Corn With Chile Lime Butter Recipe | Grilling

Corn with chili lime butter and lime wedges on a paper plate.

Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

There are some things so common on my grill that I never think about them as "blog worthy." Take corn for example. Grilling it to perfection has become second nature, but I still like to toy around with new ways to gussy it up. My latest tasty incarnation: grilled ears slathering in a chile-lime butter.

For a long time I've been grilling corn in their husks, and while that certainly is the most attractive way to prepare them, I always found the process—of removing the silk, tying the husk, then soaking the ears—rather arduous. Instead, try removing the silk and husk completely, rubbing on some butter, salt, and pepper, and foiling it up—then it's off to the grill. Foil seems to provide the right balance between protecting the corn while transferring enough heat to lightly char the kernels (a must for my grilled corns).

Right off the grill, corn prepared this way is mightily tasty, but slather on a butter mixture with chile powder, cayenne, lime zest and juice like I did on these ears, and it's taken to a whole new level. The sweetness of the corn puts the spicy butter in check, and together they create a flavor that's incredibly well-balanced. This hasn't been the first, and won't be the last time that excellent ears come off my grill.

Recipe Facts



Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Cool: 0 mins
Total: 55 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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  • 6 ears corn, husked

  • 1/4 pound butter at room temperature, plus 3 tablespoons

  • 2 teaspoons chile powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Zest of 1 lime

  • Juice of 1/2 lime

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 pound of the butter, chile powder, cayenne pepper, lime zest, and lime juice until thoroughly combined Set aside.

  2. Lightly butter the corn with the remaining butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Wrap ears individually in aluminum foil.

  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over the charcoal grate. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place the foiled corn on the grill and cook until tender and slightly charred, about 20 minutes, turning 4 times during cooking. Remove from the grill and let cool for 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Open the foil, slather each ear in the chile-lime butter, and serve with the lime wedges.


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