother Nature has created a perfect way to fertilize corn…she doesn’t care so much whether we get the silk in our teeth!
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How to cook corn in the microwave
There is a really easy food hack to avoid the problem of silk on corn, and it saves the task of shucking the corn in the first place. Just follow these few tips and you will have clean corn on the cob with no silk, and it will be very moist and flavorful every time.
Start with corn in the husks
Cooking corn in the microwave begins with ears of corn that are still in the husk. You can do this process even if the ends have been trimmed but it works best with full husks.
I like to choose ears of corn that have a lot of silk protruding from the ends. This will give me something to hold on to later!
Let’s microwave corn on the cob!
Microwave the corn, husks and all, for about 2-3 minutes for each ear of corn, depending on their size. Cooking corn this way traps steam inside the husk which helps with the silk and husk removal after cooking.
Be careful. The corn will be hot!
When cooking corn in the microwave, the ears will become very hot. Remove the corn from the microwave with a heat mat, tea towel or silicone oven gloves. The ears will be VERY hot so you need to make sure to protect your hands.
Cut the root end of the corn
With a very sharp knife, cut off the root end of each ear (not the silk end) at the widest part of the cob and discard the end.
You will want to make sure that you are cutting all the way through all of the husk, not just the knob at the very end where it joined to the plant.
If you leave the leaves of the husk still attached to the root end, the husks won’t remove easily. If this happens, just slice a bit more off the end.
Use a long skewer to hold the corn
It is easiest to remove the corn silk if you insert a long BBQ skewer into the cut end of the corn and push it in firmly.
In addition to making the job of shucking the corn easier, the BBQ skewer is also a great tool to leave in the corn cob to make eating it easier. There is no need to mess with individual corn holders!
Hold on to the skewer with one hand and then grab the silk end with the other hand and start to pull.
Shucking the corn in one strong pull
Grab the entire tip of the corn where the silks are located tightly and squeeze them as you pull. With a bit of practice the corn cob will simply slip out.
The husk will likely stay in one piece and every last piece of silk will be gone and left inside the discarded husk!
The trick for shucking the corn easily is to make sure the corn is cooked long enough. This creates more steam and makes the ear “shrink” a bit, making it easier to shuck the whole husk.
If the corn cob resists, just give it a bit of a tug with the other hand. Also look to see if any pieces of husk are still attached to the root end.
Depending on how much steam has built up you can also shake it over a plate to release the corn cob.
Add melted butter to your silk free corn
Pour melted butter over the corn cob if desired. I also like mine sprinkled with lime and pepper for a more healthy version. Marvel at the silk-free corn!
Once you learned how to cook corn in the microwave, you won’t ever go back.
Have you ever tried microwaving corn on the cob? Did it take you a while to get the knack of it? Let us know in the comments below.
Admin note: This post for removing silk from corn first appeared on the blog in January of 2013. I have updated the post to include qll new photos, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.
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- 2 ears of Corn on the cob with husks
- Barbecue skewer
- Sharp knife
- Silicone gloves
- Place the corn in the microwave. Do not remove the husks.
- Cook on high for about 2 1/2 minutes for each ear of corn (depends on the size)
- Use silicone gloves to remove the corn.
- Use the sharp knife to cut off the entire root end of the corn cob. (don't leave any husks attached.)
- Insert a BBQ skewer into the cob and hold with one hand.
- With the other hand grab the silk end of the corn on the husks and give a good pull.
- The husks and silk will come away from the cob leave silk free corn every time.
Microwaved ears of corn on the cob will be very hot. Be careful not to burn your hands.
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