Grilled Corn off the Cob (Bhutta/Makai)

Grilled Corn off the Cob (Bhutta/Makai)

Grilled Corn off the Cob (Bhutta/Makai)

My favorite way to have corn is grilled. However, sometimes grilling corn takes a lot of time, with the set up and preparation. This is an easy and no mess recipe. This is a delicious simple twist on the traditional grilled corn on the cob.
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 4 ears corn, husked and silky thread remove
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger


  • Remove the kernels from corn, it is easy to do, tear the husk off, and then run the knife downwards to remove the kernels.
  • Coat the flat bottom heavy frying pan with oil and heat over medium high heat, put the corn kernels and stir fry for 4-5 minutes stirring continuously.
  • While stir frying kernels will be getting some light and some dark brown color, some of the kernels will pop like you are grilling.
  • When the kernels are similar in color turn off the heat, and add salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and ginger mix it well.
  • You will be amazed by the taste. They match the taste of corn grilled over charcoal, without even preparing the grill.
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Grill Corn off the Cob: A Flavorful Delight 

Grilled corn off the cob makes for a delightful appetizer, perfect for summer gatherings, that’s gluten-free, vegan, and kid-friendly, offering a wholesome snack option for everyone to enjoy. Grilling corn off the cob is a fantastic way to elevate this classic vegetable, imparting a delightful smoky flavor while maintaining its natural sweetness. 

Grilling corn off the cob not only adds depth to the taste but also brings a visually appealing charred texture to the dish. If you’re wondering how to grill corn off the cob, fear not! It’s simpler than you think. Let’s dive into the process and explore the nuances of this delectable preparation.

To prepare this delectable dish, begin by removing the kernels from the corn. This can be easily accomplished by first tearing away the husk to reveal the golden kernels nestled within. With a steady hand, guide a sharp knife downwards along the cob, separating the kernels from their base. This process ensures that each kernel is freed from its attachment, ready to impart its sweet, crisp flavor to the dish.

Next, prepare a flat-bottomed heavy frying pan by coating it with oil. This step is essential for achieving a golden, caramelized exterior on the corn kernels. The oil acts as a medium for heat transfer, ensuring even cooking and preventing the kernels from sticking to the pan. Once the pan is adequately coated, heat it over medium-high heat, allowing the oil to reach its optimal temperature.

Once the pan is heated, carefully add the freshly removed corn kernels. The sizzle of the kernels hitting the hot surface is a testament to the imminent transformation they are about to undergo. With a spatula or wooden spoon in hand, stir-fry the kernels for 4-5 minutes, ensuring continuous movement to prevent uneven cooking and to coax out their natural sweetness.

As the kernels dance in the heat, they will gradually take on a medley of colors, ranging from light golden to deep brown. Some kernels may even burst open, reminiscent of the crackling sound of grilling over an open flame. This visual and auditory symphony is a sign that the kernels are nearing perfection, their flavors intensifying with each passing moment.

When the kernels have achieved a uniform color and are tinged with a hint of caramelization, it is time to remove them from the heat. With the pan still sizzling, add a dash of salt, a sprinkle of black pepper, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a hint of ginger. These carefully selected seasonings complement the natural sweetness of the corn, elevating its flavor profile to new heights.

Give the ingredients a gentle stir, allowing the flavors to meld together and coat each kernel with their tantalizing essence. The aroma that wafts from the pan is a testament to the culinary magic that has taken place, promising a taste experience that transcends expectation.

As you take your first bite, you will be greeted with a burst of flavor that rivals the charred perfection of corn grilled over charcoal. The sweetness of the kernels is enhanced by the savory notes of salt and pepper, while the brightness of lemon juice adds a refreshing tang. The subtle warmth of ginger lingers on the palate, leaving a tantalizing finish that beckons for another bite.

Tips for Success 

  • Maintain medium-high heat: Consistency in heat is key to achieving perfectly grilled corn off the cob. Avoid fluctuations in temperature for optimal results.
  • Rotate the corn: Turning the corn regularly ensures even cooking and prevents any single side from burning.
  • Experiment with seasonings: Don’t be afraid to get creative with seasonings and toppings to elevate the flavor profile of your grilled corn off the cob.

Variations to Explore 

  • Spicy Chipotle Corn: Brush grilled corn with chipotle-infused butter for a smoky and spicy kick.
  • Herb-Infused Corn: Toss grilled corn with chopped fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley, and chives for a burst of freshness.
  • Sweet and Savory Corn: Drizzle grilled corn with honey and sprinkle with crispy bits of fried bell peppers for a delightful combination of sweet and savory flavors.

Benefits of Grilling Corn off the Cob 

Grilling corn off the cob offers numerous benefits beyond its enticing flavor. By removing the kernels from the cob, you create a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into various dishes with ease. Additionally, grilling imparts a smoky essence to the corn, enhancing its natural sweetness and elevating its overall taste profile. Furthermore, corn off the cob on the grill is a visually appealing dish that adds a pop of color to any table spread, making it a favorite among both chefs and diners alike.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Q: Can I grill corn off the cob ahead of time?

A: Absolutely! Grilled corn off the cob can be prepared in advance and reheated just before serving. Simply store the grilled kernels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. When ready to serve, reheat the corn in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through.

Q: Can I freeze grilled corn off the cob?

A: Yes, you can freeze grilled corn off the cob for future use. Allow the grilled kernels to cool completely, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Label the container with the date and store it in the freezer for up to three months. To use, simply thaw the corn in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Q: Can I grill corn off the cob indoors?

A: While grilling corn off the cob is traditionally done outdoors on a grill, you can also achieve similar results indoors using a grill pan or a cast-iron skillet. Simply heat the grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat and follow the same grilling process as you would on an outdoor grill.

Q: Can I use frozen corn instead of fresh for grilling?

A: While fresh corn is preferred for grilling, you can certainly use frozen corn kernels as a convenient alternative. Thaw the frozen corn before grilling and pat it dry to remove excess moisture. Keep in mind that frozen corn may require slightly longer cooking time than fresh corn to achieve that perfect char.

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