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How to Grill Corn

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posted: 06/20/20

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Grilled Corn is the perfect side dish for summer dinners! With these easy tips, you will get the best grilled corn on the cob in just 25 minutes.

up close of fresh corn that has been grilled with  butter and fresh parsley

Recently, my family had the best summer day. We went for a long hike, and then to the beach for swimming. We finished it up with a grilled dinner on the patio.

We made hamburgers made with my hamburger seasoning, tomato cucumber salad, and then ice cream sundaes. But of course we included grilled corn.

It is one f our favorites in the summer. Cooking corn on the grill is easy to perfect by following a few simple steps.

How To Grill Corn

This recipe could not be more simple. It’s so simple that we do it several times a week in summer.

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat, approximately 350 to 400.
  2. Prep the corn by trimming off the silk.
  3. Place the corn on the grill directly over the heat and turn every 5 minutes.
  4. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
overhead view of grilled corn with the husks still on on a platter on a cutting board

Leave the Husks On

Lots of grilled corn recipes suggest taking off the husk. Some call for wrapping it in aluminum foil before placing it on the grill.

But for best results, grill the corn in the husks. The steam that is created from cooking the corn on the grill, is contained in the husk and helps it cook perfectly.

Trim the Silk

While we want to leave the husks on, trimming the silk at the top is a great idea. It can keep it from catching on fire during grilling.

up close view of grilled corn that has had the husks pulled back with fresh parsley and butter

No Need to Pre Soak Corn

There is no need to presoak it. Using fresh corn is what will ensure that it is moist and plump. It can actually go right from the stalk to the grill.

When Nathan and I first started making corn on the grill, we always soaked it in it’s husks first.

Then, one day, it was right before dinner, we hadn’t soaked the corn, and we really wanted it with our burgers. So we just threw the corn on the grill.

It turned out great! Turns out we were wasting our time all those years presoaking our corn.

Getting Grill Marks

This method of grilling corn in the husk, will not leave you with grill marks on your corn. But that is a great look for some recipes.

If you would like that, remove the corn from the grill 5 minutes early. Then shuck the corn. Place it back on the hot grill to get grill marks, turning occasionally.

What to Season Grilled Corn With

We typically just season our grilled corn with salt and butter, but here are a few other options:

  • Garlic Powder + Parmesan Cheese + Butter
  • Mayonnaise + Chili Powder + Cojita Cheese
  • Sriracha + Cilantro
  • Honey + Lime Juice + Salt
  • Cumin + Paprika + Chili Powder + Salt + Butter
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Cinnamon + Sugar + Butter

Experiment and see what flavor combinations you love!

pulled back view of grilled corn on the cob with the husks pulled back that has butter on it and fresh parsley on a platter

Can You Reheat Grilled Corn?

To reheat the corn, wrap each piece in foil. Make sure that it is wrapped tightly so that the steam cannot escape. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes.

Otherwise, left over grilled corn is great in some of the recipes listed above the recipe below.

What to Serve Grilled Corn With

Perfect on the side of so many things, here are a few main dish recipes to throw in the grill with your corn.

grilled corn with the husks pulled back and a square of butter melting on the cob

Recipes That Use Grilled Corn

This recipe is a great way to make corn as an ingredient for other recipes! Here are some recipes that I think grilled corn would be in amazing.

If you try this method of grilling corn, or make any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

grilled corn with the husks pulled back and a square of butter melting on the cob
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Corn

Serves: 6 servings
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Grilled Corn is the perfect side dish for summer dinners! With these easy tips, you will get the best grilled corn on the cob.


  • 6 ears of sweet corn


  • Heat the grill to medium heat.
  • Place the corn over the heat and cover the grill. Flip the corn every 5 minutes for 15 to 25 minutes to achieve perfect corn.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
grilled corn with the husks pulled back and a square of butter melting on the cob

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  1. terri nave dishman says

    5 stars
    Sounds easy as 1.2.3….

    • Lisa Longley says

      Pretty much! :)

  2. Daphnae Bishop says

    I own a produce market and we grow acres of sweet corn. This recipe is great except for 1 thing! Please rinse the corn in clean water several times before cooking. It will remove bugs, worms, spray, bird poop and more. These things can make you sick.

  3. SuiteT says

    I love corn on the cob on the grill. No matter how I cook it I always put tarragon, soy sauce, and and a little butter spray on the finished product.
    It is a delicious combination.
    Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are welcome!

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