Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs


Grilling corn on the cob, especially when slathered with butter and sprinkled with fresh herbs, is one of the joys of summer. Use cotton string to secure the husks around the corn; synthetic string can melt when heated.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 6 fresh ears yellow and/or white sweet corn (with husks)

  • 6 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

  • 36 sprigs or leaves of cilantro or basil

  • 100-percent cotton kitchen string

  • Lime or lemon juice (optional)


  1. Carefully peel back corn husks, but do not remove. Remove and discard the silks. Gently rinse corn. Pat dry. Spread softened butter or margarine evenly over each ear of corn. Space 6 herb sprigs or leaves evenly around cob, gently pressing herbs into butter. Carefully fold husks back around tops of cobs. Tie husk tops with kitchen string.

  2. Grill corn on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium coals for 25 to 30 minutes, until kernels are tender, turning and rearranging with long-handled tongs three times. Or, grill corn indirectly on the rack of a covered grill, arranging coals around the edge of the grill. Place corn on the rack above the center of the grill, and cook 25 to 30 minutes, until kernels are tender, turning and rearranging three times.

  3. To serve, remove the string from corn. Peel back husks. If desired, squeeze lime juice over cilantro corn or lemon juice over basil corn. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
13g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5.3mg 27%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%

*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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