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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Thyme & Roasted Red Pepper Butter


Serves 8

  • Make the menu:
    A July 4th Cookout
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 86

The butter in this dish is at once sweet and tangy, a bright addition to plain old grilled corn on the cob.

  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers, drained well, patted dry, and finely chopped (1/2 to 2/3 cup)
  • 1 large shallot, minced (1/4 cup)
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; more as needed
  • 8 ears corn, shucked
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil

Put the butter, red peppers, shallot, vinegar, 2 tsp. of the thyme, 1 tsp. of the salt, and the black pepper in a food processor and pulse until blended (it's fine if it's still slightly chunky and looks a little separated). Transfer to a large piece of plastic wrap and roll tightly, twisting the ends so the bundle acquires a sausage shape. Refrigerate until firm. When ready to grill the corn, slice the butter into 1/3-inch-thick rounds.

Heat a gas grill to medium or prepare a low charcoal fire. If desired, cut each ear of corn in half. Toss the corn with the oil, the remaining 1 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Put the ears on the grill and if using gas, reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and grill the corn, turning every couple of minutes, until browned all over and tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large platter, top with about half of the butter and the remaining 1 tsp. thyme. Serve, passing the remaining butter on the side.

Make Ahead Tips

The red pepper butter can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Toss grilled shrimp with leftover Thyme & Roasted Red Pepper Butter and a squeeze of lime juice.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings, Calories (kcal): 210, Fat Calories (kcal): 140, Fat (g): 16, Saturated Fat (g): 8, Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6, Cholesterol (mg): 30, Sodium (mg): 300, Carbohydrates (g): 18, Fiber (g): 3, Protein (g): 3

Photo: Scott Phillips

I've made this twice now and it's the best flavor combination you will ever taste. I even make extra thyme and roasted red pepper butter to add to other things because it is so flavorful. However, it does pair best with grilled corn. It's a perfect side dish with any meal.

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