Grilled Oaxacan-style corn is a great addition to your grilling recipe. The savory, creamy, spicy and that zing from the lime give take these corn to the next level.
I’ve always told people that I’m a “carb person” and I truly am. I can’t live without carbs like potatoes, corn, rice, bread, and noodles. I remember I craved for corns like a mad woman when I was pregnant with our second baby. I mean, I’ve liked corns all along, but this is like double the “likeness” if I may put it that way. And in case you don’t know, corn did help me to go when I was constipated due to the pregnancy.
Okay, back to the subject. This grilled Oaxacan corn is one of my favorite. Oaxaca is a state located in Southwestern of Mexico. It is known for its diversity in people and culture. Also well known for its cuisine. I haven’t had grilled corns for a while. I usually boil or steam the corns. It’s summer now and grilling can’t be anymore perfect in this weather. Despite grew up in a tropical country (which literally feels like summer all year long), we hardly ever did any grilling. Grilling didn’t seem to be very popular where I lived. Perhaps it’s the hot weather and we just took it for granted and the last thing we wanted was to be out there and grilling. It is the long winter that I’ve been exposed to at this part of the country that makes me really appreciate what summer really is. So, if you feel like grilling some corns, this recipe is perfect for you. All you need is some oil, lime juice, cayenne pepper, queso fresco or any of your favorite cheese and some cilantro, you are good to go !!!
Grilled Oaxacan-style Corn
- 4 ears of corn (husks removed)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice if possible
- 3 Tbsp of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/4 tsp of freshly cracked ground black peppers
- 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (or more if you like a bit more heat)
- 1/2 cup of crumbled queso fresco / goat cheese/ cotija cheese/ parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of freshly chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
- Pinch of salt
Preheat your grill to medium-high. In a medium-size bowl, whisk the mayo, lime juice, 1 1/2 Tbsp of oil, black pepper, cayenne peppers, and pinch of salt
Brush each corn with the remaining olive oil and place on a grill. Do not move the corn around so it can have nice sears. Turning the corn after few minutes, so it has nice sears all around. It'll take about 12 to 15 minutes for each corn to cook
Remove the corn and place on serving platter and brush each corn with the mayo mixture. Crumbled in the queso fresco or any cheese you use and sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Serve immediately
If you don't like grilling, you can boil the corn for about 8-10 minutes or steam the corns for 5-8 minutes and then brush with the lime juice mixture and proceed with the rest of the recipe