Cowboy Corn on the Cob is sweet and spicy all at once! Make it on the grill or in the oven for the perfect summer side dish. So easy and packed with flavor!

I’ve always loved this phrase: Knee-high by the 4th of July.

For anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about, it’s a way to judge corn throughout the growing season to see if it’s on track for harvest. Will it be knee-high by the 4th of July?

And to everyone living in the corn belt: Was it?

If it was, do you need a recipe? Cowboy Corn on the Cob feels appropriate!

Four cobs of corn with seasoning on them.

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You can grill your corn on a grill or in the oven – either way it’s great!

Just don’t throw your husks all over the floor at the grocery store, because:

  1. They frown on that apparently, and
  2. You leave the husks on for grilling and/or roasting.

Meanwhile, make a creamy buttery sweet-and-spicy sauce for drowning the corn. You can easily adjust the spice up or down based on your usage of cayenne pepper.

Corn on the cob with spices on top.

You can also use either sour cream or cream cheese for the sauce. I’ve tried it both ways – no bad ways!

And PLEASE let me know about the corn situation! I’M ALL EARS!

Six cowboy corn on the cobs. spicy all at once! Make it on the grill or in the oven for the perfect summer side dish. So easy and packed with flavor!

Cowboy Corn on the Cob

Cowboy Corn on the Cob is sweet and spicy all at once! Make it on the grill or in the oven for the perfect summer side dish. So easy and packed with flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6 servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 160


  • 6 ears corn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 ounce sour cream or cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions green parts only, finely chopped
  • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges


  • To prepare the corn, peel back the husks, remove the silk, and place the husks back over the corn cob. Soak the corn in a large bowl of cold water for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the corn directly on the grill grate, cover, and grill turning once or twice using tongs, about 15 to 30 minutes.
  • While the corn is grilling, in a small saucepan, place the butter, sour cream, paprika, chili powder, and red pepper over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until butter is melted and the ingredients are incorporated. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour into a baking dish.
  • Shuck the corn and place into the butter bath and coat evenly, using a pastry brush to cover the ends and sides. Garnish with scallions and serve. 


Oven Option: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and place de-silked cobs with husks directly onto the oven rack after soaking them. Roast 15 to 30 minutes, then follow the recipe as directed.
Adapted from Recipes from My Home Kitchen by Christine Ha.


Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 646IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I’ve never seen anything like this before, but holy cow does it look delicious! Such a cool, fun way to switch it up the normal corn on the cob!

  2. I just happen to have some fresh ears. I always soak then grill mine in the husks. They husk and de-silk so easily like that. This will be on the plate tonight with the toppings. I have used crumbly, cotija cheese with mayonnaise and chili seasoning too but never the onion greens. One could use fresh chives as well.

    Of course, that addictively decadent, jello raspberry tart is for dessert.5 stars