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Grilled corn on the cob.

Grilled Corn on the Cob (4 Ways)

Grilled corn on the cob is probably one of the easiest side dishes to serve at BBQs. That little kiss of smoke and charring will transform simple corn into delicious, sweet morsels of goodness.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: grilled corn, grilled corn on the cob
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 6 ears of corn husks and silk removed
  • 3/4 cup room temperature butter
  • salt to taste


  • Remove husks and threads from the ears of corn. Cut the knobs off the bottom of each corn cob.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat or 375 degrees F.
  • Brush each corn cob with a little olive oil.
  • Place corn on the grill (or reduce heat), and cook for 8-10 minutes, rotating often, until tender.
  • Remove corn from the grill and place them onto a large serving platter. Serve with butter and a little salt.
  • If you plan to cook the corn with the husks on, it will take 20-25 minutes for the corn to cook.
  • Please see the notes section below for variations and how to grill frozen corn.


Use the quick cooking method above for the following grilled corn on the cob recipe variations.
Indian Street Corn
  • 6 ears of corn, husks and silk removed
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges 
Combine the butter with the masala, cumin, coriander, black pepper, salt, and cayenne. 
Brush the mixture onto the corn before placing them on the grill—cook as directed above.
Garnish with cilantro, and serve with lime wedges.
Maple Butter Corn on the Cob
  • 6 ears of corn, husks and silk removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
Combine butter with maple syrup and set aside.
Brush corn with olive oil and cook as directed above. 
Once cooked, serve with maple butter mixture and garnish with chopped fresh chives.
Old Bay Grilled Corn
  • 6 ears of corn husked and threads removed
  • 1/3 cup room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large lemons cut into quarters
Combine butter with Old Bay seasoning and salt. 
Brush mixture evenly onto each corn cob, and cook as directed above. 
Drizzle on a little Comeback Sauce and serve with lemon wedges.

Can you use frozen corn on the grill?

Yes, you can certainly grill frozen corn on the cob. However, there are a few things to know. One, frozen corn is blanched before packaging and freezing. That means that they need less time on the grill. The blanching and freezing process will give it a soft exterior once defrosted. We recommend wrapping them in a foil packet with butter and seasonings before they bit the grill. Avoid placing defrosted corn directly on the grates. 


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1183IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg