74 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 47
  • 4 Rating Star 14
  • 1 Rating Star 6
  • 3 Rating Star 6
  • 2 Rating Star 1

Doesn't matter if you use fresh corn or frozen, this recipe will make it the best corn you've ever eaten!

Holly
prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
55 mins
additional:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Max Servings:
8
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Pour the water into a large pot, and stir the sugar and 1/2 cup salt together until dissolved. Place the ears of corn into the pot, and allow to soak at least 30 minutes but no longer than 8 hours.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove the corn from the soak and grill the ears, turning every 2 to 3 minutes to cook the kernels on all sides. Brush the grilled corn with butter, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Cook's Note

Try not to soak corn longer than 8 hours. It becomes soft and very salty. I also love to use fresh ground sea salt, very tasty!

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

227.5 calories; 3.02 g protein; 29.62 g carbohydrates; 2.43 g dietary-fiber; 15.4 g sugars; 12.57 g fat; 7.45 g saturated-fat; 30.5 mg cholesterol; 522.85 IU vitamin-a-iu; 1.9 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.05 mg vitamin-b6; 6.12 mg vitamin-c; 41.83 mcg folate; 19.52 mg calcium; 0.47 mg iron; 38.31 mg magnesium; 251.39 mg potassium; 109.41 mg sodium; 0.18 mg thiamin; 113.13 calories-from-fat; 48 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 46 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 4 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 27 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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Most helpful positive review

Jillian
06/01/2010
Great recipe - I soaked my corn in the sugar/salt water for a couple of hours. I used all the sugar and 1/4 cup of salt. I left the husks intact (peeling them back a little and removing a bit of excess silk) because that's how I grill them so the corn basically stems inside the husk. I'm not sure if we had really good corn or if it was the soak but my husband looked up at me and said he wished we'd grilled more corn. So we have a winner here and this will be how we soak our corn from now on.....
(125)

Most helpful critical review

Mary
06/01/2010
Everyone loves sweet corn but these tasted more like all that sugar and took away from the natural sweetness that is so yummy. My family all felt the same way. Sorry. The only reason I can even give 2 stars is for the grilling. Grilled corn is the best but I will go back to how I usually do it. I wrap the cleaned cobs in foil with a few small butter pats inside each. The only down side is that you cannot see how they are cooking and when they are done. If you get the right timing down with your grill they are incredible though.
(55)
74 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 47
  • 4 Rating Star 14
  • 1 Rating Star 6
  • 3 Rating Star 6
  • 2 Rating Star 1
Jillian
06/01/2010
Great recipe - I soaked my corn in the sugar/salt water for a couple of hours. I used all the sugar and 1/4 cup of salt. I left the husks intact (peeling them back a little and removing a bit of excess silk) because that's how I grill them so the corn basically stems inside the husk. I'm not sure if we had really good corn or if it was the soak but my husband looked up at me and said he wished we'd grilled more corn. So we have a winner here and this will be how we soak our corn from now on.....
(125)
Mary
06/01/2010
Everyone loves sweet corn but these tasted more like all that sugar and took away from the natural sweetness that is so yummy. My family all felt the same way. Sorry. The only reason I can even give 2 stars is for the grilling. Grilled corn is the best but I will go back to how I usually do it. I wrap the cleaned cobs in foil with a few small butter pats inside each. The only down side is that you cannot see how they are cooking and when they are done. If you get the right timing down with your grill they are incredible though.
(55)
marye
05/25/2010
this was a great recipe. corn came out juicy and flavorful. my family loved it.
(33)
*Sherri*
05/29/2012
This is how we do corn on the cob when in season here in FL. But never added sugar...guess we have sweet enough corn here and don't remove the husk or silk it comes off easier when you pull back the hot husk and gives flavor. Slap on your butter and your good have a corn dish as to catch all the butter and roll your corn in it. I do sprinkle a bit of salt...shame on me.
(27)
Mary Hendrix
07/25/2011
I was looking for a grill recipe for corn on the cob we had purchased at the store as I was having a small party and wanted to grill anything I could (never waste charcoal!). This went over WAY too well; I cooked over twelve pieces and only got to eat one myself! The kids loved it as did the parents (haha!). I definitly use this everytime I need to grill out now; I also use it as a boil on the stove when the weather turns bad I just start the burner while it's soaking and they tasted good that way too!
(18)
Crystal S
05/27/2015
We live in the salad bowl of CA so our corn is always naturally sweet sometimes overly so depending on the region you buy it from. I soaked it for 4 hours and this recipe didn't enhance or detract from the corn I was grilling... Thank you for the submission Holly. Always fun to experiment!
(16)
Nancy
08/23/2010
We don't have boiled corn ever anymore. This is so tasty! we probably grill it alittle more (ok it gets pretty dark:) I can see where it would be over sweet if it isn't grilled for a while but once it hits a certain doneness the flavors enhance the corn. Yum!
(14)
MamaV
08/02/2010
Unfortunately this recipe made our corn way too sweet. It took away from the natural flavor of the corn. It wasn't any juicer than when I regularly grill corn.
(11)
Veggiemom
09/28/2011
Fantastic! I only soaked the corn for an hour but the brine really did add flavor. Next time I will leave it in longer. Added Old Bay to the butter/salt/pepper and I HIGHLY recommend this it gives the corn a subtle something extra. Took this to a group function and it was a hit with all of the teenagers and their families. Will definitely make again!
(11)