How to grill corn

Grilled corn is a favourite at outdoor gatherings such as clambakes and barbeques. Aside from being utterly delicious and impressive, grilling corn is easy to do.

Method 1: Corn grilled in its husk

What you will need:

• fresh ears of corn
• olive oil
• salt and pepper
• butter
• pot
• pastry brush

Procedure:

1. Peel off the first few layers of the husk to end up with cleaner corn, free from pesticides or dirt.
2. Fill the pot with cold water and soak the corn cobs in for about. This is to let the corn have more moisture before grilling.
3. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to about 350⁰F.
4. Take the corn out of the water and shake to take excess water off.
5. Pull back the husk and discard the silk (or hairlike things on the corn).
6. Use the pastry brush with olive oil on the kernels of corn. You may add any other spice or seasoning you would like too.
7. Reposition the husks back and tie each ear with twine or loose husk.
8. Place the corn on the grill and turn every 5 minutes up to 20 minutes. The husk will begin to pull away from the tip of the ear of corn and get the silhouette of the kernels. The kernels should be tender when pierced with a knife.
9. Remove from the grill and peel off the husk like peeling a banana.

Method 2: Corn grilled in foil

What you will need:

• fresh ears of corn
• olive oil
• salt and pepper
• butter
• pot
• pastry brush
• aluminium foil

Procedure:

1. Take off the husk and the silk off the ears of corn.
2. Place the corn cobs in cold water for 20-30minutes.
3. Preheat the grill to about 350⁰F.
4. Remove the corn from the water and shake off the excess.
5. Brush the corn kernels with olive oil or butter.
6. Sprinkle with your choice of spices.
7. Wrap the ears of corn in aluminium foil.
8. Cook on the grill for about 15 to 20 minutes.
9. Remove from the grill and take off the aluminium foil before serving.

Tips:

• Fresh corn should have husks that are bright green in colour. The kernels should be in rows that are tight, up to the tip of the ear of corn.
• Adding herbs and spices to the corn before grilling makes the taste more interesting.
• Overcooked corn will become mushy. The corn cob will easily flex once overcooked.
• Wear oven mitts when handling corn fresh from the grill.