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Our hints for making the best grilled corn on the cob. All you need is 20 minutes for this easy summer side dish. Don’t forget the garlic butter!
One of our favorite parts of a summer picnic is the grilled corn. As soon as we can find fresh corn in the grocery store or in a farmer’s market, you can bet we’re buying it up. We like to eat the corn as an easy grilled side dish, but we also like to use it in this easy cream of corn soup!
There are many hints and methods out there for grilling the perfect ear of corn. We’re going over several of those methods today and sharing with you some different things to try so that you end up with corn that YOUR family loves.
Have you ever wondered how to best choose an ear of corn? Of course you can peel down the top and see if it looks good, but then that it sometimes frowned upon….I mean I know I don’t want to buy an ear of corn that has been partially peeled.
Choose an ear of corn that feels full and plump with no holes. The tassels at the top should be brown and sticky. And the husk on the corn should be a pretty green color.
There are two different methods for cooking corn:
In order to get the corn tender, it will only take about 15 minutes on the grill. If you’d like it to have more of a roasted flavor, grill it for an additional 5-10 minutes.
If you find the corn cooking too much on one side, rotate it part way through grilling.
If you grill the corn with the husks and silk, you’ll end up with corn that tastes very similar to boiled corn. It’s delicious and tender and sweet.
If you remove the silks from the corn and partially peel back the husks, the corn will have more of a roasted flavor.
We’ve found that the husks will char either way…whether you soak the corn or not. Our grill does not flare up much so we don’t worry about smoking the corn. If you have a grill that is likely to flame up, you may want to soak the corn first. It only needs to soak for about 10-30 minutes if you choose to soak it.
Here are some of our favorite options:
What do you do with any corn on the cobs that don’t get eaten at dinner? Use them in one of these recipes!