Coconut Milk-Basted Corn on the Cob

Coconut and brown sugar add unexpected, yet super delicious flavor to corn on the cob.

Coconut Milk-Basted Corn on the Cob
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
25 mins
Grill Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 6 ears fresh corn on the cob with husks

  • Flaked coconut, toasted (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan combine coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt. Cook mixture over medium-low heat just until it simmers, stirring until sugar dissolves (about 12 minutes). Remove mixture from heat. Cool to room temperature.

  2. To prepare corn, pull back husks from the cobs, leaving husks attached. Remove silks. With husks pulled back, use kitchen scissors to trim off about 2 inches of the husks (so each ear of corn looks like it's wearing a skirt). (Or tie back with 100% cotton kitchen string.)

  3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place corn on grill rack over drip pan. Brush with some of the coconut milk mixture. Cover and grill for 30 to 35 minutes or until corn is tender, turning and brushing with coconut milk mixture every 10 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust heat for indirect cooking. Place corn on grill rack over unlit burner. Grill and brush as above.)

  4. Serve corn drizzled with the remaining coconut milk mixture. If desired, sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Sodium 312mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 338mg 7%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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