Nothing quite says summer time BBQ like freshly grilled corn. Corn is delicious, budget-friendly and very easy to cook. Despite what some people think, corn is a vegetable and can count as one of your daily servings of veggies. There are a few different ways to grill corn, which method you choose depends on your individual preference.
Method 1: Wrapped in Foil
Shuck your corn and clean off the hairs as best you can. Wrap individually in foil and place directly over hot coals or on top of a grate. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until corn is slightly charred. Turning once or twice to cook evenly.
Pros: Can throw directly in the fire, saving space for cooking meat or other vegetables on the grill top. The foil pack allows you to season and butter your corn before cooking.
Cons: More labor intensive (shucking, foil wrapping)
Method 2: With the Husk On
Just take your corn directly from the store to your grill. No need to shuck before cooking. Cook for 15-20 minutes. The husk should be completely black when ready.
Pros: No prep work! Corn stays moist and juicy.
Cons: No charring or grilled flavor.
Method 3: Shucked and Cooked on top of grill
Shuck and clean your corn. Cook over very hot fire for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Corn should be slightly charred.
Pros: Best charred flavor. You can easily see when the corn is done cooking.
Cons: Corn is a bit more dry then when cooked in foil or husk.
Personally, I’m a fan of the foil method. Although, its tough to beat the convenience of just leaving the husk on and throwing it over the fire. No matter the method you choose, be sure to get corn that is as fresh as possible for the sweetest flavor.
Heather Mason is a Registered Dietitian who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science. She has a passion for debunking nutrition myths and helping people discover delicious and healthy food. You can read more posts from her on her blog, Nutty Nutrition.