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How to Grill Corn on the Cob


With a few simple steps, corn on the cob can be grilled to steaming perfection.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob at TidyMom.net

Corn is always a favorite vegetable in our house. It goes with everything from flank steak sandwiches to pulled pork.

With the extreme summer heat we’ve been having in the Midwest, we’ve really had no option but to grill outside.  Yes, it’s completely insane to stand over a hot grill when it’s 104+ outside but it beats heating up the house or getting carry out.  And really, when it’s THAT hot outside, what’s a little more heat? right? lol

I often cook corn on the cob in the husk in the microwave all year round, but there’s something about the smokey delicious flavor of corn cooked in the husk on the grill, that can’t be beat!

Trust me, you’ll never boil a pot of water for corn again!

How to Grill Corn on the Cob in the Husks

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Some say to soak your corn in water first (you will hear anything from 10 mins to overnight), some say it’s an unneeded step.  I’ve heard it helps the husk from burning up too quickly, so if I remember ahead of time, I soak the corn in the kitchen sink or bowl, usually for about 15-30 minutes.

Remove the corn from the water, gently pull back husks (about 3/4 the way down) and remove the silks.

I like to brush with a little melted seasoned butter or Lia Marie’s Garlic Spread, then pull the husks back up and tie shut with a piece of twine or a stray piece of husk.

Place the corn on a hot grill over medium heat for about 25-30 minutes, turning often (the husks will become charred).  You can do this covered or uncovered, I usually start off uncovered, then close the lid at the end, but my husks do get more burnt when I close the lid.

Remove from the grill and let sit about 5-10 minutes before serving.

I love to season our corn with seasoned salt or make my own.


Smoked Paprika Salt for Corn on the Cob at TidyMom.net

2 tablespoons of Kosher Salt combined with 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika is amazing on grilled corn!

Grilled Corn on the Cob at TidyMom.net

After the corn has cooled, you can add a little more butter, or Lia Marie’s Garlic Spread is delicious since it’s full of savory spices, top with a little Smoked Paprika Salt and pepper to taste!

Now if that doesn’t say summer I don’t know what does!!

Do you grill corn at your house?


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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob is popular for summer barbeques. Grilling corn is easy to do with a few simple steps and never fails to impress your guests.


  • fresh corn on the cob, in husks
  • Lia Marie's Garlic spread, or garlic butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Soak corn in cold water for 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. Mix paprika and salt in small bowl and set aside.
  3. Remove corn from water, and gently pull back husks; remove silks.
  4. Melt Lia Marie's Garlic spread in microwave. Brush corn with melted garlic spread. Pull back husks over kernels, twisting tops to secure husks.
  5. Grill corn, uncovered, at medium-high 25 to 30 minutes, turning several times to cook evenly on all sides. (The outside of corn husks will be charred.)
  6. To serve, pull back husks and tie together with a piece of the husk to form a handle for the corn. Season with smoked paprika salt and black pepper; serve hot.


If you're not able to get Lia Marie's Garlic Spread where you live, you can substitute with real butter and a little crushed garlic or garlic powder.



Disclaimer:  TidyMom is working in partnership with Lia Marie’s to spread the word about this garlic spread that’s sweeping the nation.  All options and love for Lia Marie’s are all my own.


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Mmmm, we love grilled corn on the cob. I never remember to soak my husks, but it turns out just fine every time! Great pictures Cheryl!

  2. Im so putting Matt to work on this one. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this great how to Cheryl! We love grilled corn on the cob too 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing this! My husband and I disagree how long vegetables need to cook on the grill and he ends up badly overcooking them all. But this has inspired me to give corn on the cob one last chance.

  5. Grilled corn is the best!

  6. So glad you posted this!!! I’ve still actually never tried making corn on the grill, but would love to!!! This looks completely delicious! 🙂

  7. love that we both posted about corn today – good minds think alike! thank you so much for the [corn] link love!!

  8. I do this too, and YUM. My question for you is, what is that you’re using to remove the silk????

  9. We love grilled corn, your addition of the smoked paprika sounds amazing.

  10. Cheryl, We are CRAZY over smoked paprika and put it on all sorts of grilled items, including corn! Great tutorial!

  11. My husband just grilled some corn last night on the grill, and I wish that we had had your recipe idea then! I forwarded him the recipe to look at! Next time!

  12. Great information Cheryl. I love to grill corn but have never seen this garlic spread before. It sounds deadly, I’ll have to locate some.

    A great tool to use to remove the corn is the OXO Corn Peeler it’s amazing how incredible it works even on raw corn.

  13. great recipe and tutorial! We love grilled corn!

  14. I get the corn home, pull the husks back, remove the silt. Then soak it. Then rub it with garlic, paprika and parm cheese pull the husks back and on the grill it goes.
    While its grilling I soften pray it with water (i read this somewhere once) it keep the husks from burning. It was never eye appealing for my kids.
    Usually takes 40 min rotating between bottom and top shelf.

    • This is how we do ours too Ann,
      Really the only way the family will eat it ha ha…. On mine I like to use the sweet Paprika

  15. We just got back from a weekend on the Cape and we devoured lots of grilled corn…. Sometimes we left it in the husk, sometimes we didn’t. Next time, I’ll be following these tips… and will definitely include some garlic butter!

  16. Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve always loved the grilled corn that we get at the street fairs, but never tried it myself. Your step-by-step directions are going to change that! Love the simple “recipe” for the smoked paprika salt, too!

  17. Oh, how I adore grilled corn on the cob. I really think it’s the best way to prepare it!

  18. Good idea! I love the smokey flavor.

  19. Oh yeah .. i sure do grill corn at home. I also like blanched corn. I think I just love corn 🙂

  20. My dad cooks corn on the grill ALL the time…and we never do. I really need to change that. And smoked paprika?!? I’m obsessed with it! Love the idea of putting it on corn!!!

  21. I’ve done them in the microwave like you’ve said too and it works brilliantly! Love corn on the cob.

  22. fun post, Cheryl! I love it all!

  23. So informative! I love corn on the cob, especially a nicely grilled one. Thanks for sharing this insight!

  24. Looks so pretty Cheryl – I’m lazy so I just throw the husked corn right on the grill for just a little bit. Love the idea of smoked paprika to season.

  25. Great how to tips! Grilled corn is packed with so much flavor, it’s one of our favs. xoxo

  26. We love sweet corn on the grill, especaially since we live in Iowa and it’s so fresh!!! We love grilling it when we go camping! I will have to remember how to prepare it this way and try it out this weekend:)

  27. I love the instruction. A perfect staple for summertime! Thanks for sharing!

  28. LOVE grilled corn, one of the best parts of summer!

  29. Oh boy, that sure does look good! Thanks for all the tips!

  30. Mmmmm…I love smoky charred grilled corn on the cob. Great post, Cheryl!

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