Thursday, July 19, 2012

Improv Cooking Challenge: Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter

Is the July Improve Cooking Challenge here already!? I feel like I just finished baking my Cherry Almond Scones! The theme for this month is corn and butter. I decided I wanted something simple to serve along side a BBQ dish. I ultimately decided to grill the corn and toss it in cilantro lime butter sauce because I was craving a margartia (few more months to go before I can indulge in one!). I loved the flavors of the corn side dish! They are unique, but familiar and versatile at the same time. This recipe made me think of other yummy flavor combos like, shrimp & corn in old bay butter sauce or corn & tomatoes in basil butter sauce....the list goes on and on! If you are interested  in joining the Improv Cooking Challenge (it is very fun, and very easy!) visit Kristen at Frugal Antic of a Harried Homemaker.  Watch out for next month's theme: tomatoes and pepper....I sense a pasta coming on!


6 ears of corn
3-4 Tbl salted butter (depending on the size of the corn)
3 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro
Juice from 1 Lime
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp black pepper
One pinch of sugar
Olive Oil


Shuck the corn and place on a large plate. Brush the corn with olive oil prior to grilling. Heat grill the medium heat. Rotating frequently, grill corn till lightly (or moderately- depending on preference) charred. Remove corn from grill.

While the corn is cooling, add butter, cilantro, lime, and seasoning to a small pot. Melt butter and stir ingredients till incorporated. Keep heat on low and cut the corn off the cobs. Place corn into butter mixture and toss till evenly coated.


  1. I almost made this for the challenge. :)

  2. I was just thinging this salad is similar to the Cookaholic Wife! I like the smoky flavors and fresh cilantro ingredients in this recipe.

    I made a corn and pasta salad for the challenge.

  3. MMMM Grilled Corn is one of my favorite ways to eat corn. I love the cilantro lime butter. Makes me want to crank up the grill right now!

  4. Fabulous! I am on a lime kick lately and I love your dish! Yum!

  5. Can't go wrong with lime & cumin & cilantro and a grill! Your corn looks marvelous!

  6. YUm yum yum - So simple yet so easy. I usually just toss my grilled corn with Old Bay but this looks so so delicious and is what I'll do the grilled corn next go around.

  7. Love this recipe! It's very colourful and combines so many delicious flavours!

  8. Oh wow...this salad looks beautiful with such warm spices! Looking forward to trying this beautiful dish!

  9. Mmm, this sounds similar to my recipe. I thought of adding cilantro, actually.

  10. Wow! I love the sound of the cilantro lime butter!! This sounds like such a fresh summer dish. Yum!

  11. Cilantro, cumin and cayenne...YUM! I am making this very soon.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Fritos Crusted Pollock.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  12. Wow, that cilantro lime butter sounds amazing! Definitely trying this one!

  13. This is a great recipe that we would just love! Hope you are having a great summer week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. What a perfect side dish...I love the flavors!