Grilled corn is the best taste summer has to offer. Grilled corn combines the flavor of cooking outside over an open flame with a fresh vegetable. The juicy, sweet corn mixed with butter and salt is simply delicious. Knowing how to grill corn at home is so satisfying and easy.
The first decision you have to make is whether to grill your corn with the husk on or with the husk off. Many grillers are divided over how to grill corn at home. Learning how to grill corn with husk and understanding how to grill corn without husk might be the key. Here’s what you need to know. The husk keeps the corn safe from direct heat while it is grilling. The husk also works as a steaming agent for the corn. You just have to clean and soak the corn before throwing it on the grill.
- Part 1: How to Grill Corn in the Oven?
- Part 2: How to Grill Corn in Gas/Charcoal Grill?
- Part 3: How to Grill Corn on the Stove？
- Part 4: How to Grill Frozen Corn on the Cob?
- Part 5: How to Tell if Corn is Done?
- Part 6: Common FAQs about Grilling Corn
How to Grill Corn in the Oven?
This classic recipe gives you step-by-step instructions on how to grill corn without husk. With this recipe, you can grill corn on the cob in foil instead of the husk. You will end up with buttery, well-seasoned corn that will have you reaching for more.
- 4 Ears of Fresh Corn, husks removed
- ¼ Cup Butter, softened
- 2 TSP Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 TBSP Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1 TSP Fresh Rosemary, chopped
- 1 TSP Fresh Thyme, chopped
- ¾ TSP Salt
- ½ TSP Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix together the butter, garlic, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Generously spread the seasoned butter on each ear of corn. Wrap the corn in foil. Place the corn on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the corn halfway through baking. Test the corn for doneness. When the corn has reached 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ready for you to eat!
How to Grill Corn in Gas/Charcoal Grill?
This delicious recipe lays out how to grill corn with the husk on. Grilling the corn on the gas grill while the husk is on, will give the corn a nice smoky, grilled flavor. This recipe can easily be grilled on a charcoal grill. If you love the taste of charcoal, it will enhance the flavor of corn on the cob. Whether you grill the corn on a gas grill or a charcoal grill, you will have the great flavor from the flames as they char the corn.
- 8 Fresh Ears of Corn
- 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
- Turn on the grill and let it heat to medium heat.
- Pull the husks to the end of the ear and scrub off the silk strings. Once the strings are removed, replace the husk around the ear of corn.
- Submerge the ears of corn in a bowl of cold water with the salt. Allow the corn to soak for 10 minutes.
- Place the corn on the grill and close the lid. Turn the corn every 5 minutes. After 20 minutes, the corn should be done.
- Take the corn off the grill and remove the husks. Serve immediately with butter and salt.
How to Grill Corn on the Stove？
Pan seared corn on the cobb is quick and easy when you don’t want to go outside to cook. This is also an easy way to grill corn without the husk. All you need is your stove and a sauté pan.
- 8 Fresh Ears of Corn
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil
- ½ TSP Salt
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in the sauté pan.
- When the olive oil is hot, place a couple of ears of corn in the pan. Rotate the corn with tongs to brown each side evenly. If the corn is browning too fast, lower the heat. 3. Sprinkle the corn with salt to taste. The corn should cook in about 7-10 minutes.
How to Grill Frozen Corn on the Cob?
If the season is right, grilling fresh corn on the cob tastes the best. However, when it is the middle of winter and you really want to grill corn on the cob, you can. If there isn’t any fresh corn around, simply grab some cobs out of the freezer.
Corn on the cob can easily be grilled in foil instead of the husk. The foil will help steam the corn just like the husk. The foil also protects the corn from being scorched by direct heat. The advantage of cooking corn on the cob after you shuck it, is that you can completely clean the corn before you cook it. Butter and spices can also be put inside the foil to flavor the corn while it is grilling.
First, thaw the frozen corn. Place the frozen corn cobs on a plate in the refrigerator. Allow the corn to thaw overnight.
Once the corn has thawed, place a dab of butter and a dash of salt on each cob. Wrap the corn cobs in aluminum foil.
Remember that this corn has already been blanched so it will shorten your cooking time. Grill your frozen corn on the cob for 10 minutes on a medium-high grill. Keep an eye on the corn to make sure that it doesn’t overcook.
How to Tell if Corn is Done?
When corn on the cob is done, the color of the corn will be more intense. White corn on the cobb will look a little cleaner and yellow corn will be more yellow. When the corn is fully cooked, the kernels will be visibly plumper and juicier. One of the most important aspects of knowing how to grill corn at home is knowing when the corn is done. The internal temperature of the corn on the cob should be between 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Checking the internal temperature of your corn is easy with a ThermoPro Meat Thermometer. This instant read thermometer is not invasive and will not damage your corn on the cob. Simply insert the thermometer into a kernel within the husk or aluminum foil. Instantly, the thermometer will tell you if your corn is ready to eat.
You can also test to see if your corn is finished cooking with a fork or a knife. Poke one of the kernels with a fork or sharp knife. If the fork enters the kernel easily, your corn is ready to eat. Ideally, your corn on the cob should be soft, juicy and with a slight crispiness.
Common FAQs about Grilling Corn
1. How long should corn be grilled?
Corn should be cooked until it is tender, but not dry. It usually takes about 20 minutes to grill corn on the cob. The internal temperature of corn on the cob should be between 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Is it better to grill corn in the husk？
Grilling corn in the husk is not necessarily better. Corn on the cob will cook just as well in aluminum foil. Plus, you can add extra flavors to the corn in the foil packet. Cooking corn with the husk on simply gives the corn a more earthy and smoked flavor.
3. Is it ok to overcook corn on the grill?
Overcooked corn on the cob will be dry and crunchy. It will be inedible. Be careful NOT to overcook your corn on the cob. It is important to know how to grill corn at home so that you do not overcook it. Check the temperature of your corn with a ThermoPro Meat Thermometer to be certain that you are not overcooking your corn.
4. Why is your grilled corn chewy?
Grilled corn on the cob gets chewy when it has been grilled too long. Heat slowly breaks down the corn’s cell structure and depletes it of all moisture. As the moisture is heated out of the corn, the kernels shrink and become chewy.
5. Is it necessary to soak corn before grilling?
You only have to soak your corn if you are going to leave the husk on while you are grilling. Essentially, you are soaking the husks. The husks are dry and can catch on fire during the grilling process. Soaking the husks will keep them from burning and the wet husks will keep the corn saturated. Wet husks will help steam the corn on the cob.
Knowing how to grill corn at home should be in everyone’s repertoire. Grilling your own corn will take less than half an hour. Then, slap some butter and seasoning on your corn for the perfect side dish. With the ThermoPro Meat Thermometer, you will always know when your corn is done. You will be pleased that every cob is tender and juicy because you know exactly when it has reached the perfect internal temperature. Enjoy this grilling season with these grilled corn recipes.