Grilled Corn

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Learn how to make the BEST Grilled Corn on the Cob every time with this really easy recipe! It’s just not Summer without fresh grilled corn!

Stacked corn cobs with seasoning and butter.

My Favorite Way to Grill Corn

Grilled corn is incredibly easy to make, and I can’t get enough of it! Those sweet corn kernels topped with butter, salt, and pepper… I’m hungry just thinking about it.

There’s a lot of debate about the best way to grill corn. Some people say you should take the husk off, some people say leave it on. Some people swear by soaking it before grilling, some say that’s not necessary. With regard to shucking the corn, I like to compromise by removing the silks but keeping the husks attached. That way the corn gets some smoky char, but the kernels stay juicy and sweet!

Corn cobs with husks pulled back on a wooden cutting board, with pads of butter.

Recipe Ingredients

There’s only one ingredient for today’s recipe. You guessed it… corn!

  • 6 Ears Fresh Corn: try to pick bright green husks if you can.

How to Make Grilled Corn on the Cob

Heat: Heat grill to 400°F.

Stacked corn cobs in their husks with bowls of salt and freshly stacked pepper, next to a stick of butter and scissors.

Prep: Pull the husks back from the corn cob and trim the silks and remove the end of the stalk with a sharp knife. However, to prevent the corn from drying out when it’s grilled, keep the husks attached. Once the silks have been removed from the corn, pull the husk back over the corn cob.

Corn cob with the end cut off by scissors, in front of more corn cobs.
Stacked corn cobs that have been mostly peeled from their husks, next to scissors.

Grill: Grill the corn for 10 to 15 minutes, turning several times for even cooking. Remove corn from grill and allow to cool 5 minutes before removing husks.

Corn cobs in a row on the grill.

High Heat: If you would like some char marks on the corn, turn your grill to high and then return the corn (after pulling back the husks again) to grill for a few minutes at the very end and quickly char the outside as desired.

Corn cobs in a row on the grill with char marks.

Serve: Serve with lots of butter and any chosen toppings!

Corn cobs on a wooden cutting board with char marks, partly peeled.

Tips for the Best Grilled Corn

Pretty simple, right? You’ve probably got the process down by now, but here are some more tips that I’ve found helpful:

  • Soak the corn: Soaking the husks in water before you grill them can help retain some of the moisture while they cook, but you don’t really need to do this if working with fresh corn.
  • Grill marks: If you want to have grill marks on your corn, as shown in these photos, pull off a few of the extra outer husk leaves. That way there is less of a barrier between the grill and the corn itself.
Corn cobs with the husks peeled back with pads of butter, on a wooden cutting board.

Topping Ideas

Looking for some toppings for that golden corn? Here are some of my favorites:

  • Butter – obviously! Using flavored butter – like garlic – works wonders for the tastebuds. 
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Minced Herbs (parsley, cilantro, chives, etc.)

Serving Suggestions

Usually one ear of corn per person does the trick, but sometimes it’s a good idea to cut the corn cobs in half – especially if you’ve got kiddos!

As for what to serve it with, corn complements any main dish fabulously. I love eating this with baked chicken, sloppy joes or homemade mac and cheese! It’s also fantastic alongside your favorite salads. If you’re feeling really wild, you can just eat it as the main course. I won’t judge!

Can I Use Frozen Corn?

You can definitely use frozen corn – just make sure you thaw it beforehand and wrap it in aluminum foil when you grill it. You may also want to add any spices you like before you cook the corn for heightened flavor.

Corn cobs stacked on a wooden cutting board, seasoned and with pads of butter.

Enjoy!

Yield: 6 servings

Grilled Corn

Up close image of grilled corn with butter and herbs.

Grilled Corn on the Cob goes with salads, chicken, beef, and really any other meal you've got going! This easy recipe is perfect for summertime grilling.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 ears fresh corn
  • butter

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to 400°F.
  2. Pull the husks back from the corn cob and trim the silks and remove the end of the stalk with a sharp knife. However, to prevent the corn from drying out when it’s grilled, keep the husks attached. Once the silks have been removed from the corn, pull the husk back over the corn cob.
  3. Grill the corn for 10 to 15 minutes, turning several times for even cooking. Remove corn from grill and allow to cool 5 minutes before removing husks.
  4. If you would like some char marks on the corn, turn your grill to high and then return the corn (after pulling back the husks again) to grill for a few minutes at the very end and quickly char the outside as desired.
  5. Serve with lots of butter and any chosen toppings!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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