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Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe

Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe

Krista S

Hello happy grillers! If there’s one thing that absolutely shouts out “summertime,” it’s the deliciously smoky scent of grilled corn wafting through the air. Today, we’re going to master the art of grilling corn, and trust me, it’s easier than you think!  Read to the end for a printable Grilled Corn recipe that you will definitely want to try!

The Grilling Debate: To Soak or Not to Soak?

First off, let’s address a common question that often stirs up a bit of debate among BBQ enthusiasts: “Do you need to soak corn on the cob before grilling?” Some swear by soaking as they reckon it prevents the corn from drying out on the grill. I, however, find it absolutely unnecessary. A fresh cob of corn, still wrapped up in its natural husk, has plenty of moisture to steam itself to perfection. It’s all about respecting the ingredients, my friends!

BBQ Corn: A Lesson in Patience

Next, let’s talk timing. “How long does it take to grill corn on the grill?” you might ask. It’s a good question. Patience is key here, and I’d recommend about 15-20 minutes for perfectly grilled corn, turning them occasionally to get an even cook. Just listen to the sizzle and let the magic happen!

Grilling in the Husk: Nature’s Very Own Packaging

When it comes to grilling corn in the husk, it takes just about the same amount of time, 15-20 minutes, give or take a few. The husk provides a natural protective layer, allowing the corn to steam nicely, while adding a unique, smoky flavour. It’s all about embracing the simplicity of nature’s packaging, you know!

Foil or No Foil: The Corn Grilling Conundrum

Now, onto another hot topic – should you grill corn with or without foil? In my kitchen, less waste is always the best. So, I prefer to go without foil. The corn’s husk provides a natural barrier against the heat, and if you ask me, it’s the best way to preserve that lovely corn taste we’re after.

Grilling Corn: The Open or Closed Debate

Should you grill corn open or closed? It might seem a bit of a toss-up, but I’m here to tell you that either way can work beautifully. Open grilling provides a nice char on the corn, while closed grilling allows for even heat distribution. The trick is to know your grill and use your judgment!

Grilling Heat: High or Low?

The final burning question we’ll tackle today is, “Do you grill corn on high or low heat?” With grilling, it’s a fine balance. I recommend a medium heat. It’s hot enough to give you a nice char without burning, but not so hot that it dries the corn out. Remember, we want to respect the sweet, delicate flavours of the corn!

Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe

The Perfect Tool for Grilled Corn

For those of you worried about burning your fingers, I’ve found the perfect solution – corn cob holders! These little gems make holding onto your hot corn a doddle and add a touch of fun to the dining table!

What Goes Perfectly with Perfectly Grilled Corn?

Grilled corn on the cob is a fantastically versatile side that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes. Here are a few of my absolute favourites that I think you’ll love:

BBQ Chicken or Steak

Grilled meats are an absolute classic to pair with grilled corn. The smokiness of barbecued chicken or a well-grilled steak complements the sweet, juicy flavours of the corn perfectly. A bit of chimichurri sauce on your steak or some piri piri on your chicken, and you’re in for a proper treat!

Summer Salads

A fresh, vibrant salad is another great accompaniment. An Italian salad or a simple mixed greens salad with a zesty dressing can balance out the hearty, smoky flavours of the grilled corn. Or, you can go for a colourful tomato and mozzarella salad – simple, but oh-so-delicious!

Veggie Skewers

If you’re planning a vegetarian BBQ or just want to add more veggies to your meal, grilled vegetable skewers are the way to go. Think bell peppers, courgettes, red onions, and cherry tomatoes, all brushed with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with your favourite herbs. Brilliant!


If you’re a seafood lover, try pairing grilled corn with barbecued prawns or a nice piece of grilled salmon. The sweetness of the corn is an absolute dream alongside the tender, flaky fish and juicy prawns.

Homemade Burgers

Nothing says summer like a homemade burger fresh off the grill! Whether you’re a classic beef burger fan, fancy a bit of spiced lamb, or prefer a plant-based patty, a side of grilled corn is a top-notch choice.

Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe

Perfect Spice Combinations

Classic salt and pepper are always going to be the perfect spice combo.  But. sprinkling spices on grilled corn can elevate it from delicious to absolutely lip-smacking! Here are a few spice combinations that you can experiment with:

Mexican-Style Elote

Elote is a classic Mexican street food that features grilled corn. Once the corn is grilled, it’s typically slathered in mayonnaise, then generously sprinkled with chilli powder, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro. Finish it off with a squeeze of lime juice for a zesty kick.

Smoky BBQ Rub

For a Southern barbecue twist, mix some smoked paprika, a bit of brown sugar, a touch of cayenne for heat, and a sprinkle of garlic and onion powder. This rub gives your corn a lovely sweet and smoky flavor that’s irresistible.

Mediterranean Herb Mix

If you love Mediterranean flavours, mix dried oregano, thyme, and a bit of garlic powder. After grilling, drizzle the corn with good quality extra virgin olive oil, then sprinkle on the herbs. A little squeeze of lemon juice will bring these flavours alive.

Indian Masala Style

For a bit of Indian flair, dust your grilled corn with some garam masala, which is a warm blend of spices like cumin, coriander, and cardamom. A bit of turmeric can add a lovely colour, and a sprinkle of amchur (dried mango powder) will give a unique sourness that’s just lovely.

Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

For something a bit more exotic, try a Caribbean jerk seasoning on your corn. Mix allspice, cinnamon, cayenne, thyme, and brown sugar for a sweet, spicy, and thoroughly Caribbean flavour experience.

Grilling corn is one of those simple pleasures of summer. By respecting the ingredients and understanding the process, you can achieve the perfect grilled corn every time. And remember, food is for sharing, so get out there and grill with your loved ones! Happy grilling

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Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe

Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cobs 1x


Get ready for a taste of summer with this perfect grilled corn recipe! It’s simple, yet absolutely delicious. Grilling the corn in its own husk allows it to steam beautifully, creating tender, juicy kernels bursting with sweet, natural flavour.


  • 4 fresh corn on the cob, husks on
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. reheat your grill to medium heat.
  2. Pull the outer husks down the ear to the base without removing them. Strip away the silk from each ear of corn. Fold the husks back into place, and soak the corn in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the corn from the water and shake off the excess. Place the corn on the grill, close the cover, and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. Carefully remove the corn from the grill with tongs, allow to cool for a few minutes, and then strip back the husks and remove the silks.
  5. Drizzle each ear with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and rub in the seasonings to spread them evenly.
  6. Serve immediately with your favourite main dish and enjoy the sweet, smoky perfection!


  • Choose fresh corn with bright green husks and golden, sticky tassels.
  • For an added burst of flavour, consider brushing the grilled corn with flavoured butter or a mix of your favourite herbs and spices.
  • Use corn cob holders for easy eating!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

Have More Questions?

Here are a few more Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Q: Can I grill corn that’s not fresh? A: While it’s possible to grill frozen or canned corn, fresh corn will always yield the best results. Fresh corn on the cob is naturally juicy and sweet, making it perfect for grilling.
  2. Q: How do I know when my grilled corn is done? A: Look for a bit of charring on the kernels – that’s a good sign that your corn is done. You can also pierce a kernel with a fork; if it’s tender and releases its “milk,” then it’s ready.
  3. Q: Can I add flavours while grilling corn? A: Absolutely! Feel free to brush your corn with flavoured butter, a mix of herbs and spices, or a squeeze of lime for a Mexican twist. Be creative, it’s your BBQ!
  4. Q: I don’t have a BBQ grill, can I still make this dish? A: Of course! You can grill corn in your oven using the broiler, or even on your stovetop with a grill pan. It might not have the exact smoky flavour of a BBQ grill, but it’ll still be tasty.
  5. Q: What’s the best way to store leftover grilled corn? A: Cool your grilled corn completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 3-5 days. You can eat it cold in a salad, or reheat it in the microwave or oven.

Remember, the key to good cooking is experimentation and a bit of fun, so don’t be afraid to make this dish your own! Happy grilling, everyone!

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