Nothing says summer like the taste of fresh corn on the cob, sweet and smoky from the grill. Whether you're looking for great summer side recipes or planning a big July 4th party, you'll need to know how to grill corn on the cob. Take a look at the quick tips below and check out our brief but informative video on how to grill corn on the cob. You’ll be a pro in minutes—and ready to make all the classic grilled corn on the cob recipes that no summer cookout or picnic menu is complete without!
How to Grill Corn on the Cob: First Steps
Perfectly grilled corn requires very little in the way of pre-grilling prep work. When you’re shopping for corn on the cob, choose ears with soft, bright green, snugly fitting husks and moist, golden brown silk. If possible cook the ears the same day you purchase them to ensure freshness. Don’t tear back the husks until ready to cook, as this could dry out the corn before grilling.
How to Grill Corn on the Cob: Husks On or Off?
Corn can be grilled either in the husks or with the husks removed. If you’re leaving them on, remove the silk completely, rewrap the ears in their husks and soak in water for 10 minutes before grilling. To grill corn without husks, brush the ears with oil before putting them on the grill—you can add flavor by using KRAFT Zesty Italian or KRAFT Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For a low-maintenance approach, remove the husks and silk from the corn, rinse and wrap the ears in foil. After grilling, the foil will keep the corn warm until ready to serve. You can see all three methods demonstrated in our great step-by-step video on how to grill corn on the cob.
How Long to Grill Corn on the Cob
If the husks are removed, grill corn on medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. If the husks are left on, grill corn 15 to 20 minutes.
How Much Corn is on a Cob
One corn cob will yield about 1/2 cup of corn kernels. To remove cooked corn from the cob, hold the cob firmly at an angle, then carefully cut down the ear (away from your body) with a sharp knife, removing several rows of corn with each cut.
Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipes
Once you’ve made your perfectly grilled corn on the cob, you can dress it in any number of delicious ways. Butter is a popular finishing touch, or you can use a flavored butter. (For a great spread, try this: Mix ¼ cup softened butter, 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese and 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley. Our recipe for Fantastic Grilled Corn on the Cob has more flavored butter variations.) For a delicious alternative to butter, spread the hot cooked ears with KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise, then sprinkle with KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese.
More Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipes!
Once you have the basics down, there’s a world of great recipes for grilled corn on the cob waiting, including classic summer sides for July 4th and crowd-pleasing ideas for summer parties, including picnics and barbecues. Even leftover grilled corn on the cob is delicious, especially in dishes like Grilled Corn Salad or Fresh Corn Salsa.