Grilled Corn On The Cob

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Grilled corn on the cob is incredibly easy to make and full of flavor. It’s the must-have side dish for summer barbecues, picnics, Memorial Day gatherings, and Fourth of July celebrations.

Suitable for gluten free and vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

a stack of grilled corn on the cob topped with butter

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My family loves grilled corn on the cob. And no backyard BBQ, Memorial Day, 4th of July party, or summer gathering is complete without someone grilling corn on the cob, all the ways.

I love how incredibly easy this recipe is 😉. Fresh food, a handful of ingredients, simple flavors, and 5 minutes of prep. That is all you need for this essential BBQ side dish. Just throw them on the grill, brush on some butter, and you are good to go.

And if you like grilled veggies, then try this grilled broccoli, this baked potato on the grill, and my best Memorial Day recipe ideas.

5 pieces of grilled corn topped with butter and stacked on a white plate

Love side dishes as much as I do? Then please do check out this selection of the best bbq side dishes along with these 4th of July recipes. #givemeallthesides

Recipe Highlights

  • So Easy: Grilling fresh corn on the cob is an easy side dish that lets you truly enjoy summer’s bounty.
  • Super Versatile: Serve grilled corn with all your summer favorites, like steak, chicken, seafood, and of course, the classics like burgers and hot dogs.
  • Great for Entertaining: Fresh corn, especially in the summer, is affordable and great for cooking in batches when you need to feed a crowd.
the finished corn seasoned with butter and fresh herbs.

Methods for Grilling Corn

You can grill corn in aaaaaaaall the ways:

  • Keep the husk on—This keeps the corn kernels juicy, but it makes it harder to tell if they are cooked, as you have to carefully peel back the husk to check if they are done. Oh, and you would not get any charring.
  • Husk removed and wrapped in foil—Again, you will end up with juicy corn kernels but it will take longer to cook.
  • Husk removed and direct on the grill—The quickest way to grill corn, placing the shucked cobs directly on the grill gives it those nice char marks. Just be sure to watch them carefully and turn frequently to avoid burning.
four ears of cooked corn on a plate.

Ingredient Notes

  • Corn – For the best results I use fresh ears of corn.
  • Oil – Use some of your favorite olive oil if grilling corn without the husk on.
  • Butter – Feel free to brush the hot corn with butter during grilling and add a pat of butter just before serving it.
  • Optional toppings –  see below for all the topping ideas.
the ingredients needed for grilling corn on the cob

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How To Grill Corn On The Cob

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

a single ear of corn with the husk peeled back.

Step 1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and feel free to use a grill pan if you prefer. This can take up to 15 minutes. Remove both the husks and silk from the corn and rinse to remove any debris. Pat corn dry with a paper towel or kitchen cloth.

corn on the cob being cooked on a grill.

Step 2. Brush kernels with olive oil or butter and place corn on the grill or grill pan. Close the grill and cook corn for 8-12 minutes, rotating the cobs occasionally. You will see char/grill marks. If the corn is not cooked enough to your liking, cook for a further couple of minutes. Husk-on or foil-wrapped versions will need another 5 minutes or so.

corn on the cob being cooked on the grill

Step 3. Check if they are done by inserting a skewer or fork into the thickest part of the cob. If the kernels are easily pierced, you’re good to go. Otherwise, cook for another couple of minutes and test again.

the finished corn on a white plate and ready to serve.

Step 4. Let corn cool for a few minutes, then top with butter and seasoning (see topping ideas below) and serve.  

Recipe Tips

  • You can soak de-husked corn in cold water for about 20 minutes to keep the kernels plump and juicy before direct grilling. No need to do this if grilling them in foil.

Optional Toppings

  • Classic – just some good old butter and salt.
  • Mexican – I love adding on some crumble Cojita cheese and lime zest along with butter. Feel free to sprinkle on some Tajin too.
  • Fresh herbs – sprinkle on some finely chopped fresh herbs like chopped cilantro, parsley, or chives.
  • Lime – use your favorite chili lime seasoning, I loooove Tajin.
  • Cheesy – simply add butter and tons of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
the completed corn on the cob removed from the grill and ready to serve.

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Serving Suggestions

top down view of the finished corn on a white serving plate
  • These handy grilling tongs make handling the corn a breeze.
  • Skewers to use for checking the corn for doneness.
  • For the best tools to help make your recipe even easier and more successful, check out my collection of the Best Kitchen Tools on Amazon.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 2 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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a stack of grilled corn on the cob topped with butter
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Grilled Corn on the Cob

The essential side dish for all your summer barbecues, picnics and parties!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn on the cob
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter for grilling

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and feel free to use a grill pan if you prefer. This can take up to 15 minutes.
  • Remove both the husks and silk from the corn and rinse to remove any debris. Pat corn dry with a paper towel or kitchen cloth.
  • Brush kernels with olive oil or butter and place corn on the grill or grill pan. Close the grill and cook corn for 8-12 minutes, rotating the cobs occasionally. You will see char/grill marks. If the corn is not cooked enough to your liking, cook for a further couple of minutes. Husk-on or foil-wrapped versions will need another 5 minutes or so.
  • Check if they are done by inserting a skewer or fork into the thickest part of the cob. If the kernels are easily pierced, you’re good to go. Otherwise, cook for another couple of minutes and test again.
  • Let corn cool for a few minutes, then top with butter and season (see topping ideas below) and serve.
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Notes

  • You can soak de-husked corn in cold water for about 20 minutes to keep the kernels plump and juicy before direct grilling. No need to do this if grilling them in foil. 
  • Topping Ideas:
    • Classic – just some good old butter and salt. 
    • Mexican – I love adding on some crumble Cojita cheese and lime zest along with butter. Feel free to sprinkle on some Tajin too.
    • Fresh herbs – sprinkle on some finely chopped fresh herbs like chopped cilantro, parsley, or chives.
    • Lime – use your favorite chili lime seasoning, I loooove Tajin.
    • Cheesy – simply add butter and tons of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • There are 2 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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