Grilled Corn on the Cob in a Grill Pan

Here is how to make grilled corn on the cob in a grill pan, and tips on what are the best toppings for corn on the cob.

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Looking for the best way to cook corn on the cob? This post is all about how to make grilled corn in a grill pan on the stovetop, plus the best toppings for corn on the cob.

Grilled corn on the cob is a quintessential summer treat that everyone loves, but sometimes firing up the outdoor grill to make grilled corn isn’t practical. Whether it’s due to unpredictable weather, limited time, or simply the convenience of staying indoors, using a grill pan on the stovetop to make grilled corn on the cob is a game changer. 

This easy corn on the cob recipe allows you to enjoy perfectly charred, flavorful corn without the hassle, making it an ideal option for entertaining. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the taste of sun kissed sweet corn kernels—especially when you get fresh sweet corn on the cob in summer.

In this post, you’ll find a recipe and tips for how to grill corn on the cob without husks—in a grill pan right on your stovetop, so you can easily delight your family and friends with this summertime favorite, no matter the occasion.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This stovetop grilled corn recipe makes a great potluck side dish or barbecue side dish for fun gatherings and meals—whether you’re celebrating indoors or outdoors.

Some might say that using a grill pan to make grilled corn on the cob is the best way to grill corn on the cob, because you can make grilled corn on the cob any time of the year.

Stovetop grilled corn on the cob also a convenient way to cook corn on the cob. For one thing, grilling the ears of corn without the husk means that you don’t have to soak the corn. 

Simply remove the husks and the silks, wash and dry the corn, and you’re ready to grill. It also means that you and your guests don’t have to fuss with removing the husks and silks once the corn is grilled and you’re ready to dig in and eat it. 

Stovetop grilled corn on the cob makes a great side dish for many barbecue dishes, like barbecued ribs, baked beans, potato salad, grilled chicken, grilled steak, cornbread salad, and more!

Keep scrolling for more details on how to make the best grilled corn using a grill pan.

Stovetop Grilled Corn on the Cob Ingredients & Tools

Here are some ingredients and tools that are needed to make grilled corn on the cob using a grill pan on the stovetop. Many of these tools can also be used to make other great dishes, like grilled chicken breasts.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the Cob. Four ears of fresh sweet corn, that have been husked and cleaned, with the silks removed.
  • Olive Oil or Melted Butter. Use 2 tablespoons of olive oil or melted butter to help prevent sticking and add flavor to the corn.
  • Salt and Pepper. Seasoning with salt and pepper enhances the natural flavors and sweetness of the corn. Plus, ground black pepper a bit of spice and depth to the flavor. 
  • Optional Toppings. Chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or cilantro) add freshness and a pop of color to the corn. Cheese (like grated Parmesan cheese, cotija cheese, or feta cheese) adds a savory, cheesy element to the corn. Smoked paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper can be sprinkled on the corn to add smoky flavor and a hint of heat. Fresh lime juice adds a burst of citrusy brightness.

Tools:

  • Grill Pan. Use a stovetop grill pan with ridges to create grill marks and allow for even cooking. A seasoned cast iron grill pan is one of the best pans for grilling sweet corn on the cob.
  • Tongs. Use a pair of heat resistant tongs to turn the corn as it cooks, which helps to ensure even grilling.
  • Basting Brush. Use a basting brush to apply olive oil, melted butter, or sauce evenly to the corn.
  • Corn Stripper. A corn stripper can be useful for removing the silks from the corn. 
  • Serving Plate. Use a serving plate to serve the grilled corn on the cob once it’s done.

How to Make Grilled Corn on the Cob in a Grill Pan

Making grilled corn on the cob in a grill pan on the stovetop can be easy, and it only takes a few simple tools and ingredients. Here is how to make the best grilled corn on the cob.

First, prepare the corn by removing the husk and silks from each ear of corn. Then rinse the corn, and pat it dry. 

(The husk is the green leafy covering that wraps around the ear of corn, while the silks are fine strands that run the length of the corn.)

Once the husks and silks are removed, brush each ear of corn with olive oil or melted butter to help flavor the corn and prevent it from sticking to the pan.

Next, preheat the grill pan on the stovetop over medium high heat. The pan should sizzle when a few drops of water are added to it.

Add the corn on the cob to the grill pan. Cook the corn, turning it every few minutes until the corn on the cob is tender and slightly charred. 

The total cooking time should take about 10 to 15 minutes, when grilling the corn for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Sometimes the corn will cook faster, in about 8 to 10 minutes. The corn is done once the kernels are tender and release juice when they are pierced with a knife.

Remove the corn from the grill pan. Sprinkle the corn with salt and pepper to season it, or add your favorite toppings like chopped fresh herbs, mayonnaise, chili powder, cheese, or lime juice.

Enjoy sweet corn on the cob that is hot off the grill pan. It’s a quick, convenient, and flavorful way to enjoy delicious grilled corn without the hassle of firing up the outdoor grill in the summertime. 

Tips

  • Frozen corn can be used to make grilled corn on the cob. Thaw the frozen corn on the cob in the refrigerator overnight, and then pat the ears of corn dry before cooking them. The corn may take longer to cook, since it may have more moisture than fresh corn, to start.
  • If you are worried about your ears of corn being tough, then boil the corn in a pot of simmering water for 3 to 5 minutes to blanch the corn before grilling it. 
  • If making grilled corn on the cob for a crowd, serve the grilled corn with a variety of toppings, like sour cream or crema, fresh chopped herbs, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic butter, and grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled cotija cheese. That way your guests can dress up their corn and make summery favorites, like Mexican street corn.

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The Best Grilled Corn on the Cob Toppings

One of the best things about making grilled corn on the cob is topping it with sweet and savory ingredients that add a ton of flavor to the corn. Here are some of the best toppings to serve with grilled sweet corn on the cob. 

  • Butter. Butter is a classic topping for grilled corn on the cob. It melts into the hot corn, adding a rich, creamy flavor that forms the perfect base for adding even more toppings.
  • Mayonnaise. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise over buttery corn for a creamy, tangy twist. Top the mayonnaise with ingredients like smoked paprika, chili powder, herbs, and cheese for incredible flavor.
  • Herbs. Freshly chopped herbs like cilantro, parsley, basil, or chives add a burst of freshness and color. Dried herbs also add great flavor to grilled corn. Sprinkle your favorite all purpose herb seasoning blend over the corn for additional flavor.
  • Cheese. Grated Parmesan, cotija, or crumbled feta cheese provides a salty, savory flavor to sweet grilled corn that is hard to resist.
  • Spices. Sprinkle chili powder, smoked paprika, or cayenne pepper over grilled corn to add a layer hint of heat to the sweetness.
  • Lime Juice. A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds a layer of zesty, bright flavor that complements the sweetness of the corn.
  • Sour Cream or Crema. Both sour cream and crema add a tangy, creamy element to grilled sweet corn that’s especially good when paired with savory and spicy toppings.
  • Honey or Agave Syrup. Drizzle grilled corn on the cob with honey or agave syrup to add a touch of sweetness that complements savory and spicy flavors well.
  • Garlic Butter. Mix melted butter with a few cloves of minced garlic to make garlic butter. Brush the garlic butter over grilled corn on the cob for a flavorful, savory topping.
  • Honey Butter. Add a teaspoon or two of honey to melted butter, and stir. Brush the honey butter over grilled sweet corn to add sweetness.
  • Hot Sauce. Drizzle your favorite hot sauce over grilled sweet corn for an extra layer of tangy, spicy flavor and h
  • BBQ Sauce. Brush some BBQ sauce on the corn as it grills for a sweet and smoky flavor.
  • Crumbled Bacon. Sprinkle crispy cooked, crumbled bacon bits over grilled corn for a smoky, savory crunch. Add the bacon to sour cream, crema, or cheese for amazing flavor.
  • Pesto Sauce. For a unique layer of flavor, spread some basil pesto sauce over grilled sweet corn to give the corn herby, garlicky flavor. This makes a great side dish for grilled chicken or grilled steak.
  • Smoked Paprika. Smoked paprika adds a deep, smoky flavor to sweet corn without the heat of chili powder and hot sauce. 

These grilled corn toppings can be used to make a fun and easy side dish to serve with other summertime favorites and easy barbecue recipes like barbecued ribs, slow cooker pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, and cornbread salad.

Keep scrolling for a printable recipe on how to make grilled corn on the cob in a grill pan on the stovetop.

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Stovetop Grilled Corn on the Cob

Here is an easy and delicious recipe for making grilled corn on the cob using a grill pan on the stovetop. Serve grilled corn on the cob with a variety of toppings to make one of the best summer side dishes for backyard barbecue parties, potlucks, and other gatherings.

Grilled Corn on the Cob in a Grill Pan

Here is an easy grilled corn on the cob recipe that you can make using a grill pan on the stovetop. Plus, you can add your favorite toppings to make the corn even more flavorful.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue recipes, corn recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn husked and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh herbs, like cilantro or parsley, mayonnaise, chili powder, grated Parmesan cheese, lime wedges

Instructions

  • Husk the corn and remove all the silk (a corn stripper tool can make this easier). Rinse the ears of corn under cold water, and then pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Place a grill pan on the stovetop and heat over medium high heat, and warm the pan until it is hot (the pan should sizzle when a few drops of water are added to it). Use a heat resistant brush to carefully coat the inside of the grill pan with cooking oil.
  • Brush each ear of sweet corn with olive oil or melted butter, covering all the corn kernels to help ensure even coating. This will help prevent the corn from sticking to the pan, and it adds flavor.
  • Place the ears of sweet corn on the hot grill pan. Cook the corn on the cob for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, turning the corn every couple of minutes to ensure it cooks evenly and develops nice grill marks.
  • The corn should take about 10-15 minutes to cook completely, but sometimes it will cook more quickly. You want the kernels to be tender and slightly charred in spots to add flavor and give the corn a classic grilled appearance.
  • Remove the corn from the grill pan. Season the corn with salt and black pepper, and your favorite grilled corn toppings, to taste.
  • Optional: Serve the grilled corn on the cob with toppings, like chopped fresh herbs, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese, or fresh lime juice for added flavor. Chili powder, smoked paprika, and hot pepper sauce also make great toppings for grilled corn.

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