Grilled Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

by Shawnda on April 28, 2010

in On the grill,Veggies & Starches

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

Did you watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? We did. It was pretty eye-opening (I still can’t get over how two bags of chips and a bag of candy are the only things that make it into some lunch boxes). It made me look more closely at our weekly menu to ensure that meals are balanced, fresh, and healthy. Of course with us being new parents, we saw how important it was to set a good example at home. In doing so, we’ve even determined that The Foodie Groom will eat peas! It’s amazing what the tiniest bit of bacon will do to a vegetable :)

And another non-guacamole plant-thing that he’ll eat? Corn on the cob. He rated this Grilled Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter as “probably the best corn I’ve ever had.” I’d probably agree, too. The flavorful compound butter was a perfect match with the grilled corn. These babies will be making a regular appearance on our menu this summer.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

Sweet, smokey corn slathered with a garlicky, basil compound butter.


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1/2 stick butter, at room temp
  • 2 Tbsp basil chiffonade
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper


  1. Shuck the corn, leaving a couple of layers on the corn.
  2. Soak the corn in a sink of cool water while heating the grill to high.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Grill corn until the outer husks have mostly charred, about 20 minutes, rotating occasionally for even cooking.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool enough to handle.
  6. Remove remaining husks and slather with the butter.
  7. Serve warm. (I actually threw the buttered corn back on the grill for a few minutes to rewarm them because they had cooled too much before lunch.)


Yields: 4 servings

Adapted from Weber’s Real Grilling

Estimated time: 30 minutes


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tasha April 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

The Weber cookbook is my husband’s favorite! We always make this recipe in the summer time. It is our favorite way to make corn!


2 Daydreamer Desserts April 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

My family loves grilled corn on the cobb, I usually make it “mexican style” with sour cream and fresh mexican cheese, a little chili powder, s & p. But basil & parmesan is sayin’ something! :)


3 joanne April 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

Jamie has inspired me SO much! I love that show especially because he doesn’t necessary focus on everything being radically healthy, just good wholesome food. Like this corn. Good wholesome delicious.


4 bunkycooks April 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm

That looks so good! There is nothing better than fresh corn and it is even better when grilled.


5 Carries Sweet Life April 29, 2010 at 6:20 am

I love love corn on the cob, I can’t wait til it’s in season. I am going to try this recipe forsure.


6 joanne April 29, 2010 at 7:27 am

we LOOOOOVE grilled corn! never thought of adding seasoned butter, will have to try this!! thanks for sharing!


7 cheffresco April 29, 2010 at 8:27 am

I haven’t seen Jamie Oliver’s show, but definitely need to. Very crazy the things that some people eat (or don’t eat). Love the corn!


8 Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective April 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Oooh, I love grilled corn! I like to mix melted butter with Asian chile-garlic paste and brush it on the corn. The basil sounds really good!


9 Kristen May 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That corn looks amazing! Wow. Yum!


10 Amy May 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

My mouth is literally watering right now over this corn. What a fun twist to the summer staple!


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