Grilled Corn with Sriracha Mayo

Grilled Corn with Sriracha Mayo

Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection

After years of cooking corn,  I found a foolproof method that is incredibly easy, unique and simply delicious. Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection

Moving around a lot has created an opportunity to try new things and to incorporate different flavors & methods then I had tried before. Take corn on the cob for example.  For most of my early years, I remember hanging out in the kitchen, shucking fresh corn with my mom and/or grandma and then adding the cobs to a pot of boiling, salted water.  I use to love watching the corn go from a pale yellow to a vibrant hue which signaled they were ready to be devoured.  I sure loved corn this way, especially with a big ‘ol slab of butter.

After moving to Maryland, a friend of mine cooked their corn on the grill and their special little twist, created the best Grilled Corn on the Cob I had ever tasted (Sorry MOM!). This is now my favorite way to make corn, especially when adding a little Sriracha for heat. 

Lets Get Grilling


Instead of throwing the corn into a pot of boiling water (where the nutrients escape) or directly on the grill (which can lead to under or over cooking), we’re going to steam the corn directly in its husks and allow all the delicious flavors to remain in tact.

We do this by first soaking the cobs.  First, pull back the top portion of the husks and remove those little hairs. This will help lessen the chance of them catching on fire while on the grill. Then throw all the corn into a deep bowl or sink and cover with water and let them soak.

soaking the corn

Throw it all on the grill.  Pretty easy huh?

Grilled Corn on the CobYou’re still going to want to turn the corn often enough so they don’t burn, but you don’t have to hover, which is why I love this method.

Summer Grilled Corn

Although the outside will be a little charred, the inside will be grilled to perfection.

Of course, if you get distracted for a moment or two (like I did),  there may be a few that end up blackened on the inside, but it adds character and flavor, so don’t fret!

Summer Grilled Corn

Top with your spicy Sriracha mayonnaise (Just Mayo or Vegenaise) and enjoy!

Grilled Corn Recipe

Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection

How do you like to “dress up” your corn?  Have you tried it with a Sriracha drizzle or do you stick with traditional butter and salt? Do you dive in and eat your corn on the cob or are you more “proper” and cut the kernels off so nothing gets stuck on your teeth?

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24 Comments
  • Mel | avirtualvegan.com
    Posted at 09:57h, 18 July Reply

    You really cannot beat grilled corn, except with delicious toppings! It sounds delicious!

  • Jenn
    Posted at 10:05h, 18 July Reply

    Nothing is better than fresh sweet corn on the cob in the summer. Love the idea of grilling it right in the husk – so easy! And that sriracha mayo……drool……

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:53h, 18 July Reply

      Thanks Jenn. Cooking it in its husks seals all the flavor in and is just so good. I hope you try it this summer.

  • Mel | avirtualvegan.com
    Posted at 10:16h, 18 July Reply

    You really cannot beat freshly picked corn cooked on the grill. It is so incredibly delicious. I am loving the sound of it with sriracha mayo too!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:51h, 18 July Reply

      Thanks Mel. I agree, fresh corn is delicious and pairs perfectly with so many toppings.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    Posted at 10:48h, 18 July Reply

    Grilled corn is such a summer must…although I usually just microwave it 😉

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:50h, 18 July Reply

      lol! Microwaves work too, but you must try it on the grill when you have some more time 😉

  • Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
    Posted at 11:41h, 18 July Reply

    What a fantastic way to cook corn, why have I never tried this! It’s like it already comes with it’s own little steam pouch designed for just this purpose 🙂

  • Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    Posted at 14:32h, 18 July Reply

    I really need to get a grill! Looks delicious!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 16:32h, 18 July Reply

      You should, just for this corn alone ;). Honestly, when I cut meat out of our diet, I thought I’d rarely use a grill, but not I do all the time with veggies. They’ve taken over and I just love all the flavors that come from grilling.

  • Aimee | Wallflower Kitchen
    Posted at 04:52h, 19 July Reply

    You had me at sriracha! This sounds soooo good.

  • The Food Hunter
    Posted at 14:47h, 19 July Reply

    I love this time of year because of all the fresh corn

  • Manju | Cooking Curries
    Posted at 14:18h, 20 July Reply

    I love grilled corn!! I never thought of sriracha on it – duh!! Ive gotta try that soon.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:06h, 20 July Reply

      So funny! I can have Sriracha on just about anything! So so good

  • Linda @ Veganosity
    Posted at 17:00h, 20 July Reply

    This is how I grill corn. My mom grew up in Virginia and she taught me the technique. 🙂 I love the sriracha sauce, looks SO good!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:08h, 20 July Reply

      I learned mine in MD, so it might be as East Coast thing! 🙂

  • Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
    Posted at 11:53h, 21 July Reply

    This is SO yummy! It’s funny because a few months ago we were at dinner with some friends and they were talking about how they do grilled corn and mayo all the time. So we have been doing something similar but with a sauce of mine since we aren’t big mayo fans. And of course the spicier the better! Looks delicious!!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 11:59h, 22 July Reply

      That is funny. Typically, I wouldn’t do mayo on its own, but when you spice it up, then I’m all in.

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 10:54h, 23 July Reply

    I usually just enjoy corn straight up or with a little salt, but this looks like a flavor adventure worth taking.

  • Ceara
    Posted at 11:12h, 25 July Reply

    Grilled corn is such a summer fave!! Yum?!

  • Ceara
    Posted at 11:13h, 25 July Reply

    Grilled corn is such a summer fave!! Yum!!!

  • Vegan Heaven
    Posted at 13:01h, 25 July Reply

    What a great idea, Nicole! I love sriracha but I’ve never thought of combining it with mayo. Can’t wait to give this a try soon! 🙂

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