Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter #SundaySupper

Grill more than just meat at your next barbecue! Corn on the cob grilled in the husk comes out perfectly moist, then gets smothered in flavorful cilantro-lime butter!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Summer is in full swing, which means barbecue season! Welcome to the #SundaySupper Summer BBQ Party!

I live in an apartment, so unfortunately, I don’t have an outdoor grill. What I do have is a cast iron grill pan, which can be used on gas ranges, electric ranges, or in an oven.

We go to my parents’ at least once a month, where my dad almost always grills. Rain or shine, hot or cold, my dad will grill. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken, steak — it all goes on the grill.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

This was the first time I’ve ever had grilled vegetables. When I saw the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper, I knew I wanted to do something different, so I started researching grilled sides, until I happened upon grilled corn on the cob. What a perfect way to cook up some local New Jersey corn!

Some grill their corn in the husk, some husk the corn before grilling. Husking it first will give you those charred grilled marks. But grilling corn in the husk essentially steams the corn, ensuring delicious, juicy kernels.

This is also the first time I’ve ever had corn with anything other than some salted butter. Let me tell you, lime is a brilliant complement to the corn. I’m a convert. I will always give my corn a quick squeeze of lime juice before eating.

Oh, and in case you’re curious — that burger in the first photo is Confections of a Foodie Bride’s Texican burgers. So delicious!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter #SundaySupper
Serves: 8
  • 1 stick (4 oz) salted butter, very soft but not melted
  • 2 tbsp minced cilantro
  • Zest of one small lime
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 8 ears of corn on the cob, unhusked
  1. In a small bowl, mash together the butter, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice. Scrape onto a piece of parchment paper and roll tightly into a log. Twist ends to seal closed, and refrigerate until butter is firm. Can be done up to a day ahead of time.
  2. Peel away the first layer of the husk, and trim any silk that's sticking out of the top.
  3. Prepare grill for direct, medium heat (or preheat oven to 425 degrees). Place the corn directly on the grill grates (or in a grill pan). About every five minutes, give the corn a quarter-turn, to ensure even cooking on all sides. Continue turning and cooking for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Holding the corn with a towel or oven mitt, peel back the husk and discard the cornsilk. Serve each cob with a pat of the cilantro-lime butter.

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  1. says

    This sounds yummy. I’m not a cilantro fan, but I think I’ll give a squeeze of lime a try next time I have grilled corn on the cob, which we LOVE around here! I would love it if you would bring this yummy recipe to my recipe link party The Yuck Stops Here this week. It’ll start on Tuesday evening at 8pm ET and we can always be found on my site, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos! HUGS

  2. says

    Corn on the cob is usually served at all of our BBQs. I enjoy flavored butters but have never made them to go with COTC. That will change. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. says

    Nothing screams summer to me like fresh corn on the cob! I’ve just got to grill corn now and use this delicious butter!

  4. says

    Geez, perfect. I have two ears of corn that I have to do something with and I seem to lack enthusiasm. BUT I have fresh cilantro in my herb patch and just bought 3 limes. I think I am set. Hey Hey for your Dad and his grilling, even when its lousy out.

  5. says

    If only I’d seen your post before I threw my last ears of corn into the steamer! This looks AWESOME–and that cilantro lime butter sounds hands-down amazing. Totally a quintessential summer BBQ must-have. It’s great to meet ya, can’t wait to see what other neat tricks you have up your sleeve!

  6. says

    We’re eating SO much corn on the cob right now that having a yummy butter to shake it up is most welcome!

  7. says

    I love grilled corn and I can’t wait ti try this cilantro lime butter. Actually I love putting everything on the BBQ at home or while we are having a picnic too!

  8. says

    We love grilled corn on the cob so much that these days we never serve it any other way. My 3 year old is probably not aware there is any other way to serve it. :) I love your cilantro and lime butter you use with these.

  9. says

    I love grilling it with the husk on–makes for a nice presentation when it’s done! My CSA has been sending me corn, so the next batch is getting smothered in this cilantro-lime butter!


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