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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Red Pepper Butter - a delicious and super flavorful way to enjoy corn on the cob

The evenings here in New England are starting to cool down a bit and dusk is definitely coming earlier each night.  Although I’m a little sad that the summer is almost over, I actually love this time of year because it’s still warm and sunny during the day, but cool enough that we can light a fire in our patio firepit and enjoy some late summer evenings outside!

So with summer winding down, we’re getting in as much grilling as we can!  And we’re enjoying the end-of-summer harvest with dishes like this Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Red Pepper Butter.

Grilling corn of the cob gives it a wonderful smoky flavor and combined with roasted red pepper butter – this is a fantastic flavor combination!  The recipe for the roasted red pepper butter makes enough so you’ll have leftovers – and we’ve been smearing this wonderful spread on grilled steak, tossing it with cooked zucchini spaghetti, and even enjoying in on toast with our tomato jam!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Red Pepper Butter - a delicious and super flavorful way to enjoy corn on the cob

This grilled corn on the cob with roasted red pepper butter is another quick-to-prepare recipe with a ton of flavor – and an impressive presentation.  It’s perfect for a quick family dinner but it’s also a different and delicious way to prepare corn on the cob, and you’re sure to impress any guests you might invite to a late-summer barbecue!

Adapted from Michael Chiarello’s Live Fire: 125 Recipes for Cooking Outdoors

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Red Pepper Butter - A Family Feast

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Red Pepper Butter

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings


For the Corn

  • 8 ears fresh corn
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Red Pepper Butter

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pushed through a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature


To Prepare the Corn

  1. Fill a large stockpot with cold water. Peel back the husks of the corn (keeping them intact) and remove the silk from the corn. Smooth the husks back over the kernels of corn and soak the ears in the pot of water for at least 30 minutes. Place a heavy dish or plate on top to keep them submerged. You can also soak them in your kitchen sink.
  2. While the ears are soaking, heat your grill to medium temperature.
  3. When the grill is up to temperature and the ears have soaked, grill the corn – turning every few minutes – until the husks are slightly charred (about 10-12 minutes) and the corn is tender.
  4. To serve, peel back the husks and slather on the Roasted Red Pepper Butter (follow steps below). Season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve immediately.

For the Red Pepper Butter

  1. Preheat your gas grill to a high temperature.
  2. Wash and dry the red bell peppers, leaving them whole. In a medium bowl, coat the peppers with olive oil.
  3. Place the red peppers on the hottest part of your grill. Close the cover and let the peppers roast, turning occasionally, until the skin is blistered and blackened all over (about 10-15 minutes).
  4. Remove the peppers from the heat and place into a gallon-size zipper seal bag. Allow the peppers to steam and the skin of the peppers to loosen (about 15 minutes).
  5. Once the peppers have cooled, peel the skin and remove the core and the seeds inside the peppers.
  6. Place the roasted peppers into the bowl of a food processor and add the garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Process briefly. Then add the softened butter and process again – mixing until all ingredients are completely combined.
  7. Pour into a small serving bowl and serve with Grilled Corn on the Cob (follow steps above).

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  • Monet wrote:

    Grilled corn on the cob is one of my favorites. And with this red pepper butter? Heaven. I just found your blog today and what a lovely treat. Thank you for sharing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Monet!

  • Kathy wrote:

    Mmm…I can almost taste this! We love grilled corn! And this butter sounds fabulous!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kathy!

  • Becky wrote:

    Wow, your blog is layed out so professionally and your recipes are fantastic!! Please come share this corn recipe at Foodtastic Friday!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Becky!!

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