Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob

Some ears of corn are so good that it would be a disservice to put ANYTHING on it.  I had some last week that was unbelievably sweet and plump, so when I saw some again at the store the other day, I snatched them up.  I got home and shucked the corn, threw them in a pot of boiling water, and stared down into the rolling bubble….mmmm….cook faster!  After five minutes I drained them, took that first bite and…!!!!!!!!!

Unnnnnghhhh.  It sucks.  It tastes like nothing.  Those little buggers were plucked from the Earth before they were ready.

Cue the chipotle lime butter.  Here’s how I fixed my corn:


4 ears corn on the cob
2 tbsp butter
1/8 tsp chipotle chile pepper (ground)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp lime juice
zest of 1 lime, finely minced
salt and pepper

To cook your corn, you can either grill it, steam it, or you can cook with my desired method, simply boiling it for about 5 minutes in salted water (shuck the corn first).
While your corn boils, melt the butter and whisk in all the other ingredients to combine.  Brush it over the corn while it is hot.  Mmm….much better.

Click here for the printable recipe

Thank you for reading!

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11 Responses to Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob

  1. norma823 says:

    I like to throw some sugar in the water when I taste them before cooking to add that sweetness just in case. I like your idea of the chipotle and lime….

  2. Beth says:

    I grew up on a farm, and my dad grew all the corn we ate. Needless to say, I’m pretty picky about eating corn on the cob! This is a great way to fix the corn that isn’t quite perfect.

  3. My brother went to school in New Mexico, and learned about this topping for corn from his girlfriend’s family: melt butter, and combine with tequila and fresh squeezed lime juice (I believe the ratio he uses is 3 or4 (butter):1(tequila):1(lime). Pour/brush onto your grilled corn.

    Yes, I know this sounds bizarre, and I didn’t really want to try it when he brought it to my house for dinner. But its incredible! It has a very light and tangy taste, delicious!

    • Joanne says:

      I love adding liqueurs to food (I’m not really a drinker, but I have quite a large liqueur cabinet for my food LOL). This sounds like a nice application, thanks for sharing the idea!

  4. I hate, hate, hate when you get a bad ear of corn. It’s such a bummer.

    This sounds really good — tons of great flavors. Can’t wait until there’s some fresh corn at the market!

    • Joanne says:

      Yes it was disappointing to have 4 bad ears of corn 😦 Especially since I had such amazing corn a few days before that. This is the last time I try Florida corn LOL. I miss the corn I had when I lived in upstate NY.

  5. Mary Helen says:

    I love jazzing up corn with flavored butter. I’ve used a few different combos of herbs and spices, and now I’m looking forward to trying Chipotle and Lime. Thanks!

  6. This is awesome. I love grilling corn!

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