Beauty shot of Molly Yeh's Grilled Corn with Spicy Calabrian Chili Butter as seen on Girl Meets Farm, Season 11.
Recipe courtesy of Molly Yeh

Grilled Corn with Spicy Calabrian Chile Butter

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This is one of Molly’s go-tos in the summer months, when corn is sweet and fresh. The compound butter adds counterpoints of spice and richness. Plus, the butter is quite versatile, so you can use it to bump up the flavor of dishes such as grilled chicken and steak too.


Spicy Compound Butter:



  1. For the spicy compound butter: In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, chives, paprika, Calabrian chiles, lemon zest and some salt and pepper, mashing it together with a fork. Place on a sheet of parchment paper and form into a log. Seal the ends, like a candy wrapper, and set aside at room temperature (if you won’t be using the butter for a while, then refrigerate and remove 30 minutes before serving the corn).
  2. For the corn: Carefully pull the husks back from the corn and remove the stringy silks. Tie the husks with butcher’s twine or with a piece of the husk. Then, submerge the corn in a roasting pan of water to hydrate the husks (to prevent burning on the grill), for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  3. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Or, heat a grill pan on the stovetop on medium-high heat.
  4. Pat the corn dry and oil each ear with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil to fully coat.
  5. Grill the corn, turning occasionally, until the kernels are slightly charred on all sides but still plump, 7 to 10 minutes total. Remove from the grill. Butter each ear of corn, while hot, with 2 tablespoons of the spicy compound butter. Season with flakey salt, black pepper, freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese and chives.