Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Kimchi Butter: charred, spicy, sweet-n-sour flavors that make this grilled corn recipe shine on the picnic table.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob is one of my favorite summertime foods.

There’s something earthy and appealing about getting the family together to shuck corn. It reminds me of sitting on my grandma’s screened-in porch on sultry West Virginia evenings, snapping peas and shucking “carn” as she would call it.

Grandma had a way of making the chores she gave us seem like fun. We never minded working away as she told us stories of summers long ago.

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Nowadays, I sit with my babies out on the deck on sultry Blue Ridge evenings and teach them to pull back the husks and snap the bottoms off, just so. They always save a pile of husks and silks to make corn husk dolls (ahem, action figures for Carson) and pick off a few sweet kernels to nibble on when they think I’m not looking.

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Since we eat grilled corn on the cob all through the late spring and summer, we have many variations that make fresh sweet corn even more enticing.

Like this Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob, with Kimchi Butter made from pureed kimchi, melted butter, and honey.

If you happen to have homemade kimchi in the fridge, that’s great. But most often, I simply buy prepared kimchi from the refrigerated section at the grocery store. I place it in the food processor and puree until smooth. Then add honey, butter, and salt for a intriguing topping to brush over the corn.

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The tangy kimchi butter chars a little, enhancing the flavor of both the kimchi itself and the sweet ears of corn.

You’ve got to try this!


Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob


  • 4-6 ears fresh Florida Sweet Corn
  • 1 cup prepared kimchi
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 Tb. honey
  • Salt


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. Remove the cornhusks and corn silk, and lay the fresh Florida Sweet Corn on a rimmed baking dish.
  2. Place the kimchi in a food processor or high-powered blender. Pulse until the kimchi is finely chopped. Then add the melted butter, honey and salt to taste. Puree until smooth.
  3. Brush the kimchi mixture onto the ears of corn, coating completely. Then place the corn on the grill. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning the corn every 2 minutes until all sides are slightly charred. Remove and serve warm.

Notes: If you don’t own a grill you can achieve similar results by cooking the corn in a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Make sure the skillet is piping hot before adding the corn.

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Thankfully Florida’s Sunshine Sweet Corn is ripe and sweet in the spring, due to their early growth season, and is already in most grocery stores. We’ve been eating grilled corn on the cob for the last month.

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48 Responses to “Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob”

  1. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 10, 2013 @ 5:18 am

    Sommer, this so easily will become our favorite grilled corn-on-the-cob recipe! So creative and with options for peeps who do not make their own Kimchi. Perfect recipe for spring and summer grilling! Pinning… xo


  2. #
    Belinda @zomppa — May 10, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    Spicy corn on the cob? Loving this!!!


  3. #
    Tieghan — May 10, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    I am so jealous!! Corn is no were to be found in my Colorado grocery store! Your killing me with these recipes!!
    This look SO good! I love the sweetness!


  4. #
    karen — May 10, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    hmm being half Korean, Kimchi is something I always have in my refrigerator. Gonna try this one! Thanks


  5. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 10, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    What a yummy way to eat grilled corn – just in time for summer!!!


  6. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 10, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    I LOVE LOVE sweet corn especially when it’s grilled!! It just brings out the flavor even more and I’m going to admit, I love the charr taste hehe :)


  7. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 10, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    This makes me SO excited for summer and grilling and munching on BBQ! Love the kimchi butter… so unique!


  8. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — May 10, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Love the idea of kimchi ‘butter’ for corn on the cob!


  9. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — May 10, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    So, I could eat about 25 of these in a row, looks sooo good!


  10. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — May 10, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    Grilled corn is the best! I love these flavors. Yes, I definitely need to try this soon.


  11. #
    Jenny Flake — May 10, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Ooo, this corn sounds amazing! Love!!


  12. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — May 10, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    We are all about grilled corn on the cob in summers. Sweet Long Island corn is amazing and we pick it up by the bushel at local farmer’s markets. I’m always looking for interesting new toppings for it.


  13. #
    Heather Christo — May 10, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    yum! perfect summer dish!


  14. #
    amallia — May 10, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Grilled corn is everyone’s favorite in Indonesia, especially in rainy season. delicious


  15. #
    Debbie — May 10, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Oh my…YUM! Kimchi is a staple in our home and I am so trying this! Thanks!


  16. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 10, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Grilled corn is a summertime favorite! And I can only imagine how good the kimchi is slathered on top of the sweet kernels.


  17. #
    Angie — May 10, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    How interesting! Can’t wait to try!


  18. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — May 10, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Absolutely love grilled corn.


  19. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    That is SUCH perfect looking corn! Makes me yearn for summer even more!


  20. #
    Shaina — May 10, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    I adore grilled corn, and the combination of corn and kimchi sounds so fresh. I can’t wait to try it.


  21. #
    Chris — May 10, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    WOW! WOW!

    Did I mention WOW ?

    Have to get me some kimchi because I WILL be having this corn. Nicely done, Sommer.


  22. #
    Julia | — May 10, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    I love kimchi flavor, and I can see how it will go beautifully with corn, especially grilled corn on the cob! What a great idea!


  23. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 10, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I love kimchi… i love grilled corn. So, why have I never thought to do this???? Magnificent!


  24. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 10, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Grilled corn is the only way I like it!


  25. #
    Kelly @ Life made Sweeter — May 10, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Wow, loving this idea, so creative! We usually have homemade kimchi in the fridge and love grilled corn so will have to try this next time for sure! Thank you Sommer:)


  26. #
    Kiran @ — May 10, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    Charry grilled corn and kimchi butter? Oh my yum!


  27. #
    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ — May 11, 2013 @ 6:22 am

    Never Kimchi, looks so dense and tasty… Sounds like a great match with grilled corn!


  28. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 11, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    You come up with the most amazing flavors!


  29. #
    Gaby — May 11, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    So fascinated by this recipe!! Giving it a go for tomorrow bbq fiesta :)


  30. #
    Chrissy Jee | TheDumpling Mama — May 11, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    I love Kimchi and corn! I would never have thought to use kimchi as a sauce for the grilled corn. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.


  31. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 11, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    This just screams summer to me. Love it!


  32. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 11, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    I loveeee grilled corn too!! It totally is THE food of summer!


  33. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — May 12, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Looks SO good! Can’t wait to try!


  34. #
    Jeanette — May 12, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Now that sounds good Sommer – love kimchi and grilled corn!


  35. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — May 13, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    Grilled corn till its slightly charred is my fave… but the kimchi butter sounds fabulous Sommer!!


  36. #
    marla — May 13, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Sommer, this is such a creative corn on the cobb recipe! Love the kimchi twist.


  37. #
    Cookbook Queen — May 13, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    From now on this is the only way I want my corn. Ever.


  38. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — May 13, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    We love grilled corn on the cob. This sounds amazing!


  39. #
    Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) — May 13, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    OH MY!!!! Incredible idea….Kimchi plus Corn….love it!


  40. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 14, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Oh wow, this looks delicious :) I LOVE corn on the cob!


  41. #
    katie — May 14, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    oh wow. this looks amazing! i love the twist on traditional corn!


  42. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — May 14, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    I LOVE THIS! Holy crap, I love this. I look forward to corn every summer and I’m always looking for new things to do with it!


  43. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — May 29, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    oh my goodness!!! I LOVE this. must try very soon!!! I’ve heard of the kimchi butter on steak but this is awesome! LOVE!


  44. #
    janelle — June 2, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    my daughter will love this! she is a huge kimchi fan, her grandmother is from Korea and makes it every time she goes to visit. Thank you for this recipe!



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