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4 Ears of Mexican Grilled Corn on a Plate with Lime Wedges and Sauce on the Side
Mexican Grilled Corn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Soak time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This Mexican grilled corn will steal the show at your next cookout! Fresh corn is smothered in a zesty sauce, grilled to perfection and served with a sprinkling of cilantro. You'll want to make this flavor-packed side dish all summer long!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 4 ears fresh corn (in the husk)
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (or more, for extra heat)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  1. If your corn husks are on the dry side, soak them first. Fill a large container (such as stock pot, a baking dish, or two) with water.

  2. Submerge the corn in the water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.

  3. While the corn soaks, stir the mayonnaise, butter, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl.

  4. When the corn has finished soaking, remove it from the water and gently blot dry with a towel.

  5. Peel back the husk from each ear of corn without removing it.

  6. Remove the silk from each ear of corn.

  7. Brush half of the sauce over each ear of corn, then reclose the husk over the corn.

  8. Heat a barbecue grill to medium high.

  9. Place the ears of corn on the grill, away from direct heat.

  10. Grill the corn for about 15 minutes, turning once, halfway through.

  11. Gently peel back a section of one of the husks. If the corn kernels are tender, the corn is done.

  12. Remove the corn from the grill and let it sit for a few minutes, until the husks are cool enough to handle.

  13. Peel back the husks, sprinkle the corn with salt and pepper to taste, then with cilantro. Serve with the reserved sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Grilled Corn
Amount Per Serving (1 ear)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 158
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.6g27%
Saturated Fat 3.1g16%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 459mg13%
Carbohydrates 30.8g10%
Fiber 4.6g18%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 5.3g11%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 25mg139%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.