Kicked Up Corn

Kicked Up Corn

Summer is grilling season, picnics, pools, BBQ’s and friends.  Nothing reminds me of summer flavor like fresh sweet corn.  As a child growing up on a farm it quickly grew to my absolute favorite and something I always looked forward to in the summer.  I would slather so much butter on it that it would make Paula Dean jealous.  🙂

I still love butter on my corn but what I have a new love for is my corn on the cob to be kicked up a notch…hence the name.  This recipe adds so much more flavor to corn by draping it in olive oil (healthy fats-yeah!!) seasoning and a hint of lime finished off with a bit of Parmesan cheese.  The versatility of this is what I absolutely love.  You can boil or grill your corn and enjoy this flavoring!

Try this super simple flavor packed recipe to serve to your guests.  It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!


4 ears of corn

1-2t sea salt + 1 pinch

1-1/2T extra virgin olive oil

1/8t red pepper flakes

1/8t fresh cracked black pepper

1/8t garlic powder

1/4t lime juice

Optional: 2T fresh grated parmesan cheese



To flavor boiled corn:

Fill a pot large enough to hold all 4 ears of corn 2/3rd full of water.  Add 1-2t of sea salt to the water and place on the stove and bring water to a boil.

Once you have a roaring boil, carefully, without splashing water on you, add the ears of corn.

Allow water to return to boil and let corn boil 5-7 mins.

While corn is boiling, in a small dish combine olive oil, pinch of sea salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder & lime juice.  Mix well until combined

When corn is done boiling remove it from the water and place on a paper towel to absorb excess water.  Plate corn and using a basting brush, brush olive oil mixture over corn then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy!

To flavor grilled corn:

Place ears of corn on individual sheets of foil.

Brush with olive oil mixture and wrap ear of corn with foil being sure foil is completely closed.

Place over heat on the grill and cook about 15 mins, turning frequently.

Remove from grill and use caution when unwrapping foil so the steam doesn’t burn you.

Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired and dig in!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 ear- without/with parmesan cheese
Calories 145 / 200
Fat 6g /10g
Carbohydrate 21g / 22g
Sugar 4g / 4g
Protein 4g / 8g

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