Fresh corn on the cob is one of the best things about summertime. But did you know you can enjoy that delicious flavor any time of the year? Frozen corn cooks perfectly on the grill to eat as a side dish or additions to my bean dip or mango salsa recipes! Try this frozen corn on the cob recipe to have that roasted corn flavor all year.
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Why This Is The Best Grilled Frozen Corn!
Corn on the cob can be cooked many different ways. The most common way is the stove top method, that just boils the corn in water. The corn is still good with a little butter, however charring the corn on a hot grill makes for an extremally tasty side dish.
Grilled corn on the cob is the best because it has a sweet and smoky flavor that is just begging for some melted butter! However, sometimes we get a hankering for that delicious corn when it's not in season. The solution is frozen corn, which is found in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Now you can have this perfect side dish year around!
Many people will suggest wrapping your corn cobs in aluminum foil, however for the best grilled corn I place corn directly on the grill grates so that they get those beautiful char marks! Not only is this the easiest way to grill corn, it also develops a deeper smoked flavor by grilling directly on the grill.
I love the natural sweetness that corn has and by grilling corn it enhances that flavor. This is an easy side dish that can be enjoyed far after the summer months when corn is out of season if you follow these tips!
frozen corn on the cob- you can by corn already frozen at your local grocery store or if you find sweet corn in season at your local farmer's market freeze several ears of corn to enjoy in the winter months when corn is not in season.
olive oil- a light brushing of olive oil will prevent the corn from sticking on the grill grates. You can use vegetable oil, canola oil or avocado oil if you prefer.
butter- hot corn on the cob needs just a little pat of butter to melt over the top.
You can grill corn on either a propane or charcoal grill. Heat your grill to high heat. Brush the corn cobs with a light coating of olive oil or other neutral flavored oil.
Add the corn to the grill grate. Keep the lid of the grill closed, opening periodically to rotate the corn with grill tongs. This will help the corn cook evenly and get grill marks on all sides.
Keep rotating every few minutes. Frozen corn cobs will take about 20 minutes to cook fully.
How to Serve
Serve corn hot off the grill with butter, salt and black pepper. You can add other seasonings such as paprika, garlic salt, fresh herbs, lime juice and parmesan cheese. I prefer my corn more simple so the true flavor of corn is the star. Sweet corn has so much flavor it does not need a lot of butter.
If you do not want to eat the corn off the cob, you can use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off. This is also how I remove the kernels to make corn salads and salsas with grilled corn.
Here are a few main dish recipes that will pair perfectly with grilled corn.
- For best results place ear of corn directly on the grill grate.
- Brush the corn with olive oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill.
- Rotate corn every few minutes, but remember to cover grill after each rotation.
Do You Need To Thaw Frozen Corn On The Cob Before Using?
No! Frozen corn cobs can be grilled straight from the freezer.
Should Corn On The Cob Be Soaked In Water Before Grilling?
No, soaking corn in water before grilling is not necessary. If you are purchasing frozen corn from the store it was blanched before packaged and frozen.
How Do You Know Corn Is Done On The Grill?
After the corn has developed a few grill marks and the kernels are tender when pierced with a fork the corn is cooked sufficiently.
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How To Grill Frozen Corn
- charcoal or propane grill, or grill pan
- 8 ears corn
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- cracked black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Heat outdoor grill or grill pan to medium high heat.
- Brush frozen corn with olive oil.
- Place corn directly on the hot grill grates. Keep the grill lid closed, checking the corn and rotating every 2-3 minutes. This will insures the corn cooks evenly.
- Remove from the grill and season with salt, pepper and pats of butter if desired.