In Season: Grilled Corn on the Cob

This simple recipe comes from, and includes a number of seasonal ingredients available at the markets right now! Find corn from Paul’s Produce, Mandair Farms, Klippers Organics or Forstbauer, garlic from BC Garlic, cilantro from Farm Circle Organics, and thyme from Fresh Roots or Organic Farm Connection

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

By: Michael Haas, Co-Founder of

Summertime and grilled corn seem to go hand in hand.  It’s a quick and easy side to prepare and accompanies almost anything off the grill.

Picking the Best Corn

First have a good look at the husks.  If the husks appear really dry, cracked or there are some black “tassels”; this corn is most likely a little older.  It will be missing the sweetness you crave from freshly picked corn.  Instead look for the husks that appear more on the green side (not cracked) and have brownish, sticky tassels.

Another trick to picking fresh corn is to feel the entire “ear” or cob through the husks.  If you feel empty spots or holes where the kernels didn’t grow; skip those ones.  You want to pick the ones that have filled out nicely. 

Shucking Corn on the Cob

Shucking the corn –simply a fancy word for pulling back the husks of the cob to expose the corn. When grilling you can either pull back the husks, flipping them back and tying them together (while still attached to the cob), or remove the husks completely. Either way, once you’ve pulled back the husks be sure to take some extra time removing the fine silk (stringy white stands entwined in the corn).


  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 TBSP Butter
  • ¼  Tsp Garlic salt or ½ Tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ Tsp Smoked paprika
  • ¼ Tsp Thyme
  • 1 TBSP chopped cilantro (not a cilantro fan? Substitute with parsley!)
  • Salt to taste


BBQ Brush
Aluminum Foil (Optional)
Gas, Charcoal or Pellet Grill


  1. Preheat gas grill to medium heat.  For added flavor, try the charcoal grill!
  2. Lightly brush cobs of corn with olive oil.
  3. Place corn on the grill. Turn corn every 2-3 minutes (looking for the nicely charred or browned look) for a total cooking time of 8-10 min. 
  4. Place butter, garlic, smoked paprika, thyme, cilantro, and salt in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds (until butter is melted). Stir well. 
  5. Brush butter mixture all over each corn on the cob. 
  6. Serve immediately. 

*If you are not a fan of the overall charred look or taste.  An alternative method is wrapping the corn in aluminum foil before placing on the grill.  This may increase the cooking time slightly; add an extra 5-8 minutes. 

*If a little more tang is what you are after; try adding ¼ tsp of lime juice to your butter mixture!

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