This grilled street corn recipe is a take on classic Mexican street corn. It’s made with a blend of Indian spices and topped with cilantro for a pop of fresh flavor.
This grilled street corn recipe is inspired by the roasted or grilled corn offered by street vendors all across Mexico. I’ve added a Sukhi’s twist by using the Madras Vegetables Complete Spice Mix for a deeply flavorful sweet corn. If you have any leftovers, cut kernels from the cobs and toss into your favorite salad.
What is Street Corn?
If you’ve never been to Mexico, you may be unfamiliar with the delicious street corn that’s sold on practically every corner. Also called elote, street corn is often topped with mayonnaise or sour cream, cotija cheese, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime juice. It’s a quick, cheap snack that’s popular among tourists and locals alike, and it’s incredibly easy to make at home.
Grilled Street Corn Ingredients
We’ve put a twist on the traditional Mexican street corn by adding a blend of Indian spices. For this easy street corn recipe, you’ll need:
- Fresh sweet corn
- Unsalted butter
- Madras Vegetable Spice Mix
- Cotija or queso fresco cheese
- Fresh cilantro
- Lime wedges
How to Make Street Corn
First shuck the corn, making sure to tie a few leaves into a knot at the base of the corn cob (this makes street corn easier to eat with your hands). Soak the corn in a bowl of water for a few minutes before grilling over medium-high heat.
While the corn is cooking, heat the spice mix and butter in a small skillet until fragrant. Once corn is finished cooking, place it in a packet of aluminum foil and pour the butter mixture over top. Seal the corn in the foil packet, then return to the grill for a few minutes.
Once the corn has been cooked in the butter mixture, remove it from the heat and top with fresh cilantro and crumbled cotija cheese. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn for a pop of flavor.
Tips for Making Street Corn
- If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can also make this street corn recipe inside on a grill pan.
- Don’t rotate the corn too much while it’s grilling, otherwise it won’t develop those lovely grill marks.
- The cilantro and fresh lime are optional, but they add lots of fresh flavor to this recipe.
More Indian Recipes:
- Mixed Vegetable Pulao
- Shrimp and Sweet Corn Curry
- Mixed Vegetable Pakora
- Indian-Spiced Quick Pickled Beets
- Paneer Tikka Masala with Bell Peppers
Indian-Style Grilled Street Corn
This grilled street corn recipe is a take on classic Mexican street corn. It's made with a blend of Indian spices and topped with cilantro for a pop of fresh flavor.
- 4 large ears corn
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 packet Sukhi’s Madras Vegetable Spice mix
- 1 cup cotija or queso fresco cheese , crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Fresh lime wedges (optional)
Remove the outer layers of the corn husks, leaving a few to fold over and tie with a string or a strip of corn husk.
Heat grill to medium high heat. Rinse corn of silk and place corn, husks down, in a bowl of water to soak.
Grill corn about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. While corn is grilling, heat butter and Sukhi’s Madras Vegetables Complete Spice Mix together in a small pan. Remove grilled corn to a large piece of aluminum foil and pour butter-spice mixture over corn, turning to coat evenly. Pull up sides of foil to make a small boat with an opening. Place back on grill and cover. Let cook another 5 minutes or so, turning corn occasionally.
Serve topped with crumbled cheese, fresh cilantro and lime wedges for garnish.