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We love making grilled corn on the cob and have perfected this very easy recipe. It’s an easy BBQ side dish and so kid friendly! We make corn on the cob as a side dish for a variety of meals–during the summer and winter.
Corn on the cob is a classic recipe for the summer. When corn is fresh and in season there’s nothing better for pairing with our favorite BBQ recipes and meats.
When I’m already cooking on the grill I want everything to be simple and in one place. This grilled corn on the cob recipe makes that totally possible. I can throw this corn on the grill and have it cooking while I’m making steaks for fajitas, or grilling chicken for gyros.
We’ll teach you how to make perfect grilled corn on the cob, and it’ll be the only cooking method you want to use for fresh corn on the cob.
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Ingredients in How To Grill Corn on the Cob
- Corn: Grilling corn is the best way to bring out the smoky flavor of the grill with the sweet flavors of corn. You’ll need four ears of corn on the cob, with the corn husks removed. Sure, you can cook corn many other ways, but grilled corn is the best corn. The best part about the corn is it cooks with little prep time.
- Butter: Grilled corn isn’t a thing without melted butter. Although many folks prefer to butter after cooking corn, we recommend buttering during the process. You’ll melt the butter and brush the corn cob with butter as it cooks on the grill. You’ll end up with the true flavor of juicy corn.
- Salt: We love lightly salting our grilled corn. You can definitely go overboard on the salt – so we always recommend to start with a small amount of salt. You can always add more, but it’s hard to remove once it’s on the corn cobs.
- Pepper: We recommend using black pepper. A light dusting of salt and pepper is the perfect amount of seasoning and spice on our grilled corn.
How to Grill Corn on the Cob on the Grill
- Preheat the grill to low to medium heat.
- Remove husks and cut the ears of corn in half. Place corn directly on the grill vertically in an area that has indirect heat. (Too much direct heat or flame will cause your corn to turn black before it has a chance to actually cook).
- Melt a stick of butter with small to generous amounts of salt and pepper, and brush on the corn several times during roasting.
- Pull off the grill when it starts to blacken.
- Serve immediately.
- You’re looking for charred corn her, not burnt corn. When you start to see slightly charred corn or dark grill marks, it’s time to pull it off the grill. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a little charred flavor, without risking the flavors of burnt corn on the cob.
- Some people dislike eating corn on the cob. If this is you, simply use a sharp knife to cut off corn kernels from the corn cob. They’ll be delicious and buttery and just as good as fresh off the corn cobs.
- Once you learn how to grill corn on the cob, you’ll never go back to boiling corn. We are sure that this is the best grilled corn recipe around, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll have perfect grilled corn every time.
- Once you get the hang of grilling corn, you can start to grill other vegetables, too! We love grilling vegetables to go along with our meats. I would recommend grilling peppers, just halve them or grill them whole. Another great option is eggplant, or squash in slices or rings.
- If you are grilling smaller veggies you can always use some aluminum foil across the grill to keep everything from falling through. We also enjoy our grill pan basket for stuff like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and more!
- Picking out the perfect ears of corn is important. We’ve had a lot of bland ears of corn as we learned how to pick out the best corn on the cob. If you can shuck the corn and any remaining silk! It’s best to look inside the husk and see the plump corn firsthand. If you can’t open it up, feel through the husks for even, plump, and somewhat soft kernels. If there are kernels missing or if they feel very hard, skip that ear!
- If there are small holes at the top of your corn on the cob or over all? Those are probably from worms, unless you like to be the second creature eating your food then you’ll want to avoid those!
- You want the corn husks to be green, bright green, and tightly pressed to the corn; that shows us that the cobs of corn are fresh and fresh corn will taste juicy and flavorful.
- You can cook a whole cobs of corn. I prefer to cut them in half before grilling so it’s nice and simple. If you are grilling full cobs of corn you might need more time on the grill and you might want to reduce the heat! We recommend starting the full cobs in their husks on the grill and then peel them back after the first few minutes. This will help steam the corn so it can cook more quickly!
Healthy Eating Plan Points
21 Day Fix
Although this isn’t a 21 Day Fix recipe, you could alter this recipe to make it more friendly for the 21 Day Fix and Ultimate Portion Fix though.
I’d swap out the butter for an approved oil (such as extra virgin olive oil) and remember that corn is a yellow so you’d need to track it that way as well!
Of course! You can enjoy this delicious side dish recipe on Weight Watchers. The corn is free but you’ll need to track the butter.
As written, this recipe is 12 points on the new 2023 Plan. If you cut the butter in half (1/4 cup) each serving will be 6 points.
1 Tbsp of butter is 5 Freestyle Smart Points. You can measure out your butter before you melt it and then distribute it evenly while grilling.
Meals that go perfectly with Grilled Corn on the Cob
How to Grill Corn on the Cob
- 4 Corn on the cob
- 1 stick of butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper to taste
- Cut the ears of corn in half and place on the grill vertically. 4 Corn on the cob
- Melt a stick of butter with generous amounts of salt and pepper, and brush on the corn several times during roasting. 1 stick of butter, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Pull off the grill when it starts to blacken.