How to Cook Corn on the Grill: A Step-by-Step Guide

Summer is here, and it’s time to fire up the grill and cook some corn. Grilled corn is the perfect addition to any barbecue or summer meal, and it’s incredibly easy to make. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cook corn on the grill, including tips, tricks, and some variations to try.

What You Will Need

Before you begin, make sure you have the following items:

– Fresh corn on the cob, husks intact
– Butter or oil
– Salt and pepper
– Tin foil
– Grill

Preparing the Corn

1. Remove any loose or excess husks on the corn, leaving about three to four layers intact to protect the kernels.
2. Trim the ends of the corn to remove the tassels.
3. Soak the entire corn cob in water for 10 to 15 minutes to help steam the corn inside the husk and prevent burning on the grill.

Grilling the Corn

1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450°F).
2. Take the corn out of the water and pat dry with a towel.
3. Rub the corn with butter or oil, making sure to cover all sides.
4. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
5. Wrap each ear of corn in a sheet of tin foil, making sure they are tightly packed.
6. Place the corn on the grill grates and close the lid.
7. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the husks are charred and the kernels are tender.
8. Unwrap the corn and serve immediately.

Variations to Try

1. Mexican-style: After rubbing the corn with butter, sprinkle it with chili powder, cotija cheese, and a squeeze of lime juice before wrapping it in tin foil.
2. Garlic and herb: Mix minced garlic, chopped herbs (like parsley and thyme), and butter together and spread it onto the corn before wrapping it in tin foil.
3. Spicy: Add cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the butter before rubbing it on the corn for a spicy kick.

Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks

1. If the corn is taking too long to cook, try increasing the heat or leaving it on the grill for a few more minutes.
2. If the corn is burning, reduce the heat and wrap it in another layer of tin foil.
3. If the husks are still attached to the corn after cooking, carefully peel the husks back and use them as a handle to eat the corn.


Q: Can I grill corn without soaking it in water?
A: Yes, you can, but soaking the corn in water helps steam the corn inside the husk and prevents burning on the grill.

Q: Can I grill corn without the husks?
A: Yes, you can, but you will need to wrap each ear of corn in tin foil to prevent it from burning.

Q: How do I know when the corn is done?
A: The corn is done when the husks are charred and the kernels are tender. Use a fork to check for tenderness.

Grilling corn is a quick and easy way to elevate your summer meals. With these tips and tricks, you will have perfectly grilled corn every time. Try different variations and experiment with your favorite seasonings to make it your own. Happy grilling!