Corn on the Cob with Kick Recipe

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Spicy Corn on the Cob recipephoto: kristy for we heart this

Corn on the cob is one of our nation’s favorite vegetables to throw on the barbecue in the summertime. But why limit yourself to the same old butter & salt routine? You can take grilled corn to another level with the addition of a few kitchen staples!

Before we start livening up the corn, you may want a refresher on grilling this summertime fave. Check out The Reluctant Gourmet for grill tips and a basic (always delicious) butter/salt/pepper recipe. Next get to a farmers market or grocery store and stock up on some super fresh corn (see some buying tips here).

Now we’re ready to shake things up with some delicious toppings that will have your guests begging to know your secret. Follow the basic grill steps and replace the butter/oil with one of these combos:

Parmesan – Mix together 1/2 cup of mayo, 1 cup of shredded parmesan, a tablespoon of chili powder along with one teaspoon each of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Cayenne & Lime– Sprinkle to taste with cayenne pepper (or ground ancho or chipotle) and serve with lime wedges on the side.

Chipotle Butter – Mix together half a stick of softened butter, one finely chopped chipotle chile and one tablespoon adobo sauce (which can be found in the international section of most grocery stores).

Herbed butter – Mix together half a stick of softened butter with half a cup of your favorite chopped herbs (basil and cilantro are my faves).

Pesto – That’s it, just pesto. It’s divine!

For the Adventurous – Really want to get crazy? Drizzle melted chocolate and add a little sea salt. I haven’t tried it personally, but I’ve been told the salty/sweet combo is amazing!

we heartsters – what are favorite ways to spice up Corn on the Cob?


  • Kristy Bernardo

    Kristy is a personal chef, web designer, freelance writer, and the food blogger behind The Wicked Noodle. She’s a happily married mom to two girls, a bit of a tech geek and loves animals, yoga, long naps and anything with chipotle in it.

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  1. What about Old Bay?? That’s a staple for corn here in Maryland!

    1. YES! I love Old Bay – and it’s so good (with some butter too!) on corn on the cob! Oh and on potatoes on the grill too. It’s just so hard to find out here – boo.

    2. Yay Old Bay! It’s great on summer tomatoes, too!

  2. This corn looks delicious!! This recipe will be a life saver for me as we are getting a ton of corn from our CSA and need to find a bunch of different ways to prepare it. Yay!!

  3. Ok, it’s not even 9am and I am craving corn on the cob with that delicious sounding Parmesan concotion! I bet it would be good with differnet types of peppers too – I’m addcited to Harrisa at the moment (Tunisian hot chili) thanks to the Spice Station.
    Thansk for sharing @thewickednoodle

  4. Yummmmmy! It’s NO secret in my family how much I love corn.. ask anyone that knows me even a little! However, it has to be good though.. I’m used to the best corn. the kind that pops when you eat it and can stand on its own without butter and salt! Does anyone remember the corn from Jersey called, silverqueen corn? I is and was to die for. I’m so going to grill this coming weekend..
    Thanks for your tips and sharing @thewickednoodle

  5. Okay, that was funny.. I just clicked on the link to check out the grilling tips and the The Reluctant Gourmet is of the same mind as me.. Jersey Corn rocks as does the tomatoes! Yummy stuff from the Garden State!

    1. Jersey rocks with summer veggies! Too bad that’s the one Jersey cliche no one outside of the area knows.

  6. I love grilled corn in the summer. I usually do a herbed butter with mine, but your chipotle recipe sounds delish. Going to try it next.

  7. I could eat corn for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and your recipes have my mouth watering, @thewickednoodle ! Thank you!

    Has anyone ever had Elote Loco (Crazy Corn)? It’s an ear of corn slathered with mayo, mustard, ketchup, and Parmesan cheese. It sounds disgusting but tastes SO good! My friend owns a Peruvian restaurant and I beg him to make it all summer long.

    1. The parm cheese throws me off a bit! But I am more than willing to try it. At the LA County fair every year the grilled corn trucks have an enormous table full of toppings that people line up to use: ketchup, mustard, mayo, ranch dressing, hot sauce, all sorts of dry spices. I always thought they were crazy, but I think I may need to try it this year…

  8. Mmmmmmm, corn on the cob… it reminds me of childhood summers. Now that I’m older I avoid most grains, most of the time, but I make occasional exceptions for corn on the cob because it’s completely unprocessed and so good! I like to eat it plain because it’s so sweet all by itself but the chipolte butter recipe sounds so good! I’m going to have to try it. Great ideas @TheWickedNoodle !

  9. Ann Marie says:

    I do remember Jersey corn and tomatoes; nothing comes close to their flavor! My Mom had a friend who used to put grape jam on her corn on the cob…..interesting, Huh?

    1. I put Grape Jelly on my Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! It’ so yummy! I get the look from people who don’t do it. So, NO that sounds perfectly normal to me! LOL!

  10. In my family, it’s butter and salt! Lots and lots of butter and salt! I can’t have corn on the cob though due to my dental work so I get the canned stuff!

  11. Mmmm I want corn on the cob really really bad now. Maybe I’ll pick some up at the store next time I go grocery shopping! I usually just have salt and lots of butter and fresh ground black pepper, but these ways sound so delicious.

  12. my favorite corn is grilled with cheese and hot sauce and all that other good stuff. I had some recently from a southern food place nearby and it was absolutely amazing. It had Sriracha sauce on it. mmm!!

  13. OMG, you know what would be good too? Mashed Avocado with a little bit of salt and pepper.

    1. That sounds amazing, Stef! I must try it. And I definitely agree with everyone who said just butter and salt is great. Sometimes that’s all you need!


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