grill ’em. [grilled corn w. honey-ancho chile butter]

June 27th, 2011 by | comments

Corn on the cob was my archenemy in middle school. As many people know, eating corn with braces doesn’t bode well. Therefore, my mom being the lovely mother she was (and is), always sliced it off of the cob for me. But alas, I eventually got my braces off and the eating process became much easier.

Though I love classic-style corn on the cob with salt and butter, this honey-ancho chile butter really spices things up. It’s sweet with a pleasant kick from the chile powder. This corn is a great side dish for any summer meal.


8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided, plus more to taste

1 tbsp. ancho chile powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tbsp. honey, plus more to taste

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt

1/4 tsp. granulated garlic or garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

8 ears of corn, husked


Melt 2 tbsp. butter in small skillet over medium-low heat. Add chile powder and cumin; stir 10 seconds. Transfer to medium bowl; stir in honey and cool.

Add oregano, coarse salt, granulated garlic, onion powder, and 6 tbsp. butter to butter mixture. Mix until smooth. Cover and chill butter. Serve at room temperature.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill corn until charred in spots, turning often, about 13 minutes. Transfer corn to platter. Serve with honey-ancho butter.

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  • Love those grilled fresh corns! Scrumptious!

    • Grilling the corn gives it such a great flavor!

  • Lovely, lovely flavors, perfect summer recipe – my girls LOVE corn and are all delighted to have their braces off too!
    Mary x

    • Ah, yes. Life became much better without a metal mouth! Thanks Mary!

  • I love the seasoning you chose, and those blackened kernels look seriously good. Plus, talk about a sweet mother.

    • Isn’t she a sweetie? Gotta love her. The charred parts on the corn were the best.

  • I think I need to speak with my daugher as I’m STILL cutting the kernels off her cob!! I love your flavor combinations in the butter, seems like just enough heat from the ancho chile powder and sweetness with the honey; really nice mix.

    • Haha! I do still like it that way, but it’s much more fun to eat it on the cob. I forgot to use corn holders, so this butter made the eating process a bit messy, but SO worth it!

  • I bet those flavors just take it to the next level..
    What I wouldn’t give to try one out ..yum

    • They really did–sweet with a kick of spice!

  • Fab recipe, must try this next time we have a BBQ. A friend once showed me a way of eating corn on the cob without it getting stuck in my teeth, makes eating it so much more enjoyable!

    • I’m intrigued, Mandy. I would love to hear about this technique, as I still manage to get it stuck in my teeth! I’m sure it would make eating the corn much better. :)

      • Well you basically slide your bottom teeth under a row of the corn and push upwards, and the kernels loosen from the cob. It sounds weird and you may get afew strange looks but you’ll avoid the corn stuck in between your teeth situation!

      • Brilliant! I’m definitely going to try it out next time. :)

  • Mmm… have not tried ancho in butter – sounds wonderfully yummy and the corn looks great!

    • I actually hadn’t either! It’s nice to switch it up once in a while–I typically only eat corn with butter and salt, or sometimes nothing at all, if it’s fresh and sweet enough.

  • That butter sounds amazing with a capital A!

    • The capital A would definitely be necessary when describing the butter!

  • I m on a fresh corn roll these days- This is such a healthy & perfect snack- usually I slather my grilled corn with lime juice only- this butter- yum yum!

    • Mmm but lime juice sounds equally fantastic! I’ve actually never tried that. I always just stick to plain butter and salt. I’m sure I’ll be eating plenty more corn this summer, so I’ll give that a go next time. :)

  • I am definitely big on corn in the summer grilling months. The honey ancho butter sounds like an amazing pairing :)

    • Isn’t it the best summer meal/side dish? Perfect for bbqs!

  • Oh Caroline! This looks so good. I love the ancho chile powder selection, and I just bought a fresh batch of local honey yesterday. I think I know what to put on my next batch of corn on the cob. :)

    • Well, how prefect is that!? Let me know if you give it a go. The chile powder was definitely a prominent flavor in the butter, so I adjusted the seasoning a bit (adding more honey & butter if needed).

  • Ohhhh, yum! Those look amazing!

  • Oh MAN that looks delicious! I’m loving corn on the cob this summer – I literally have not gone a week without it :)

    • I’m right there with ya, Cait. Can’t resist fresh corn on the cob in the summer!

  • Caroline this is such a great flavor to slap on corn! Yup, we’re doing it.

    • Haha! Thanks so much, Chrissy. Let me know how it turns out if you try it! :)

  • What a fantastic butter – fabulous – taking corn on the cob to a whole new yumminess!
    :-) Mandy

    • I agree, it really amps up the average corn on the cob with plain butter. Thanks Mandy!

  • Can’t wait to try this!! I think I may add this to our July 4th menu. Thanks!

    • It would be perfect for the 4th! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. :)

  • Haha, 20 years ago my sister had a friend whom my father and I used to mock mercilessly (in private obviously! We weren’t mean enough to do it to her face!) – the poor girl had braces as well and so she was always known has sweetcorn teeth – ouch! Luckily I never had to undergo this trauma myself! What’s ancho chili powder? Basic chilli powder with dried anchovies?

    • Derp, please excuse my ignorance… ancho chile powder has nothing to do with anchovies, as I just found out, lol :D

      • Haha sweetcorn teeth–poor thing! You’re very fortunate that you never had to go through the braces phase. Expensive, unattractive and inconvenient! But, I’m glad I got them because otherwise, I’d still have a gap between my two front teeth.

        Too funny re the ancho chile powder–glad you found out what it is. :)

      • Sorry, it won’t let me reply to your comment – in fact, I had some sort of “retainer” type thing… clipped over the front two teeth and round the back… not the full, glued on wirey thing, thank God. I broke it twice because it was always in my pocket, never in my mouth… after being harshly scolded by my dentist he gave up in the end :p

  • Ancho chile butter? Seriously?! That sounds out of this world delicious. I must grill some corn up immediately!

    • You’re too funny, Geni. I highly suggest it! Definitely out of this world yummy. :)

  • That looks amaaaazing! I love the honey aspect. Honey on corn. I’m doing it! Mmm

  • now this is what i call comfort food

  • This looks delicious–we recently stopped cutting the corn off the cob for my younger brother. No more braces!

  • I love grilled corn, they taste so much better but I usually use plain butter. After looking at your butter recipe, it looks like I wanna drop by tommorow at the supermarket to buy corn just to try your butter out.

  • Our corn is going to be ready to harvest next month. I can hardly wait. I just saved this recipe to try later. Thanks! I love your blog, btw. Your photos are terrific.

  • Grilled corn is just the best and when you add anything like this honey-ancho chile butter.. the corn will taste even better. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  • Oh my goodness, that butter looks divine! I never would think of that combination- thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve never seen anyone make corn look so beautiful! haha! Great photos. And great idea!

  • Another new spin on a classic. Well done!

  • I love grilled corn! The seasoning looks good too, never thought of using honey. I’m going to try it thanks!

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  • I’m so excited about this, I’ve just bought a new chargrill pan and am now obsessed with cooking everything on it! This sweetcorn is definitely on the list now, I love the spices, mouthwatering!! :D

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