Grilled Corn On The Cob, a summer treat

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A classic grilled corn on the cob is generously coated in butter and sprinkled with salt, making it the perfect accompaniment to hamburgers, grilled chicken, and a variety of other dishes.

Grilled Corn On The Cob

I love BBQ season! It’s a time to enjoy sunny days with friends and family, indulging in the best summer foods like coleslaw, finger foods, and grilled recipes—especially corn on the cob.

Grilled corn is a timeless favourite, evoking nostalgic memories with every juicy bite. Today, I’ll share how to grill corn perfectly, ensuring it’s juicy, smoky, and ready for all your summer celebrations!

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Corn on the cob is an ideal addition to gatherings, summer parties, birthdays, and any special occasion. Even on chilly days, I love making it on the Reversible Cast Iron Griddle on the stove. The warm, buttery taste of corn on the cob is unbeatable, especially alongside spicy chicken, making it a perfect summer side dish.

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Expert Tips

Tip 1: Soak corn in water for 15-20 minutes before grilling to keep it juicy. Rotate occasionally for even charring.

Tip 2: Make your corn tastier by brushing it with melted butter and adding your favorite seasoning before grilling.

Tip 3: Wrap corn in foil before grilling to keep it juicy and flavorful.

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Grilled Corn On The Cob

Variations

Get creative with your grilled corn on the cob! Explore these flavorful variations featuring Mexican Street Corn, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Sriracha, and more. Add something new to your BBQ with these delicious twists!

Mexican Street Corn: Spread the grilled corn with mayonnaise, sprinkle with cotija cheese, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Garlic Parmesan Corn: Mix melted butter with minced garlic, then brush onto the grilled corn and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Honey Sriracha Corn: Combine melted butter with honey and Sriracha sauce, then brush onto the grilled corn for a sweet and spicy kick.

Herb Butter Corn: Mix softened butter with chopped fresh herbs like parsley, chives, and thyme, then spread onto the grilled corn for a burst of herbaceous flavor.

Barbecue Corn: Brush the grilled corn with your favorite barbecue sauce for a tangy and smoky twist.

Lemon Pepper Corn: Combine melted butter with lemon zest and black pepper, then brush onto the grilled corn for a bright taste.

Cajun Spice Corn: Sprinkle grilled corn with Cajun seasoning for a bold and spicy kick.

Pesto Corn: Spread grilled corn with homemade or store-bought pesto sauce for a fresh and vibrant taste.

Coconut Lime Corn: Brush grilled corn with coconut milk and sprinkle with lime zest and shredded coconut for a tropical twist.

Buffalo Ranch Corn: Combine melted butter with buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning, then brush onto the grilled corn for a tangy and creamy flavor.

Experiment with these variations to create unique and delicious grilled corn on the cob recipes!

7 alternative ways to cook corn on the cob

Here are some other ways to prepare corn on the cob:

  1. Boiling: Simply boil the husked corn in a pot of salted water for about 5-7 minutes until tender. Serve with butter and salt.
  2. Microwaving: Place the husked corn on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 3-5 minutes per ear until tender.
  3. Roasting: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place husked corn on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes until tender and slightly charred.
  4. Steaming: Steam the husked corn in a steamer basket over boiling water for about 5-7 minutes until tender.
  5. Grilling with Husks: Soak the corn in water for 15-30 minutes, then grill the husked corn over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender and charred.
  6. Grilling with Foil: Wrap the husked corn in aluminum foil with butter and seasonings, then grill over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes until tender.
  7. Instant Pot: Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot, place the husked corn on a trivet, seal the lid, and cook on high pressure for 2-3 minutes, followed by a quick release.

Storage

After grilling, store any leftover corn on the cob in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up to 3-4 days. When ready to enjoy, simply reheat the corn on the cob in the microwave or on the grill until warmed through.

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Grilled Corn On The Cob

Grilled Corn On The Cob

Claudia
Savor the simple pleasure of corn on the cob—freshly grilled or boiled, slathered in butter and sprinkled with salt. Perfect for picnics, barbecues, and family gatherings, it's a quintessential summer treat that brings joy to every bite.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 139 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cast Iron Grill or a griddle pan
  • 1 kitchen tong

Ingredients
  

  • 4 corn on the cob
  • 3.5 tablespoons 50 grams melted butter
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the grill pan to high heat until it’s nice and hot. Add the corn to the grill and cook, turning often to ensure even charring, until the kernels are charred all over, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the corn is cooked, carefully transfer it to a plate. While the corn is still warm, spread butter evenly over each cob and season generously with salt.
  • Next, cover the buttered and seasoned corn with aluminium foil, allowing it to rest for 2-5 minutes. This resting period helps the flavours to meld together and allows the corn to become even more tender and tasty
  • After the brief resting time, uncover the corn and serve it immediately, either as a delightful side dish or as a standalone snack.

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Notes

  1. Preparation: Start with fresh corn on the cob and remove the husks and silk before grilling.
  2. Preheat Grill: Ensure your grill is preheated to medium-high heat before adding the corn.
  3. Oil or Butter: Brush the corn lightly with oil or melted butter before grilling to prevent sticking.
  4. Seasoning: Season the corn with salt and pepper or your favorite herbs and spices before grilling for extra flavor.
  5. Direct Heat: Grill the corn directly over the heat source, turning occasionally, until the kernels are charred and tender.
  6. Uniform Cooking: Rotate the corn occasionally to ensure even cooking on all sides.
  7. Checking for Doneness: Pierce a kernel with a fork to check for tenderness. It should be easily pierced when cooked.
  8. Resting: Allow the grilled corn to rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to develop and to cool slightly for easier handling.
  9. Serve Hot: Enjoy the grilled corn hot off the grill, either as a standalone side dish or with your favorite toppings and seasonings.
 
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I soaked the corn like the instructions said and it turned out great. This is a great summer recipe to keep on hand.

  2. 5 stars
    The perfect side dish for my BBQ this weekend. Loved the options you included; I did the lemon pepper variation!