Corn on the Cob with Flavored Butters

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8 portions

Cooking Methodgrilling



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, game day

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturebuttery, savory, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 8 earsfreshly picked corn in husks
  • 8 tablespoons flavored butter (recipes follow)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely snipped fresh chives
  • Beat the butter and lemon juice with an electric mixer
  • until blended. Beat in the anchovies and chives. Refrigerate covered until ready to use.
  • About ¾ cup
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Beat the butter with an electric mixer until light. Beat in the jalapeno peppers, then the cumin. Refrigerate covered until ready to use.
  • About ½ cup
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality curry powder
  • Beat the butter and curry powder with an electric mixer until blended. Refrigerate covered until ready to use.
  • About ½ cup


  1. Prepare hot coals for grilling the corn.

  2. Peel back, but do not remove, the husks from the ears of corn. Remove the silk. Spread each ear with 1 tablespoon of the flavored butter. Rewrap each ear of corn in its husk and then wrap in aluminum foil.

  3. Grill the corn about 4 inches from the hot coals, turning frequently, for about 30 minutes.


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This is terrific. A great twist on an American classic that eptimizes summer. One day in the middle of a busy NYC street, there stood a man atop a truck full of corn, selling a bagful for $1. I said I'll take 3 and started my bi-annual corn party. Much to guests surprise, ears of corn were the entree. I made numerous flavored butters and before long, everyone rolled up there sleeves and we got the corn euphoria of all time! I recommend this to loosen up those stuffy guests! Check out my new Fresh Corn salsa recipe on my blog and join if you like:


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