Chili Lime Grilled Corn

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5 from 6 votes
This Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Compound Butter is a Tex-Mex twist on a summer classic.  Summer and Sweet Corn are a marriage made in heaven. But plain sweet corn can get a little predictable. So I took some inspiration from one of my favorite Iron Chefs, Bobby Flay, and created a Chili Lime Grilled Corn recipe that is salty, sweet, spicy and creamy. Yum!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Corn on the cob with a red and white check napkin

This Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Compound Butter is a Tex-Mex twist on a summer classic.  Summer and Sweet Corn are a marriage made in heaven. But plain sweet corn can get a little predictable. So I took some inspiration from one of my favorite Iron Chefs, Bobby Flay, and created a Chili Lime Grilled Corn recipe that is salty, sweet, spicy, and creamy. Yum!

Corn on the cob with a red and white check napkin

I use the word marriage here with purpose because this corn on the cob recipe is everything a good marriage should be. It has its tender moments, a little bit of heat, a little tang, and very satisfying.

Why This  Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Compound Butter Recipe Works

Along with the perfectly grilled corn, the amazing compound butter makes this corn amazing.

What is Compound Butter? Compound butter is a mixture of butter and other ingredients. It is used to enhance flavor in various dishes.

Compound butter can be made by whipping room temperature butter with herbs or spices and then formed into a shape and wrapped in plastic and refrigerated to firm up.

How to Make Chili-Lime Corn on the Cob Recipe – Step by Step

  • Step One:  First, in a small bowl, combine butter and honey. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Next, add chili powder, and salt. (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Then squeeze in fresh lime juice and mix well.(Photo 3 below)

butter in a bowl, seasoning being added to bowl, lime being added to bowl.

  • Step Four:  Then add the Cayenne Pepper, mix again, and put in the refrigerator to firm up. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Five: Next, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and grill the corn.  Brush corn with Chili Lime Butter before serving.  (Photo 2 below)

Chilli lime corn

How to Grill the Perfect Corn for this Chili Lime Flavored Butter

As I stated previously, this recipe is inspired by my favorite Iron Chef, Bobby Flay. I just love the way that that manhandles a grill. I think it is because summers are so short here I savor every moment that we can grill outside.

With that in mind, here are some tips from the man himself on how to grill a perfect ear of corn.

Hand holding chili lime corn

Quick Tip for Shucking Corn for your Grilled Corn Recipe

1.) First, cut off the stalk of each ear about one inch above the last row of kernels.

2.) Next, microwave for two to four minutes.

3.)  Then, holding the uncut end, shake and squeeze the husk until the corn slides out.

Corn on plate with char marks

Expert Tips for Making the Best Chili Lime Corn

  • Add Bacon: Add bacon bits to your compound butter for extra crunch and amazing flavor.
  • Get Cheesy: Try adding some Feta or Queso Fresco Cheese.
  • More Spice: Use some more Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, or Cumin to add more heat.

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Corn on the cob with a red and white check napkin

Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Compound Butter

5 from 6 votes
This Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Compound Butter is a Tex-Mex twist on a summer classic.  Summer and Sweet Corn are a marriage made in heaven. But plain sweet corn can get a little predictable. So I took some inspiration from one of my favorite Iron Chefs, Bobby Flay, and created a Chili Lime Grilled Corn recipe that is salty, sweet, spicy and creamy. Yum!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 6 ears of corn husked
  • 1/8 teaspoon cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine butter, lime juice, honey, chili powder, salt and cayenne until mixed well.
  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • Place corn on preheated grill and grill for 6-8 minutes, or until slightly charred and cooked through.
  • Remove corn from grill and brush with Chili Lime Compound Butter. Garnish with Cilantro.

Expert Tips

Expert Tips for Making the Best Chili Lime Corn
  • Add Bacon: Add bacon bits to your compound butter for extra crunch and amazing flavor.
  • Get Cheesy: Try adding some Feta or Queso Fresco Cheese.
  • More Spice: Use some more Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper or Cumin to add more heat.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 1144kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 45g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 2450mg | Potassium: 1497mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 3805IU | Vitamin C: 45.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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8 thoughts on “Chili Lime Grilled Corn”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, is it wrong if I make this 3 times a week?! Seriously, all of my favorite flavors together! Love this recipe!

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  2. 5 stars
    We grilled burgers the other night and I made this corn to go on the side. It was fantastic! We’ll be making this corn the rest of the summer. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    Susanne

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