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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Old Bay Seasoning

on August 31, 2020
last updated June 7, 2022
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This Grilled Corn on the Cob with Old Bay Seasoning is cooked to perfection and topped with a blend of spices to make the ideal fresh summer side dish.
overhead shot of four ears of corn on the cob with old bay seasoning

Looking for a refreshing, flavorful, crisp summer snack? This Grilled Corn on the Cob with Old Bay Seasoning is the most delicious way to consume your kernels.

Sweet corn is amazing on the grill. It gives it a little bit of a smoky flavor while keeping the texture perfectly juicy and crisp. But when you slap on some butter and spice, the magic really happens.

close up of grilled corn on the cob laying on husks

As an environmental scientist, I am always looking for simple ways to add seasonal crops into my family’s diet. And this corn on the cob with Old Bay Seasoning is just about as simple as it gets!

Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to support local and decrease your carbon footprint. Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Simply put, eating seasonally = less environmental impact.

Check when corn is in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Grilled Street Corn With Old Bay Tips and Tricks

Keep it Simple

Corn is delicious on its own, don’t complicate it! All you need is a grill and three ingredients to get this recipe just right.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Corn, butter and old bay seasoning

Grill it Plain, Jane

The corn should go directly on your grill, after shucking, of course. This will give it that juicy, crispy, charred on the outside crunch we are looking for. You may even be able to get some grill marks.

Keep it Cool

Your corn will be nice and hot when it’s just off the grill, so give it a couple of minutes to cool before handling it. If it’s too hot, the butter will melt right off. We want the softened butter to stick to the corn so your seasoning can cling on to it.

Green tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a huge driver behind deforestation.

Don’t Be Shy

I grew up in Maryland, so Old Bay is like powdered GOLD in my book. And for this and any recipe involving this treasured dust, I say: BRING IT ON.

The corn can handle it. I find the easiest way to coat the corn is to keep one end on the table, lift the other end, and slowly rotate it while using your other hand to sprinkle with the seasoning.

Tested Substitutions

This corn can easily be made vegan by using a non-dairy butter substitute. Old Bay Seasoning and corn are both naturally vegan ingredients.

If you don’t have Old Bay Seasoning on hand, you can use your favorite seasoning or make your own!

grilled corn on the cob laying on husks

Why You Should Make this Corn On The Cob with Old Bay Seasoning

  • It’s simple. 3 ingredients, enough said.
  • It’s fresh. Nothing like shucking fresh corn on the cob.
  • It’s summery. Getting those grill marks really sets the mood.

If you’re looking for something awesome to serve this Grilled Street Corn with Old Bay with try these Smoky & Spicy Black Bean Burgers or this Blackened Mahi Mahi!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Old Bay Seasoning

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: SidesCuisine: American


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This Grilled Corn on the Cob with Old Bay Seasoning is cooked to perfection and topped with a blend of spices to make the ideal fresh summer side dish.


  • 2 ears of fresh corn

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning


  • Shuck your corn and heat directly on the grill for about 20 minutes, rotating every five minutes or so. Your corn should have grill marks or at least some charring.Mexican Street Corn - Buttering
  • Remove your corn from the grill and allow it to cool enough so that it is easy to handle. Butter evenly on all sides.
  • Generously sprinkle with Old Bay, rotating the corn so that all sides are evenly seasoned.

Pro Tips

  • Grill your corn dry! You will butter it once you remove it from the grill.
  • Make sure your corn is cooled before buttering. It will avoid burning your hands, but will also allow butter to remain on the corn so your seasoning sticks.

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