Grilled Cilantro-Lime Corn On The Cob

4 | May 31, 2011

This post is for all of you who have sent e-mails begging for a breakdown of the cilantro-lime corn I’m always mentioning when we break out the grill. I’ve been making corn this way since my college days (don’t ask how long ago that was) when we would Bar-B-Q constantly. Seriously, you’ve never tasted corn as good as this before and kids love it when corn comes to the table with the husks still on. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Grilled Cilantro-Lime Corn On The Cob serves 4

  • 4 ears of corn with husks
  • 3 Tbs butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt*
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest, grated

* omit or be cautious with salt if you use butter with salt added

Light grill. We use charcoal. Through the many years I have made this, I’ve never used gas and I’m not sure how corn does on a gas grill.

Submerge corn in water for 10 minutes.

While the grill is cooling down to the right temperature and the corn is soaking, combine the butter, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and lime zest. Mix well.

15 minutes after lighting the grill and you can hold your hand 8 inches from the grill for 5 seconds, Place the corn directly on the grill. Grill for 15 to 20 minutes rotating often. The corn husks will turn black but if they seem to be catching on fire, move them to the sides of the grill.

Once finished, remove from the grill and allow to cool enough to touch. Remove the husks, spread on the cilantro-lime butter and enjoy!

Super simple and delicious.


  • Wenderly

    Hmmmmm, love corn on the cob on the grill! This butter looks mouthwatering good!

  • Colleen

    I have just discovered your blog and I love it!

    We do something similar but add jalapenos and garlic to make it spicy.

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