Easy Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob

Easy Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob.

It is Fresh Sweet Corn on the Cob Season in our part of the world!

Corn is a vegetable we rarely eat – except in the heat of summer when it is fresh and sweet and bought the same day it was picked from a local farm stand.

After being in Arizona for a week recently, where it seemed everything we ordered had grilled or roasted corn in it (even a delicious deconstructed Caesar Salad), I had corn on the brain.

We had always boiled our sweet corn on the cob, but I fell in love with the magically charred kernels we experienced on our Southwest trip, so we decided to grill it this time.

O.M.G!  We LOVED it!  Oh how easy!  Keep the heat outside by using the grill.  And save clean up time with no pots of boiling hot water.

When I buy corn on the cob, even though is only the two of us now, I buy a full dozen.  We usually only eat about half of it, so we cut the rest off the cob and either freeze it in Ziploc bags for a fresh corn treat in the winter or save it for using in other recipes or reheating another day that week.

Here is how we did it.  Quick, easy, and oh so delicious!

By the way – I think the mistake many people make with corn on the cob is OVERcooking it.  Sweet corn on the cob truly tastes its best when you just cook it long enough to heat, but retain its wonderful sweetness, crunch and flavor.  Also, don’t look for the biggest ears of corn.  They could likely be tough.  Look for smaller, young, tender ears, and buy them from the farm or farm market – not the grocery store, where it could be several days old.  There is nothing like eating corn the day it is picked!

Roll it in some butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper for even more yumminess, but when you get fresh, sweet, seasonal corn, it barely needs anything else!

Here is how we made it.

Easy Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob


  • 1 dozen fresh ears of corn on the cob


Heat grill to approximately 450 degrees F.

Husk corn, and clean of the silks as best you can.  Rinse under cold water.

Place cleaned ears of corn directly on grill for 5 minutes.  Turn and grill for another 5 minutes.

Serve immediately with sweet butter, salt, and pepper.


Cheers & Hugs,


25 thoughts on “Easy Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob

  1. Hope this collection of ideas may add one new idea to someone’s corn on the cob recipes:
    Your way is such a great way to have corn on the cob, 💖 Jodi!
    My brothers and I used to (years ago) wrap them up in tin foil at scout camps, throwing them into fires and then using long-handled tongs to gather them up!
    My brother now uses Italian dressing to coat open ears of corn on his outdoor grille, Jodi! Sweet and tangy.
    My girlfriend uses cayenne pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes for savory, spicy grilled corn.
    One hint that is amazing to try if anyone prefers boiling them, throw cleaned, shucked ears into cold water on the stove with a cup of lemonade. The lemon keeps the kernels tender and adds “literally zest” 🍋 then turn on high. As soon as bubbles start to boil; turn off pot, take pot with mitts to a cold burner, cover for ten minutes. Serve with or without butter and salt. Mmmm!!!

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  2. Grilled corn is a summer delight! My family loves grilled corn on the cob either way – unshucked ears wrapped in foil or your way. You are so right, nothing can rival fresh picked corn. Growing up in rural Pa., we always got fresh right from my Gram’s farm. That and sun warm fresh tomatoes right off the vine – YUM!!

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  3. We just had an ear of corn last night for dinner. I found a trick for microwaving it by wrapping it in a damp paper towel and cooking it for about 7 minutes for 2 ears. I imagine the flavor would be best grilled though. My parents used to grow fresh corn in their garden. Nothing better!! 🌽💕

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  4. Love grilled corn but like you I never eat it except in the summer. Sometimes I spread butter and a little garlic powder on them then wrap them in foil so the butter absorbs in. After ten minutes or so of turning it I open it up and let it get some grill marks on it. So good..:)

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  5. I love fresh corn on the cob, but I’ve never tried it on the grill before. Thanks for the idea! (And one of my favorite memories of my in-laws is sitting at my mother-in-law’s table and having her ask how many ears of corn we wanted for dinner that night. Once she got the count, she’d head down to the garden and pick exactly that many. Talk about fresh!

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