Sweet Corn with Lime-Cilantro Butter

It’s almost here, readers.  It’s almost summer!  Time for sundresses, pool parties, backyard barbecues, and all the fresh fruit and veggies your belly can hold.  Hooray!

I’ve already bought cantaloupe, cherries, and sweet corn this year.  I know all these things will get better as summer wears on, but I just couldn’t wait.  They were just there, staring me down, smelling like summer, and already looking pretty tasty.  I couldn’t resist.

This simple corn recipe is really quite flexible.  In fact, I’d prefer you think of it as a guideline.  Feel free to substitute any herb that fits your menu.  Add some grated Parmesan cheese if you’d like.  Just make sure you savor every sweet bite.


Sweet Corn with Lime-Cilantro Butter

an “Apple a Day” original


4 ears sweet corn, husked

2 TBSP butter

juice and zest of two limes

salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped


1.  Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Once water is boiling, add corn and boil for six minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, melt butter, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and pepper in the microwave or small pot.  Once melted, add cilantro and stir to combine.

3.  Remove the corn from the pot and carefully shake off excess water.  Lay in a shallow dish, then pour butter mixture over the top.  Serve immediately.

one year ago: sugar snap peas with sesame

two years ago: spiced nuts

three years ago: key lime cupcakes with white chocolate-coconut frosting

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  1. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    I have yet to have my first corn of the season, but I'm highly anticipating it. This looks like a delicious way to enjoy it! Nice pic too.

  2. Pretend Chef
    May 24, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    Kelsey your corn looks amazing and a great flavor combo. My guy decided one night to brush the ears with lime infused olive oil and throw some pickled jalapenos into the foil pack and grill the corn. So delicious. I will have to try your version as well next time he fires up the grill. Yummy!

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