No one can resist the delicious smoky flavor and sweet kernels of Grilled Corn on the Cob. It’s everyone’s favorite grilled side dish!
Why We Love Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Grilling corn on the cob in its husk gives it such a wonderful smoky flavor, whether you use propane, charcoal, or smoking chips.
- Prepping corn for grilling is really easy! You can have a grill full of corn going in 10 minutes and they only need 15 minutes to grill to perfection.
- There are so many ways to enjoy grilled corn – with butter, salt, pepper, Elote seasoning, herbed butter, or even Tajin!
- You can prep the corn well ahead of time. That way when you’re ready you can just put it on the grill and start cooking.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Grilled Corn on the Cob
Vegetables: This recipe is so simple, all you need are six ears of corn! Corn with the husks on would be the ideal corn to get, but if you can only find shucked corn you can still follow this recipe, simply wrap the corn in tin foil before placing them on the grill.
How to Grill Corn on the CobJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Carefully peel back the husk of the corn cob but do not tear it off- you’ll be recovering the corn with the husk. Remove all of the inner silk and then pull the husk back over the corn cob. If you purchased shucked corn then you will skip this step and instead wrap your corn with tin foil.
STEP 2 Place the corn cobs on a preheated grill and cook for 15 minutes. Make sure to turn the corn every few minutes so that it cooks evenly and don’t be alarmed if the husks char, that is fine and will not hurt the corn.
STEP 3 After 15 minutes, check your corn. The corn will be done when the kernels are bright yellow. Remove them from the grill and then peel the husks off completely or unwrap them from the tin foil. Season your Grilled Corn on the Cob and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Leaving the husks on the corn helps to steam the corn and lock in those wonderful smoky flavors.
- Removing all of the inner corn silk ahead of time is generally a lot easier than trying to remove it when the corn is hot. This is what most of the prep time is spent on. So if you’re short on time you can skip this step and instead cut the tip of the husk and silk and cook the corn. Then remove the silk when the corn is finished grilling.
- We found that grilling the corn in the husk without soaking it first is not only the easiest option, but it also makes the tastiest corn. Soaking the corn ahead of time didn’t add anything to the corn but more time while prepping. This recipe made deliciously smoky corn without overcooking it or charring the corn itself.
- Leftover corn can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. I recommend removing the husks (and silks) before storing them.
Grilled Corn on the Cob FAQ
Is it better to grill corn with or without foil?
Grilling corn on the cob without foil is a good option if you like more of a charred, deeper smoky flavor. Without a covering of some kind, the corn will cook faster so you need to keep a closer eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Cooking corn in foil traps in the steam and makes for really succulent corn. Bonus: you can focus on cooking other food at the same time without worrying about the corn burning.
The choice is yours and really depends on your favorite way to eat corn on the cob on the grill.
How long does corn on the cob need to be on the grill?
Grilled corn on the cob needs between 15 and 20 minutes on the grill. Begin checking your corn at the 15-minute mark. Once the kernels are a nice, bright yellow and are tender when pierced, you’ll know the corn is ready to take off the grill.
Other Recipes You May like
- Grilled Cajun Chicken Wings
- Smoked Sausage and Potatoes Foil Packet Meal
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Avocado Peach Salsa
- Southern Fried Corn
- Bacon Jalapeno Creamed Corn
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Grilled Corn on the Cob
- 6 ears corn with husks
- Salt & pepper
- Elote seasoning (see note)
- Peel back the husks of the corn but do not tear them off completely. Remove the silk and then replace the husks to wrap around the corn.
- Place the corn on a preheated grill and cook for about 15 minutes, turning every few minutes. The husks may char, this is perfectly normal.
- The corn is done when the kernels are bright yellow. Remove husks and serve with butter, salt, elote seasoning, and more.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.