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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter

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When the sun stretches its golden fingers across the horizon and the air is filled with the unmistakable aroma of summer, there’s one dish that invariably takes center stage at barbecues and gatherings: Grilled Corn on the Cob. This simple yet sensational dish has been a beloved part of summertime cookouts for generations. In this article, we’ll delve into the delightful world of Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter, a modern twist on a classic favorite that combines smoky grilled corn with zesty and spicy flavors.

Historical Context:

The practice of grilling corn has its roots in Native American cooking traditions, where corn, or maize, held a special place in their cuisine. It was often roasted over an open flame, and this technique eventually found its way into early American settlers’ cooking methods. Over time, grilling corn became a cherished tradition at summer gatherings and barbecues.


Step 1: Preheat the Grill

Start by preheating your grill to medium-high heat, around 350-400°F (175-200°C). If using charcoal, allow the coals to ash over evenly.

Step 2: Prepare the Chili Lime Butter

In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, fresh lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated. This luscious concoction will be the star of your Grilled Corn on the Cob.

Step 3: Prepare the Corn

Peel back the husks of each ear of corn, leaving them attached at the base. Remove the silk (the fine threads) from the corn, and then carefully pull the husks back up over the corn. This will act as a natural handle for grilling and protect the corn from burning.

Step 4: Grill the Corn

Place the prepared corn directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally. The corn should have some charred spots and be tender when pierced with a fork.

Step 5: Apply the Chili Lime Butter

Once the corn is nicely grilled, use a basting brush to generously slather the chili lime butter mixture onto each ear of corn. The heat from the corn will melt the butter, allowing it to infuse the kernels with its irresistible flavors.

Step 6: Serve

Transfer the dressed corn to a serving platter, garnish with fresh cilantro leaves if desired, and serve immediately. The vibrant colors and enticing aroma will have everyone reaching for a piece.


Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter is the embodiment of summer. Its smoky, slightly sweet kernels complemented by the zesty, spicy notes of the butter make it an irresistible addition to any barbecue or outdoor feast. This dish pays homage to the age-old tradition of grilling corn, adding a modern twist that is sure to delight your taste buds. So, fire up that grill and savor the flavors of summer with this classic favorite reinvented for a new generation.

prep time
15 minutes.
cooking time
15 minutes.
total time
30 minutes.


  • Grill

  • Basting brush

  • Mixing bowl

  • Aluminum foil

  • Tongs


  • 6 ears of fresh corn on the cob, husks on

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • Zest of one lime

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)


Preheat the grill.
Prepare chili lime butter.
Prep the corn.
Grill and serve.
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