The Secret to Grilling the Perfect Ear of Corn

The Secret to Grilling the Perfect Ear of Corn



In case you were wondering…..I just wanted you to know that this wasn’t a food blog.

Actually….I’m not really sure what kind of blog this is.

But it is positively, absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt…..not a food blog.


And I know what you are thinking.

She sure talks a lot about food for someone doesn’t cook.

I know, right?


Corn shucks


I guess I talk about food here because I am amazed every time I make something that actually turns out.

I mean….my goal is edible food.

Edible food.

That’s the high standard I set for myself.

And trust me when I say……there were many years edible and delicious seemed like a goal that was completely and utterly unobtainable.

I mean…..really……have you read the pancake story?



And now here I am…..making walnut cranberry bread and homemade bread and four-helping blueberry pineapple dessert.

Isn’t life amazing.
And now I even have a tip.

A tip on grilling corn.

This is a tip I tried and it made the best ear of corn I have ever eaten.


You have to try it.

And it’s so easy.

The Secret to Grilling the Perfect Ear of Corn


(1)  Shuck the corn and remove the silks.

(2)  Take corn and place it on a sheet of foil shiny side up.

(3)  Coat with butter and salt.

And then…..


How to grill corn


(4)  Add an ice-cube inspired by this recipe.

(5)  I wrapped all my corn cobs individally.

(6)  Wrap in foil and grill for 15 to 20 minutes.

(7)  Remove foil (be extra careful of hot steam) and eat.




Wait until you taste it.

I am not kidding.

The corn almost falls off the cob.

And even though this isn’t a food blog…..we do love tips.

What’s your best corn grilling tip?

This non-food blogger wants to know 🙂

 Looking for a little more recipe inspiration?  Be sure to check out my recipe page.

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  1. My secret to grilling corn is to soak them in water for 15 minutes or so, husk on, then wrap each ear in foil and grill for half an hour. Soaking steams the corn inside its husk, and you know you’ve grilled them long enough when the silk just falls off without effort. And yeah…peel husks carefully…they get danged hot. 😉

    • Wait! I forgot to tell you to snip off the floppy/top end of the husk….that way the water can seep in when it’s soaking.

  2. Yummy! Great idea! The foil locks in all the flavor and the ice cube keeps it from drying out! I’m trying this! It’s not too late to become a food blog!

  3. What a great TIP!!!!! I never grill corn because I am afraid of it being dry and not tasting good. THIS wll work!!!! There is a video online on how to microwave your corn to get ALL the silks off before you cook it. I will try to find it for you….. XO, Pinky

  4. I will have to share this with my chef (my sponsor and husband Mike) … he’s in charge of corn on the cob! Okay, he’s in charge of all weekend meals. And many weekday meals. And laundry. And lawn watering. So what do I do? Blog, of course. And make pillows. And cultivate my dust bunny farm …



  5. Hmmm.. I have grilled corn before, many times. BUT never have I added an ice-cube. NO one ever told me until now KariAnne!! Who would have thunk it?? I just assumed that the moisture in the ear of corn was enough.
    Now I have to check, do I do the foil thing shiny side up?? Geez… all these tips…..
    Note to self : plan trip to green grocers.
    buy fresh ears of corn.
    shuck corn.
    remove silk and follow rest of directions for fall of the cob corn. They will love me!!!

  6. My tip for the moment is that we all go to your house for corn on the cob. Are you ready for all of us?

    Looks and sounds delish, KariAnne. I will definitely give it a try. I soak my unhusked corn in the sink for a couple of hours, and then grill it while still in the husks. The silks slide off when you remove the husks to eat.

    Okay, you’ve made me hungry – and you’re not even a food blog. ♥

  7. Marnita Parry :

    Sounds wonderful, we will have to try it that way. 🙂 We usually use mayonaise instead of butter and creole seasoning instead of salt and pepper, yummy!

    And just for the record, you are proably better in the kitchen than I am.

  8. That sounds great. I have two other methods to make great corn. One is to keep the stalks on, soak the corn in water for 30 minutes or so and then put on the grill. You grill it for about 20-30 minutes and it comes out moist and so good! The other is for when you want some corn but don’t want to spend a bunch of time on it and don’t care if it is grilled or not. We take the corn silk off the corn but leave the husks on. Stick it in the microwave with the corn husks on for 2 minutes. When you take it out, it is so good. Just remove the husk and eat. The husks come off easily and the corn is really hot and moist.

    • I usually fix my corn in the microwave too but I leave the silks on and they come off so easily when I shuck it. I microwave mine longer than 2 mins. though. A friend that worked for a restaurant supply company told me many years ago about fixing it in the microwave and he told me then for 2-3 ears of corn to microwave for 7-9 minutes!!! I just add more time when doing more!!! I love it this way. Also, love it on the grill so thanks for the tips on grilling corn on the cob!!!

  9. You can share food and food tips all you want. That does look good. We have a few more ears to cook. Will have to try this method.
    Regarding Hometalk, what if my fave room is already on there?

  10. I can’t wait to try it! I love simple! Thanks, Karianne!

  11. oh, what a nice little tip! I shall try that the next time I grill corn. And I’m worried that all I can blog about is FOOD.
    I am working on a project…I promise! btw…I now have 3 hydrangea blooms thanks to your coffee tip! woo hoo!!

  12. now, if I can only get my hubby to bust out that grill… 🙂

  13. Oooo, sounds delish!! We started grilling ours in the shucks last year and that’s a good one, too — hold the ears under running water so it gets inside the shucks, wrap in foil and pop on the grill for 15 min. When they’re done the leaves and silk fall right off, butter up and eat up. I gotta try yours, though — unless we could just pop over for dinner? 🙂
    xo heidi

  14. I’m going to try this way tonight. We have a couple different methods that we use, but I have not done this way so will report back tomorrow. I’m NOT a food blogger either and I’m not even a fan of taking cute food pic’s, but come on you have the best looking cobs around.


  15. judy aldrich :

    I started grilling my corn this a a few months ago. I sprinkle with a few drops of water and a small amount of salt. Everyone loves it!

  16. Thanks for the tip. We ate the last of our corn from the garden last night! I must say that I have never seen more beautiful photographs of corn!

  17. I’ve wanted to try grilling our corn on the cob and now I know what to do! Thanks, Karianne for this food tip on your non-food blog! ; )

  18. Dear Karianne!!!
    You are funny! I have to read these other stories you mentioned!
    I will try your recipe for corn for sure. I love corn, but never grill it for fear it will
    be dry and raw, lol!
    I also post recipes in my blog even thought it is supposed to be more of a decoration blog.
    But I love cooking and I also love to hare a good thing!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. OK…you non-foodie…that is a great tip!…will be trying that the next time we grill corn….I guess the ice cube keeps it very moist…Great idea!
    Yes, I posted my fav room on Hometalk FB page. i love that new FB page!!!


    Oh now I so badly want some fresh corn, looks AWESOME!

    You make me laugh.

  21. We cook our corn on the grill, but have never put an ice cube in the foil before. I will try that the next time. My favorite room in the house will hopefully be my kitchen once I’m finished painting my cabinets.

  22. Looks yummy..I haven’t had any yet this year :(..Thanks for the idea..

  23. Keep this tips coming girl, food blog or not.

  24. Oh my gosh Karianne I’m trying this tomorrow! They look YUMMY!!

  25. Thank you for the tip, Giada? Paula? Ina? This sounds delicious. Now if I could only find some corn!

  26. Grilled sweet corn is on my menu list now!

  27. I am not a big fan of corn but for those who are this sounds great…………..

  28. Sounds delish.
    Is hot steam the opposite of cold steam? 🙂

  29. So, yes I can totally relate to making food that is edible! Taste comes after that, right? Tell me it does! Thank goodness for my hubs, the foodie and guy who loves (he seriously does) to cook. And you know what, this recipe is being passed on to him. 🙂

  30. Yummy! What time is dinner? I have sprinkled water in the corn, but never thought of an ice cube! Clearly, you are more than just a pretty face! So smart! Thanks for sharing!

  31. We finished up the last of our corn from the garden last night. Earlier we had cut the corn from the cob and froze a lot of bags to eat later. It is so good.

  32. YUM! I really believe there’s nothing better in summer than a ear of corn… not even peach cobbler. This sounds amazing and will definitely have to try it out!

  33. We are going to have this one day while we are at the beach next week! Sounds delish!



  34. Yum, this sounds easy enough! I am definitely going to try it as soon as the weather outdoors is cooler than the inside of the grill lol.

  35. Awesome! I’m going to have to try this, you know I love a good tip! 🙂 I think only YOU can make corn look that amazing! Your photography skills are off the charts girl!

  36. I love grilled corn, but mine always comes out a little overdone. I’m going to have to try the ice cube method! I’m with Kim…what if my favorite room is already on there, too?

  37. Great tip! I am new to grilling corn so I can’t share what I do, but I’ll definitely be using your idea 🙂

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    keep doing what you’re doing!