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Grilled Corn in the Husk

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If you're wondering how to grill corn in the husk, I'll show you! It's the easiest way to cook sweet corn!

This recipe is super simple and results in tender, succulent corn that you can serve as a side or cut up to use in salads, soups, or pasta.

It's a delicious way to enjoy one of summer's tastiest foods. This is the best corn recipe because it showcases the true flavor of corn.

Grilled corn in the husk on a white platter.

Why You'll Love Grilling Corn in the Husk

Easy - Grilling corn is the easiest cooking method! There's hardly any prep work and no fighting the corn silk before grilling. It comes off easily once the corn is cooked. This recipe is perfect for backyard barbecues and picnics. You don't need a bunch of equipment or ingredients.

Delicious - Summer sweet corn is one of the most delicious things you'll ever eat. It's only at its peak for a few months in summer (peak season is typically June to August).

Texture and appearance - When you open your corn husks, you'll have tender kernels that are just right - not overly cooked or mushy. Since you'll be cooking with the husk on, you won't have any charred kernels or grill marks. 

If you want grill marks on your corn, see our Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad post for instructions on how to grill corn out of the husk directly on the grill.

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You only need one thing to make the perfect grilled corn!

Four ears of fresh sweet corn.
  • Fresh Sweet Corn, in the husk (no silk removed)

See the recipe card for quantities.

Instructions for Grilling

Heat grill to high heat (at least 400 degrees F, 600 if possible). Add the fresh corn in the husk to the hot grill. I like to use a gas grill, but if you're good with a charcoal grill, you can use that. 

Grill the corn for 15 minutes, flipping it once halfway through.

Four pieces of corn with green husks on a grill.

Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot grill grates.

Remove the corn from the grill when the husks are charred. Place the ears of corn on a cutting board.

Four ears of corn being grilled.

Allow the corn and charred husks to cool for 10 minutes.

Blackened husks on grilled corn.

Pull the top of the corn husk down and away from the corn - the silk should easily come off as you pull off the husk.

Discard the silk and the blackened husk.

An ear of grilled corn with the husk on a cutting board.

Serve the corn on the cob or cut it off the cob to add the corn kernels to a salad. 

Top with some melted butter and a sprinkle of salt, and serve immediately.

Four ears of grilled corn on a white plate.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Cooking Tips - Be sure to allow your corn a full 10 minutes to cool, the first layer of husks may feel cool after a few minutes, but the kernels will be very hot.
Recommended Tools - I highly suggest using a long pair of tongs to flip the corn. Since you'll have your grill going at a scorching heat, it can get a little toasty when you go to flip and remove the corn!

Storage - Store cooked corn in the husk in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days and reheat in the oven (about 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes). It's best to cut corn off the cob prior to freezing, and freeze in a sealed, freezer safe container for up to 3 months. 

How to Use Grilled Corn

  • Side Dish - You can top your corn cobs with some butter or oil and your favorite seasonings. But this flavorful corn is so delicious on its own. 
  • Salads - Add some to a corn salad like this Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad.
  • Soup - Use this grilled corn in a soup like this Corn Chicken Chowder.

Grilled Corn Seasonings and Toppings Ideas

Try adding some of these seasonings and toppings to your grilled cobs of corn. You can switch up the flavors throughout the summer. 

  • A compound butter like Ramp Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • chili powder
  • Fresh herbs
  • Sour cream
  • Tajin seasoning
  • Cotija cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Brown sugar and butter for a sweet treat

How to Choose the Freshest Corn

Whether you get it at the grocery store or farmers market, here are the most important tips for choosing a fresh ear of corn.

  • Bright Green Husk - The outer husks should be tightly wrapped around the corn and show no signs of browning.
  • Free of Pests - Check the husk to make sure there are no small holes or brown spots. This can mean insects have made there way to the kernels.
  • Light Tassels - The silk strands peaking out of the husk should be green or yellow. If they are dry and brown or black the corn is old.
  • If you are buying corn either from a store or your local farmers market, please don't pull back the husks to check the corn inside. This dries out the corn and ruins it for the next person.

More Summer Grilling Recipes

If you love grilling, try some of our other favorite dishes.

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Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Corn in the Husk

Grilled corn in the husk on a white platter.

This corn grilled in the husk couldn't be easier! It's a wonderful way to enjoy delicious sweet corn.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 ears of sweet corn


  1. Heat grill to high heat (at least 400 degrees F, 600 if possible). 
  2. Add the corn in the husk to the grill. Grill the corn for 15 minutes, flipping it once halfway through. 
  3. Remove the corn from the grill when it’s charred and place it on a cutting board. Allow the corn to cool for 10 minutes. 
  4. Pull the top of the husk down - the silk should easily come off as you pull off the husk. Discard the silk and the husk. 
  5. Serve the corn on the cob or cut it off the cob to add to a salad. 

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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