Summer is never complete without juicy grilled corn! The crispy sweetness, slight char and goat cheese honey butter makes this the best grilled corn recipe alongside any summer meal.
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It’s not just the corn alone that makes this the best grilled corn on the cob recipe EVER. It’s the sweet and tangy goat cheese honey butter that’s slathered on top that really makes this corn recipe the best in my book.
Just ask my husband, kids, and in-laws who found themselves licking their fingers and asking for more as they indulged in my grilled corn recipe earlier this summer. The flavor combination is truly irresistible and once you give it a try, you’ll know exactly why.
How to Prepare Fresh Corn For Grilling?
Before we get to the tasty part of this recipe, it’s important to talk about how to prepare your corn for grilling. There are three ways to grill fresh corn; in the husk, without the husk and in foil.
Is it Better to Grill Corn in the Husk?
While I usually prefer to purchase corn already shucked and cleaned from the grocery store, I find that grilling corn in the husk gives the corn a plumper texture. The husk locks in the moisture and steams the corn as it cooks.
How to Prepare Corn to Grill with the Husk?
If you are grilling your corn with the husks, the first thing you’ll want to do is peel the husk back without removing it completely. Carefully remove the silk. I like to do this by grabbing the silk from the top of the corn and gently pulling it back toward the husk. Once you have removed the bulk of the silk, use a wet paper towel to wipe the remaining silk. Then pull the husk back over the corn and soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Soaking the husks will prevent it from burning.
How to Grill Fresh Corn without the Husk
If your prefer to grill your corn without the husk, which I usually do, you can simply drizzle it with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Since grilling your corn without the husks opens it up to direct heat, you’ll need to cook it on medium heat and turn frequently, depending on the level of char that you like. Grilling the corn without the husk does not require soaking.
How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill?
Whether you’re grilling your corn in the husk or not, you can grill on medium heat at about 300 degrees. The corn in husks will need about 15-20 minutes while grilling without the husks will take between 20-25. The husks will allow the corn to steam while it cooks, making the kernels tender. Grilling without the husks will allow for more char, but you’ll have to turn more frequently because charring can turn into burnt REAL quick! I also like to use copper grilling mats which tend to help char the corn more evenly.
Ingredients for Grilled Corn with Goat Cheese Honey Butter
- Fresh Corn on the Cob – I prefer to grill my corn with the husks removed to increase the char
- Olive Oil – A light drizzle of olive oil or a cooking spray will prevent sticking to the grill
- Salt and Pepper – Lightly sprinkled on the corn prior to grilling. Season to taste
- Goat Cheese – the base and most important ingredient in the honey butter
- Unsalted Butter – I like using unsalted to better control the salt content
- Honey – Just a tad of honey is used to sweeten the butter
- Fresh Cilantro – Sprinkled on the corn after lathering it in honey butter for a little extra umph!
- Allow goat cheese and butter to come to room temperature before mixing. This will allow the goat cheese, butter and honey to mix together evenly.
- After removing corn from the grill, allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before buttering with mixture. If the butter mixture becomes to runny from the heat, it will lose its flavor.
If you enjoy corn recipes, my easy cornbread casserole is also a huge hit in my family!
Grilled Corn with Goat Cheese Honey Butter
- Gas or Propane Grill
- 6 Ears of Fresh Corn husks removed
- 4 ounces Goat Cheese room temperature
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 tbsp honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil or cooking spray drizzle or spray
- fresh chopped cilantro optional
- Heat grill to medium heat or 300 degrees. Set out goat cheese and butter.
- Remove husks and silk from corn. Drizzle with olive oil or cooking spray to lightly coat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill of medium heat for 20-25 minutes, turning frequently.
- While corn is grilling, mix together butter, goat cheese and honey until well blended.
- Remove corn from grill and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Once cooled, spread goat cheese honey butter evenly onto corn. Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro.
- Serve and enjoy!
- The goat cheese honey butter can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you prefer a more butter taste, reduce the ratio of goat cheese to butter.
- To reduce the sweetness, reduce the amount of honey used or to increase the sweetness add an additional tbsp of honey to butter mixture.
If you like this recipe and decide to give it a try, be sure to let me know down in the comments just how much you like it!
Until next time,