Corn on the Cob, Three Ways


Corn on the cob and a trip around the world. photo: Abigail Weber

With temperatures in New York topping out in the low 90’s yesterday and predicted to hover around 88 today, Mother Nature has clearly proclaimed that summer is far from over. The kids may be back in school (and amen for that) but there is still plenty of barbecuing and beach going to be had. At this lovely time of year, corn is at its sweetest, crispest, most delicious peak. It’s the perfect beach or poolside food on a hot late summer day.

Most of the time, I’m a minimalist when it comes to corn, I skip both the butter and the salt and enjoy it just as it is. But when I’m in the mood to dress it up a bit, I like to get creative. These three ideas for jazzing up your corn cob should get your creative juices flowing too. The sky really is the limit when it comes to the spreads that work with corn. I think you’ll find that it’s a beautiful palette on which to paint.

How I Like to Grill Corn
There are also about a million and one ways to cook ears of corn. You can boil, steam, roast, or grill. And within those methods there are variations involving husk or no husk, tin foil, or bare. My preference is to grill corn after it has been husked (and thoroughly stripped of silk). First I lightly grease each ear with spray oil. I grill on direct heat for about 5 minutes, turning it occasionally so that it blackens in places on all sides. Then I move it to indirect heat and close the lid for 7 to 10 minutes more. Lastly, I enjoy my corn with a cold beer spiked with lime. Perfection.

Toppings for 6 grilled ears of corn:

Indian style
1/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, garam masala, and lime juice and mix to combine well.
  2. Spread each ear of corn with about 1 tablespoon of the spiced yogurt. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of the cilantro and serve.

Calories 131, Fat 1g, Sodium 16mg, Carbohydrate 30g, Fiber 4g, Sugars 1g, Protein 5g

Indonesian style
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sriracha
4 tablespoons salted peanuts, crushed*
Snipped fresh chives, to garnish

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and the sriracha (add the sriracha a teaspoon at a time to ensure you reach your optimal spice level)
  2. Spread each ear of corn with about 1 tablespoon of the sriracha mayonnaise. Sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons of crushed peanuts and chives to garnish. Serve.

Calories 268, Fat 16g, Sodium 221mg, Carbohydrate 31g, Fiber 4g, Sugars 0g, Protein 7g

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/3 teaspoons sea salt

Drizzle each ear of corn with 1 teaspoon of oil and roll in 1 tablespoon of cheese. Sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon of pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and serve.

Calories 185, Fat 7g, Sodium 598mg, Carbohydrate 30g, Fiber 4g, Sugars 0g, Protein 6g

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