Grilled Corn

Perfectly charred grilled corn over an open fire

Is there a better side dish when you are grilling in the summer than grilled corn? If so, I have yet to have it. Grilled corn goes well with almost any summer dish, and is incredibly easy to make. Cooked in 10 minutes or less, what’s the excuse to not make this one?

Two simple steps

While there are many different ways to cook corn (ex: with husks on, in foil, with butter, etc), my preferred method – the one I am sharing today – can be done in two simple steps.

  1. Shuck the corn
  2. Grill over direct heat, rotating every two minutes or so until it is charred to your liking

It’s REALLY that simple.

Corn that has been shucked and tossed on the grill
Corn that’s been shucked and tossed on the grill

Why not wrapped in foil?

You absolutely could wrap your shucked corn in foil before adding to the grill. You could put salt and butter in the foil as well. Heck, some people just leave the husks on and grill it that way. While those are certainly nice ways to cook corn, you’re really just steaming it and you could do that in the oven. Since we are grilling, I want to see char marks! I am a fan of the the char and think it brings great flavor. A good piece of corn will taste really good grilled this way.

Perfectly grilled corn with beautiful char marks
Charred corn that’s ready to be devoured

No salt or butter?

You absolutely can add salt or butter but I recommend adding it while it’s hot off the grill. My wife loves butter on her corn and will add it once I take it off the grill and then tent the corn in foil so that it will melt. In my opinion, a sweet piece of corn already tastes delicious and does not need anything added to it. It’s truly a personal preference! Whatever you decide to do, I know it’s going to be great and you’re going to be making it all summer long.

Perfectly charred grilled corn over an open fire

Grilled Corn

Is there a better summer time grilling side dish than grilled corn? Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious, this needs to be a side at every single one of your BBQs! When charred over direct heat, a good piece of corn will be very tasty and will not require any additional seasonings. Add butter and salt if you would like, but it's certainly not necessary. If you're like me, corn's natural taste is great on its own and even better with some char marks.
Servings 2 people


  • 2 Corn Ears
  • Salt to taste, optional
  • Butter to taste, optional


  • Preheat your grill to 450ºF.
  • Shuck all of your corn. Set aside until the grill is at temperature.
  • Add the corn to the grill over direct heat. Rotate the corn every 2 minutes or so for even charring. Continue to do so until it is charred to your liking. This should take no more than about 10 minutes.
  • Remove corn once it is charred to your liking. Enjoy immediately.
  • Optional: add butter and/or salt once the corn is off the grill. If adding butter, add it to the corn and tent the corn with foil to allow the butter to melt.
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