Grilled Corn with Pesto

  • Serves

    serves 6


Grilled ears of corn take on a smokiness that pairs well with a garlicky pesto. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2013 issue with Elizabeth Karmel's article Secrets of The Grill: Corn.


  • 6 ears corn, husks and silks removed
  • 12 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 12 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 5 oz. grated Parmesan
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to high; bank coals or turn off burner on one side (see "Grilling 101"). Brush corn with oil and grill until kernels are slightly charred and tender, 8-10 minutes.

Step 2

Purée ½ cup oil with basil, nuts, Parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Brush corn with pesto.

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