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It’s not summer without sweet smoked roasted corn on the cob! This recipe is a tutorial on how to grill corn using 3 different cooking techniques. Learn how to grill corn with the shell, in foil, or without the shell!

One of the ingredients I look forward to most in the summer is corn. It’s crunchy, sweet, and I love how versatile it is.

I set my air fryer on the cob on really hot days when I don’t want to turn on the hot grill, but there really is nothing like the smoky flavor of grilled corn on the cob.

I love to make a batch to eat as it is with grilled burgers, tequila lime chicken or cut up corn on the cob to add to my Santa Fe salad!

There really isn’t a wrong answer. 🙂

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • You will learn to prepare grilled corn on the cob in aluminum foil, with shell and without shell quickly and easily.
  • The recipe makes grilled sweet corn perfectly tender every time.
  • It is extremely versatile and can be eaten right off the cob or used in a number of different dishes.

recipe ingredients

Corn is the star of this recipe – the remaining ingredients can be customized to suit what you have on hand or any special diets you may have.

Notes on ingredients

  • Corn. Use your favorite variety of fresh corn on the cob. White, yellow, and two-tone corn are all great options! You can buy shelled corn to save time, but shelled corn is the most affordable.
  • Oil. Rub corn in a little oil when cooking corn in foil or shelled. You can also use butter if you cook corn in foil for flavor.
  • optional ingredients. I served my grilled corn with butter, fresh lemon juice, and chopped parsley, but these are completely optional.

How to grill corn on the cob

Grilled corn is so easy to prepare and there are (3) simple methods to choose from. Results vary slightly, but all produce perfectly tender smoked corn on the cob.

Choose from the following (3) cooking methods:

  • without the shell
  • In the shell with the thirst quenched
  • Baked

How to Grill Corn on the Cob Without the Husk

In my opinion, the best grilled corn on the cob is obtained by shelling the corn and cooking it over direct heat, or directly on the grill.

Skinless grilled corn on the cob achieves the great smoky flavor I want my grilled corn to have and is the best way to get a good char.

pro tip: Eliminate stubborn thirst by wiping with a paper towel.

  1. Remove furs and silks.
  2. Coat the corn with oil.
  3. Grill for 12-16 minutes over medium-high heat, turning every 3-4 minutes until browned on all sides.

How to grill corn in the husk

If you prefer your grilled corn to taste less smoky and don’t worry as much about char marks, this is a good option for you.

Leaving the husks on protects the corn from direct heat exposure and produces softer corn as it steams inside the husk.

The disadvantage of roasting corn in the husk is that there is a risk of the silk and/or husk catching fire.

I have grilled corn in the shell many times without soaking and have never experienced sprouting. If you are worried about this, follow the steps below to prevent breakouts from occurring:

  1. Gently pull the shell back halfway and remove the silks.
  2. As an added precaution, soak the corn in the husk after removing the silk for 10 to 30 minutes before grilling. This will add moisture to the shell to prevent sprouting.
  3. With the husk facing back, brush the corn with olive oil and salt to taste. Pull husk back over corn to coat.
  4. Grill for 15 minutes over medium-high heat, turning every 3-4 minutes to cook on all sides. Check for doneness by carefully pulling back on the skin and cook up to 5 more minutes if needed.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob in Aluminum Foil

This cooking method is similar to roasted corn in the husk and is a great option if you are worried about the husk catching fire.

Grilling corn in foil also results in very tender corn, as the corn is steamed inside the foil.

  1. Peel the corn and coat with olive oil and salt, to taste, or brush the corn with melted butter.
  2. Grill for 16 minutes over medium-high heat, turning every 3-4 to cook on all sides. Check for doneness and, if necessary, cook another 3-5 minutes.

Frequent questions

What is the best way to grill corn?

There are (3) ways to grill corn: with skin, in foil, or without skin. Each method produces perfectly tender corn cobs with slightly different results. Grilling corn in foil or in the husk steams the corn and reduces smoky flavor and signs of charring. Grilling corn from the husk produces beautiful char marks and a great smoky flavor.

How long to roast corn

Grilled corn takes 12-16 minutes to cook over medium-high heat on the grill. A good rule of thumb is to cook corn 3-4 minutes per side.

How to tell when grilled corn is done

When checking grilled corn for doneness, look for tender, meaty kernels. You can use the tip of a knife to test a grain when in doubt. Some grains may have a slightly wrinkled appearance, but that’s okay.

service tips

There are so many ways to serve grilled corn – it’s such a versatile vegetable.

recipe notes

  • pro tip: Eliminate stubborn thirst by wiping with a paper towel.
  • If you are grilling corn in foil, you can omit the oil and brush the corn with melted butter if you like.
  • Switch things up by seasoning your corn with your favorite spices or dish towels, butter, herbs, or pesto sauce!
  • Use pre-shelled corn for 2 or 3 methods to save time.

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Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob

Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob is a tutorial on how to grill corn on the cob using 3 different cooking methods. Learn how to grill corn with the shell, in foil, or without the shell!

  • 4 ears of wheat
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil if cooking without shell
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter, lime wedges and chopped parsley, for serving optional

Method 1: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Husk on:

  • Peel off the top of the shell and remove the silks to prevent them from catching fire on the grill. Rub the corn with olive oil and season with salt to taste, then place the husk over the corn to cover it.

  • Cook for 15 minutes, over medium-high heat, turning every 3-4 minutes to cook on all sides.

  • Peel and serve!

Method 2 – Baked Grilled Corn in Foil:

  • Peel the corn and cover with olive oil and salt, to taste. Cover with foil and cook for 15 minutes, over medium-high heat, turning every 3-4 minutes to cook on all sides.

  • Remove foil and serve!

  • Method 3: Grilled Corn Without Skin or Skin

  • Peel the corn and cover with olive oil and salt, to taste.

  • Cook for 12-16 minutes, over medium-high heat, turning every 3-4 minutes or until well charred and cooked through on all sides.

  • If the corn is cooking too quickly, reduce the heat to medium.

  • Serve corn on the cob warm with fresh lemon juice, a knob of butter, and chopped fresh parsley if desired. To a good time!

  • Nutrition information does not include butter, lime or herbs as these ingredients are optional.
  • If you are grilling corn in foil, you can omit the oil and brush the corn with melted butter if you like.
  • Switch things up by seasoning your corn with your favorite spices or dish towels, butter, herbs, or pesto sauce!
  • Dab the corn with a paper towel to remove any lingering thirst.
  • Use pre-shelled corn for 2 or 3 methods to save time.

Calories: 50 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Sodium: 74 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and should only be used as a guide for informational purposes.

All recipes and images © Flavor the Moments.

**This recipe was originally released June 2019. Added step-by-step photos and edited text to include more information about the recipe.

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