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Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Total Time
35 mins

Cooking corn on the cob in its de-silked husk keeps the kernels moist and adds a nice grassy flavor. For less fuss, feel free to fully husk the corn and wrap it in foil.

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime zest
 1 teaspoon chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
 6 ears sweet corn
Step 1

At home: Combine butter, zest, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small resealable plastic bag. Mush around to combine thoroughly. Chill until ready to use, then bring to room temperature.

Step 2

At home or campsite: Pull back husk from each ear without detaching from bottom of cob. Remove as much silk as possible and fold husk back over ears. Soak ears in water for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Step 3

At home or campsite: Drain ears, open husks, dry ears with paper towels, and spread evenly with butter mixture. Fold husks back over ears and tie in place with kitchen string or strips of husk. Corn can be kept at this point, chilled, up to 24 hours.

Step 4

At campsite: Prepare grill for indirect medium heat (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds). If using charcoal, bank coals evenly on opposite sides of the firegrate, leaving a cooler center section; if using gas, turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat 10 minutes. Then turn off one burner and lower others to medium. Grill corn over cooler spot, covered, until tender and charred, 20 minutes. Serve with salt for sprinkling.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 112Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.9g8%

Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
Cholesterol 10mg4%
Sodium 150mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 17g6%

Dietary Fiber 2.5g10%
Protein 3g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.