Grilled corn on the cob is the perfect summer side dish! It's easy, uses minimal ingredients, and is irresistibly smoky and naturally sweet.
Ah cooking corn on the grill... corn is one of the tastiest things to slap on the ole BBQ. This recipe is a mainstay in my house, often year-round (yes, crazy Canadians grill even in winter), but it's best enjoyed in summer when corn is in season.
There are many methods out there for grilling corn. Some in foil, some in their husks, but this is my favorite. It's easy and never fails. You can eat the corn right off the cob or use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off once it cools a little bit (that's what I always do).
How to grill corn on the cob (summary):
Preheat grill to high. Coat the corn cobs with olive oil and seasonings. Turn down the grill's heat to medium and cook the corn for 13-15 minutes (rotate it 4-5x) or until it's cooked through and has a nice char. (Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below)
How long to grill corn on the cob?
With this method, it takes about 13-15 minutes to BBQ the corn.
Recipe notes & tips:
- I chose Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's) since that's what I usually put on my grilled corn, but feel free to use your favorite seasoning blend or combination of herbs/spices. Salt and pepper is a classic that never fails.
- All BBQs/grills/grill pans vary, so please use your best judgment when it comes to timing.
- I added a bit of chopped parsley to help the photos pop, but that's totally optional!
- You can rub some butter over each cob just prior to serving if you like.
- Food52 has a guide on shucking corn if you're new to using fresh corn/a bit intimidated (don't worry... it's easy to get the hang of).
More delicious recipes with corn:
- Easy Creamed Corn
- Creamy Corn Chowder
- Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
- Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe
- Super Easy Cream Cheese Corn Dip
- Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad
Questions about this grilled corn recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
Grilled Corn on the Cob
- 4 ears/cobs of corn
- Olive oil to taste
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cajun seasoning to taste or use your favorite herb/spice blend
- Preheat BBQ to high heat.
- Remove the husks and silk from the corn.
- Coat each cob with olive oil and then sprinkle the seasoning and salt & pepper on. Note: some Cajun seasoning brands are very salty, so skip salt & pepper if this is the case with what you're using.
- Turn the burners that the corn will be on down to medium (we keep the other burners on high to keep the inside of the BBQ really hot, but don't worry about this if you've got a smaller grill/you're using charcoal etc.).
- Place the corn on the grill. Grill the corn for about 13-15 minutes total, turning 4-5 times (use tongs to make this easy).
- Let the corn cool for a few minutes and serve cobs as-is or cut the kernels off the cob (I place cobs in a large bowl and then use a sharp knife).
- Feel free to make as many/few cobs of corn as you like/fit on the grill!
- I have a gas BBQ and cook the corn with the lid down. Keep in mind each BBQ/grill/grill pan is different, so adjust timing as needed.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.