If you ask me, a really sweet ear of corn needs no help in making it ready to eat – no butter, no salt, just plain. But when you combine corn and lime something amazing happens. The sweetness of the corn with the tart lime flavor are sublime together. This corn with lime butter is a great way to wow your guests at the backyard BBQ and it couldn’t be more simple.
If you don’t want to make corn on the cob, just mix up the lime butter, toss it with cut corn and fresh cilantro and you have an amazing dish that will be a perfect side with anything you put on the grill.
All you need is a half stick of unsalted butter, the zest of one lime, a pinch or two of salt and corn in any form. Seriously it’s that easy but it will elevate corn to something entirely better,
If you have no idea what I’m talking about when I say lime zest, check out this super fast, 45 second video tutorial.
If your guests don’t happen to use every drop of this heavenly butter, store the leftover lime butter in the refrigerator for at least a couple of weeks. Or freeze for several months if it is tightly wrapped.
How to Cook Corn on the Cob
On the grill – This my favorite way to cook corn on the cob. I remove the husks and place them directly on the upper rack. Let them roast for 3-5 minutes. I like a little snap to my corn, so I keep the cooking time short. If you don’t have an upper rack on your grill here’s how to do it. Take a large roasting pan and place it upside down on the grill. Put a wire rack on top of it and put the corn on the wire rack. This will give it some extra space away from the flame.
I know that some people wrap the corn in foil to grill it, but I don’t like to create more trash, and this direct method works well. Cooking it unwrapped also gives the corn a little color.
On the Stove – Boiling corn on the cob an easy way to cook corn on the cob. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, drop in your husked corn and cook 2-5 minutes. I like my just heated but still with a bite. If you like it a little softer, go the full 5 minutes.
Other ways to use Lime Butter
- This lime butter is also fantastic on fish with an extra squeeze of lime juice.
- Toss your roasted potatoes with a couple of tablespoons and top with chopped green onion or chives.
- Spread onto gluten-free corn bread
- For a fun and interesting snack, toss this lime butter with popcorn.
- Brush this lime butter onto grilled shrimp and serve with lime wedges.
Corn with Lime Butter
- 6 ears of corn
- zest of one lime
- 4 tbsps unsalted butter
- pinch of salt
- chopped cilantro
- Place all the ingredients in a small pot and heat very gently over the lowest flame.
- Stir it well and remove from the heat as soon as the butter is melted.
- For corn on the cob, you can refrigerate the butter in a nice dish to solidify it
- If using cut corn add the butter as soon as it is melted and toss with some chopped cilantro.