Charred Corn on the Cob is our absolute favorite way to cook summer sweet corn! Grilled to perfection in just 10 minutes and topped simply with a little butter and salt. The most beloved of the seasonal summer ingredients, charred sweet corn is the easiest side dish for grill season!
It's summertime, and that means firing up the grill several times a week, watermelon as our primary fruit group, and all the sweet corn we can eat! With the grill going anyway, popping corn on the cob to char and blacken is the easiest and most delicious way to cook it!
Enlist the kids to help! They love shucking the corn, and are much more careful than I am at removing the silk!
- Corn on the Cob - It's one of the only truly seasonal ingredients left! You can get almost any ingredient year round at the grocery store these days, but not summer sweet corn! Try to buy it local, from the back of a truck or a farm stand is best!
- Butter and Salt - Summer corn is often so sweet and flavorful, you can eat it straight from the grill! We like to slather it with a bit of butter and salt before eating.
This is the easiest way to cook corn! Just remove the husk and silk and cook on an outdoor grill over high heat. As it starts to slightly blacken, turn it with tongs until all sides are evenly charred, about 10 minutes. Other food can be cooked at the same time!
When it's hot from the grill, rub the blackened corn with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt and serve!
What to Serve with Charred Corn on the Cob
Side Dish - Charred corn makes the perfect easy side dish for any grilled dinner! Serve it with burgers, brats, hotdogs or Italian sausages, grilled chicken or ribs! Round out the meal with these other favorite grilling side dishes:
Taco Topping - Charred corn is also an amazing addition to taco night! You can slice it off the cob and use it as a topping for nachos, burritos or taco salad. Mix it with black beans or into pico de gallo for a salsa variation. Try it with these Grilled Steak Fajita Tacos and add a side of Guacamole!
Salad Topping - Slice the blackened corn off the cob and add it to salads like this Chopped Dinner Salad with Roasted Potatoes. This is also a great way to use up leftover corn, it can be added cold to any summer salad.
Store leftover corn in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in the microwave, or slice if off the cob and use it cold in salads or as a topping for tacos!
Keep an eye on the corn as it grills and turn it as you go. It's done when it looks done!
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Easy Charred Corn on the Cob
- corn on the cob 1 per person
- Remove husks and silk from corn on the cob.
- Cook corn on the cob on an outdoor grill over high heat, turning it with tongs as they char and slightly blacken on all sides, about 10 minutes.
- Rub with butter when hot from the grill and sprinkle with a bit of salt. Serve hot and enjoy!
- Blackened Corn can be sliced off the cob and used in salads or tacos.