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Grilled Corn on the Cob

This sweet Grilled Corn on the Cob is slathered with a homemade garlic chive butter turning it into an outstanding fresh Summer side dish.

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Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

How do you make the best grilled corn on the cob? While grilling corn isn’t difficult, there are a few things you should do in advance to be successful. This recipe demonstrates how to grill corn with the husks intact. If you prefer, you can also remove the husk or shuck the corn and grill corn wrapped in aluminum foil.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe for easy Grilled Corn on the Cob: 8 Medium ears of corn husks intact, butter, Parmesan cheese, fresh chives, minced garlic and lemon pepper.
  • Choose ears that are similar in size for even cooking. How long does it take to cook corn on the grill? It takes around 15-20 minutes, but can vary slightly depending on the size of the corn.
  • It’s important is to clean the silk carefully from the corn prior to soaking. Inspect the corn carefully, removing any bad spots or kernels.
  • Once the husk is pulled back, use a damp paper towel to grab the silk making it easier to remove and discard.
  • Pull the husk back over the corn to cover it for soaking and grilling. This will allow the sweet corn to cook more slowly and prevent it from burning. That said, some random kernels may char a bit when turning and that only adds to the grilled flavor.
  • The garlic chive butter can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator to give the flavors time to marry. A few hours to overnight works well. Just allow some time to soften before serving.
  • How do you store leftover corn on the cob? After grilling corn on the cob, use a sharp knife to remove any corn kernels from the cob to save for another meal. You can use it as a topping on salads or even turn it into a Mexican Street Corn Salad. You can also use it as a condiment sprinkled on tacos or incorporate it into a homemade corn  salsa to serve with tortilla chips.
  • You van also roast corn in the oven. See how to make my recipe for Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob here.


cleaned corn ready for grilling

Grilled Corn on the Cob and More Southern Style Grilling Recipes to Make

While most everything tastes delicious when grilled, there are some all-time favorites in the MSSK recipe index that we return to over and over again. You may also like to make:


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How to Clean the Gas Grill Before Grilling Corn

While we tend to grill year-round, our grill definitely gets a workout during the warm months of the year. It’s important to be mindful of how clean your grill is and how it performs. Cleaning the inside of the grill is important to prevent contamination of food and to keep the grill components working properly. You can use a stainless steel grill brush to remove any carbonized sediments that collect on the inside of the grill lid. You can also use warm soapy water to clean the grill grates and drip pans after the grill has cooled completely. Use a steel brush or putty knife to remove any cooked on stubborn grease.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn-on-the-cob-recipes, grilled-corn-on-the-cob
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 232kcal


  • 8 medium corn on the cob husks intact
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper


  • Pull husk back from each cob and remove silk. Recover corn with husk.
  • Dissolve salt in a large bowl of cold water. Soak corn for 10 minutes. Remove and drain well. Use a paper towel to pat dry.
  • To grill: Preheat grill to medium. Brush grates with olive oil or coat with grill safe cooking spray.
  • Cook corn for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together butter, chives, Parmesan garlic and lemon pepper until fully blended. Chill until serving. (This is even better if made several hours in advance or the day before)
  • Remove husks and serve corn with garlic chive butter.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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