Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn

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

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. It’s been about 4 weeks since I sold my car and have been scooting around town on my bike. It’s probably the best decision I’ve made in a while, besides the bruschetta bar (because that was epic). 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. I’m hoping this is going to be the start of a major trend (not necessarily the polka dot helmet, but the bike riding) because it’s kind of the best thing ever. And not having to fight rush hour traffic is pretty much the best birthday present in the world. Moral of the story is, if you see me struggling up an incline, I’ll happily accept a tow.

Okay, back to the Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn…

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 damn pretty! 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! While I can’t get behind brushing corn on the cob with mayo during bikini season, I can totally get away with brushing grilled corn with basil vinaigrette and a sprinkling of 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

Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn


  • 4 pieces Corn on the cob – with the husk
  • 1 recipe Basil Vinaigrette
  • 2-3 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from the grill.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush some of the basil vinaigrette onto the corn and then heavily sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
  5. Serve immediately.

Photo Credit: Matt Armendariz

Food Styling Credit: Adam Pearson

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  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.

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