Grilled Corn with Smokey Lime Mayo

Grilled Corn

Nothing says summer like corn on the cob on the grill. The sweet kernels bursting with crisp starchy juice, the little bits of charred skin, and the deep smokey flavor tastes of summer memories I long to relive.

Grilled corn is the perfect platform on which to experiment with flavors. Who says you have to stick with plain old butter?

Grilled Corn With Smokey Lime Mayo

Grilled Corn with Smokey Lime Mayo is a new favorite in our family. A gutzy blend of hot smoked paprika, lime zest and MAYONNAISE make for an unexpected treat. The rich creamy mayonnaise bonds the smokey paprika and lime to the corn and offers intense complexity. Who knew mayonnaise could make such a difference?!?

Grilling corn isn’t tricky, but it does seem to be something many people are afraid to try. Let’s discuss the dos and don’ts of corn on the cob on the grill.

How To Grill Corn

How to Grill Corn:

  • Don’t worry about under-cooking. If your corn is fresh and “in season” it can be eaten raw. Warming it, should be your focus.
  • Do be mindful of overcooking. The longer you cook the corn, the more dry and rubbery it becomes.  Again, simply warm the corn.
  • Don’t worry about the husks. Leave them on, peel them back, or tear them off. All methods are acceptable.
  • Do try using the husks as a handle. As stated above, all methods are fine, but pulling the husks back and tying them together provides an attractive natural handle and allows the kernels to get a little char for appearance and flavor.
  • Don’t crank up the heat too much. Medium is fine to WARM the corn and provide a little color.
  • Do slather on the flavor while the corn in grilling. That gives it time to work its magic.
  • Don’t grill your corn too early. Corn hot off the grill tastes the best.
  • Do grill corn again and again. It’s aromatic, delicious, and a real crowd-pleaser.

For Grilled Corn with Smokey Lime Mayo:

Mix the mayonnaise, lime zest and juice, honey, salt and hot smoked paprika in a bowl.

Corn On The Cob On The Grill

Place the corn on the cob on the grill with the husks hanging off and cook for 2 minutes. Rotate and brush with the smokey lime mayo until in has warmed and charred on all sides, 8-10 minutes.

Grilling Corn



Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Grilled Corn with Smokey Lime Mayo


8-10 ears of corn, husked pulled back and tied with kitchen twine
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Zest of one lime
1 Tb. Lime juice
1 ½ Tb. honey
1 tsp. hot smoked paprika
½ tsp. salt


Prepare the grill to medium heat and prepare the corn cobs.

Combine the rest of the ingredient in a small bowl. Whisk well.

Place the corn on the grill with the husks hanging off.

Turn and brush the mayonnaise mixture on the corn until it is cooked on all sides, 8-10 minutes total.

Eat warm!

Grilled Corn On The Cob

This Recipe is Entered in “Get Grillin'” with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.

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64 Responses to “Grilled Corn with Smokey Lime Mayo”

  1. #
    Maris (In Good taste) — June 20, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    Craving this now!


  2. #
    jennifurla — June 20, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    To die for delightful, I must try.


  3. #
    Cookin' Canuck — June 20, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    What a great post. Grilled corn has an amazing flavor and the smokey lime mayo sounds like perfect way to top it off.


  4. #
    A Canadian Foodie — June 20, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    So wonderful to catch your tweet this morning! I have so missed your inspirations! I have been suffering from a serious blogging slump and trying my best to get back to my daily reading rituals as I found them so inspirational… but, I am now so overwhelmed with how far behind I am… so, baby steps back.
    It is not yet corn season here, but this looks absolutely delicious. I adore Spanish Paprika and probably use it too much. I will definitely be making this recipe in a month or two when our corn starts rearing its ears around here!
    Hope you are happy and well!


  5. #
    PolaM — June 20, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    What a great idea! I should do the rubbing/marinating before grilling more often!


  6. #
    Dmarie — June 20, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    ooh, always wanted to know how to grill corn. thanks for this post, Spicy!


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    thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm — June 20, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    wow !! the grilled corn looks so tempting :D that’s one of my fav indian streetfoods . never thought of the mayo part….great idea


  8. #
    Feast on the Cheap — June 20, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Love this! Just last weekend I made something sorta similar – grilled corn with an Old Bay-spiced butter garlic sauce. Rocked my world…


  9. #
    Mark@SeasonWithSpice — June 20, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Hi Sommer,

    Completely agree with your comment, Grilled corn is the perfect platform on which to experiment with flavors. Corn on the cob has always been one of my favorite summer foods, so I’ve been trying out spice blends to go with it. I posted one a few weeks back, but I like your idea of using mayo. I’ll give it a try, thanks.


  10. #
    Sanjeeta kk — June 20, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    Awee..a heavenly treat for all corn lovers…love a BIG corn fan and this goes in my hall of fame :))


  11. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — June 20, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    How did you know I needed a good reliable recipe to try for my first time grilling corn? My husband and I have been talking about doing this and my response was that I’d have to do some research. Thanks for making it easy for me and thanks for the recipe. I’ll give it a try. Yum!


  12. #
    Jason — June 20, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Great Mayo recipe for the corn. Definitely will be trying this recipe once the corn stands start hitting the streets and I will probably top off the corn with a bit of crumbled cotija cheese.


  13. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 20, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    This looks perfectly delicious! I hope fresh corn will be here in a couple weeks – we are waiting patiently. I am going to grill it for the first time this year, and this looks like a great way to try it!


  14. #
    Sawsan@chef in disguise — June 20, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    I love the flavor combination you used..the mayo with paprika and lemon are a pairing made in heaven


  15. #
    carolinaheartstrings — June 20, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    I have always wanted to try this, but was a little apprehensive. You make it look so easy and so delicious. I cannot wait to try your recipe. Thanks for posting this.


  16. #
    Angie's Recipes — June 20, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    You always come up with the most amazing recipes and practical tips! Thanks, Sommer!


  17. #
    Magic of Spice — June 20, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    We just grilled corn that we picked up from farmers market this weekend and it is always delightful :) Love the sound of this smokey lime mayo…will need to keep this in mind :)


  18. #
    nanascriv — June 20, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I tried this corn and it is absolutely scrumptious. The surprise of lime and hot paprika is wonderful. I’m trying it again at my next dinner party.


  19. # — June 20, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    In Macedonia there are vendors in every corner grilling/selling grilled corn… it is by far the best street food ever!! I love this! Thanks for sharing your recipe – I have never tried the corn with all those extra fixins. :)


  20. #
    Gabrielle von Heyking — June 20, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    mmmhmhh that looks so good Sommer! :)


  21. #
    Linda — June 20, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    “warm” the corn…wow, I will always remember that! I love learning the little bits of great advice! Thanks for sharing this, I’m looking forward to trying this out!


  22. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — June 20, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Wow! That looks fabulous! I have never tried grilling corn and it something that I have always wanted to do. It’s nice to know it isn’t too complicated.


  23. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — June 20, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Excellent do’s and don’t’s, Sommer! It’s settled – corn will be grilled at my house this weekend. :-)


  24. #
    Pachecopatty — June 20, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    The smoky lime mayo looks so beautiful on the fresh corn, I love your photos. I agree there’s nothing the matter with changing things up a bit especially when it comes to grilled corn- one of our Summer time favorites;-)


  25. #
    Celia — June 20, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    Yesss. Thank you for posting this! My fam has been eating corn, like, twice a week. I adore it boiled and steamed and topped with butter, but…I’ve been itching to find a good grilling recipe. I cannot wait to try this out.


  26. #
    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — June 20, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    We love summer corn and your spicier version looks wonderful! I’m definitely going to grill corn like this over the summer. Delicious!


  27. #
    Susan — June 20, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Sommer! These look wonderful! I have never grilled corn, but you’ve sold me! Will definitely try once we have some local corn coming into the markets! Yum! Such a summertime treat!


  28. #
    Gwen — June 20, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    So lovely! It never fails to amaze me how beautiful natural foods can be. I think corn is my fav veggie to grill. I don’t like mayo but I think that this is a great trick and will try it next time I grill corn.

    Does the mayo cook off so it’s not prevelant on the corn? I just don’t like the taste or texture but I used to spread a thin layer on my salmon after lime and seasoning to keep the flavor on and create a bit of a ‘crust’ when grilled.


    • Sommer — June 20th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

      Gwen, it doesn’t cook off, but it’s definitely not overwhelming. I bet it wouldn’t bother you. :)


  29. #
    Karriann Graf — June 20, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Gorgeous photography and I am seriously craving corn right now! Happy Grilling!


  30. #
    Liz — June 20, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Oh, my…I am now seriously craving corn on the cob! Gorgeous photos as always!


  31. #
    Laura @ Family Spice — June 20, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Great tips! My husband has to read this as he is always charring the corn and then the kids won’t eat “the black stuff!”


  32. #
    LimeCake — June 20, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    I just love the charred caramelised bits of grilled corn. Perfect summer food!


  33. #
    Ilke — June 20, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    The corns look so great and appetizing! I love the little redness going on.
    I always boil my corn because I feel like I will burn it very quickly on the grill. Guess next time, I will hand it over to the hubby with your instructions to take it to the grill :)


  34. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 20, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Great tips! I love to use the husk as a natural handle, it looks so beautiful when presented that way.


  35. #
    Marla — June 20, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    I love all of your tips on grilling corn! You cover everything to perfection :) Thanks for adding this link to Get Grillin’


  36. #
    Raquel@Erecipe Free Nutrtional Calculator — June 20, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    this is new way of grilling corn…love to try this, mostly I only put butter on it.


  37. #
    Aldy — June 20, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    I’m a fan of corn and your lovely recipe is on my list to try now :) Wonderful tips, Sommer !

    Great shots,



  38. #
    torviewtoronto — June 20, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    thank you for the tips delicious looking corn


  39. #
    Kristen — June 20, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I can’t wait to give this a try – I love the mayo idea! We love grilled corn (or corn cooked just about any way, actually!)


  40. #
    Parsley Sage — June 21, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Holy cow that looks amazing! Thanks for the in-depth how to. Sometimes established bloggers forget there are newbies out there (like me) that need some tips like that. Thanks for sharing! Buzzed :)


  41. #
    RavieNomNoms — June 21, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I seriously love grilled corn, it might be one of my favorite things. Although, I really like anything on the grill so I might be slightly biased haha. Looks great!


  42. #
    stacy — June 21, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Ooooh! I can’t wait to try this…


  43. #
    Shirley — June 21, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    We’re both on a corn kick! I love corn with lime. And yours are all photographed so beautifully.


  44. #
    Emily @Cleanliness — June 21, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I make a similar grilled corn, but the addition of mayonnaise knocks it out of the park!

    Well done :)


  45. #
    elle marie — June 21, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    This looks so fantastic, corn on the cob says summer to me, do you think I can use a grill pan?


  46. #
    Devaki@weavethousandflavors — June 21, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    What a great way to reinvent a summer clasic! Thanks SOMMER – This one is a must try :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors


  47. #
    Katie@Cozydelcious — June 21, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    I usualy soak the corn in cold water for 30 minutes before grilling. It seems to keep it from getting too charred. I love this mayo – yum!


  48. #
    Jeanette — June 22, 2011 @ 5:39 am

    Sommer, what beautiful pics of grilled corn! Congrats on top 9!


  49. #
    Tiffany — June 22, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    The hot smoked paprika-corn combo sounds fantastic! I just made a harissa-cilantro grilled corn that I’ll be sharing with folks soon. I hope you check it out!


  50. #
    eileen — June 22, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    I absolutely love grilled corn. Haven’t had it in sooo long. Never heard of the mayo sauce before but I love it. I can only imagine how delicious it is. Thanks for sharing!


  51. #
    Lori Lynn — June 22, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    YAY for summer grilling!
    Congrats on T-9!


  52. #
    Ruby — June 22, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Love your tips, especially about not over-cooking, and that mayo looks really intriguing. I have to say, though, that I usually eat grilled corn butt-naked (the corn, not me)! ;-)


  53. #
    sweetlife — June 22, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    love grilled corn, great tips!!



  54. #
    muppy — June 22, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    Yum, I love corn and these flavours sound delicious!


  55. #
    Cécy — June 23, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    I’ve never grilled corn, but I might be tempted to do that this summer once it hits the farmer’s markets.


  56. #
    Connie @ Rookie Foodie — June 23, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    I’m anxiously awaiting my first ear of corn! Can’t wait to try this version!


  57. #
    Marisa — June 24, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Oh my goodness this is my favorite thing to make in the summer. I do something very similar! It really kicks up corn on the cob–which is already awesome on its own. Deliciousness overload.


  58. #
    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris — June 26, 2011 @ 2:26 am

    For some reason I will never understand it is not that easy to find good, fresh corn in Paris ( I guess it is because the French are not particularly fond of corn on the cob) so now I have a terrible craving and you are to blame ;D
    I loved this!!!!!!!!


  59. #
    A Little Yumminess — June 26, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    We love summer corn and I love this recipe. We grill ours and rub it with lime and then a mixture of chilli powder, salt and pepper////


  60. #
    RisaG — September 27, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    I started doing something similar this summer. Mixing mayo with seasonings, rubbing it on the corn, cooking it and then rubbing it in parmesan cheese. Or cotija cheese. Or sprinkling it with Queso Fresco or Feta Cheese. It is so good, With butter, salt and pepper is wonderful at times but with mayo, chile and cheese it is even better. Lime makes it incredible.



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