Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter Recipe

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


For the chili-lime honey butter:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (from about 1/2 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra kick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the corn:

  • 4-6 ears of fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  • Small mixing bowl
  • Grill or grill pan
  • Tongs


Make the chili-lime honey butter:

  • In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, honey, lime juice, chili powder, cayenne pepper (if using), and salt.
  • Mash and stir with a fork until well combined and creamy.
  • Set aside (or refrigerate for later use if making ahead of time).

Grill the corn:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400°F or 200°C). If using a grill pan, heat it over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
  • Lightly brush the corn with olive oil (this is optional but helps with even cooking).
  • Place the corn directly on the hot grill grates.
  • Grill the corn for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and lightly charred.

Finish and serve:

  • Immediately remove the corn from the grill.
  • Generously brush the corn with the prepared chili-lime honey butter.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with lime wedges for squeezing.


  • Make-Ahead: The chili-lime honey butter can be made several days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.
  • Customization: Adjust the level of heat by increasing or decreasing the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Herb Infusion: For extra flavor, add finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley to the butter mixture.
  • No grill? No problem! Roast the corn in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for 20-25 minutes instead.

Enjoy your perfectly summery grilled sweet corn!


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