Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn

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There are 2 things we need to discuss today… the first is this Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn… and the second is my new life mission.

Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn from (@whatsgabycookin)

Okay wait, it’s not like some deep life mission where I save the world, although that would be nice, it’s more of my every day life mission. I’m trying to get back on the no car schedule. There was a point in time a few years ago that I didn’t have a car in LA. 3 YEARS!! I made it 3 whole years walking and ubering to and from my meetings / work. I’ve gotten a little lazy the past year but I’m trying to get back in the game. I’ve been scooting around town on my bright red bike with my bright red helmet and I’m back in action.

Here’s the thing… people in LA are 100% freaked out when they see some chick riding along Santa Monica Blvd with a bright red helmet with white polka dots, hot pink sneakers, colorful lululemons and “” tote bag flailing behind her. 1: no one rides bikes. 2: everyone drives. 3: it is pretty comical!! Moral of the story is, if you see me struggling up an incline, I’ll happily accept a tow.

Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn from (@whatsgabycookin)

Okay, back to the Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn…

Recently corn has been piled high on all the tables at my local farmers market. It’s hard to walk away without buying 100 ears of corn because it’s so gorgeous! Usually I can’t resist grabbing a few so I’m always on a quest to throw together new corn recipes. This Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn was inspired by one of my favorite street food finds, Elote! Rather than slathering the corn with mayo this time around, I brushed it with basil vinaigrette and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. It’s a side dish that’s packed with flavor and you’re for sure going to be obsessed.

Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn from (@whatsgabycookin)

Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn

5 from 4 votes
Take your grilled corn up a notch or 10 with this Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn!!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • 4 pieces Corn on the cob – with the husk
  • 1 recipe Basil Vinaigrette
  • 2-3 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes


  • Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to high heat.
  • Pull the husk down and keep it on to use for holding the corn later. Grill the corn over high heat until it starts to char and then remove from the grill.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush some of the basil vinaigrette onto the corn and then heavily sprinkle with parmesan cheese and seasonings. Serve immediately.

Photo by Matt Armendariz // Food Styling Adam Pearson // Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. This looks so BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Must. Try. Stat!!!!!
    Love the bike, and I am with you on using it to commute as much as possible.

  2. The basil vinaigrette sounds delicious!! Parmesan cheese is my favorite – I feel like just a little bit gives so much flavor! A great combination with the corn!

  3. Gorgeous image – pinned!

    I love that you sold your car! I have had my car for 5 months and have put 1100 miles on it. And I have a kid who I need to drive around so without her, wayyy less. I love that pic of you on your bike 🙂

  4. Hi Gaby,

    I made this tonight subbing Cotija for the Parmesan and it was incredible!!!

    Thanks for a delicious and memorable BBQ!

  5. Hey!
    I wanted to let you know I found this recipe to make for a family gathering, and when I made the vinaigrette it was very strong on the nose and wasn’t too sure how’d it be. but when I served it with the corn everyone loved it!! Will definitely make this again.

  6. Yay for bike riding! Can’t wait to see you out and about on the red bomber!!
    This corn looks to be on the next barbecue menu!

  7. HI Gaby – will this work if using an indoor grill pan? Should I put the corn in boiling water for a few minutes first?

  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made it in place of elote for our fourth of July barbecue (with only three of us this year). I always keep the basil vinaigrette on hand, as it is so versatile and yummy!

  9. 5 stars
    This corn is amazing! I know I’m a little late to the party, but this recipe still deserves the praise. I’m sad I didn’t buy more corn at the farmers market because we devoured this!

  10. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! Thanks!
    I do a Mexican version of this. I mix your cilantro vinaigrette with mayo (like what you use on your salmon burgers), spread it on the corn and sprinkle with cotija or roll it in queso fresco.

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