Grilled Corn on the Cob
I love grilled vegetables and one of our family favorites is this grilled corn with a cilantro lime butter. This is a perfect recipe for upcoming holidays and cookouts.
6 ears of corn
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
The first thing you will want to do is clean the corn. I usually pull back the husks and remove the silk (the hairy stuff). Its ok if some of the husks come off but you want to keep as many as possible.
After the corn has been cleaned, pull the husks back up to cover the ear of corn. Then place the corn in a sink of cold water. You may have to lay a heavy plate or something on top of the corn to keep it submerged in the water.
Allow the corn to soak for at least 30 minutes. The reason you soak it is to get the husks wet so they don’t catch fire and burn as easily on the grill. There’s probably some other reasons to soak it like it helps steam the corn or something like that but keeping it from catching fire is the main thing.
While the corn is soaking you can make the cilantro lime butter.
Cilantro Lime Butter
Place the butter in a mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula mix in the cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, salt and cayenne. Use immediately or refrigerate.
Remove the corn from the water. Peel back the husks and spread the butter onto the corn. Pull the husks back up around the corn. I like to wrap some twine (that’s also been soaking) around the corn to keep the husks in place.
Place the corn on your grill that has been preheating. I use gas so I turn the heat down to low and place the corn over top the heat. Using tongs, turn the corn after about 10-15 minutes. It will take about 25 minutes for the corn to cook completely. Cooking times may vary depending on how hot your grill is and whether you are using gas or charcoal. If you hear the corn popping like popcorn that’s a good sign your corn is ready.
Carefully remove from the grill and allow to cool a bit before serving.
**If you do not have corn that is still in the husk you can still grill the corn, just wrap it in foil after spreading it with your cilantro lime butter.**