Grilling Corn on the Cob

There are so many sets of directions in cookbooks and online for grilling corn in the husk.  Sometimes it’s with the silks still in, some painstaking recipes suggest peeling back the husks, and then removing the silky threads, then replacing the husks and tying them back over the corn, then grilling the corn. 

Grilled Corn on the Cob

I have eaten some of this corn.  It’s delicious.  But what with the sweetness of fresh picked corn and the heat of the grill….why would you NOT want those lovely sweet kernels to have direct contact with the hot grill grate?  So they can caramelize?  Provide more texture and flavor?  This is the way, I believe.

Cooking corn on the grill is one of the best ways possible to bring out the natural sweetness of this perfect seasonal vegetable.

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How to Grill Corn

Remove the husks and silks and preheat the grill to medium-high heat. 

Place the corn on the grill and cook, turning every 3 to 5 minutes, until all sides of the cob are cooked and light char marks form, about 15 minutes. 

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Remove from the grill and serve with softened butter.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

How to Butter An Ear of Corn

This trick, like many other kitchen tricks,  I learned from my mom.  Place a pat of softened butter on a square of bread.  Use the bread to smear the soft butter over the ear of dorn.  If the corn is still hot this works best, as the heat of the corn will quickly melt the butter.  And then…eat the bread!  If you’ve used unsalted butter you may also want to give the ear of corn a sprinkle of salt.

Serving Grilled Corn

Here’s what I didn’t do that you could do that’s super cute.  Peel the husks back from the corn, but leave them attached at the top.  Gently brush and rub off of the silks.  Use some soaked kitchen twine to tie the husks at the top to form a handle of sorts.  They’ll char a bit (some might char a lot), but if you’re lucky they will survive the fire and be a cool and functional way for people to serve themselves and eat their corn on the cob.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

What to Serve with Grilled Corn:

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Flavored Butters for Grilled Corn

Flavored butter, or compound butters, turn an ear of grilled corn into something kind of magical.  Not that grilled corn isn’t quite magical on its own.  Try:

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Cooking corn on the grill is one of the best ways possible to bring out the natural sweetness of this perfect seasonal vegetable.
Yield: 6 People
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6 ears fresh corn
  • 2 tbsp softened unsalted butter , approximately (or see other ideas for flavored butters, above)
  • Kosher salt to taste

Directions

  • Remove the corn husks and silks and heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place the corn on the grill and cook, turning every 3 to 5 minutes, until all sides of the corn are cooked and light char marks form, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and serve with softened butter.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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Comments

  1. Love this advice and guidance on grilling corn! And using bread to butter the corn! Awesome!
    Giving this a go on the 4th!

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