Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Aug 25, 2010 at 4:06pm

I include this recipe here today in honor of the Great Minnesota Get Together, aka the Minnesota State Fair, which begins tomorrow. The grilled corn at the State Fair is sick it’s so good. Don’t watch while they drench – drench! – it in melted butter and you’ll enjoy it completely.

When I was a kid, I would eat corn only directly from the cob. Even if the corn were freshly sliced onto a plate, it lost its popping-in-the-mouth sensation, and therefore its flavor and fun. You might have spent the summer of ’72 finding the Stairway to Heaven in the backseat of a Ford Torino. I spent it toothless, cornless, and depressed (in a 5-year-old way), thanks to a mid-July bike crash with my not-friend Stacy.

These days my corn truth is more about freshness, butter, and salt than it is about cob vs. plate. I’ve come to prefer grilled corn over boiled – a few million Minnesota State Fair-goers might agree with me. Even if you’re a sweet corn purist, trust me that corn’s sweetness is set off nicely by subtle smoky heat and a squirt of fresh lime. A finishing crumble of tangy queso fresco can turn it all into a meal.

On or off the cob. Yeah.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter
Adapted from

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. minced cilantro or Italian parsley

8 large ears of corn, husked

lime wedges
coarse salt

optional: crumbled queso fresco (or feta) cheese

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add minced chipotles, fresh lime juice, and cilantro or parsley. Remove from heat.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill corn until cooked through and blackened in spots, turning frequently, about 6 minutes. Before taking the corn off the grill, brush generously with chipotle butter. Remove corn to a large platter. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt and optional queso fresco. Serve with lime wedges.

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  1. By FreshTartSteph on September 1, 2010 at 10:28AM

    Oooh Kate, that sounds amazing. The creaminess thing, killer. Thanks for the idea, mmm.

  2. By Kate S. on September 1, 2010 at 7:30AM

    This is one of my most favorite ways of eating fresh corn. I make a chipotle lime cream that we spread on the roasted corn and it's stupendous. Sour cream, lime juice and zest, pureed chipotle in adobo and some chili powder stirred together, then spread on the hot corn. Heavenly!!!

  3. By FreshTartSteph on August 26, 2010 at 4:05PM

    Thank you - you've got it, the chipotle flavor is subtle, not too hot, nicely smoky. I LOVE your blog! Such yummy recipes, thanks for the kind note :)

  4. By Cookin’ Canuck on August 26, 2010 at 12:58PM

    What a fantastic way to enjoy corn on the cob! The smokiness of the chipotle butter must complement the grilled corn really nicely.