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Grilling Corn in Husk: The BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on Cob

Perfectly simple and delicious way to cook fresh corn in the summer and all year long. Once you start grilling corn in husk, you’ll never cook fresh corn a different way again!

I’m getting ready to share with you, a recipe that is quite possibly the easiest recipe you’ve ever read.  So easy, in fact, that you’ll never cook your fresh, sweet corn in any other way.

So delicious that you’ll definitely proclaim that it’s the best way to cook corn on the cob and you’ll no longer reserve grilling for the summer only… it’ll be a side dish you will want to grill all year around!

How do you cook corn on the cob?

Do you boil it?  Oh, no no no.  If you do, please don’t anymore! All of that sweet deliciousness is being left right in your boiling water!

Do you microwave it?  Oh, Paula and Martha should be pounding on your door!  I don’t care how many promises Pinterest makes about the silks sliding right off when you microwave it, don’t do that either!

Do you grill it after ‘shucking’?  STOP! Yes those grill marks are so pretty, but you’re making more work for yourself. You’ll never have to use one of these again, although, it is pretty cool.

Best way to cook fresh corn on the cob

How to Cook Corn in Husk

My great aunt shared this way to prepare corn with me when I was younger. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and we’ll never fix corn on the cob a different way.

It’s delicious, easy, and easy. Oh, I already said that? Well, I do like easy recipes!

To keep your husks from burning and/or catching fire on your grill, be sure to soak them.  You can do this in a bowl, but I just stick them straight in the sink.

soak corn for grilling for 15 minutes in water

I just leave my corn soaking in the sink, but you could also do this in a plastic tub outside or anywhere you are grilling.

Be sure they’re good and wet so your corn doesn’t dry out on the grill. You’ll want to soak corn for grilling for 15 minutes before you put it on a hot grill.

grill corn in husk right beside other foods

Transfer your soaking wet corn cobs to the grill.  I usually grill everything on Med-High. I put them right on the grill beside whatever else I’m grilling.

How long to grill corn on the cob in husks:

You’ll want to cook your corn on the grill slowly.

I use Med-High heat for just about everything I grill, including grilling corn in husk. I like to leave them about 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so.

This grills all sides evenly and your husks will get nicely burn marks like this.

grill corn in husks until husks become brown, about 20 minutes

Don’t worry that your husks look a bit burned, your corn is safely protected inside! 

To serve, I hold the end of the corn with a towel because it’s very, very hot and pull the husks off. Believe it or not, those silks come off very easily. See, I told you to forget that microwave trick!

One of the reasons that I love to prepare corn this way is because I get to soak up the sunshine while I’m outside grilling and the girls get to play in the yard too!

My family looks forward to the Spring so we can be outside as much as possible, eat fresh vegetables and fruits, and grill!

We tried to plow a little space in our backyard garden a few years ago to plant our own corn, but didn’t have any luck so we stick with buying it at our local farmer’s market.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with butter

Rub a bit of butter on your corn and you’re good to go! Honestly, it doesn’t need butter because grilling the corn in husk keeps the super sweet flavor, but it’s hard to break habits. 

I love the flavor of this corn because even though we grill over propane instead of charcoal, you still get a delicious grilled taste!

We have even prepared grilled corn on cob in husk over a campfire while we were camping! We just throw a few sheets of aluminum foil right over the campfire ring grill and eat it picnic style.

Best way to cook fresh corn on the cob

Better yet, you can get a portable grill like this Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill and some charcoal or wood chips and you’ll be set anywhere you want to grill.

Do you love to grill? Here are some of my other favorite grilling recipes!

Grill Corn in Husk

Grill Corn in Husk

Perfectly simple and delicious way to cook fresh corn in the summer and all year long. Once you start to grill corn in husk, you’ll never cook fresh corn a different way again!

Ingredients

  • Corn Ears [in husk!]
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Keep your corn ears in husk - don't do a thing! Fill your sink with water and soak your corn for about 15 minutes before you're ready to grill. While soaking, cut off the top silks and pull off the outer most layers of the husk. These are the parts of the corn that can sometimes get a little more burnt or catch fire, so it's easier to just remove them.
  2. Grill your corn for about 20 minutes, turning every 5. When it's good and "grilled", take your corn off the grill and watch the silks and husk slide right off!
  3. Adorn with butter and salt & pepper for the most delicious corn you've ever tried!

Don

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Back in the early 1950's we used to put the ears of corn still in the husk on the coals of a camp fire boy was it ever good. I am still cooking corn that way today or on the BBQ in the husk.

Lindsey

Friday 10th of September 2021

Hi Don - thanks for sharing! We actually cook our corn like this over a campfire when we're camping too! Same way - just over a rack on the campfire. I agree, it takes even better than on a grill!

Kenna

Monday 23rd of August 2021

How high or low do you need the grill to be?

Lindsey

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

I usually cook on medium heat. If it's too high, your corn will catch on fire. If it's too low, it will take longer to cook. As long as you're getting that beautiful brown color every time you rotate, it's perfect! Enjoy

Mike Nash

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Was really delicious with nothing added to the corn. Simple & easy recipe! Thx

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Julie Wood

Friday 24th of February 2017

I am going to have to make this corn and the cob like this on the grill in the summer. It looks delicious and fun to make!

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