Mexican-Style Street Corn

For this Mexican-style street corn, sweet corn is grilled, slathered with lime mayonnaise, and sprinkled with cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce.

Three ears of grilled Mexican-style street corn slathered with lime mayo and sprinkled with cilantro, cheese, hot sauce

Proust may have moved to near tears by a madeleine. Some of us feel that exact same way about our first Mexican-style street corn experience. Although it’s not anything emotional or childhood-related, it’s simply that we’re haunted by the juxtaposition of smoky and sweet, crisp and creamy, salty and tangy. Good luck getting this recipe outta your mind once you’ve had a taste.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Mexican-Style Street Corn

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  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • Serves 4
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  • Make the lime mayo
  • Make the street corn


Make the lime mayo

In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lime zest, and lime juice and season with salt and pepper. (You can cover and refrigerate the lime mayo for up to 3 days.)

Make the street corn

Preheat the grill.

To husk the corn: Boiling Method: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the corn, still in their husks, and cook until just tender when pinched with tongs, 5 to 8 minutes. If the corn is bobbing up out of the water, place a heatproof plate on top to keep them submerged. Using tongs, transfer the corn to a platter and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes, then pull back the husks and remove the silk. Tie the husks together with kitchen string to create a handle to use when eating.

Microwave Method: Microwave the corn in their husks for a couple of minutes. Using tongs, transfer the corn to a platter and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes, then pull back the husks and remove the silk. Tie the husks together with kitchen string to create a handle to use when eating.

Brush the corn with olive oil. Grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred in spots, 5 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the corn to a platter. Slather the corn with some of the lime mayo (you’ll have leftover lime mayo, which ain’t a bad thing) and sprinkle with the cilantro and cheese. Serve right away with hot sauce. Originally published July 3, 2018.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Fresh off the grill and loaded with flavor, this Mexican-style street corn knows how to make an entrance! This looks great on a platter and I loved how the husk handle kept my hands cleaner. Can't wait to serve this again at the next grill-out!

Don't skimp on the lime, salt, or hot sauce here. I was actually so excited to eat the first corn of the season that I completely forgot the hot sauce. The corn was good. Then the next day I ate the remaining half an ear with some red hot sauce from a Mexican taco spot I love and OHMYGOD was that a huge bump in flavor and deliciousness. I want to mix some of that and some of the cilantro into the mayo so it melts into every nook and cranny of the hot corn and then add more of both.

I tried both the boiling and microwave methods and thought both worked well. The microwave was faster and had less cleanup, which is always a perk.

I made this corn last weekend and it's still fresh in my mind. I've thought about it multiple times. My dad, who can be rather particular, loved it and insisted we serve it for guests at our next grill-out. Score!

This decked-out Mexican-style street corn was delicious. The combination of buttery mayo with the right amount of tang from the lime made the slathered ears of corn delectable but not too rich. Some may enjoy the additional tang of vinegary hot sauce, though I think I would have liked just a sprinkle of cayenne and chili powder instead to add complexity to the overall flavor. Overall, a tasty recipe that’s easy enough so I can make it all summer long.

What a fun addition to my summer cooking repertoire! My kids and I loved the tangy acidic kick of this corn on the cob.

To save time or in the winter months, I think the recipe would be fabulous with cooked frozen corn and a couple of scoops of the lime mayo and a handful of the toppers. I am so thrilled to learn the "new-to-me" technique of easily shucking the corn on the cob with either the boiling or microwave method. Personally, I prefer the microwave method but both work just fine!

A very close cousin to Mexican eloté, this is a great way to prepare fresh corn on the cob. All of the flavors meld perfectly, so the lime, cilantro, cheese, and hot sauce come through in every bite.

The tied-back husks make a nice "handle" for eating the corn and help avoid getting the lime-mayo on your hands. Boiling the corn in their husks does make them easier to clean.

Everything goes better with cheese and, surprisingly to me, that includes corn. This Mexican-style street corn was easy to make and produced an attractive side dish for a variety of main courses. It did make me wish for a handy food truck, but I can't have everything.

The method of boiling the corn with the husks on was successful in removing the silk; however, to me it worked about the same as the microwave method. The advantage of microwaving the corn is that you do not have to wait for the water to boil. When in a hurry, perhaps because you mistimed the main dish (who, me?!), it’s easier to toss it in the microwave.

With corn growing all around me at this time this is a recipe I will be returning to.

This was as good as any Mexican-style corn that I have eaten in any restaurant. The corn cooking technique was a good one and this method worked well to remove the silk. The lime mayo was tasty and easy to prepare long before dinner was on the table. The timing for boiling the corn as well as the timing to char the corn was perfect.


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  1. I am planning a Cinco De Mayo large party. Has anyone done this with the corn cut off the cobs? It would be so much easier to serve this for a crowd if it were cut off.

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