Super Simple Grilled Corn on the Cob

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2013

grilled corn on the cob

Corn on the cob is one of my favorite things about summer — and although the Michigan-grown corn isn’t quite ready yet, there’s been plenty of great deals on “fresh” corn on the cob at our local grocery stores.

So I’ve been buying it every week and looking for an excuse to make it as often as possible.

A few years ago, Dave and I tried grilling our corn on the cob… and since then, we’ve been hooked on the simplicity and deliciousness of yummy grilled corn on the cob.

If you’ve never tried grilling your corn, your mouth will be in for a treat the first time you try this recipe 🙂

Recipe for Grilled Corn on the Cob

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  • several ears of corn on the cob
  • aluminum foil
  • ice cubes
  • butter, salt, and pepper to taste


Shuck corn and rinse clean

Lay each ear of corn on a separate square of aluminum foil

Place 2 ice cubes next to each ear of corn (this helps to “steam” the corn while it’s grilling)

Wrap the aluminum foil around the corn and ice cubes

Put the wrapped corn directly on the grill and cook over medium high heat for 8-10 minutes.

Discard aluminum foil and slather with butter, salt, and pepper.


This is the simplest method for grilling corn (at least in my opinion). It’s much simpler than grilling it directly in the husks because you don’t need to worry about soaking the husks ahead of time or trying to remove the husks when the corn is piping hot.

Plus, it’s almost impossible to burn the corn with the aluminum foil and ice cubes protecting it!

grilled corn on the cob

Do you grill vegetables? If so, what are your favorites!

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  2. Karen


    Buttered and salt and peppered before grilling. Great and easy way to grill corn. No mess, no pots to clean. Took eight minutes to cook, corn was so tender!!


  3. Beth


    What a great way to cook corn!! Tried it for the first time about a week ago. Don’t think we will boiling corn ever again!


  4. ConnieLO


    For “Candis” … once your water comes back to a boil, all it takes is 3 mins boil time for the corn to be done. any longer is Overcooking it.


  5. Pat


    We tried this way of cooking our sweet corn last night. It worked great…too bad this batch of early sweet corn wasn’t the tastiest. We will definitely will do it again this way and hope our next batch is better.


  6. Ann


    Grilled zucchini is good! I marinade it in Italian dressing first. I cut it in strips, and they can be put on skewers or grilled in a veggie grill basket. Yum!

    I am interested in your sweet corn recipe-sounds quick, easy & good…that’s my kinda cookin’!


  7. Jennifer


    I love corn, too. Here on the Texas coast corn is a popular ingredient in shrimp boils, so even if we grill it I still want that creole or cajun flavor and love to season it like the boils. BUT I love it with some Mexican seasonings, too, along side grilled fajitas. Heck, I also love it with plain butter or Italian seasoning next to pizza. Did I mention I love corn?!


  8. Lee Cockrum


    I can see where this saves you from using a pot while grilling other things anyway, but wrapped in foil there isn’t any “grilled” flavor.


  9. Katie P


    I don’t know if you’ve heard of this way or not but its what we do here in Kentucky…. Instead of the foil, peel back the husks without tearing them off. Remove the silks, wash, and then pull the husks back over the corn to grill. You can tie with twine if you want but we don’t usually bother. Thats it!


  10. Candis


    Oh wow, so easy. Here is another option I grew up with, it’s move on the savoury side.
    A few ears of corn split in half (only for it to fit in the pot)
    Culantro or Cilantro
    Pepper (I used Habanaro – or whatever)

    Get some water boilng, add all the ingredients and let it boil for 15 to 20 mins.

    The texture is the same as steaming on the grill but it has a savory flavor – sorry I dont have any measurements everyting is just well what seemed right – but lots of garlic and cilantro.

    It will go well as a side with Mexican or just as a snack, we usually dont eat it with butter 🙂


  11. Karen J


    Add some butter spray and some fresh herbs before closing up the foil and it is delicious! Rosemary is very nice as is basil.