Grilled Corn on the Cob

July 30th, 2010 by Erin Gennow
Grilling Corn in the Husks

Grilling Corn in the Husks

Grilled corn is a quintessential American summer dish.  The sweet, slightly crunchy corn kernels accented by the grill flavor is the perfect summer vegetable.  There are 2 ways to grill corn on the cob.  You can place the corn in the husk directly on the grill with no preparation, allowing the husks smoking from the grill to impart flavor on the corn.  Or, you can pre-cook the corn on the cob by steaming it in the microwave before putting it on the grill.  This speeds up the cooking time by about 10 minutes.  The advantage here is you don’t have to remove the husks from piping hot corn.

Prep Time: 0-5 minutes, depending on the cooking method

Cook Time: 10-20 minutes, depending on the cooking method

Serves: 4


4 cobs of corn


Sea salt to taste, or kosher salt


Heat the grill to high heat.

Grilling Pre-Husked Corn on the Cob:

If you wish to speed up the cooking time a bit and prefer to husk the corn when it’s not hot you need to pre-cook the corn before placing it on the grill (otherwise it will dry out before it cooks all the way through).

Remove the husks from the corn.  A quick and easy way to do this is cut each end off the corn and the husks just fall away.  Pull off any remaining silk strands still attached.

Rinse the corn on the cob and place it in a microwave safe glass dish and fill halfway with water.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Place the steamed corncobs on the grill and rotate every 3 minutes or so, so each part of the corn is kissed but the grill.  It should take about 5-10 minutes total.

Remove the corn from the grill, slather with butter, and sprinkle with sea (or kosher) salt.

Grilling Par-Cooked Corn

Grilling Par-Cooked Corn

Grilling Corn in the Cob in the Husks:

Keeping the husks on the corn imparts a great flavor and helps keep the corn from getting too dried out when grilling.  If you wish you can soak the corn in water for 30-60 minutes before grilling, but it’s not necessary.  It will help the corn steam while on the grill though.

Place the corn in the husks directly on the grill.  Turn the corn every 5 minutes or so to evenly cook the corn.  After about 20 minutes your corn is fully cooked.

Carefully remove the husks from the corn.  Using a towel or oven mitt to hold onto the hot corn cut off each end and pull the husks away from the corn.

Slather in butter and sprinkle with sea (or kosher) salt.

Cutting Corn Off the Cob

Cutting Corn Off the Cob

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn


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