Grilled Corn on the Cob

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No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. The secret to the easiest grilled corn? Grill it as is, husks on. Read more on why this works.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The first time I tried to grill corn on the cob, I placed shucked corn directly on the grill. The results weren’t all that stellar. Too dried out and chewy.

I consulted “She-who-knows-everything-when-it-comes-to-home-cooking” (a.k.a. Mom) who informed me that the best way to grill corn on the cob is to grill corn in the husk, directly on a hot grill.

The husks protect the corn on the cob from getting dried out and the corn essentially steams in its own moisture while getting infused with smoky flavor from the charring corn husks.

It’s also so easy! No need to even break off the silks. Just place the corn, as is, in husks, on a hot grill.

VIDEO! How to Make Grilled Corn on the Cob

More Tips for Grilled Corn

  • Soaking corn on the cob? Many people call for soaking corn on the cob in water first, before grilling. There’s no need if you are working with fresh corn to begin with.
  • Removing the silks: Some grilled corn on the cob techniques also have you pull back the husks, take out the silks, and then put the husks back over the corn before grilling. I’ve tried that. It does make it easier after the corn is done when removing the husks. But I find the corn more easily dries out this way, and the best way for juicy grilled corn on the cob is to not mess with the husks.
  • Want grill marks? If you want some grill marks on your corn on the cob, (as shown in the photos), you can pull off a few of the outer husk leaves, leaving less of a barrier between the outer leaves and the corn cob, for more the charring to reach the corn.

Corn on the cob with husks blackened after being grilled

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ears fresh corn, in their husks
  • Butter (or an herb butter) for serving

Method

1 Prepare your grill, gas or charcoal, for direct, high heat. (About 550°F) You know the grill is hot enough if are able to hold your hand one inch above the grill for only 1 second.

2 Grill corn in husks: The corn husks will protect the corn from burning or drying out while it is on the hot grill.

If you want a bit of char on your corn, peel off a few of the outer layers of the corn husks first, before grilling.

Place the corn in their husks on the hot grill.

Cover the grill. Turn the corn occasionally, until the husks are completely blackened and charred on all sides, about 15 to 20 minutes.

3 Remove silks and charred husks: Remove the corn from the grill. Let them sit for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

Remove the silks and charred husks from the corn. If you need to, use a damp towel to protect your hands from any sharp edges from the charred corn husks as you peel them off.

4 Serve with butter. (Or you can sprinkle with a little chili powder, cotija cheese, and some lime juice for a Mexican twist.)

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Janet

    Fantastic recipe.

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  2. Skeptical at first

    Ha! That was awesome, Elise! Thank you! Just polished off a couple cobs, and they were peeeerfect!

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  3. Karen

    WHY have I not made this before?!? OMG. I will never be the same again.

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  4. Jeff

    Absolutely perfect simple and easy way to make corn on the cob with that unique delicious grill flavor… That’s REAL… My teenager who’s as picky as they come inhaled 2 cobs before finishing his steak… No need to complicate with anything else and I really love how no soaking is required… Yes it ruins it and proof is when you do it truly this way not by still soaking and doing this as that’s NOT this recipe.

    Thank you for posting this… Perfect for single dad and his son for our weekend meal!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  5. Bonnie

    Thank u for the pics!! Love having a reference

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