Grilled Corn With Garlic and Ginger Soy Butter Recipe

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Vicky Wasik

Why This Recipe Works

  • Shucking the corn before grilling imparts smoky, charred flavor to the kernels, which you don't get from grilling corn in the husk.
  • Grilling your corn naked also helps it cook faster.

Grilled corn with soy sauce, butter, lemon, and a garlic-ginger blend.


3 Ways to Grill Corn

Recipe Details

Grilled Corn With Garlic and Ginger Soy Butter Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 30 mins
Serves 8 servings


  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced on a Microplane grater (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, minced on a Microplane grater (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) soy sauce

  • 4 tablespoons (55g) softened butter

  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) juice from 1 lemon

  • 8 ears corn, shucked

  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions


  1. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals on one side of charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate.

  2. While grill preheats, combine garlic, ginger, soy sauce, butter, and lemon juice. Stir with a fork until well combined. Set aside.

  3. Place corn directly over hot side of fire. If using a coal grill, keep uncovered. If using gas, cover grill when not turning corn. Cook corn, turning every minute or so, until it is well charred on all sides, about 10 minutes total.

  4. Transfer corn to a large bowl. Coat with sauce using a spoon or brush. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with scallions and serve immediately.

Special Equipment

Grill, chimney starter, microplane grater

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
131 Calories
7g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 211mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)