Last updated June 29, 2018

Whether you top it with butter or go Mexican style with mayo and cheese, grilled corn is one of those recipes every griller should know.

Grilled Corn

There are many ways to cook grilled corn, and I’ve probably tried them all. In the end, I have found that this method yields the juiciest kernels with the least amount of work.

I rarely use a microwave because grilled food tastes so much better, but microwaving certain vegetables before throwing them on the grill speeds up the cooking process. That’s the case with corn.

Corn sold in its shucks is generally cheaper, but do your self a favor and shuck it in the store. Leave all those strands behind.

Once you get home, select how many ears you want to serve and wrap them in a damp paper towel – this helps keep the kernels moist. The microwave timing guide is in the recipe below.

Just before dinner, toss them on the grill to get that beautiful char. Corn has natural sugars, so grilling creates a tasty caramelization that you’ll never get with a pot of boiling water.

Then, finish them however you like. You can just spread them with butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Or go Mexican style with mayo, cotija cheese and Tajin.

Grilled Corn on slate platter

Grilled Corn

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled corn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 ear
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

Whether you top it with butter or go Mexican style with mayo and cheese, grilled corn is one of those recipes every griller should know.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Corn on the cob
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 pinch Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the grill to medium-high (375-400F degrees).
  2. Shuck the corn.
  3. Wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave:

      1 ear = 5 minutes
      2 ears = 6 minutes
      3 ears = 7 minutes
      4 ears = 8 minutes
      5 ears = 9 minutes
      6 ears = 10 minutes

  4. Season both sides with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Grill 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.4g7%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2.8g12%
Protein 2.6g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.