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Sesame Grilled Corn on the Cob

Sharon Palmer

I love grilled corn—it’s so easy and delicious. But did you know that you can make it even more tasty by marinating corn and then grilling it? One such flavor combination is this Sesame Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe, featuring a sweet-savory-spicy Asian blend, which offers such a wonderful complement to those crunchy, caramelized nuggets of grilled corn.

Corn at the farmers market

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Sesame Grilled Corn on the Cob

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Grill up these flavorful ears of fresh corn on the cob with a sesame, ginger, garlic marinade topped with cilantro.



  • 4 ears of fresh corn on the cob, with husks

Sesame Vinaigrette:



  1. Pull husks from the top of the ears of corn down to the cob, but do not remove them. Remove the corn silk and wash the ears of corn in water, drain.
  2. Mix sesame oil, vinegar, agave nectar, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, ginger, and garlic in a dish.
  3. Brush each ear of corn with one-fourth of the marinade (about 1 tablespoon each) and cover with the husks.
  4. Heat grill and place corn on it, turning it occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until tender and golden. Peel back husks and sprinkle corn with cilantro and sesame seeds.
  5. Makes 4 servings


Alternatively, roast corn by placing shucked corn in a baking dish, covering with marinade, and roasting in the oven at 400 F on top rack until golden brown. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds.


  • Serving Size: 1 ear of corn
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 149 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Keywords: grilled corn on the cob, best corn on the cob

For other grilled, plant-based recipes, check out:

Grilled Spicy Sesame Tofu
Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shishito Peppers
Grilled Peaches with Basil

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