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A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round!

This Mexican street corn off the cob reminds me of Anthony Bourdain’s ability to transport you to another country and to try something new.

They say you can mourn someone you’ve never met before and I truly believe that after this weekend. I know it may seem silly to mourn a “celebrity’s death” but I think any death is sad, especially one that’s untimely and one that leaves you with hundreds of questions.

I feel that even though Anthony Bourdain was a celebrity, above all, he was human.

I’ve never met the guy but I did watch a lot of his shows and his storytelling was captivating. It transported you to each location and I felt that after each episode, I yearned for more and I had a desire to travel.

If I were to sort out my feelings over this, I think it affects me a lot because he was an inspiration to me. Traveling for food, learning about one’s culture through food — that is what inspires Jason and I to travel and that is what Anthony did. He literally went to every country with no judgement and truly wanted to learn. I hope we all learn from this tragic event and carry on his spirit by exploring the world, being bold with food, and knowing to seek out help when you need it or reaching out to someone if you think they need it.

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe

Thoughts on my Mexican street corn recipe

I have been pining to make this Mexican street corn off the cob since last year.

I LOVE Mexican street corn but is there anything more awkward than eating an entire corn on the cob at the table with your friends? Haha

I mean, I know it’s totally fine but I really hate it because 1. it’s messy and 2. you get so much stuck between your teeth and if you don’t carry floss or toothpicks with you, it can get real annoying!

There are some restaurants apparently that if you ask, they will cut the corn off the cob for you when you order Mexican street corn.

So that got me thinking…then why not just make the entire dish IN a bowl OFF the cob in the first place?!

Well, that is exactly what I did and I could’ve eaten this ENTIRE bowl.

It’s incredibly easy to make and has loads of flavor.

The best part? Your face won’t be covered in cheese, mayo, or corn.

However, I guess if you are all about the experience, you could make this on the cob too but I like it in a big bowl because it’s easier to divide up and share as a side dish!

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe

Can I use frozen corn?

Yes, just thaw it and make sure it’s warm (microwave or stovetop).

Can I grill the corn on the cob first?

Yes! That’d be so good.

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe

I can’t find cotija cheese

You can use feta!

I don’t like cilantro

Friend, neither do I.

I think it tastes like soap.

You can sub parsley!

Can I use vegan mayo?

You can use whatever mayo you want.

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe

Should this be served warm or cold?

You can do either but it’s best warm!

How does this keep?

You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

I think this is best eaten as quickly as possible and I’m sure you won’t have trouble with that!

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe

This Mexican street corn would be great to serve with a summer panzanella, grilled lime butter shrimp, or these grilled chicken kebobs!

If you’re looking for another version of this Mexican street corn off the cob, try this smoky poblano Mexican street corn off the cob!!

A less messy way to eat Mexican street corn! This Mexican street corn off the cob is one you'll want to make for all your parties year-round! #mexicanstreetcorn #corn #mexican #sidedish #cornrecipe
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Mexican Street Corn off the Cob

A much less messier way to have your favorite side dish! Mexican street corn off the cob tastes just as great as the 'on the cob' version!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 328kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and kernels removed (about 3-4 cups depending on how large your corn is)
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 3 ounces cotija cheese, freshly grated or crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 green onion stalk, finely chopped
  • Handful of freshly of chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat then add the corn kernels. Spread in an even layer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until exterior is charred/browned, stirring frequently. Be careful of the popping action of the heated kernels!
  • Once charred/browned, place into a large bowl then mix in mayo, cotija, paprika, green onion, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix to combine then divide evenly and serve!

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Notes

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Street Corn off the Cob
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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Shannon Blackstone

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

I made this. It was excellent. Please don't be that girl. I don't need your life story. Put the recipe at the top. - Signed, The World

Richard

Sunday 13th of December 2020

@Julie Chiou, Thank you, I love to read, also your recipes, forget the naysayers, keep up the great work that you do.

Kali

Saturday 5th of December 2020

@Julie Chiou, all of your content is amazing!! I love the stories behind your dishes, for me it gives them that made with love feeling and it also helps me taylor each dish to my style the same way you do. Damn all the haters to hell Julie!!! Do you boo!!! Btw, can you please do a live stream cooking show one of these days? Even if its like a 30min meal, I would love to tune in!!!

Mike

Monday 23rd of November 2020

@Julie Chiou, this is great. Well said. Keep up the great work!!! @shannon (Karen) Blackstone get a life!

Me

Thursday 19th of November 2020

@Julie Chiou, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what most people want. Ain't nobody got time for that. Put your ego aside and be a person who wants to share just for the sake of sharing rather than for the attention.

Julie Chiou

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

i'm glad you enjoyed the recipe! so what you're saying is - you want an excellent recipe for FREE but don't want to take the time to scroll or press the jump the recipe button. i see how it is! you've come to a BLOG, which means it's not a recipe database which means there are real people and stories behind every single recipe. if you don't want to read it, the jump to recipe button is right there for you to skip all the content and get the recipe immediately. everyone that comes to my site is getting a recipe or recipes for FREE and yet there seems to be a massive issue with the extra content/information even though it's very easy to skip all that. I’m sorry but it’s damned if I do, damned if I don’t. If I threw up a paywall, would you pay? do you go to NY Times or WAPO and yell at them for having a paywall as a way to pay for their journalists? Having ads is the best alternative to help pay for running this website because websites aren’t free. There is maintenance cost behind it. It costs me $210 a month to just keep this website up on my web host. Now, add in ingredients and time to develop recipes and photograph, write, etc…pretty sure ads are ok by me if it helps keep content free...which clearly it helped you out b/c you got an excellent recipe....for free.

Kathy

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

I think I’m the only one wondering if I can use canned corn??

Laura

Thursday 7th of January 2021

@Kathy, I made this using canned corn and turned out great! Like Julie said, just drain first. I believe I used 2 15 oz cans no salt added sweet golden kernel corn. My husband and I both loved it! Thanks Julie!

Julie Chiou

Thursday 5th of November 2020

you can; just drain it prior.

Angela

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

I still miss him like yesterday!!! He was an amazing human!!!

Karen

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Loved this dish!! Great flavor, no leftovers!

Kelsey

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Love this recipe, it’s such an easy and flavorful side dish for weeknight dinners! I always want to take a photo of the finished product but get so excited to try it that I forget! I use feta and it comes out great every time.