Easy Grilled Corn is the best side dish for a 4th of July cookout! Fresh corn on the cob grilled in the corn husk for tender, crisp grilled corn every time!
The next time you make a corn recipe like Corn Salsa, take it to the next level using this simple Grilled Corn. This easy Side Dish is perfect for all your summer cookouts from the 4th of July to Labor Day!
Summertime is time to dust off the barbecue and fire up the grill to make Grilled Chicken, Rib Eye Steaks, and easy summer side dishes like Grilled Corn. The best part of grilling is you can make your entire dinner on the barbecue while hanging outside enjoying the sun.
This Grilled Corn is so easy, you’ll be making it all summer long! If this is your first time grilling corn, there are some great tips in this post to make sure you get perfect Grilled Corn every time.
Grilling corn is hands down one of the best ways to prepare it. It gets a slightly charred flavor and the natural sweetness of the Grilled Corn is delightful all on its own. You can season Grilled Corn with salt and pepper, or you can add different seasonings like chili powder or garlic powder.
This Grilled Corn recipe keeps the husks on to help steam the corn as it cooks, so it is tender yet crisp and still gets that lovely barbecue char. There is just enough unsalted butter to add flavor but it doesn’t overpower the natural sweet corn taste.
Grilled Corn is the perfect side dish for all your favorite comfort foods. Smokey Slow Cooked Ribs, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, and Fried Chicken are great main dishes to serve with Grilled Corn. No need to even make other side dishes if you want a light summer meal!
How to Get Corn Off the Cob:
To use Grilled Corn in recipes like this Mexican Corn Salad, simply cut the corn off the cob with a sharp knife. Chop off one end to make flat and place corn cob standing on the flat end. Cut down, sawing back and forth, a few rows across at a time.
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VARIATIONS ON GRILLED CORN
- Oven Roasted Corn: If you don’t have a grill, you can make this corn in the oven. To roast corn, simply prepare as usual and bake directly on the oven rack for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- Corn Husk: If you bought corn without a husk, use aluminum foil instead to create that seal to steam the corn on the grill.
- Seasonings: Your favorite seasonings go great with Grilled Corn. Before wrapping corn husk, sprinkle chili powder, Ranch Dressing Mix, or Taco Seasoning for different delicious flavors.
- Butter: Use seasoned herb butter for more flavor. You can brush your ears of corn with olive oil before grilling for a Vegan Grilled Corn recipe.
TIPS FOR GRILLED CORN
- Soak the corn husks in water for a couple of hours before grilling, especially if you don’t use aluminum foil. This keeps the husks from burning and keeps more moisture in.
- Don’t overcook your corn. Keep an eye on the grill temperature to make sure it doesn’t go too far above medium-high heat.
- Grilled Corn is supposed to be tender yet crisp when you bite into it. Unlike boiled corn, the corn kernels remain pretty firm.
- Use the freshest corn you can. Avoid buying the partially husked corn in packages or frozen corn. They can be used in a pinch, but fresh sweet corn is best!
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HOW TO STORE GRILLED CORN
- Serve: Grilled Corn on the Cob can be at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it should be stored.
- Store: Cool corn completely and remove husks. Place corn in a sealed bag and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
- Freeze: Wrap husked corn tightly in aluminum foil and store in a freezer safe bag for up to 10 months.
- 6 ears corn
- 6 tablespoons butter , softened
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil , for grill
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat and lightly brush olive oil on grates.
- Peel back corn husks and remove silk. Place 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn. Close husks.
- Wrap each ear of corn tightly in aluminum foil. Place corn on the hot grill.
- Cook approximately 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until corn is tender.