Basil Butter Corn on the Cob

In the Davison Family, we pretty much eat corn with our supper every night from the first pick to the last. Usually, we just boil it, butter it and sprinkle on some salt. After doing this method ridiculously often I still think it is the best way to eat corn.

But lately, I have been seeing BBQ corn with all kinds of fancy toppings on the cover of so many magazines so I decided to give it a try.

This recipe for Fresh Basil buter adds a little something special to corn. The freshness of the basil compliments the sweetness of the corn and just generally is a nice change if you are a corn lover!

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Start by softening ¼ cup of butter. Leaving out on the counter for a few hours will work, but if you don't have time for that microwave it for 10-15 seconds.

Basil Butter Corn 2

Start with about 1 cup of basil leaves.. You could even use more than this if you want. It's not as much as it looks once you cut it up.

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We sell these Palm Mincers at the farm which are pretty much the best invention ever if you use a lot of fresh herbs. They are so fast. It is a gadget that has about 5 round blades and you can just run it over the herbs on a cutting board. It honestly took me about 10 seconds to chop this basil.
For the record, one cup of leaves works out to be about 2 Tablespoons once they are chopped. Chopping the herbs with a knife will also do the job.

Add your salt and garlic powder. Fresh ground pepper might be a nice addition too.

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Then use a fork to mix it all up.

Now your butter is ready! Set it aside until the corn is cooked. The butter can even be made the day before and refrigerated.

If you are boiling your corn, put a big pot on the stove. Wait until the water is at a full rolling boil before you add the cobs. Cover the pot and boil them for 3-5 minutes. No more! It really doesn't take long to cook corn that has been freshly picked.

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The Barbeque adds a whole different flavour and texture to the corn. You can absolutely taste the smokiness. To BBQ your cobs, start by brushing them with olive oil. Put them on a hot grill and cook for 10-12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes or so. As the kernels get hot they make a popping sound!
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Spread the basil butter over your hot cobs and enjoy!

Basil Butter Corn on the Cob

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: depends on how you cook it

Servings: at least 12 cobs of corn


  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Whole Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder


  1. Chop Basil
  2. Soften butten in a microwave for 10 - 15 seconds
  3. Blend all ingredients with a fork
  4. Refridgerate butter until ready to use
  5. Cook Corn
  6. Spread Butter on Corn and enjoy!


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