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Chili Lime Corn on the Cob on the Grill

This Chili Lime Corn is grilled corn on the cob in foil for a delicious chili lime buttered corn recipe. We also talk about how long to grill corn on the cob.

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This Chili Lime Corn on the Cob is brushed with butter mixed with chili powder, lime zest and cayenne pepper and grilled on the grill for an amazing flavor.
chili lime corn

We believe summer is not complete if watermelon and corn on the cob are missing. There is nothing like throwing a few ears of fresh corn on the grill and having all that butter drip off your chin as you are cleaning up the corn from the cob.

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How to Make Grilled Corn on the cob in foil:

Grilled Corn is delicious with just salt, pepper, and butter but this chili lime butter mixture blows it out of the water.    Adding a little extra heat and zest just accents that fresh corn flavor.


Chili Lime Corn buttered corn recipe


You will need lime, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper for this buttered corn recipe.   And also a few sheets of foil plus a zester for lime like our favorite zester shown above.   And we believe it’s better than the grater type because it makes cool strings of pure lime zest without cutting into that bitter white part. 


Chili Lime Corn ingredients


Mix the softened butter with the chili powder and lime zest and add a touch of cayenne pepper.  Then brush it on each ear of corn covering them completely.  This butter mixture really brings this grilled corn to a higher level of flavor for a great buttered corn recipe.  


Buttered Corn


You can either brush on all the chili lime butter mixture now or just use half of it and save the rest for when the corn comes off the grill.   We use a plain little pastry brush for applying the butter mixture, not crazy about those new silicone ones.   After you apply the chili butter, wrap the corn ears in sheets of foil. But remember to make make sure the foil is completely closed so the butter doesn’t leak out.  


How long to grill corn on the cob:


 corn in foil on grill


Grilled corn on the cob in foil is sometimes hard to judge how long to leave it on the grill.  The secret to great grilled corn is turning it often.    You need to grill it for about 25 minutes and turn it several times during this time on a med-high grill.   

Chili Lime Corn on the cob
You could serve this grilled corn topped with either parmesan cheese or cotija cheese.   And plenty of fresh lime slices to add additional flavor. 

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Chili Lime Corn

This Chili Lime Corn on the Cob is brushed with butter mixed with chili powder, lime zest and cayenne pepper and grilled on the grill for an amazing flavor.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttered corn recipe, Chili Lime Corn, Grilled Corn, Grilled corn on the cob with foil, how long to grill corn
Servings: 4
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • In a small bowl, whip together 2 tablespoons of the butter with the lime zest, lime juice, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  • Using a pastry brush, very lightly brush corn with the chili lime buttery spread, then salt and pepper to taste.
  • Wrap each ear in aluminum foil and place on a med-high grill. Grill for about 25 minutes, turning several times until done to your satisfaction. (Some like it charred and others do not).
  • Remove from heat and unwrap the foil. Top with cheese (optional) and serve with slices of lime for additional flavor.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Recipe Rating

Diane Roark

Thursday 17th of April 2014

This corns would be perfect with so many summer meals. We cook on the grill a lot during the summer. I will have to fix this corn to go with it.I am featuring it on Saturday Dishes this week. Blessings,Diane

Kerry C

Thursday 17th of April 2014

This sounds delicious. I will have to keep this recipe on hand for this summer's BBQ's. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.


Saturday 31st of August 2013

I'm going to the Farmer's Market in Cruces today. I hope they have some corn. This will be perfect for the Labor Day Cookout. Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. You are featured.

Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa


Monday 15th of July 2013

Yum, yum! We tried this tonight for dinner. The seasoned butter was delish! I found you because Auntie Em's Guide to life had pinned your recipe. Thanks so much!


Monday 1st of July 2013

Thanks for sharing,Evelyn. Love these flavorings. Can't wait for the 4th cookout. Next Saturday is BLTs. Hope to see you there.

Wishes for tasty dishes,Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa