The Magic Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

As a teenager growing up in Southern California, the church that I belonged to had a Beach Party every summer.  I eagerly looked forward to this event for many reasons, one of which (other than the boys that would be there) was for the corn on the cob!

The adults would purchase a brand new trash can and bring it to the beach.  After building a rather serious bonfire, they would take the trash can and fill it up with ocean water and place it over the fire.  In went hundreds of ears of corn and the waiting started.

It seemed to take FOREVER for the corn to be ready, but when it was, I slathered mine with butter and salt and remember thinking that life couldn’t get any better than this!  That corn was magical!

Fast forward to the year 2013 and I have found another magical way to cook corn on the cob!  After pinning this from Cowgirl’s Foodie Blog, I truly wondered if it really worked.  Well, you are in luck because The Magic Way to Cook Corn on the Cob is genuinely magical!

Begin by removing any super dry outside husks and cut off the bottom of your corn.

Next take a wet paper towel and place that in the bottom of your microwave followed by your ears of corn:

Here is your cooking time guidelines remembering that every microwave varies and you may need to adjust the times:

1 ear – 2 minutes

2 ears – 3 to 4 minutes

3 ears – 5 to 6 minutes

4 ears – 7 to 8 minutes

6 ears – 8 to 9 minutes

After cooking, let the corn sit for 2-3 minutes.  This allows the corn to continue cooking and also to let it cool down so that you can handle it.

When your time is up, grab your corn (with a mitt or a towel if the corn is too hot for you to handle) and squeeze and shake until your corn starts to slide out:

Grab your butter and salt and get going!

Look how completely clean these ears of corn are!  Go ahead, I dare you to find a silky string…

From now on, this is the ONLY way that I am going to cook and eat corn on the cob.


You tell me it came from a trash can.

This Pin Rocks!



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  1. Oh, corn roasts! I grew up in Irvine, and those were some of my fondest memories. I tell people about it now, and they don’t believe that we ate corn cooked in ocean water. Love this microwave idea–I will try it out!

    • Hi Cheryl! ME TOO! People can’t believe that we used the ocean water but wasn’t it good??? Great memories…. Deb – The Oldest Sister

  2. Ocean water is awesome for cooking lobsters too :) There was a campsite up in Maine my family used to go to and the place had its own lobster boat. So fresh they still had barnacles on them! We’d cook the corn right next to them in another pot. Amazing!!

  3. This is exactly how we’ve been cooking our corn on the cob for years! It IS magic! =) Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck!

  4. Sharon J says:

    I have been cooking my corn on the cob this way for years. Also, freeze it prepared this way. Then I can microwave without thawing and it taste fresh. If only I could convince my daughter-in-law and granddaughters-in-law. They think I’m crazy.

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