Grilled Corn on the Cob {+ 3 Flavored Butters}

May 13, 2019

Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob – soon to be your favorite way to cook it! Ears of corn are husked then cooked over a hot grill and ready in 10 minutes. The delicious charred flavor will leave you craving more all summer long and you’ll love these three flavored butters to pair with it! 

Eight grilled corn on the cob on a white oval platter with flavored butters on the side.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

You’ll love this method not only because it’s quick and flavorful but you can throw them on the grill to the side of the meat while it cooks and get two things done at once.

It’s one of the easiest summer side dishes plus it’s just one of those things people of every age love.

And yes of course this corn is delicious with plain butter and salt but if you really want to impress and take it over the top then try one of these three flavored butters slathered over it! My personal favorite is garlic parmesan but you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Try all three and find your favorite!

Flavored butters in three small ceramic serving bowls set over a white platter.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob

  • Preheat the grill (for about 10 minutes). Otherwise it will take way too long to cook and the corn will dry out. Clean grill grates after it’s preheated a while.
  • Husk the corn. Pull off all outer leaves, stringy silks and break the bottom stalk. Or buy it pre-shucked and skip this step.
  • Place corn on hot grill with space between ears of corn for heat to circulate.
  • Cook (covered with grill lid) turning every 2 – 3 minutes.

How Long Does it Take to Grill Corn on the Cob?

Corn should appear nicely charred in places on all sides once done and kernels should be tender, it should take about 8 – 12 minutes total. But keep in mind this can vary depending on inside temperature of the grill, corns distance to flames, and temperature of corn to begin with.

Eight ears of corn on a grill with dark char marks.

Can I Grill It in the Husk?

Yes. But I prefer to grill without the husk on so you get more browning and charred flavor. If you opt to grill with husk on then soak the corn cobs in water for 10 minutes first so it doesn’t burn. Cook over medium-high heat about 15 minutes turning occasionally (corn should be tender when pierced).

Can I Grill it in Foil?

If you want to flavor the corn with something while it grills then yes heavy duty foil can be used, otherwise it’s not really necessary.

Close up image of stack of grilled corn on the cob on a white oval serving platter set over a marble surface.

What Should I Serve with Grilled Corn?

Close up image of stack of grilled corn on the cob.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob {+ 3 Flavored Butters}

5 from 2 votes

The tastiest way to cook corn on the cob! Super easy and full proof, and deliciously charred and flavorful. And everyone will love the seasoned butters to slather over it!

Servings: 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes


Grilled Corn

  • 8 ears corn, husked (or desired amount)
  • 8 Tbsp plain butter or seasoned butter for serving, recipes follow
  • Salt and pepper

Garlic Parmesan Butter

  • 8 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup finely freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning

Herb Butter

  • 8 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Chili Lime Butter

  • 8 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced fresh cilantro


Grilled Corn on the Cob

  1. Preheat a gas grill over medium high heat to about 450 degrees. Brush grill grates clean.

  2. Once grill is preheated, place corn on grill, leaving space between them. Let grill (with lid closed) until charred on all sides, turning every few minutes, about 8 - 12 minutes total.

  3. Roll in butter or spread butter over hot corn, if using unflavored butters season corn with salt.

Garlic Parmesan Butter

  1. Place 7 Tbsp slightly softened butter in a small mixing bowl. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until just barely becoming golden brown, about 30 - 60 seconds.

  2. Pour mixture over butter in dish along with parmesan and Italian seasoning. Mix while seasoning with salt to taste as needed.

Herb Butter

  1. In a small mixing bowl stir together butter, parsley, chives, garlic powder and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chili Lime Butter

  1. In a small mixing bowl stir together butter, chili powder, cayenne pepper, lime zest, lime juice, honey, cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

Salted or unsalted butter will work for the flavored butters.

Nutrition is for corn and 1 Tbsp plain butter per ear. Butter mix-ins will add a few additional calories.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Corn on the Cob {+ 3 Flavored Butters}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Corn on the Cob
Author: Jaclyn