Nothing says summer like fresh corn on the cob. Take advantage of its peak flavor by throwing it on the grill. This Charred Grilled Corn is packed full of smoky summer flavor, perfect for your next BBQ!
I seriously can not get enough corn on the cob in the summertime. I could probably eat it every day and never get sick of it. I can’t resist a big pile or fresh corn on the cob when I’m grocery shopping, it always ends up in my basket. Sure, there are a number of ways to enjoy corn, but eating it simply with a little butter and salt right off the cob is always my favorite way. Although I grew up boiling corn on the cob, a few years ago I learned that you can grill it, which gives it an amazing smoky flavor. Corn is a frequent guest on our grill during the summer. You can really just throw the whole thing on the grill, husk and all, and it turns out great. Sometimes I take an extra step and remove the silk, then rub the cob with softened butter, salt and pepper. The corn turns out well seasoned, and because some of it is exposed to the heat, it gets nicely charred in some places.
Of course, you can control just how charred the corn gets by where you put it on the grill. If you like more char, grill over high heat. If you want it to be less charred, grill over low heat for a little longer. I find that high heat usually takes about 25 minutes and lower heat can be more like 40-45 minutes. The husk will protect most of the kernels, but any exposed areas will get charred. The husk will burn and lend its smoky flavor to the corn.
I usually prefer the sweet white corn over the yellow, but my Fred Meyer had both so I got some of each. Which variety do you prefer? Although I normally just eat the corn right off the cob, I have another recipe coming to you on Wednesday that stars this Charred Grilled Corn, and it is a good one. Be sure to sign up for my email notifications so you don’t miss it!
Charred Grilled Corn
- 4 ears of corn on the cob
- 2-3 tablespoons softened butter
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Mix together butter, salt and pepper until fully combined.
- To prepare corn, carefully peel back husk, leaving it attached at the base. Remove the silk. Rub the butter/salt and pepper mixture evenly over the kernels. Fold the husk back up over the ear to cover the kernels.
- Grill corn over the hot side of the grill, turning frequently, for about 25 minutes or until done. For less char, grill over cooler side of the grill for about 40 minutes, or until done.
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Mary Ellen Arnold says
Don’t you have to soak the corn husk before putting it on the grill?
Hi, I don’t. The husk does char black, but the corn doesn’t burn.
can’t wait to make this!
Let me know how it turns out!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Meghan, my friend, you always make the simplest recipes so impressive and stunning.<– Makes us all feel like we can conquer the kitchen, with your instructions! 🙂 Also, it might just be the fact that your photography is… AMAZING!! I, too, cannot resist eating tons of corn in the summer. There's just something about eating it straight off the cob that puts one in a good mood. 🙂 I love how you burned the husk in this recipe to get that smoky vibes into all those beautiful kernels. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the holidays! 🙂 Pinned, of course! xoxo
Thank you so much friend!
Puja Darshan says
Oh my God this is something that me and my Father likes very much. Lovely sharing Meghan!!!
Thank you so much Puja!
I adore grilled corn! I also like white better, but I really haven’t had a huge opportunity to try many yellow varieties. We get a lot of bicolor around here. LOVE the photos.
So good! We do get the bi color too. It used to be hard to find the white corn, but now it seems to be much easier to find. Thanks so much Annie!
Ashlyn // Dollop Of Yum says
I eat corn on the cob like nobody’s business in the summer! And I looove the flavor of char so this recipe is perfect for me! Looks delicious Megan. 🙂
Right!?! It is the best! Thanks Ashlyn!
Rahul @samosastreet.com says
This corn looks FANTASTIC! So buttery and delicious
Thank you so much Rahul!