Throwing a few ears of corn on the grill and hearing them hiss and pop as they char to perfection…this is what summer eating is all about. But to only top off your grilled corn with plain ‘ol butter would be an injustice.
Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to seriously step up your corn game; often just adding a few key spices will do the trick. Rounded up here are seven grilled corn recipes that will transform the summer vegetable from basic to finger-licking masterpiece. Make the most of these precious last summer weeks by trying them all out.
PSA: Butter isn’t the only creamy add-on that pairs well with corn. This recipe combines mayonnaise with chili powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, and a touch of Parmesan cheese for a spicy Mexican-inspired twist. Make the mayo a bit healthier by going for an avocado oil-based version.
If you’ve never thought to pair pesto with corn, this one’s a game-changer. Blending cashews in with the other ingredients makes it super creamy—and ups the protein. And the cilantro and serrano chili balance each other out perfectly, ensuring freshness and zest with every bite.
Let’s be real here, everyone loves sriracha—and aioli. Marrying the two is a no-brainer. Smoky, savory, slightly sweet… this topping has it all.
It doesn’t take much Parmesan or garlic to totally transform any veggie, corn included. Mix the two starring ingredients with two tablespoons of pastured butter, and you have enough of a spread for four ears of corn.
If you’re someone who’s always reaching for the hot sauce, this one’s for you. Between the jalapeno, onion, garlic, and cumin, you’ll be feeling the heat. Want to tone it down a little? Just add a bit more Greek yogurt to the mix.
So many of the yummiest grilled corn recipes involve butter, mayo, or cheese, which can be a bummer if you’re vegan. This recipe uses tofu, nutritional yeast, almond milk, and a few extra spices for a tangy, cheesy sauce that’s completely dairy-free.
This buttery herb blend has the perfect balance of heat and freshness: cilantro, paprika, garlic, chili powder, lime. You’ll want to slather this on everything you eat, not just the corn.