How to Grill Corn

5 from 24 votes

Learn how to grill corn with husks and without husks with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling corn on the cob makes it sweet and smokey!

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Here is how to grill fresh corn on the cob. Follow the directions below to cook corn on the cob with or without the husks – your choice. To roast quickly, place totally shucked corn directly on the grate. For a slower, sweeter result, soak and grill with husks on.

Pan of grilled corn with husks

Fresh corn done on the grill is roasted summer goodness on a plate.

how to grill corn with husks

  1. Peel the husks down to the base of the corn without completely detaching them. (It is okay to lose a few.)
  2. Pull off the silk, which is the thread part.
  3. Replace the husks to their former position as best as possible.
3 image collage to show how to pull down the husk, remove the silk and cover corn with husk again
  • Fill a large bowl or pot with cold water and submerge the corn. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes. It can be left to soak for up to 12 hours.
Corn with husks getting soaked in pot of water
  • Remove the corn from its soak and shake off excess water and place on a preheated grill.
  • Close the lid and cook until the husks start to char, then flip the corn. Make sure to allow the cobs to cool for a few minutes afterwards.
4 corns with husks on grill

how to grill corn without husks

  1. Shuck the corn.
  2. Remove the silk.
  3. Brush the corn on all sides with olive oil or butter.
3 image collage to show how to remove the husk, remove the silk and brush the corn with olive oil before grilling
  • Place the corn on a preheated grill, close the lid and grill.
  • Rotate the corn and cook until the kernels are tender when pierced with a knife. Make sure to allow the cobs to cool for a few minutes afterwards.
Grill with 4 corn on the cob without husk

Tips for grilling corn

  1. Buy the freshest corn available and cook it that day. The corn will be more crisp that way and it guarantees the best flavor!
  2. Watch the heat. High heat will scorch the outside of the kernel before the inside is done. Medium heat works best.
  3. Watch how fast the corn is blacking. If the cob is blackening too fast, move to indirect heat to finish cooking.
  4. Check on the corn frequently if you’re new to grilling. You want to make sure you are not singeing it.
  5. Listen for kernels bursting. If you the popping sound, they’re done! Remove from the grate immediately to prevent dry out.

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Frequently asked questions

Why do you need to soak corn for grilling?

Soaking adds moisture to the corn and allows it roast and steam at the same time without burning.

How can you tell if corn on the cob is fresh?

Look for nice bright green husks, tightly covering the kernels. The stalk should be brown or yellow, not black. The corn should smell sweet, too. Any brown or black bits are a bad sign and indicate rot or insects within.

Can I grill corn on a stove top griddle?

Yes. It won’t get that smokey taste and may take longer unless your stove-top griddle is easily covered.

Pan of 4 grilled corn without husks

No matter which method used, this grilling corn is a fantastic addition to any bbq. Leftovers make yummy additions to salads, salsas and even pizza.

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How to Grill Corn

Learn how to grill corn with husks and without husks with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling corn on the cob makes it sweet and smokey!
5 from 24 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 139
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ears fresh corn with husks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

With Husks

  • Pull the husks down to the base of the corn without detaching them from the ear of corn. Remove the silk from each ear of corn, and fold the husks back to cover the corn.
  • Fill a large bowl or pot with cold water, submerge the corn in the water and let stand for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Remove the corn from the pot of water and shake off any excess water. Place on the preheated grill.
  • Close lid and cook until the husk starts to char, about 7-10 minutes. Rotate and cook on the other side until the husk starts to char, about 7-10 more minutes.
  • Remove the corn from the grill and allow them to cool for five minutes. Peel off the husks and enjoy with olive oil, salt and pepper, if desired.

Without Husks

  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Remove the husks and silk completely from the corn and discard.
  • Brush the corn on all sides with olive oil and place on the preheated grill.
  • Close the lid and cook for 5-7 minutes. Rotate and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the kernels are tender when pierced with a knife.
  • Remove the corn from the grill and allow them to cool for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Notes

Storage: It’s best to enjoy grilled corn immediately after cooking. However you can store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 21mg, Potassium: 243mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 168IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

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