Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe

Nothing is better and sweeter than seasonal corn made even sweeter on the grill. Quick & Easy Grilled Corn Salsa can be enjoyed as a simple snack with tortilla chips, or top your favorite dishes like tamales, tacos, or fajitas.

There is only one way to prepare seasonal corn when it is available in my grocery store, and if you are also addicted to grilling it, you should try this recipe for Grilled Parmesan Garlic & Basil Corn on the Cob.

When corn isn’t in season, I still make this quick and simple grilled corn salsa using defrosted or canned corn, but once I started grilling the corn, everything changed.

Cherry tomatoes are naturally sweet and they work so well in this salsa, and the tang of the lime juice balances out all the sweet ingredients. Canned diced green chiles are one of my favorite ingredients to add to any of my salsas because they add a lot of flavor but not much spice.

I never eat anything from Chipotle restaurants without their corn salsa; regardless of what I’m eating, it always has the fresh flavors of lime, red onion, and cilantro. My recipe is a little different, but just as sweet and flavorful.

Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled Corn Salsa 🔗

This grilled corn salsa is the perfect summer condiment.

Prep: 15min

Total: 30min


  • 5 ears of yellow corn, husks removed
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1 c. quartered grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sliced basil
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 c. lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt


  1. Brush corn with oil and season with salt. Grill for 8 minutes, or until the kernels begin to char. Let cool slightly, then slice the kernels off the corn with a knife.
  2. In a large bowl combine corn, avocado, tomatoes, onion and basil.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oil, lime, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and whisk until smooth. Pour mixture over the salsa and stir until ingredients are fully coated.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.


What do you soak corn in before grilling?

How to Grill Corn on the Cob In the HuskSoak corn cobs in a clean sink or large pot of cold water for 15 minutes.Remove from water and gently peel back the corn husks, leaving the husk in tact…. Season the corn with salt and pepper to taste and add 2 to 3 knobs of butter to the cob.

Should I boil corn before grilling?

As long as you have ripe, sweet peak-season corn, blanching it in water (or a solution of milk and water) before grilling is not required at all. Your corn should be sweet and tender and perfect as-is.

Can you grill corn from Raw?

To grill corn in its husk, prepare a sink or large bowl of water to soak the corn in for at least 15 minutes (it can soak overnight if necessary), then remove the corn from the water, shaking off any excess so it doesn’t drip, and place the cobs on the grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning the cobs once or twice.

Should you let corn soak in water before grilling?

Do I Need to Soak Corn Before Grilling? Yes, if you are grilling with the husks on. Soak for a minimum of 30 minutes, but I would recommend anywhere from 1-2 hours. This will allow the husks to soak in some of that moisture and lessen the likelihood that they will burn.

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