Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob

Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob on 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!

Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 4-6 ears fresh Florida Sweet Corn
  • 1 cup prepared kimchi
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons 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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50 comments on “Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob

  1. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted May 10, 2013 at 5:18 am Reply

    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 @zomppaposted May 10, 2013 at 5:28 am Reply

    Spicy corn on the cob? Loving this!!!

  3. Tieghanposted May 10, 2013 at 6:05 am Reply

    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. karenposted May 10, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

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

  5. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted May 10, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

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

  6. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 10, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply

    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 Doughposted May 10, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

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

  8. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 10, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

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

  9. Abby @ The Frosted Veganposted May 10, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

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

  10. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted May 10, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

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

  11. Jenny Flakeposted May 10, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

    Ooo, this corn sounds amazing! Love!!

  12. amalliaposted May 10, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

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

  13. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted May 10, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply

    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.

  14. Heather Christoposted May 10, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

    yum! perfect summer dish!

  15. Debbieposted May 10, 2013 at 10:24 am Reply

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

  16. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted May 10, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

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

  17. Angieposted May 10, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

    How interesting! Can’t wait to try!

  18. Paula - bell'alimentoposted May 10, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

    Absolutely love grilled corn.

  19. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted May 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm Reply

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

  20. Shainaposted May 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

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

  21. Chrisposted May 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm Reply

    WOW! WOW!

    Did I mention WOW ?

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

  22. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted May 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

    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 Foodposted May 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

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

  24. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Grilled corn is the only way I like it!

  25. Kelly @ Life made Sweeterposted May 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm Reply

    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 @ KiranTarun.composted May 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm Reply

    Charry grilled corn and kimchi butter? Oh my yum!

  27. Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQposted May 11, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

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

  28. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted May 11, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    You come up with the most amazing flavors!

  29. Gabyposted May 11, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

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

  30. Chrissy Jee | TheDumpling Mamaposted May 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply

    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 Dayposted May 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm Reply

    This just screams summer to me. Love it!

  32. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply

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

  33. Marian (Sweetopia)posted May 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Looks SO good! Can’t wait to try!

  34. Jeanetteposted May 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

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

  35. Laurie {SimplyScratch}posted May 13, 2013 at 6:20 am Reply

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

  36. marlaposted May 13, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

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

  37. Cookbook Queenposted May 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply

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

  38. Nicole (MyLoveForCooking)posted May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  39. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted May 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm Reply

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

  40. Nutmeg Nannyposted May 14, 2013 at 9:14 am Reply

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

  41. katieposted May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  42. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted May 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    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 Momposted May 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  44. janelleposted June 2, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

    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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