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
Total: 13 minutes
Chili Lime Grilled Corn stacked.

Chili Lime Grilled Corn with Compound Butter is a Tex-Mex twist on a summer classic.  Summer and sweet corn are a marriage made in heaven. Tender sweet corn is grilled and coated in a bright, zesty flavored butter that takes it over the top.

Chili Lime Grilled Corn stacked.

Chili Lime Grilled Corn is the perfect accompaniment for chili lime chicken, fajitas, steak or summer tacos. Grab a margarita and enjoy.

Summer grilling recipes make everything better.


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What We Love About This Chili and Lime Recipe

This chili and lime corn recipe is so amazing. It really gives this ordinary vegetable a real kick. Perfect for summer or really any time you want an infusion of flavor.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Give a blurb
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, 8 simple ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone loves sweet corn, so this is an amazing recipe.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Put in a salad or reheat and eat as is.
Top shot of the corn.

Ingredient Notes

  • Unsalted butter, softened, 6 tablespoons.
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Chili powder
  • Salt: Sea salt works well for this dish. Kosher salt can also be used.
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Corn, 6 ears husked
  • Cilantro, fresh, chopped

Equipment Needed

How to Make Corn on the Grill no Husk

These are the basic steps for making chili corn on the cob. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition facts.

Squeezing the lime and preparing the chili coating.

STEP 1: MIX

First, in a small bowl, combine butter and honey. Next, add chili powder, and salt and then squeeze in fresh lime juice and mix well.

STEP 2: GRILL

Then add the Cayenne Pepper, mix again, and put in the refrigerator to firm up. Finally, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and grill the corn.  Brush corn with Chili Lime Butter before serving.

Cooking the corn and preparing the butter.

Prep and Storage Tips for Chili Corn on the Cob

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHILI AND LIME RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Peel the corn and store in the fridge in a zip top bag. Make the marinade and store in an airtight container and warm up in the microwave when you are ready to use.

HOW TO STORE THIS CORN ON THE COB SEASONING RECIPE

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cooked corn on the cob will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Corn can stay frozen for up to a month. Grill frozen corn for 25-30 minutes on medium heat.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Place your corn on a microwave-safe plate. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the dish and cover it with a plate or damp towel. Then microwave it on medium for 45 seconds and flip the corn over. Microwave for another 30 to 45 seconds.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try a low calorie butter substitute or olive oil also use a salt substitute.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CILANTRO?

Of course, if you do not like cilantro, try parsley or other herbs that you enjoy.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, use as much or as little of the this recipe as you desire.

HOW TO PICK THE BEST CORN?

You want the corn husk to be bright green, wrapped tightly against the corn and slightly damp. Don’t choose any husks that are starting to yellow or feel dry.

Holding an ear of cooked corn.

Expert Tips for Making This Lime Grilled Corn Recipe

  • Add Cheese: Cotija Cheese, Feta or Queso Fresco Cheese is a wonderful addition to this corn dish.
  • Variation tip: Lime zest is a wonderful addition to the corn on the cobb.
  • Grill Pan: Make on a grill pan on the stove.
  • Bacon: Bacon bits added to the mixture add extra crunch and amazing flavor.

What to Serve with Chili Lime Grilled Corn

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Chili Lime Grilled Corn stacked.
5 from 6 votes

Chili Lime Grilled Corn

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
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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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

 
  • Add Cheese: Cotija Cheese, Feta or Queso Fresco Cheese is a wonderful addition to this corn dish.
  • Variation tip: Lime zest is a wonderful addition to the corn on the cobb.
  • Grill Pan: Make on a grill pan on the stove.
  • Bacon: Bacon bits added to the mixture add extra crunch and amazing flavor.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn on the cob, grilled, vegetable

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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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