Grilled Corn with Lime Butter

19 May

Corn, sweet corn.

I don’t want to get overly political here.  If you do any reading about big agriculture you know that corn is kind of the villain of the produce world.  And while I am not a proponent of mass-produced, inedible corn that is used as fuel and as that ubiquitous sweetener that keeps getting a change of name…I am a big fan of the real deal.  True corn that comes by the ear, that tastes sweet and juicy and crunchy.  The stuff that isn’t developed to force-feed cows on a feedlot, but is grown by a real live farmer for good eatin’.  That kind of corn.

And while summer isn’t here yet, I miraculously got sweet corn in my CSA bag this week.  What better way to showcase corn than to grill it on the cob, then baste it with seasoned melted butter?  Are you drooling?  I hope so.

This is a quick, simple side dish that will help give you a sneak preview of the summer months ahead.  The days are getting longer – why not fire up the grill (or put the grill pan on your stovetop) and reach for those beautiful ears of white corn?

Corn is not just a politically polarizing vegetable either.  It actually has some fantastic properties.  It’s high in B vitamins, folate, and fiber.  It supposedly aids your memory, in addition to boosting heart and lung health.  Even though corn may be higher in calories than some vegetables, those are not empty calories my friends.  So give corn a break.  And eat it.

Grilled Corn with Lime Butter (serves 2)

seasoned, buttered, and ready for dinner


  • cooking spray
  • 2 ears corn, husks & silks removed
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley


1.  Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Place the corn cobs directly on the pan and reduce heat to medium.  Cook, turning every minute or two, until there is some charring on all sides and the kernels are getting tender, about 8 minutes total.  Remove from the pan.

2.  While the corn is cooking, melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds on high.  Use a fork to stir in the lime zest, cayenne pepper, and salt.   When the corn is done cooking, use a basting brush or pastry brush to generously brush the butter on the corn cobs.  Flip the corn cobs over to brush the underside too.

3.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


3 Responses to “Grilled Corn with Lime Butter”

  1. Linda Williams May 19, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Yes, I am drooling, first at your written description and doubly so at the photo! Yum! Here comes summer.

  2. France Morissette May 19, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    What a lovely way to spice up a summer time staple. Love it.

  3. anna-lynne May 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    yum! this is always a favorite when someone else makes it. maybe now i ought to make it myself.

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