Kel’s Grilled Corn With Habanero Butter

Habanero grilled cornI picked the last of my habanero peppers this weekend and was trying to decide what to make with them. I ran across some nice looking Silver Queen corn on sale at Harris Teeter, so decided to grill it in its husks with a habanero-butter spread. We haven’t cooked much corn this summer since the kitchen has been out of commission, so I’m trying to take advantage of the last bit of it while I can.

This corn was so tasty — grilling it brings out its sweetness and adds some smokiness, while the habanero pepper adds some heat. I liked the addition of the sweet basil as well, also fresh from my garden. Next time I may use a larger habanero — none of us, including Gabe and Lexi, thought it was too hot.

Ingredients (serves 4)

Grilled habanero corn ingredients'

  • 4 ears of sweet corn
  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • ½ lime, juiced and zested
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and chopped fine (make sure you wear gloves when working with hot peppers!)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
  • Kosher salt to taste


Soak the corn (husks on) in cold water for 20 minutes or so. If the water does not cover the corn completely, rotate the ears after 10 minutes.

Soak corn in waterCombine the butter, lime juice and zest, habanero, garlic, basil and salt in a small bowl.

Habanero butterPeel back the corn husks to about one inch from the bottom and remove all of the silk. Spread the habanero butter over the corn.

Spread habanero butter on cornRewrap the corn in the husks, trying to cover each ear completely so the butter doesn’t drain out.

Habanero corn ready for the grillGrill for 25 minutes over medium heat, until the corn is tender. You should turn the corn every now and then.

Habanero corn off the grillCarefully remove the husks and enjoy! I served this with Ronda’s Saucy Honey-Sriracha Chicken Wings that I blogged about earlier, but it makes a great side for burgers, fish, pork, etc.

Let's eat habanero corn!Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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1 Response to Kel’s Grilled Corn With Habanero Butter

  1. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.Strip back the husk, starting at the top of the ear of corn; the motion is rather like that of peeling a banana. Leave husk attached to the steam end. Remove corn silk and fold the husk back over the stalk. Tie the husk with string to form a handle.Place the butter, parsley, and garlic in a mixing bowl and whisk or beat until smooth and creamy.When ready to cook, lightly brush each ear of corn with a little of the garlic-parsley butter and arrange on the hot grate, positioning the ears in such a way that the husks are away from the fire or slide a sheet of aluminum foil under them. Grill the corn until the kernels are handsomely browned all over, 8 to 12 minutes in all, turning as needed, brushing with the remaining butter and seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Remove the corn from the grill and serve at once.

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