You’re standing in front of the frozen corn section in the grocery store, and you spot the perfect package. You can just imagine how delicious it’s going to be, smothered in butter and salt.
But then a troubling thought strikes you. You’re not sure how to cook it, but you know you don’t want to just boil it.
You consider putting it in the oven, but you’re not sure if that’s possible. And then you remember that someone told you that you can cook it in the microwave.
You’re not sure, but you don’t want to risk ruining your meal. Luckily, I’m here to help. In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about cooking frozen corn on the cob in the microwave.
Can You Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob in the Microwave?
The answer, my friends, is a resounding yes! Not only is it quick and easy, but it’s also less messy than other methods. All you need is frozen corn on the cob, some water, and a microwave-safe baking dish with a lid.
To cook, simply place the corn in the dish, add water, cover, and cook on high for 4-5 minutes. That’s it! You’ll have perfectly cooked corn on the cob that is sure to please everyone at the table.
Is It Safe to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob in the Microwave?
It is safe to cook frozen corn on the cob in the microwave. According to Cook’s Illustrated, corn on the know should be cooked to an internal temperature of 150 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure food safety.
This is something you’ll want to keep in mind when cooking any corn on the cob, whether it’s frozen or not. To check the internal temperature of your corn on the cob, use a food thermometer.
Insert it into the center of the cob, and if the thermometer reads 150 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, the corn on the cob is done.
There are also a few other myths associated with microwaving food that need to be dispelled.
Some people believe that microwaves cause cancer or other health problems, but there is no evidence to support this claim. According to the tests conducted by the FDA and other organizations, microwaves are safe to use.
Another myth is that microwaves cause food to lose its nutrients. This is also not true. Microwaves do not cause nutrition loss any more than other cooking methods (such as boiling or grilling).
In fact, microwaving can actually preserve more nutrients than other methods since it cooks food more quickly and doesn’t use dry heat, which can have massive nutrient-stripping potential.
What Are The Health Benefits of Corn on the Cob?
Did you know that this summertime favorite has some health benefits? Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding corn on the cob to your diet:
Corn is a good source of fiber. This means that it can help to regulate digestion and prevent constipation. Fiber is also beneficial for heart health, as it helps to lower cholesterol levels.
Corn is a complex carbohydrate. This type of carbohydrate breaks down slowly, providing long-lasting energy. Complex carbohydrates are an important part of any balanced diet, and they can help to regulate blood sugar levels.
Corn is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are essential for maintaining good health and preventing disease.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob in the Microwave?
The time it takes to cook frozen corn on the cob in the microwave will vary depending on the power of your microwave and the number of ears you are cooking.
As a general rule, it will take 4 minutes to cook one ear of corn and 2 minutes for each additional ear. So, if you are cooking three ears of corn, it will take 8 minutes. This cooking time is based on cooking at full power at 950 watts.
If you are unsure, it is always better to err on the side of caution and nuke it in 2 -minute increments until it is done.
How to Cook Frozen Corn on the Cob in the Microwave
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to cook frozen corn on the cob in the microwave:
1. Start by placing the corn in a microwave-safe baking dish
The first step is to place the corn in a microwave-safe baking dish. You can use any type of dish, but you need to make sure that the dish is big enough to fit all of the corn.
You don’t need to thaw the corn before nuking it although you can if you want to speed up the process. If you do choose to thaw it, you can do so in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours.
2. Fill the dish with water
The next step is to fill the dish with water until the ears of corn are completely covered.
3. Cover the dish with a lid
After the corn is covered in water, you’ll need to cover the dish with a microwaveable lid. This will help to steam the corn and cook it evenly.
If you don’t have a lid that fits your dish, you can improvise by using a plate or even just plastic wrap.
4. Microwave on high for 4 minutes per ear
The fourth step is to microwave the corn at full power. Depending on the number of ears you are cooking and the wattage of your microwave, it will take 4 minutes per ear.
So, if you are cooking two ears of corn, it will take 6 minutes. If you are cooking four ears of corn, it will take 10 minutes.
5. Remove from the microwave and let cool
Once the corn is cooked, you’ll need to remove it from the microwave and let it cool for a few minutes. For safety, use oven mitts to remove the corn from the microwave.
You can serve the corn as is or add butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
Can You Reheat Cooked Corn on the Cob in the Microwave?
You can reheat cooked corn on the cob in the microwave but you need to make sure you have stored it properly.
Cooked corn on the cob can be stored in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to six months. But I don’t recommend keeping it in the freezer for that long as the taste and texture will suffer.
When you are ready to reheat it, you’ll need to place the corn in a microwave-safe dish with a little bit of water. Cover the dish with a damp paper towel and microwave on high in 20-second increments until heated through.
Tips for the Best Microwave Corn on the Cob
Here are a few tips to help you make the best microwave corn on the cob:
- I find that mini ears of corn work best in the microwave, as they cook evenly and don’t require any cutting.
- If you can’t find mini ears, simply break the corn into smaller lumps before microwaving.
- You can also cook corn in a Ziploc bag in the microwave. The instructions are similar to the above, but you’ll need to make sure that the bag is properly sealed otherwise the water will leak out.
What to Serve with Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a great side dish for any meal. Here are a few ideas of what to serve it with:
Leafy green or chopped salad
Leafy green or chopped salad is the perfect side dish for corn on the cob.
The crisp, fresh flavors of the greens complement the sweetness of the corn, and the colorful array of vegetables in the salad adds visual appeal to the plate.
Simply, cook the corn on the cob according to the instructions above. Once it is cooked, then top with your favorite leafy green or chopped salad. For an extra touch of flavor, you can also add a drizzle of dressing or a sprinkle of cheese.
Roasted potatoes are another great side dish for corn on the cob. This classic combination is simple to prepare and provides a delicious way to enjoy the summer harvest.
The potatoes can be roasted in the oven or on the grill, and they can be flavored with a variety of seasonings.
Grilled chicken or steak
The third option for a side dish is grilled chicken or steak. Grilled chicken or steak is the perfect main dish to serve with corn on the cob. The grilled protein pairs well with the sweetness of the corn.
Baked fish is another fantastic option for the main dish. The mild flavor of the fish pairs well with the sweetness of the corn, and the two ingredients cook in about the same amount of time.
Hot dogs or burgers
Last but not least, hot dogs or burgers are always a hit with kids (and adults). The savory flavors of the meat pair well with the sweetness of the corn. Plus, hot dogs and burgers are quick and easy to cook, making them the perfect weeknight meal.
So, there you have it—a complete guide to cooking frozen corn on the cob in the microwave. I hope you find this information helpful and that you enjoy the corn.
Thanks for reading!