For some reason I think grilling corn is one of those things that is at times unnecessarily intimidating. There are all of these options about what to do with the husks and who even remembers how long you’re supposed to soak it if you do leave the husks on? And doesn’t that whole process just seem really complicated? I’m not down with complicated. So today I’m sharing with you how to grill corn, the super duper easy way. This is our go-to method of grilling corn. The best part? You can prep the corn in the morning before a big barbecue or the night before if you’re heading out for a weekend camping trip. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s fuss-free. Just the way I like it to be.
To get started, gather up a stick of butter, some aluminum foil, salt, pepper, fresh herbs, or whatever else you might like for seasoning your corn. Very often we just opt for fresh cracked black pepper and coarse sea salt, but it’s also amazing with fresh chopped cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, the works.
Remove each ear of corn from the husk. Cut one square of aluminum foil per ear of corn and place the ear in the center. Add a few small pads of butter and sprinkle liberally with your seasoning. (Tip: I try to really limit my dairy intake and prefer a vegan option to butter. Earth Balance is my favorite and it tastes just as yummy!)
Wrap the corn in the aluminum foil and move to a grill on high heat. (Or stash it in the fridge for up to two days if you’re prepping in advance for a party or camping adventure!) Cook the corn over high heat for approximately 5 minutes, rotating in quarter turns regularly to be sure it cooks thoroughly. Remove from the grill, carefully unwrap it from the aluminum foil and serve! There’s no need for extra butter, salt or seasoning, which is what makes this method of grilling corn so handy for parties and campfire meals. Also, it’s really super delicious. So there’s that.
Have you ever tried grilling corn? I swear it’s super easy. Even easier than boiling it! Get on this, friends. Your summer dinners will be thanking you all season long!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]