Grilled Corn with Red Chile Spice

A spicy and juicy grilled corn with a drizzle of olive oil and some red chile spice mix #corn #red #chile

The sweet corn of summer – YUM!  Sweet corn has hit the local markets early this year and it’s been exceptional.  It’s also been relatively cheap; therefore, we’ve been buying a lot of it. There are so many ways to cook corn, but our favorite is to grill it.  Sometimes we’ll leave it wrap in the corn husks and let it steam in the husks; however, we also like it shucked and cooked directly over the flame with a drizzle of olive oil and a generous dusting of a red chile spice blend.  The spices roast along with the corn yielding a spicy and smoky flavor.  This Grilled Corn with Red Chile Spice is about as easy a side as you can make, and, in my book, could be a meal by itself.  Hope you give it a try.

A spicy and juicy grilled corn with a drizzle of olive oil and some red chile spice mix @mjskitchen #corn #red #chile


Grilled Corn with Red Chile Spice Recipe

Recipe author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen

Yield:  Unlimited
Prep and Cook Time: less than 30 minutes

There are no measurements for this recipe.  Just make up a batch of the spice blend, shuck as many ears of corn as you need, and drizzle and sprinkle to your taste.


Ears of sweet corn, shucked and cleaned
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Red Chile Spice Blend


  1. Prepare the grill for a medium heat.
  2. Shuck and clean the corn.  Place on a large plate with a little space between each ear of corn.
  3. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with red chile spice blend. (I usually go light on the EVOO drizzle and quite generous on the seasoning.)
  4. Roll each ear of corn on the plate, coating with oil and spice blend.  Add a little more of oil or spice if you need it.
  5. Place the corn directly on the hot grill.  Cook for 10 – 12 minutes, turning every 2 to 3 minutes to cook on all sides until done.
  6. Remove from grill and enjoy!



Grilled Red Chile Corn


Kitchen Notes

There’s really not a whole lot to say here because this is such a minimal recipe; however, since I’m one that always has something else to say…. 🙂

If you don’t have the spice blend, just sprinkle the oiled corn with your favorite red chile powder(s) and some garlic and onion powder or salt.  If you use powder, then sprinkle the corn with some salt as well, just don’t over do it.  And if you prefer green chile powder over red, then use the Green Chile Spice Blend.  It’s all good!

Hope you give this Grilled Corn with Red Chile a try this summer.  Your mouth will thank you for it.



Tags: , , , , ,

52 Responses to “Grilled Corn with Red Chile Spice”

  1. Roz @ La Bella Vita Cucina July 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    You’re right, M.J., the corn has been exceptional this year. My husband and I (alone) have eaten 2 crazy, crazy dozens of corn on the cob. I’m returning to Iowa in a week for family matters and bringing back, you guessed it, another 2 dozen ears of corn. This time I need to grill some! What a great summer treat!

    • mj July 30, 2015 at 10:19 am #

      Oh how I would love some of the Iowa corn. When I was a baby, we lived in Ohio and my mother has always said that Ohio and other states of the midwest grow the best corn (even better than the south – which was surprising since she was such a southern gal). 🙂 Enjoy you corn and I do hope you give grilling it a try. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons July 28, 2015 at 6:48 am #

    Beautiful photos MJ! Such a simple recipe but I bet the flavors are insanely good! A perfect way to jazz up our amazing summer corn! : )

    • mj July 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Thank you so much Anne! Hope your summer is going well.

  3. THE HUNGRY MUM July 25, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    perfect in its simplicity – what a gorge side-dish.

    • mj July 26, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks Mum!! 🙂

  4. Dedy@Dentist Chef July 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    SImply damn delicious!!!

    • mj July 26, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks Dedy! 🙂

  5. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles July 25, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    this year’s corn is *so* good! (not cow corn as we say at home 😉 ) — sweet, juicy and resistant. Loving it. What a great way to use your red chile spice blend MJ and I enjoyed reading about your method… I’ve been tinkering with grilled corn adding seasoning both before and after charring to see what we like best but I’ve never tried steaming corn in the husk before – what a neat idea; like a built-in papillote :).

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Oh yeh – I’ve had that cow corn bite and it becomes compost. 🙂 Sweet corn is so irresistible when it’s good. We’ve had it 3 times this week alone. Getting as much of it as I can. You should try steaming it in the husk. It is like papillote. The only trick is cooking it long enough. We never undercook it when it’s shucked, but sometimes, it is uncooked when we leave the husk on. It does take longer. Have a great weekend at your favorite lakeside retreat. 🙂

  6. Bam's Kitchen July 25, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    My mouth is already starting to water just looking at your photos. Love how simple and delicious this dish comes together. 3 ingredients I am all about that. Pinning, sharing, sending smoke know the usual… LOL

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      You are a sweetheart Bobbi! Love your comments and thanks so much for all of the shoutouts!

  7. Sissi July 24, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    And today in my organic grocery shop I hesitated for a couple of minutes in front of fresh corn… finally left it. I regret my decision so much! Your corn looks like the perfect snack I would love to have tonight with a glass of wine… Maybe tomorrow.

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      I’ve done that so many times – pass something up at the grocer then come home and find a recipe I want to cook with it. Well, next time Sissi. Have a great weekend!

  8. Karen (Back Road Journal) July 24, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Sometimes some of the simplest of dishes have such great taste…this sounds like one of them.

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Summertime always screams – make it simple! One can’t get much simpler than this. 🙂

  9. Ramona W July 24, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    Nothing better than grilled corn all summer long! I love your spiced up version here… I would call those three ears dinner. 🙂

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      Sounds about right. 🙂

  10. Gloria July 24, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    This looks so inviting.. Its raining heavily here and I love to have corn in rains..yumm yumm

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      Please send some of that rain my way. 🙂 Thanks Gloria!

  11. Thalia @ butter and brioche July 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Perfect for Summer! I have to say that I don’t cook up corn that often but after seeing this flavoursome, delicious and spicy grilled corn recipe it is something I am inspired to make soon.

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks so much Thalia! Always glad to return the inspiration! 🙂

  12. wok with ray July 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    At home the kids like the corn steamed but my wife and I like them grilled. Nothing beats the smell of grilled corn. You should put your label and sell that spice blend, MJ. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying the summer. 🙂

    • mj July 25, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks so much Ray! Have a marvelous weekend!

  13. Viviane Bauquet Farre July 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Summer corn as a meal all to itself… amen to that!

    • mj July 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks Viviane. 🙂

  14. Hotly Spiced July 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    The grilled corn looks so good and you’ve photographed it so well. I do love to grill corn but I don’t think I’ve ever added chile! I will have to try this when it’s our BBQ season – we’re having a shocker of a winter so bring on Spring! xx

    • mj July 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

      Thanks so much Charlie! Appreciate your feedback. Sorry to hear that you’re having a shocker of a winter. Hope spring arrives for you soon. We’re having an amazing summer. Normally, we’re in the 90’s(F) for 3 months, but July has been the 80s. Loving it! Wish I could send some warmth your way.

  15. Deb|EastofEdenCooking July 22, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    What a stellar summer treat! The addition of a touch of chile is brilliant!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

      Thanks so much Deb!

  16. Abbe@This is How I Cook July 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I could eat fresh corn for every meal. This combo is one of my faves. The spicy sweet thing is so yummy!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

      Thanks Abbe! When corn is fresh is SO hard to beat!

  17. Debra July 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Wow—like minds. Just picked up so corn from our mid-week FM. Thanks for the reminder about your NM Chile Spice too. Can’t wait to fire up the grill!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

      Thanks Debra! Yep – headed back to the market tomorrow for more corn. 🙂

  18. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz July 22, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    I have yet to eat corn. Love the hot spice in yours. I like steam on grill in the husk and I usually slather the garlic butter before the corn hits the grill. Will try it with your spice blend.

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      Thanks Evelyne! I use to do the butter slather as well, but butter and me aren’t getting along as well as we use to so the olive oil is a good substitute. 🙂

  19. Angie@Angie's Recipes July 22, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    Summery and very delicious!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks Angie!

  20. Anna @ shenANNAgans July 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    I was chatting with a colleague the other day about foods that cause a violent reaction, she said corn on the cob. Mind blown right?! I’d say corn on the cob would be in my top 10 faves eats. Lovely simple feed, swinging past the shops on the way home to include with my dinner tonight. 🙂

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Right! I can’t imagine being allergic to corn. Have never heard of that. Poor girl! Hope you enjoy this corn recipe. It’s really awesome! Thanks for stopping by Anna!

  21. The Wimpy Vegetarian July 21, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! And this is a great example!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Thanks Susan!

  22. Tessa July 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    Looks fantastic MJ! Simply delicious!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      Thanks so much Tessa!

  23. Juni July 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    MMM. This sounds soo delicious.

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      Thanks so much Juni!

  24. John@Kitchen Riffs July 21, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Yup, I could eat just corn for dinner. Heaps of it. With this wonderful spice blend. Perfect summer food — thanks.

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      2 to 3 ears minimum! Thanks John!

  25. A_Boleyn July 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm #


    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      Thanks Ann!


  1. Chicken Tacos with Green Chile Corn Relish | MJ's Kitchen - July 28, 2015

    […] all of the grilled corn we’ve been eating lately, it’s not surprising to find an ear or two leftover in the […]

  2. Grilled Corn with Red Chile Spice - Yum Goggle - July 26, 2015

    […] GET THE RECIPE […]

I love hearing from my visitors, so please leave a comment. Thanks for dropping by!