two whole grilled corn cobs with small chilli flakes and fresh parsley on top as a garnish.

Garlic & Chilli Grilled Corn Cobs

These Garlic and Chilli Grilled Corn Cobs are an easy and tasty side dish that is perfect for the summer BBQ! These whole corn cobs can be grilled on the barbecue or in a frying pan with a delicious and simple garlic and chilli butter sauce!

Corn on the cob would have to be one of my favourite sides at dinner time. Think about it. A nice and juicy cob of corn, covered in butter…I think we can agree that it’s pretty good. But today I’ve taken that simple vegetable and somehow made it even better! This grilled garlic and chilli corn cob recipe is the perfect edition to any meal and it is so easy to make!


Frying Pan vs Barbecue

Should you grill your corn on the bbq or in a frying pan? Well, you can definitely do both but it really depends on the occasion. If I was just making these corn cobs for a simple dinner (or it was winter), I’d just through them in the frying pan.

But if I was having a family gathering or we were eating outside then the bbq is the obvious choice, but keep in mind that you will get slightly different flavours from the bbq. Grilling them on the barbecue will give you a charred, possibly smoky taste to them which is absolutely delicious!

Making Garlic & Chilli Grilled Corn Cobs

Did I mention how easy this recipe is? Because it is…There’s only four steps!

  1. Shuck the corn cobs (remove the husk).
  2. Melt butter and add garlic and chilli.
  3. Add corn to frying pan or bbq and baste with butter.
  4. Grill for 10-15 minutes or until tender!

You can serve these corn cobs with just about anything but I love it with steak or chicken, especially this Lemon & Paprika Baked Chicken! And if you’re looking for more side dishes to serve with your next bbq, you might want to check out this Grilled Zucchini, Feta & Pine Nut Salad.


Garlic & Chilli Grilled Corn Cobs

  • Servings: 4 serves
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 whole corn cobs, shucked
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped to serve (optional)


  1. Add butter to a small heatproof bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Add garlic and chilli flakes and stir to combine.
  2. Add oil to a large frying pan or barbecue on high heat along with corn. Brush with butter using a pastry brush and cook, turning occasionally for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  3. Cut corn cobs in half and garnish with parsley to serve.

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