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brushing butter on a cob of grilled corn

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Smoky Butter

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


Nothing says summer like grilled corn on the cob! And this Grilled Corn on the Cob with Smoky Butter is so flavorful and the perfect summer side dish.



  • 6 ears corn
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


Heat a grill to medium heat.

Cut the very tops off of the corn cobs (mostly just the excess silk and husks).  Fill a large bowl with cold water and 1 tablespoon salt.  Add the corn and let it soak for 10 minutes.

Remove the corn from the water.  Place the corn on the grill and cook for about 20 minutes, turning the corn every 5 minutes. 

While the corn is cooking, combine the butter, lime zest, honey, salt, cumin and paprika in a small bowl.

When the corn is done cooking, remove from the grill and carefully remove the husks and silk from the corn.  Brush the butter mixture evenly over the corn.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from Cooking Light June 2008

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts.


  • Serving Size: 1 ear of corn
  • Calories: 161
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 241 mg
  • Fat: 53 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg

Keywords: grilled corn on the cob