7 Great Ways to Grill Corn

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Mexican street-style corn, a refreshing salad, and more

In Mexico, they serve elotes callejeros on the street: grilled corn slathered with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and lime juice.

Grilled corn is a must-have side dish at any summer cookout. Whether you're throwing some juicy burgers, marinated steaks, or maybe even just some chicken on the grill, the party just wouldn't feel the same without a little sweet grilled corn to enjoy with the main event. Like potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and peach cobbler, it's something that brings back fond memories for many people.

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While there's nothing wrong with classic Grilled Corn on the Cob, sometimes, you want something a little different — maybe something with a Mexican twist, like this recipe for Elotes Callejeros (street-style corn) from the chef at La Esquina in New York City. It's slathered with an addictive blend of mayonnaise, cotija cheese, lime juice, and a bit of chile for some heat. Or maybe you prefer your corn off the cob — in which case, you may like this simple Summer Grilled Corn Salad with Feta from the blog Buttercream Lane, part of the Culinary Content Network.

For more great grilled corn recipes, be sure to check out the slideshow.

Will Budiaman is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.

Our Best Corn Recipes

When the weather is warm, sweet and juicy corn is ripe for the picking. However you take it — on the cob or off the cob with the husk or without grilled, roasted or boiled — this in-season crop is a summer staple that's sure to please.

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Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

Creamy Chili-Lime Corn

This irresistable side is inspired by Mexican esquites &mdash the popular street food of roasted corn tossed with lime, chiles and cheese. For this lightened-up take, we swapped in yogurt in place of Mexican crema and used frozen corn.

Grilled Corn and Bean Salad

Confetti Corn

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Fresh Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Deconstructed Mexican-Style Corn

Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija

Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob

Pappardelle with Corn

Charred Corn Panzanella

Summer Corn Salad

Corn on the Cob with Parmesan Cheese

Corn and Cheese Chowder

Indian Street Corn Salad

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter, Fresh Lime and Cotija Cheese

Mexican Grilled Corn

Creamed Corn Cornbread

Grilled Corn Risotto

Hot Corn Dip

Grilled Corn and Bean Salsa with Baked Corn Chips

Spicy Grilled Corn

Fresh Corn Casserole with Red Bell Peppers and Jalapenos

Summer Corn Salad

Sweet Corn Pudding

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili-Lime Butter and Cotija Cheese

Farro and Corn Salad

Spicy Creamed Corn Crumble

Corn and Squash Pudding

Grilled Barbecued Corn Ribs

Fresh, sweet summer corn gets the full barbecue treatment in this recipe for corn ribs. Seasoned with a spicy sweet dry rub and brushed with a tangy barbecue sauce, the corn develops a delicious caramelized crust as it curls into a perfectly juicy rib. You'll need a sharp knife and a steady hand to cut through the hard cobs make sure you have a large, sturdy work surface and take your time.

Grilled Corn Chowder

Grilled corn, peppers and scallions form the base for this hearty summer chowder. Serve with a crusty baguette or country bread and you&rsquove got a full vegetarian meal. Leftovers are great for quick lunches and will keep in the fridge for several days.

10 Cool Grilling Tools to Try

This summer, elevate your backyard barbecue with new tools that make grilling your favorite foods (and cleaning up) easier than ever.

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Meatball Grill Basket

Turn meatballs into summery fare by infusing them with smoky flavor atop the grill. Twelve spherical wells preserve the meatballs’ shape and let fat drip through to the coals as they cook.

Taylor Bluetooth SmarTemp Thermometer

There's no longer a need to hang around a sweltering grill waiting for your dinner to cook. This bluetooth-enabled device syncs up with your phone using an app to notify you when your food is almost ready, ready or overcooked so you can stay cool inside.

Good Grips Corn Holders

No-slip grips and corkscrew-style prongs ensure that butter-fingered corn eaters have a solid lock on their cobs. The contemporary design offers a refreshing update to old-school, kitschy corn holders, but it’s the compact storage case that makes these a barbecue must. (Your junk drawer will thank you.)


Because the tines of this skewer are flat rather than round, food doesn’t spin when you flip it over. Plus, shorter prongs mean food won’t get mangled when being removed from the skewers after grilling.

Stuffed Burger Maker and Patty Press

If you continually find yourself with patties that fall flat, this clever kitchen aid acts as your cheat sheet to achieving the ideal burger. The dishwasher-safe 3-piece press and molds help you turn out square sliders, perfectly round patties and oversized gourmet stuffed burgers.

Stainless-Steel Hot Dog Roller

A flick of the cool-touch handle on this handy gadget keeps franks and brats rotating so that they brown evenly (but don’t burn) on the grill. Since you’re able to stack dogs closer to one another than when laying them directly on the grate, it makes feeding a crowd easier, too.

Chef'n Grill'n BBQ Branch Skewer

Taking inspiration from trees, this skewer has multiple prongs, which allows you to make the most of a smaller cooking surface. Isolate ingredients on prongs (or sides) to prevent flavor transfer and have easier control over cooking times.

Shellfish Rack

This sturdy basket collects oysters, clams and scallops neatly together on the grill and keeps their juices inside the shells. Once they&rsquore done cooking, it&rsquos easy to quickly pull them off the fire &mdash no more rubbery, overdone bivalves.


It's never too dark to tend the grill with these 20-inch locking tongs. A bright LED light shines just where it's needed when it's time to check if your steaks are perfectly done.

Grilling Grate Oiler Brush

Oiling the grill grate is a messy chore: paper towels disintegrate and brushes are sloppy. Made specifically for the task is this gizmo, which has stubby silicone bristles that deliver just the right amount of oil to the cooking surface.

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Lightly brush the corn on all sides with the garlic-basil butter and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the ears on the grate, sliding a foil grill shield — a folded layer of foil — under the tied-back husks to keep them from burning. Grill the corn until the kernels are darkly browned, rotating the ears every minute or so to ensure the ears cook evenly. You may hear some popcorn-like crackling — cool! Baste the corn with more garlic-basil butter as it grills. Total cooking time will be 8 to 12 minutes.

Transfer the corn to a platter or plates and brush one final time with the garlic-basil butter. Sprinkle the corn on all sides with the grated cheese and dig in.

— Steven Raichlen, “How to Grill Vegetables: The New Bible for Barbecuing Vegetables over Live Fire” (Workman, $25)

  1. Heat a grill until hot. While the grill is warming up, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add the corn and salt. Boil for 5 to 7 minutes, until the corn until slightly tender, but not cooked all the way through.
  3. Drain the corn and transfer to the grill lightly char the kernels.
  4. Mix the mayonnaise and lime juice.
  5. Remove the corn from the grill, paint with a bit of the citrus mayonnaise, then dust with chili powder and Parmesan.

Eat This Tip

Grilled corn is one of life's simple pleasures, and super easy to do, too. That is, if you have access to an open fire pit or outdoor grill. If you live in an apartment and have little access to outdoor space, let alone the zoning permits to grill your dinner outside, not to worry we have other options for you! All you need is a flat cast iron pan and a stove top. For the added visual effect, you can opt for one with grilling ridges to give your corn the look of having been through an open flame.

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7 Grilled or Smoked Recipes to Make in April

By Barbecuebible.com

Though the dregs of winter are still in evidence, spring has sprung in most of the country, opening up new seasonal culinary possibilities. You might see ramps in the market—those fabulously pungent wild leeks that grow in eastern woodlands and that are so good when lightly grilled—or foraged fresh morel mushrooms that, when sautéed in butter with a little garlic (or ramps) and a splash of sherry, pair so well with grilled steak. Asparagus (for which we have many recipes, including the one below), fava beans, and artichokes join the party.

Below are several great dishes to celebrate this transitional month.

1. Grilled Sangria

Citrus fruit like oranges and limes are still in season, making this cocktail a refreshing choice for a small party on the patio (or indoors, if temps are still chilly) or after a day of working in the yard. The fruit is halved, dipped in sugar, and caramelized on the grill before being combined with rum, sparkling wine, and fresh mint. We also have a recipe for a red version that is a perennial hit at BBQ University.

2. Pork Shooters

It’s such an ingenious idea—“shot” glasses constructed from rounds of kielbasa and bacon, then filled with a savory mixture of shrimp, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and scallions. Hot-smoke for 15 to 20 minutes, then serve to appreciative guests. And be prepared to be asked for the recipe.

3. A New “Egg Salad” with Green Vegetables

This beautiful spring-like salad features hearts of palm (fresh, if you can find them), bright green asparagus, grilled sweet corn, fried eggs, and arugula in an orange-inflected vinaigrette. First featured on Project Fire, Season 2, this salad is a show-stopper.

4. Korean-Style Skirt Steak

Though often the meat of choice for fajitas, skirt steak takes on a Korean persona with a bulgogi-inspired marinade. The steak is briefly grilled, then thinly sliced, rolled in leaf lettuce, and served with a variety of condiments. For an even more Keto-friendly version, substitute granulated monk fruit for the brown sugar in the marinade.

5. Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Golden Raisin Chimichurri

Swordfish steaks frequently appear on the menu in the Raichlen household, and this is one of Steven’s favorite preparations—perfect for busy weeknights or leisurely weekends. While the swordfish steaks marinate in lemon juice and fresh oregano, Steven makes a sweet and savory chimichurri sauce using more fresh herbs and sweet golden raisins. A short sear over a hot fire, and the steaks are ready to serve.

6. Cornell Chicken

You’ve heard the phrase “spring chicken?” This one, a specialty of upstate New York, offers up crackling-crisp skin, moist meat, and an unusual mayonnaise-based barbecue sauce. (The chicken is also basted, as it roasts, with a baste developed by a professor at Cornell University.) As an alternative to the sauce, we suggest Charred Lemon Aioli.

7. Grilled Pound Cake with Mixed Berry Salsa and Smoked Whipped Cream

Wonder what to do with all those beautiful fresh berries that show up in the market this time of year? This simple dessert—you can even use Sara Lee pound cake (we recommend it over homemade as it holds up better on the grill)—never fails to wow guests. You can, if you wish, substitute angel food cake for the pound cake.

30 ways to use your grill for something other than hamburgers

Sure, you could grill another hot dog tonight. Or, you could try one of these 30 recipes for foods you never knew you could cook on the grill.

A sweet and savory pear and blue cheese sandwich that puts the “grill” back into grilled cheese? Try this recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled bacon-wrapped scallops are an irresistible take on the usual finger food. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) You’ve never had nachos like this before. Try these corn and steak grilled nachos here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled Mexican street corn salad brightens up any barbecue. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled kale: don’t knock it ’til you try it, Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled corn with queso fresco is a summer treat for all ages. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled salads, yay or nay? This grilled Cobb salad is definitely a “yay.” Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) The smoky flavor of grilled zucchini appeals to vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled sausages with potatoes and sun-dried tomatoes: a guaranteed cookout crowd pleaser. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Give your guests a taste of the south with sweet tea brined grilled chicken. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled shrimp tacos make for a great handheld dinner. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Pineapple bark chicken with grilled salsa will certainly add flavor to any dinner. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Make anyone want to eat their veggies with this battered and grilled cauliflower recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Prosciutto-wrapped grilled spring asparagus is a showstopper of a side dish. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Try a new salad made with Greek grilling cheese, called Haloumi. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled watermelon salad tastes great with a sprinkle of feta cheese on top. Get the recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) A warm salad of grilled chicken thighs, figs and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano is a dinner date winner. Try this recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) A tomato tart tastes even better after spending some time on the grill. Get the recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) A dish of warm farro salad with grilled Italian sausage is a filling summer dinner. Try it here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) A chimichurri-like sauce with pepitas tops these grilled flank steaks on toasted sourdough bread. Try the recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilling infuses pizza with a wonderful smoky flavor and a crisp, chewy crust. Try this grilled sweet potato and sausage pizza here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Rice and noodle pilaf with edamame and grilled shrimp is a one-pot meal that can be on the table in around 35 minutes. Try it here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled steak and spring vegetable salad uses the grill to cook and flavor the meat, as well as many of the other components of the dish. Try it here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Try a fresh, gorgeously green chimichurri sauce made from fresh herbs and healthy olive oil as a topper for your grilled lamb chops. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Goat cheese-stuffed grilled sweet potatoes are a cheesy, creamy side dish that’s sure to impress. Try it here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled BLT pizza with summer tomato basil sauce? You have to try this recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Even salad haters can’t resist this grilled hearts of romaine salad with blue cheese dressing. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Put a unique twist on your average fruit salad by adding grilled pineapple. Recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Add new life to a tried and true desert by grilling it. Try this spiced and grilled angel food cake here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Grilled peaches are sweet and a little bit smoky. Try them with vanilla ice cream and cookies. Recipe here.

Different types of grilling

When you grill you get the advantage of so many different types of grilling. They all bring a different dimension to what you are cooking.


You can not get that great charcoal flavor like from a weber grill if you are cooking on your stove in the house.

You are missing out on the taste of burgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill.

Charcoal also gives you the option of grilling low and slow with indirect heat to one side. Think of grilling a great rack of baby back ribs for hours!


Propane grilling, like on a weber genesis grill, gives you the opportunity to control the heat and how you want to grill.

It is by far the most convenient way to grill. You can fire up a gas grill really quickly and your off to cooking your dinner for the night.

Open fire

This can be an art, trying to keep the flame and temperature in check. When you cook on fire you bring that smokey taste to the meat your grilling.

Different types of wood are going to give you different tastes to the meat. This is one of the most primitive forms of cooking that goes a long way back in history!

Frying pan on the grill

A lot of people don’t realize or think about how you can use your grill just like the stovetop in your home. If you’re using a good quality stainless steel pan or cast iron pan you can use it to cook on your grill with no issues.

This allows you to cook things that you didn’t think you could like eggs or a sauce. You need to think outside the box and consider how it’s a heat source for cooking and not just a way to grill meat.

Looking for some great recipes for your grill? Check out our Simple Grill Recipes YouTube channel.


Nutrition: 110 calories, 6.8 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 46 mg sodium, 11.8 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 3.7 g sugar, 4 g protein

Zucchinis are a versatile veggie and you can't beat the color combo when you join the squash with corn. You could make tons of combos, like this sassy salad—all while cutting calories, carbs, fat, and sodium at the same time.

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Your one-stop guide to the best recipes for grilled vegetables.

Now that it's officially summer, it's time to put your outdoor grill to work, and you&rsquoll need plenty of delicious grilled vegetable recipes to balance out those burgers and dogs. With a little heat, these grilling recipes allow peppers, tomatoes and other fresh veggies to caramelize, resulting in a subtle sweetness that'll instantly add flavor to your favorite summer dinners.

Tender grilled potatoes paired with creamy yogurt and a zesty sauce makes for a hearty side dish or tasty vegetarian main.