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Grilled Corn - smoky, sweet and fresh, this corn-on-the-cob has all the flavors great corn should. Serve as-is or brush with your favorite condiment. Simply Sated
4.64 from 11 votes

Grilled Corn

Note: Keep in mind corn-on-the-cob is delicious and edible even without cooking. It is best cooked only long enough to give it a smoky flavor and heat through.
Course Grilled Vegetable, Vegetable Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 -6
Author Susie Gall


  • 6 ears fresh corn-on-the-cob
  • Thin twine
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese or Mexican Cheese
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  • Mexican Spiced Mayonnaise optional:
  • ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2-3 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1- teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin opt.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. For the Grilled Corn:
  2. Prepare grill for high heat – about 550F.
  3. Cut 6, 10" pieces of twine, place in a bowl of water to soak and set aside.
  4. Remove the outer, toughest husks from each ear of corn exposing the more tender husks. Pull the tender husks back and tie tightly with the moistened twine to hold it in place. Cut off excess twine.
  5. Remove silk threads from corn and place the corn in a pan large enough to submerge the corn. Allow corn to soak 5 minutes.
  6. Repeat with each ear of corn.
  7. When grill is ready, remove corn from water and gently shake off excess water.
  8. Place corn on grill over high heat. Turn it every 30 seconds until heated through and smoky. *Be careful not to over-cook the corn. It will get chewy and can burn quickly.
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  10. For the Mexican Spiced Mayonnaise:
  11. In a small bowl, whisk all mayonnaise ingredients together until well combined.
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  13. To serve:
  14. Remove corn from heat and, if desired, sprinkle with salt & pepper and spread with Mexican flavored mayonnaise. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  15. Enjoy!