Share:

How to Grill Corn

It’s easy to learn how to grill corn on the cob. Fans of the simple technique enjoy the subtle, smoky flavor, as well as the chance to keep the heat out of the kitchen! The Taste of Home Test Kitchen offers a recipe and tips for grilling corn in the husk, as well as flavoring grilled corn.

By Elizabeth Harris, Contributing Editor and Rachel Seis, Associate Editor

Unshucked corn on the cob with grill marks.


Expert Tips from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • How long do you have to soak corn before grilling? 30 minutes ought to do it. Start your soaking while prepping your other foods for the grill.
  • How long to grill corn in the husk? Easy—same as soaking! 30 minutes is just right for unshucked corn.
  • If you want to grill shucked corn, use foil packets to protect the kernels from the direct flames.



How to Grill Corn on the Cob in the Husk

What you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob (unshucked)
  • Water
  • Butter

Equipment

  • Stockpot
  • Grill
  • Tongs

1. Place whole unshucked ears of corn in a stockpot and cover with cold water. Soak for 30 minutes.

Soak corn in cold water for 30 minutes.


2. Drain, then place the ears directly over hot coals. Grill for 30 minutes, turning occasionally, or until husks are completely charred black.

Place the ears directly over hot coals and turn occasionally.


Grill until husks are completely charred black.


3. Remove from grill, peel back husks and remove silk. Butter and season to taste. Eat!

Peel back husks and remove silk.




How to Make Flavored Grilled Corn

What you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob (unshucked)
  • Herbed or seasoned butter

Equipment

  • Stockpot
  • Kitchen string
  • Grill
  • Tongs

Soak according to directions above and drain. Peels husks to one inch above bottom and remove silk. Spread herbed or seasoned butter of choice over each ear. Rewrap with husks and secure with kitchen string. Grill according to directions above.

Buttered and seasoned grilled corn on the cob.


Try these herbed butters:


How to Grill Corn in Foil Packets

What you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob (shucked)
  • Butter
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Heavy-duty foil
  • Grill

Place each ear of husked corn on a 12-inch square piece of heavy-duty foil. Top with a pat of butter and a standard-size ice cube. Wrap each ear tightly and grill over hot coals 15-20 minutes.

Grilling corn on the cob wrapped in foil.