How to Grill Corn in the Husk

July 30, 2021

Appetizers and Sides

By: Jasmine Briones 

Learn how to make perfect Grilled Corn on the Cob in less than an hour!

grilled corn on a white serving platter

There are a few different ways to grill corn: in the husk, without the husk, or wrapped in foil. All of them yield slightly different outcomes, but the one thing that they have in common is they help you get perfectly sweet grilled corn!

Soaking the corn before grilling will prevent the husk from catching on fire, and the water will also help steam the corn, resulting in perfectly cooked and juicy corn!

If you don’t want to wait and soak the corn, you can remove the husks completely and place the “naked” corn on the grill to cook for 15-20 minutes.

corn in the husk on a white board

Picking the Perfect Ear of Corn

  • Check for holes: When you see holes at the top of the husk, that means insects may be inside. These ears should be avoided. 
  • Check the tassels: if the appear black or dry, the corn is old. 
  • Examine the husks: If they’e vibrant and tightly wrapped, this indicates that the corn is fresh.
  • Inspect the Kernels: Through the husk, feel to make sure that the kernels are plump and tender. If there are any spots that feel like kernels are missing, it’s best to pass on that ear.
  • Don’t peel the husk: Many people instinctively peel back the husk on an ear of corn to check that it’s fresh. Doing this will dehydrate the corn and make the kernels lose their sweetness. 
  • Make sure it’s in season: If it isn’t summer time, it’s probably not the best time to be buying fresh corn. Frozen corn may be a better option in the off season. 
  • Storing your corn: If you’re going to cook the corn within the first few hours of bringing it home, you may leave it out at room temperature. If you plan on waiting to enjoy your corn, it’s best to keep it refrigerated in the crisper drawer with the husks still intact. 

How to Grill Perfect Corn in the Husk

First up, fill a large pot or bucket large enough to fit all of your corn with cold water. Set this aside.

Next, prep the husks and remove the silks! Remove dry husks or any husks from the corn that is not green and moist. Discard. Cut off the excess on top using scissors.

Carefully peel back husks from corn to within 1″ of the bottom and remove as much silk as you can.

corn soaking in water

Re-cover the corn with the husk and place the ear of corn into the bucket of water. Repeat with all of your corn. Allow the corn to soak for 20 minutes or up to 8 hours.

Preheat your grill to medium heat. Remove the corn from the bucket and shake off any excess water.

charred corn on the grill

Place the corn onto the hot grill and cover. Allow the corn to grill for 15-20 minutes, turning it every 5 minutes for even cooking. You want the corn to be tender but not mushy.

Remove the corn from the grill. Once it is easy to handle, remove the husks.

grilled corn on a baking sheet with butter and parsley

Dress up the corn as desired. We like to dress ours with vegan butter, salt, pepper, and parsley. If you want to take it to the next level, we have also served this corn buffalo-style, you can find that recipe here.

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How to Grill Corn in the Husk


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Learn how to make perfect grilled corn on the cob in less than an hour!


Ingredients

  • 6 fresh corn in their husks

Optional:

  • Vegan butter
  • Salt
  • Parsley, finaely chopped

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot or bucket large enough to fit all of your corn with cold water. Set this aside.
  2. Remove and discard any dry husks from the corn, or any husks that are not green and moist. Cut off the excess on top using scissors.
  3. Carefully peel back husks from corn to within 1″ of the bottom, then remove and discard as much silk as you can. Re-cover the corn with the husk and place the ear of corn into the bucket of water. Repeat with all of your corn. Allow the corn to soak for 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  4. Preheat your grill to medium heat.
  5. Remove the corn from the bucket and shake off any excess water. Place the corn onto the hot grill and cover. Allow the corn to grill for 15-20 minutes, turning it every 5 minutes for even cooking. You want the corn to be tender but not mushy.
  6. Remove the corn from the grill. Once it is easy to handle, remove the husks.
  7. Dress up the corn as desired. We like to dress ours up with vegan butter, salt, pepper, and parsley. Enjoy!
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Grill

Keywords: grilled, corn, summer, appetizer, side, vegan butter, snack

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