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posted June 19, 2023

Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil

Buttery and perfectly seasoned, this grilled corn on the cob in foil is a great way to cook corn on the grill. Skip the boiling, and cook your side of corn while your main dish grills for a major time-saver!

Grilled corn on the cob in a bed of foil with text overlay - Grilled Corn in Foil

Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil

Buttery and perfectly seasoned, this corn on the cob in foil is a great way to cook corn on the grill. 

The foil pouch creates a steam chamber to perfectly cook corn to tender-crisp doneness with the best bite. As if that wasn’t enough, the added flavor from the butter browning onto the kernels from the hot grill is utter perfection. I highly recommend you try this method for cooking corn on the cob if you haven’t yet. It’s a winner!

Four cobs of corn being seasoned with melted butter.

Ingredients for Corn on the Cob in Foil

We’re keeping things extremely simple to make this corn on the cob in foil. You only need 4 ingredients to make this corn on the cob. Here’s what you need to snag to make this recipe.

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • salt and pepper

I also like to garnish my corn with some fresh chives from the grill, but this is just for a little added finishing touch.

Four cobs of corn being seasoned with black pepper.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob in Foil

Let’s make ourselves some delicious corn, shall we? It’s an easy process that cooks entirely on your grill. Here’s how to grill corn on the cob in foil.

  1. Preheat. Fire up your favorite grill to 350-375 degrees F. I like to cook my sides at the same time as my main dish, if possible. If your entree is also on the grill cooking at a similar temperature, then just be prepared to toss this corn on as well! I cooked this recipe on my charcoal grill, and it turned out amazing.
  2. Prep. Lay out two sheets of aluminum foil on your workspace. Place the corn in the center and drizzle with melted butter and then season with salt and pepper. Wrap the edges of the foil up and seal tightly.
  3. Grill. Place the corn in the foil on the preheated grill and cook for 8-10 minutes. Flip and cook for the remaining 8-10 minutes.
  4. Steam. Remove the foil packet from the grill and rest for 5 minutes to allow the corn to steam in the foil.
  5. Enjoy. Open the foil and serve with additional salt, pepper, butter, chives, or any other additions or toppings of your choice.

Corn on the cob being wrapped in foil.

How Long to Grill Corn on the Cob in Foil

It takes approximately 20 minutes (10 minutes per side) to grill corn on the cob when cooked in foil. 

After cooking for 20 minutes on the grill, remove the corn in the foil from the grill. Let the corn steam in the sealed foil for 5 minutes after removing it from the grill to soften up the kernels.

Corn on the cob wrapped in foil over charcoal.

Tips for Grilling Corn on the Cob in Foil

Here are some tips for cooking whole cobs of corn on the grill in foil.

  • Double wrap in foil. Having the two overlapping pieces of aluminum foil makes a huge difference in how these cobs cooks. The last thing you want is a hole in your foil where all of that seasoned butter leaks out. Not only will you miss out on the flavor, but you’ll also be at risk of flare-ups if your butter catches fire in your grill.
  • Wrap each cob. If you’re doing a lot of corn at once or eating in a buffet line, I prefer wrapping the corn individually. It takes a little bit longer to prep, but it cooks a bit faster and holds heat really well when the wrapped cobs are stacked up.
  • Watch for hot steam. Letting your corn rest after grilling is an important step in the cooking process. It allows the steam in the package to finish cooking the corn and keep things juicy, while also giving time for everything to cool off slightly. As you open the foil pouch, watch for hot steam escaping. Vent lightly to let that steam escape without risking a burn.

Grilled corn on the cob in a bed of foil.

More Grilled Corn Recipes

This isn’t the only way to cook corn on the cob. Check out these other grilled corn recipes from Hey Grill Hey and get that BBQ going!

Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

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Grilled corn on the cob in a bed of foil.

Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil

Susie Bulloch
Buttery and perfectly seasoned, this grilled corn on the cob in foil is a great way to cook corn on the grill. Skip the boiling, and steam your corn on the grill while your main dish grills for a major time-saver!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 15 mins
Total Time : 25 mins
Servings : 4 people
Calories : 204kcal

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Ingredients
 

  • 4 ears corn (husks and silk removed)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 350-375 degrees F).
  • Prep the corn. Lay a large (24-inch long) piece of foil on your work surface. Lay another large piece of foil on top, perpendicular to the first. Place your corn in the center of the foil and drizzle with the melted butter. Roll the corn to coat each cob in butter and season with salt and pepper.
  • Seal the foil. Wrap the edges of the top piece of foil up and seal tightly. Repeat with the bottom layer of foil to create an airtight seal.
  • Grill. Set the package of corn on the grill grates, close the lid, and cook for 8-10 minutes. Use heat-resistant grill gloves to flip the foil pouch over on the grill. Close the lid and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy. Remove the foil pouch to a baking sheet and allow the corn to steam in the package for 5 minutes before carefully opening (watch for hot steam escaping) and serve with additional butter and salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 712IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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