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Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

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Corn on the cob is one of our favorite summertime dishes. I could make (and have) an entire meal of it alone. Thoughts of the kernels dripping with butter and salt brings so many fond memories of summer meals with family and friends. So why change such a simple and perfectly wonderful way of eating corn?

Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter

I have encountered plenty of skeptics when I suggest trying cilantro-lime butter on their precious ear of sun-ripened golden corn. After reluctantly adding a bit of the spiced butter to a small corner, more often than not the reaction is a wide-eyed “Oh my god, I’ll never eat corn without this again.”

The lime juice wakes up the flavor of the corn, enhancing it without becoming overpowering. The cayenne pepper adds just a bit of spice and together with lime juice combines together to give sweet, sour and spicy notes all at the same time.

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Corn Cilantro Lime Butter

This corn on the cob recipe makes a great addition to a picnic or barbecue. Try it with some of other great picnic recipes such as Barbecue Chicken with Pineapple Chipotle SauceCurried Cold Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad and our delicious Salad with Fruit Walnuts and Feta Cheese. And, don’t forget our Ultimate Sangria Recipe, which will be a hit at any get together. 

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Yield: 6 servings

Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

Cilantro Lime Corn Recipe

Corn on the cob with cilantro lime butter - so much more flavor than plain butter!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 6 Ears Fresh Corn
  • 1 Stick (113 g) Butter, Softened
  • 1 Tablespoon (13 g) Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup (15 g) Fresh Cilantro, Packed
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/8 (0.5 g) Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Remove husk and silk from the corn. (Optional) Cut the corn into 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) rounds.
  2. Add enough water to a pot so that the corn will be fully covered. Add the sugar and bring the water to a boil.
  3. In the mean time, zest the lime and add the juice and zest to the butter in a small dish.
  4. Finely chop the cilantro and add it to the butter. Combine thoroughly. The butter mixture can be made in advance and placed in the refrigerator.
  5. When the water begins to boil, add the corn and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the corn from the water and drain thoroughly.
  7. Place the rounds in a large bowl and add 1/2 of the butter, allowing it to melt over the top.
  8. Serve the remaining butter with the corn so that each person can add as much as they like.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 Ear of Corn

Amount Per Serving Calories 209Total Fat 16.2gSodium 120mgCarbohydrates 16.6gFiber 2.1gSugar 4.5g

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