It may be 2021, but we still think that CORN ON THE COB is still the perfect side dish.
This expert guide will cover the basics of our favorite grilled corn recipe - from the ingredients down to any questions you might have.
Let's get grilling!
You won't need to run to the grocery store the next time you want to get your corn fix! Our team is sharing with you one of our favorite methods to make grilled corn.
Don't worry because this will be an easy-to-follow recipe guide.
Four rules of thumb when choosing the perfect sweet corn:
Indicators of freshness include dryness and the presence of dark spots on the silk.
If you see any of these on yours, you'll still be able to cook them! Just don't expect the corn to be fresh or particularly sweet.
Remember: your choice of corn matters! The best way to grill corn is to ensure the quality of the main ingredient.
Step 2: Prepare the Corn
Step 3: Grill the Corn for 15 to 20 Minutes
Make sure the husks have visible grill marks on them. Any exposed kernels of your fresh corn should also be charred by then.
You may try coating your cob servings with olive oil instead of the usual salt and butter for a change.
We recommend medium heat grilling for about 15 to 20 minutes.
This is the best way to grill corn on the cob and deliver the RIGHT KICK and flavor you're craving for.
The key to even heating is regularly turning over the cobs every 5 minutes or so.
This is to make sure the sides don't char unevenly . You could always cook it longer if you're after a huskier and more charred flavor.
Just MAKE SURE not to overcook it to avoid unnecessary chewiness.
As mentioned, we prefer grilling for 15 to 20 minutes.
Other recipes opt for 10 minutes for less charring, while others go up to 30 minutes for a smokier flavor.
If you want less hand in turning your cobs around, then it might be better to look for recipes for which you'd use some aluminum foil to ensure even heating.
You may have to place the corn on the grill pan for longer periods of time but at lower temperatures.
Don't worry because each different recipe will result in the same grilled corn anyway!
The best way to grill corn is to not boil it before grilling.
Most grilling recipes would say the same too! It might be better to soak the cobs in water instead of boiling them.
Soak in cold water for a minimum of 15 minutes up to 6 hours.
Depending on how fresh the corn is, the time it takes to soak it will vary.
Benefits of soaking include:
The method of soaking is critical if you're grilling them in husks.
Successfully grilled corn should turn to a bright yellow color and look more opaque than before.
Don't be too surprised to see some charred areas and the silk burned away. That's normal if you follow the recipe!
It should also especially feel tender once pierced through with a knife.
It really all depends on what you're going for!
The husk is what's responsible for the natural charring of the corn. It also serves as a protective barrier to preserve the tenderness of the kernels.
Regardless, we're here to summarize the pros and cons of these three options to make things easier:
Our personal choice of method is to make grilled corn without husks directly on the grill. We also think that it's the most compromised recipe among the three possible options.
Grilled corn is a great side dish.
Serve with butter, salt, and a bit of pepper, and you've got yourself the perfect side dish.
There is no one method of cooking corn and our experts think that recipes all depend on your taste. You'll have a great meal at the end of the day regardless of your recipe choice.
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