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Grilled White Corn with Spicy Cilantro Butter

Don’t let Orville Reddenbacher fool you – corn was meant to be grilled. This spicy yet cool corn is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meat or fish. However, just because corn is a side dish doesn’t mean it needs to take the back-seat in flavor.

roasted corn
Don’t let Orville Reddenbacher fool you – corn was meant to be grilled.   This spicy yet cool corn is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meat or fish.  However, just because corn is a side dish doesn’t mean it needs to take the back-seat in flavor. 

Makes: 5 ears
Total kitchen time: 20 mins

Shopping List:

  • 5 ears white corn, shucked
  • 8 tbsp. salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. red cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Jamaican jerk seasoning (or your favorite spicy seasoning blend)
  1. Preheat your grill over medium heat.  Place the corn directly on the grill and close the lid.  Grill, turning occasionally, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mash together using the back of a fork.  If you’re making this recipe in a larger quantity, you may want to prepare the butter using a food processor.
  3. When the corn is almost done (check for tenderness with a fork) brush it on all sides with the cilantro butter and grill for another 1-2 minutes. 
    corn butter

This cilantro butter also makes great grilled toast, and can be added to shellfish, chicken, or white fish for a wonderful, simple seasoning.

1 comment on “Grilled White Corn with Spicy Cilantro Butter”

I was literally boiling water for two ears of corn we grabbed from the Greenmarket this weekend when I saw this post. I made an ad-libbed version with some butter, garlic, spicy smoked paprika (pretty much my favorite spice on earth), salt and a squeeze of lime juice and WOW. We–and our corn–were in heaven. This is a Must Repeat Soon recipe. Thanks!

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