How to Grill Frozen Corn on the Cob in a Few Simple Steps

How to Grill Frozen Corn on the Cob

There are a few foods that just scream summer to me, and corn on the cob is at the top of the list! 

I have countless memories of sitting in the backyard with family and friends, grilling burgers, and digging into corn slathered with butter.

It’s the ultimate summer side dish and it’s so easy!

If you’re planning a large barbeque gathering or a simple grilled dinner, you may be considering some frozen corn on the cobs as a tasty side dish.

But how exactly do you grill frozen corn? Is it very different from grilling fresh corn? We’ll teach you the easy way to grill it for extremely delicious corn on the cob!


Why Use Frozen Corn?

Fresh corn is a delicious treat in the heat of the summer, but it isn’t always a practical option. 

For one, fresh corn is only available at certain times of the year. Sweet corn that is sold fresh in U.S. grocery stores is primarily grown within the states. As it takes up to four months to grow and is not tolerant to cold temperatures, corn is only available during the late summer months, after it has had time to grow. Frozen corn is available year-round, so corn on the cob can be enjoyed whenever you are craving it.

Frozen corn is also easier than fresh corn because the husks are already removed. Frozen corn can be taken straight from the package and cooked to perfection, without any prep work.

Both types of corn on the cob are a delicious addition to a meal and can be grilled for the best corn possible.

Why Grill Your Corn?

Corn on the cob is a popular side dish for barbeques, picnics, and just about any other dinner. There are a few different ways to cook corn, including the most popular method of boiling it on the stove.

Grilling is an ideal way to cook corn, especially frozen corn, because of its flavor, texture, visual appeal, and convenience. I personally think grilled corn is the best corn, but give it a try and decide for yourself.

  • Flavor: Grilled corn has a charred, smoky flavor like most grilled food does. Grilled corn tastes a little richer and more flavorful while still bringing out the sweetness of the corn.
  • Texture: Grilled corn has a fantastic texture; it is tender but not mushy. Grilling also allows you to monitor your corn a little closer, so you can make it as crunchy or soft as your personal preference dictates.
  • Visual appeal: It isn’t all about looks, but it’s pretty hard to pass up an ear of corn with those beautiful grill marks! 
  • Convenience: If you are already cooking your meat and vegetables on the grill, why not add the corn too? Grilling your corn keeps all of the cooking in one location and allows the cook to focus on all of the food without the stress of running back and forth between the stove and the grill.

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What You’ll Need

Grill: You can use a charcoal grill or a natural gas grill to cook perfect frozen corn.

Vegetable oil: Use canola, avocado, or olive oil to prevent the ears of corn from sticking to the grate.

Silicone brush: A grill basting brush is the best way to coat your corn in cooking oil, but just using your hands will work too.

Toppings: At a minimum, you’re going to want a little butter and salt to dress your corn! If you want to add even more flavor, read on for some delicious topping recommendations.

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How to Grill Frozen Corn on the Cob

Grilling frozen corn is very easy! Here’s what you need to do for perfectly cooked corn with those beautiful grill marks:

  1. Preheat your grill on high heat.
  2. Remove your corn cobs from the freezer. Do not thaw them; they can go straight on the grill frozen.
  3. Coat each corn cob in olive oil with a silicone basting brush, then place corn directly on the hot grill grates.
  4. Shut the lid to the grill and allow your corn to cook. Every few minutes, open the grill and rotate the cobs of corn. Close the lid again and allow it to continue cooking.
  5. Continue this process for 10-15 minutes, or until the corn is your desired tenderness. Pierce a kernel of corn with a fork to test if it’s ready.
  6. Remove corn from the grill and add your favorite toppings.

Best Toppings for Grilled Corn on the Cob

The classics: Melted butter, salt, and black pepper are the most common corn-on-the-cob toppings! They allow the flavor of the corn to shine while adding a lot of deliciousness.

Cheese: Once you butter your corn, try adding grated parmesan cheese or cotija cheese.

Spices: Add more zest with garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, or lemon pepper.

Fresh lime juice: Most dishes benefit from a little acid to complete the seasoning. Squeeze some fresh lime juice or even lemon juice on your corn for added flavor.

Fresh herbs: Try chopping up some basil, cilantro, or parsley for added color and flavor! Sprinkle them onto the corn after the butter is applied so they are able to stick.

Mayo: I know this one sounds weird, but if you’ve ever had elotes, you know it’s delicious. Add it in addition to the butter or substitute the mayo for your butter.

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Expert Tips

  • Store your corn properly to prevent freezer burn. Ensure your frozen corn is in an airtight container with all of the air removed. It’s a good idea to monitor your frozen food and use up anything that is starting to get frosty and freezer-burned before they become gross.
  • Ensure your corn cooks evenly by preheating the grill before placing the corn on the grates.
  • For best results, ensure the grill lid is closed as much as possible. Once you check your corn and rotate the cobs, close the lid promptly.

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What To Serve With Corn

Corn is the ultimate easy side dish for just about any meal! Try it with some of our favorite pairings:

Meat: Corn is delicious on the side of pork chops, burgers, hot dogs, or ribs. Try them with our delicious 2-ingredient barbeque sauce!

Other sides: Add some pasta salad, bacon mac and cheese bites, or potato salad to complete your meal.

Drinks: A refreshing summer beverage is a must! Try blackberry sangria or a limoncello vodka sparkler.

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