Summer is just around the corner, and if there is one thing you should have on the grill, it should be grilled corn on the cob! Today I thought I would show you how to grill corn on the cob. This is the easiest basic recipe on how to grill corn, but it tastes amazing.

4 grilled corns on the cobs on a plate topped with butter.

Corn is a frugal side dish!

Fresh corn is on sale everywhere in the Spring and Summer so this is also a very frugal side dish. In fact, we just can pick some up for usually for only $.20 EACH at our local grocery store.

Now is the time to enjoy this inexpensive side dish. This grilled corn on the cob recipe is frugal, fast, and fabulous! It is a must have at any family BBQ at our house and the kids are normally fighting over the last ear.

1 corn on the cob on a piece of foil topped with butter in the middle.

How long to grill corn?

If you are placing it on medium high heat, I like to cook my grilled corn on the cob for about 20 minutes. You will want to roll the corn regularly so nothing gets burned but in 20 minutes you will have beautifully grilled corn.

5 or 6 grilled corns on the cobs on a white plate topped with parsley and black pepper.

Do you have to soak corn on the cob before grilling?

No, you do not have to soak corn on the cob before grilling. I Simply clean it, season it, and then it is ready to cook.

Grilled corn on the cob on a large platter.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Corn on the cob (you could use frozen, but fresh is the best)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, Garlic salt (or any seasonings you would like)
  • Butter for after grilling
  • Foil

Directions for cooking corn on the grill:

  1. Clean the cobs of corn of the husks.
  2. Lay each cob on the foil.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper and garlic salt.
  4. Roll up in the foil. Do this until all of the corn is covered in foil.
  5. Place on the grill for about medium heat for 20 minutes turning occasionally.
  6. Make sure you are careful when unwrapping – these are hot!
  7. Serve with the butter!
1 photo showing corn on a piece of foil drizzled with oil and topped with salt and pepper.  Then another picture of 3 corn on the cobs wrapped in foil.

Can you grill corn on the cob without foil?

Yes, you can grill corn by placing it directly on the grill. This way requires you to watch the corn closely so that it does not overcook or the corns pop.

Spray the grill grates with a non-stick cooking spray and clean the corn of the husks. Place the corn directly on the grill and turn when the corn kernels start to get dark (approximately ever 2-3 minutes).

Continue to rotate until all the sides of the corn is cooked through. This usually takes around 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the corn.

3 corn on the cobs that have been grilled directly on the grill grates and have some charring marks on the corn.

How to grill corn in the husk:

You can also grill the corn in the husk. Sometimes, the husks will catch on fire when grilling so I recommend removing a few of the outer layers of the husks before grilling.

Then place the corn with the husks on directly on the grill and cook for around 20 minutes rotating frequently until the kernels turn a bright yellow color.

Allow the corn to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the husks as they will be hot when removing them from the grill.

Print this Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe Below:

Grilled Corn on the Cob

4.72 from 14 votes
How to grill corn on the cob. This grilled corn on the cob recipe will give you the perfect corn on the cob every single time.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 119
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 6 Fresh Corn on the Cob (shucked)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Clean the cobs of corn of the husks.
  • Prepare 6 pieces of foil. Lay each cob on the foil.
  • Drizzle with olive oil over each corn on the cob and season with the salt and pepper.
  • Roll up the corn in the foil and make sure that it's completely covered.
  • Place on the grill over medium heat for 20 minutes turning occasionally.
  • Cool completely, then remove the foil from the corn carefully as the foil will be hot.
  • Serve warm with butter and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

These can also be made in the oven.  Cook at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes until the corn is the tenderness that you prefer.  
 

Nutrition Facts

Serving 1g, Calories 119kcal, Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 3g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Sodium 401mg, Potassium 245mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 169IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 3mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    We love lemon pepper on our corn! Yummy tangy and spicey all at the same time 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I subbed pats of butter in place of the olive oil, and it was terrific! The tight foil wrap prevented flare ups. We’ll never go back to stovetop boiling again–unless outside temps are sub-zero.

  3. Can you do this in the oven? If so, what temperature and how long? I do not have access to outside grill.

  4. 5 stars
    This was so good! Easy and delicious ? I will always do corn like this, anxious to try some other seasonings as well. Thanks!???

  5. I do corn on the cob in the husk on the grill. I soak the corn in water for about 30 minutes before putting it on the grill. It steams in the husk and is so juicy.