Grilled corn on the cob is a summer staple! It cooks quickly when peeled and grilling it gives the corn a smoky flavor and grill marks.
Grilled corn on the cob with charred kernels just screams summer! Just looks at a picture of it and your mouth starts watering remembering how delicious it is.
Peeling corn on the cob before grilling it allows it to cook in half the time versus cooking it with the husks.
Go ahead and grill up a little extra corn on the cob because I’ve got some great ideas for using the leftovers too!
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What To Look For When Choosing Corn On The Cob
1) Buy the freshest corn on the cob you can find. I often end up buying it at the grocery store since it is most convenient but farm stands and farmer’s markets are the best options.
2) The corn on the cob should look fresh and green. The husks should be tightly wrapped around the corn. Avoid the wilting, shriveling, dry looking ones.
3) Choose the ears with sticky brown silks and skip the ones with black dry silks.
4) Check the stalk to see if it is still moist.
5) Without totally peeling the corn, pull back the husks at the top of the ear to take a peek at the corn inside to make sure it looks good.
Grilled Corn On The Cob Peeled Instructions
Peel the corn on the cob and remove the silks.
Line the peeled corn on the cob up on the grill over medium heat.
Cook for about 14 minutes, turning the corn every two minutes.
Once the corn in hot and tender with blackened grill marks, it’s ready.
Brush the grilled corn on the cob with melted butter and sprinkle with salt before serving.
Grilled Corn On The Cob FAQs
1. Can I grill the corn with the husks still on?
Yes! See my instructions for that method here: How To Grill Corn On The Cob With The Husks
2. How do I know when corn on the cob is done cooking? The great thing about fresh corn on the cob is that it can be eaten raw so you don’t have to get too worried about cooking times. The main thing is not to overcook corn. Grilled corn on the cob is done with it is hot and the kernels are tender.
3. I don’t want the grilled corn on the cob to have grill marks or charred kernels, what do you suggest? You can either grill the corn with the husks (see #1 above). Or wrap the peeled corn in foil and grill it over medium heat for 25-30 minutes, turning it every 5 minutes.
4. How can I make corn on the cob without a grill? Check out this post for LOTS of ideas on How To Cook Corn On The Cob. To char the corn without a grill try using a kitchen torch or the flames from a gas stove.
Recipes for Leftover Grilled Corn On The Cob
Cut the corn off of the cob and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Use the leftover corn in one of the following recipes.
Grilled Cowboy Caviar from The Gunny Sack: This Grilled Cowboy Caviar recipe is a flavorful, healthy appetizer that can also be served as a salad side dish. Grilled veggies are a fabulous addition!
Jalapeno Corn Dip from I Am Homesteader: Jalapeno Corn Dip collides Spicy and Sweet for a flavor explosion you will love this. Spicy fresh cut jalapenos, sweet bursts of sweet corn, and crispy thick cut bacon come together in this creamy and delicious dip recipe and will have you firmly holding your spot at the table until its finished.
Corn Salad from The Gunny Sack: This Corn Salad recipe is a creamy combination of fresh sweet corn, colorful peppers, and ripe tomatoes! It is the perfect summer salad for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. Fresh corn salad only takes a few minutes to mix up and can also be served as a party appetizer as a dip with chips.
Instant Pot Chicken and Black Bean Tacos from Five Heart Home: Instant Pot Chicken & Black Bean Tacos boast a tender, flavorful filling, equally delicious in burrito bowls and effortlessly made in the pressure cooker!
Chicken Fajita Southwest Salad from The Gunny Sack: This Chicken Fajita Southwest Salad is a flavorful summer salad recipe that’s perfect for backyard barbecues and cookouts. It can be a dinner side dish or a weekday lunch.