THIS Corn Recipe has the Juice!

Here is a tender, grilled corn recipe topped with melted butter and cajun spices the whole family will enjoy!

Corn is the talk of the town when it comes to social media. A little boy on TikTok (Corn Kid) has been made into a viral sensation because of his love for corn! Here is the video:


@doingthings Do you think corn is real? 🌽 @Recess Therapy ♬ original sound - Doing Things


However, THIS grilled corn recipe is an easy side dish for your summer gatherings. It is smoky, butter, and has a little heat from the spices that blends well with the sweetness of the corn.


The corn is coated with a homemade cajun seasoning of paprika (smoked paprika is what I use), garlic powder, a few different types of pepper, and thyme. It is then BASTED with salted butter and GRILLED to perfection. OF COURSE we can not forget that once the cobs are grilled...we top it with crumbled Cotija cheese! 

 What is Cajun Seasoning?

Cajun seasoning comes from the southern parts of the US. It is known for its intense heartiness and spicy notes. It is often used in Cajun and Creole dishes, but still a great all-purpose seasoning that will add a kick to any dish! 

I usually have a homemade version of Cajun seasoning. However, you can use a store-bought kind as well. My homemade rub does not contain salt, unlike the store bought ones. If you do use the store-bought seasonings, use unsalted butter.

How Do I Pick the Best Corn for This Recipe?

 When picking any produce, you always want the freshest. I make sure that each ear is fresh and sweet. 

Grillionaire Pro Tip: Here are a few tips to picking the right corn. 

1. Always look at the tassels that are at the top. If it is black, brown, and sticky to the touch, this would mean the corn isn't fresh.

2. The husks should be green. The husk is the outer leaves of each ear.

3.The ear of corn should be firm and heavy. 

Always make sure that you check the produce you're picking. In my experience, I have always found the best produce at my local farmers market. Check around and see if there is one near you! 

Shuck It Like a Polaroid Picture

Before we start down the tasty road of this Cajun seasoned corn, we have to shuck it. I have covered an AMAZING way of doing this. Chop off the top, put the ears in the microwave for four minutes and pull the husks and silk RIGHT off! 

If you need some reminding or just want to see this amazing kitchen hack, read the article here.

Tips for Grilling the Corn

Grilling corn couldn't be easier. Once you have the ears shucked, throw them on the hot grate. The corn should be kissed by the flames and giving a nice char. When the corn is fully cooked, the kernels will not be firm but feel tender. The time for cooking them can change, but in my experience it will take about ten to fifteen minutes.

And now, the recipe..



  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter

  • 8 ears fresh corn, husks removed

  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (homemade or store-bought)

For Garnish

  • 1/4 cup Cotija cheese

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat the grill to high, making sure the temperature reaches about 550℉.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter:

    Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and watch closely until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Baste the corn with butter:

    Lay the corn on a large platter or plate. Set aside 2 tablespoons melted butter, you’ll use this later. With a heat-resistant basting brush, brush each piece with the remaining butter.

  4. Season the corn:

    Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning evenly on the corn. 

  5. Grill the corn:

    Using tongs, place each ear directly on the grill grate.

    Cook the corn for 10 to 15 minutes, turning them every 2 to 3 minutes, making sure each side is evenly charred. Baste corn with butter while it cooks. The corn is fully cooked when the kernels are tender when gently pressing them with the tongs.

  6. Baste the corn with more butter, garnish, and serve:

    Remove the cooked corn from the grill and place on a serving platter. Brush the remaining butter on the corn using the basting brush. 

    Garnish with the Cotija cheese and cilantro and serve immediately.

  7. Storage:

    You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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