Grilled Parmesan, Garlic and Basil Corn on the Cob

Grilled Parmesan, Garlic and Basil Corn on the Cob

Sweet corn on the cob is grilled then topped with fresh Parmesan, a butter made with roasted garlic and fresh basil for the best barbecue side dish.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 bulb garlic, very top cut off to expose cloves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 ears of corn, husks pulled back or removed
  • 3 tablespoons plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil, finely chopped


  1. Preheat grill on high.
  2. Drizzle the garlic bulb with oil and wrap in aluminum foil.
  3. Brush 3 tablespoons of butter all over corn cobs.
  4. Add the garlic to the grill 15 minutes before the corn.
  5. Add the cobs to the grill and grill until each side gets a nice char, turning often and checking so they don’t burn. About 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove both the corn and the garlic.
  7. Cover the corn with foil to keep warm while you make the butter.
  8. Open the foil to allow the garlic to cool so you can handle it.
  9. To a bowl add the 4 tablespoons softened butter, the cooled garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Mash and mix well.
  10. To a shallow bowl add the Parmesan cheese and basil, mix well.
  11. Spread the butter all over the corn cobs, and then sprinkle on the Parmesan and basil.

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