Butter Your Corn

Corn season is just around the corner! Soon we will have tender, sweet corn grown right her in Pennsylvania, but until then we will survive on the stuff trucked in from Florida. It seems everyone has their own favorite way to butter their corn on the cob.

My mom likes to save the heels from her loaf of bread. She slathers it with butter then wraps it around the cob. A quick twist and your whole cob is buttered!

I have a friend who swears by spray butter for her corn. It's the only time of the year she buys it. A quick spray of her preferred brand, I Can't Believe it's Not Butter, and your cob is buttered!

Martha adds her butter right to the cooking water! As each ear is removed from the water, it becomes buttered since you are pulling it through a layer of melted butter floating on top. Genius!

Sometimes I just use a half stick of butter with the paper half removed. I just run the stick up and down for an even coat. You can even buy little gadgets that hold that stick of butter for you! The one I used to have was from Pampered Chef.

But, for the most part, I like to dip my pastry brush into softened butter and brush over the cob.

However I butter it, I've saved the following recipe to try this summer:


8 ears corn
4 fresh limes, quartered
Garlic butter, recipe follows
1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish

Preheat grill to medium. Peel back the husks of the corn without removing them. Remove the silks and recover the corn with the husk. Soak in large bowl of cold water for 30 minutes. Remove corn from water and shake off excess. Place the corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes.

Unwrap corn and brush with the garlic butter. Sprinkle with the cotija cheese and squeeze with lime. Sprinkle with chopped chives, to garnish.

Garlic Butter:

2 sticks unsalted butter, slightly softened
8 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 habanero pepper, seeded
1/4 bunch fresh chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine butter, garlic, habanero, and chives in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

How do you like to butter or prepare YOUR corn?


  1. Morning Jen,
    I LOVE corn on the cob!!!! I butter like you do...the half wrapped stick of butter.

    Any leftover corn goes into the next days green salad for a wonderful sweet crunch.

    Have a great day

    janet xox

  2. my mouth is watering...and I agree, it doesn't matter HOW you butter it, as long as it is smothered in it!

  3. Your recipe sounds good! I usually bring a pot of water to a boil, plop in my corn, put on the lid, turn off the heat, and let it sit for about five minutes. We use spray butter just because it is so easy. The last corn that I bought was so sweet that it only needed salt, no butter at all. That's how I really like it.

  4. We have a Butter Girl that holds the butter. It's fun and my kids love it!

  5. I don't butter at all. I like it "plain".

  6. Wanted to say hi. I hope you've had a nice vacation. My son loves corn.


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