When summer arrives so do all of the wonderfully fresh fruits and vegetables. In our house, Grilled Corn On The Cob is a regular menu item all summer long! Is there anything better than sweet crunchy corn on the cob, with just a hint of smoky char from the heat of the grill? I think not!
There are a couple tricks to grilling corn on the cob, and a few different recipe options. I have for you a fairly easy way to grill your corn. I will also talk about a few options that you can try.
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Before you start you want to make sure that you have fresh corn on the cob. I like to pull back the husks and take a little peek at the kernels. They should be bright in color and nice and plump.
If the beard or “tassels” are old and dry the corn was harvested a while ago, see if you can find cobs that have nice fresh beards. The cob should also feel firm and the husk should feel tightly wrapped on the kernels of the cob. If the husk is loose you should look for a fresher cob.
- 4 ears of corn
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Garlic, grated
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Kosher salt
- Olive oil
How do you grill corn Seriously?
Cooking corn on the grill is actually really simple, you basically put the cob on the grill and cook it. With a little preparation and just a few simple ingredients, you can have fantastic grilled corn on your table. It doesn’t take a long time, trust me, this is how you are going to want to cook your corn from now on!
I like to peel the husk off the cobs of corn before I grill them, some people prefer to grill the corn in the husks. I find this steams the corn more than grilling it. Plus removing the husks while they are hot to get the butter on and melting can be quite a challenge. If you want you can leave the husks still attached to the cobs, be aware as nice as it looks for the presentation the husks will burn on the grill! If you are going to do this roasting them in the oven might be a better option.
I remove the husk from the cobs of corn and put them directly on a hot grill. Cooking over medium-high heat. Pre-soaking the corn is an option but if it is very fresh and juicy you can certainly omit this step. Also, don’t wrap the corn in aluminum foil. You will not get the char you want from the grill and again, you will steam it more than grill it with the foil wrap.
You will want to watch the cobs of corn on the grill, turning occasionally. It will only take 7-10 minutes to grill your cobs of corn. Now it’s time to season your corn. This is where you can make it your own!
Seasoning your grilled corn on the cob
Once you have your cobs of corn grilled it’s time to dress them up! I know some people who just like a little butter, salt, and pepper. But there really are so many more options. I’m going to show you a couple here.
Start by chopping some fresh parsley, and grating some garlic cloves. Grate some parmesan cheese and toss everything in a small bowl with a little Kosher salt.
Using a dish or platter that is large enough to lay a whole cob of corn on. Spread the parsley, garlic, and cheese mixture lengthwise on the platter.
Then you want to drizzle each cob of grilled corn lightly with a little bit of olive oil. Roll the cob of corn in the cheese, parsley mixture on the plate. The olive oil will help all that yummy cheese garlic and parsley to stick to each grilled cob of corn.
I find the olive oil adds a really nice flavor to the corn. If you prefer you can certainly dip your grilled corn in butter before rolling it in the parmesan cheese mixture. Either way, you are going to enjoy this great grilled summer veggie!
Does corn need to be boiled before grilling?
Ok, the short answer is no, corn on the cob does not have to be boiled before you put it on the grill. If you want you can drop your cobs into boiling water to par-cook them. Be careful, it only takes about 9 minutes in boiling water to fully cook your corn on the cob.
If you are going to par-cook your cobs of corn make sure you do not leave them in the boiling water for too long. The grill is going to cook them too. If you are looking for nice char marks on your corn and you par-cook them for too long they may be overcooked when you serve them.
What can you put on grilled corn?
You can put just about any of your favorite herbs and spices on your grilled corn. Plus a variety of cheese from goat cheese to cotija and more. The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings for your grilled corn on the cob. You can even remove the grilled corn kernels and add them to a summer corn salad for that extra smoky taste.
Grilling corn on the cob is a great way to enjoy fresh summer corn. I know you are going to love it!
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- 4 ears of corn
- ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 3 garlic cloves, grated
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Preheat your grill to medium-hot.
- Husk the cobs of corn and clean the beard off the cobs
- Cook the corn on a grill turning occasionally until all sides are nicely charred and the kernels of corn are slightly softened.
- While the corn is grilling in a small bowl mix the chopped parsley, grated garlic, and parmesan along with the Kosher salt and stir to combine.
- Transfer the mixture to a dish large enough to roll the corn around in.
- When the corn is grilled and nicely charred remove it from the grill.
- Drizzle each cob lightly with olive oil, then roll in the parsley cheese mixture making sure to coat all sides of the cob.
- Serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.