Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

We spent the weekend in Dover with my family — our first trip “home” since Laura graduated from high school. (Do you still call your childhood home your home? I can’t resist — it will always feel like home to me.)

On Friday night we had Dad’s famous Pastrami Reubens. (He’s famous for pizza pies, too.)

And on Saturday night we had corn on the cob with basil-parmesan butter, served alongside fajitas.

The kernels of corn absorb the herb butter, and the cob becomes seasoned and succulent. It’s a perfect end of summer treat.

Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

(Printable Recipe)


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 4 ears corn, husked


  1. In a small bowl, mash together butter, cheese, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. Brush about 1 tablespoon of seasoned butter over each ear of corn. Grill directly over medium heat until browned in spots and tender, 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Serve warm with remaining butter.

(Adapted from Weber’s Grilling)

5 thoughts on “Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

  1. The photo of the corn on the grill made my mouth water… A LOT!

    Toph is the griller in our household. I’m going to share this post with him!

    Yum, Yum!

  2. You’re from Dover? I had my photo taken with the sign outside the high school when I visited there because of the Creationism scandal a few years ago.

    A college roommate of mine was from Dover and would have graduated in 2002.

    1. Small world! I graduated in 2000, and my brother graduated in 2002. Perhaps I know your friend?

      And, oh yes, my little town’s claim to fame. My parents’ neighbor’s name is on the lawsuit against the school board. Their house even showed up in the background of a NOVA special on the court case.

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