Steamer bags make it possible to steam fresh veggies in the microwave without all the fuss of special steaming bowls. These specially designed steaming bags allow just the right amount of steam to escape while maintaining enough steam to cook veggies quickly. Both fresh and frozen veggies can be cooked in steamer bags, and they even provide enough room to steam corn on the cob. By adding a dab of butter or a dash of seasoning to the bag, you can cook piping hot corn that is ready to eat.

Things You'll Need

Remove the outer husk of the corn by grasping the leaves at the top of the ear and pulling them downward. Snap the bottom of the ear of corn to remove the husk and extra length of cob at the bottom of the ear. Discard the husks.

Pull away any traces of silk on the corn. Rub gently with a soft cloth to remove any stubborn pieces of silk. A damp paper towel also works well to remove the excess silk on the corn.

Put 2 ears of corn in a microwave steamer bag. Add pats of butter to taste to the bag, if desired, and seal the bag. You can also add seasonings, such as a dash of salt and pepper or a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

Place the steamer bag in the microwave and cook on high for 5 to 6 minutes.

Allow the bag to sit for 1 minute before opening. This allows excess steam to escape and finishes the cooking process.

Shake gently to distribute the butter over the corn.

Remove the corn and season as desired. Serve hot.


  • Test the corn for doneness by pricking a kernel with the tines of a fork. If white, milky juice squirts from the kernel, the corn requires a longer cooking time. Put the corn back in the microwave for another minute or two, if necessary. Because microwaves vary in temperature, you may need to cook your corn longer to reach the desired doneness. Note the amount of time corn requires to cook in your microwave for future reference.

  • Choose fresh corn from the garden or the produce stand. Look for ears that are well-filled out with firm kernels and fresh husks. Test a kernel with your fingernail. Fresh corn produces a white, milky juice. Corn loses flavor quickly after harvesting and should be cooked as soon as possible after picking.