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How to Grill Corn

When summertime hits, you want to enjoy the delicious flavors of outdoor cooking, and few summer treats are more refreshing, sweet and crisp than corn on the cob right off the grill. Whether you're looking for a quick steam inside the husk or you want your corn charred, these easy steps can help you have perfect corn on the cob in less than an hour.

What you’ll need:

  • Corn in the husk. If you'd prefer to remove the husk before grilling, you'll need to wrap it in foil.
  • Aluminum foil. This is only necessary if you choose to remove the husk from the corn.
  • A large pot or container. This should be wide enough to fit the whole cob of corn.

Step 1: Peel off outer layers of the husk.

If you want to grill the corn in foil, remove the entire husk. For corn with many husk layers, peel off the first layer or two to reveal a clean, fresh husk. You can skip this step if there are only a few layers on the corn and you plan to grill in the husk.


Step 2: Soak the corn.

Place the corn in the pot, and fill it with water. Make sure that the corn is covered in water completely. Soak the corn in water for 10 to 15 minutes prior to grilling to retain moisture and prevent over-charring.


Step 3: Wrap the unhusked corn in foil.

Roll corn without a husk in aluminum foil, sealing both sides by twisting them tightly. While you don't need to wrap corn with a husk in foil, you can do so to retain more moisture in each kernel than grilling in the husk alone.


Step 4: Place corn on the grill.

Grill corn for 15 to 20 minutes, turning it regularly so it doesn't burn on one side. If you're grilling in the husk,it will be brown and crisp on the outside, but the corn will be tender and juicy on the inside.


Step 5: Serve with salt and butter.

You can unwrap the foil and/or husk before serving, or allow your guests to unwrap their corn on the cob. If you served the corn wrapped, make sure to have a space for guests to discard the wrapping. Depending on the time of year and the corn that you used, you may not need to season the final product at all, but many people enjoy butter and salt on their corn.