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35 Easy Corn Recipes (Canned, Fresh, and Frozen): How to Cook Corn in the Microwave

These 35 Easy Corn Recipes are prepared with frozen, fresh, or canned corn, making the perfect main or side dish for summer's busy weekdays, or the holidays.
Course:Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories38.7 kcal
Cost $ 0.50 per person


  • 1 microwave-safe dish
  • 1 microwave
  • 1 tongs or strainer


  • 1 corn on the cob husks off, string removed, and cut in half
  • 16 oz frozen corn kernels OR



  • Pour 2 tablespoons of water into a deep microwave-safe dish, big enough to fit your corn.
  • Add the corn, making sure it lays firmly against the bottom of the dish.
  • Cover the dish tightly with some plastic wrap, and poke a vent hole using a fork, allowing the steam to escape.
  • Cook the corn on high for about 5-6 minutes (add extra 3-5 minutes if the cob was frozen), or until is cooked through and turned bright yellow. If needed, poke a fork onto the kernels. The time will vary depending on the potency of your microwave.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and use tongs to remove the cobs from the dish and serve.


  • Read the package to verify whether you can microwave the frozen corn kernels in the bag. Or transfer the frozen corn kernels to a microwave-safe dish, deep and big enough to spread evenly the kernels against the bottom of the dish.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the dish.
  • Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap, and poke a vent hole using a fork.
  • Cook the frozen corn kernels on high for about 3-4 minutes, or until is cooked through and turned bright yellow. The cook time will vary depending on the potency of your microwave.
  • Remove the plastic wrap, drain the water using a strainer, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Canned corn comes already cooked. However, you will have to drain the liquids using a strainer and rinse the kernels under running water. Heat them before eating or use them to make salads.
Store steamed corn in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat well before eating! 
Follow each recipe storage guidelines!


Calories: 38.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.4g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 0.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6.8mg | Potassium: 121.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 84.2IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 0.9mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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