Ah, corn on the cob — a quintessential summer treat. But if you’re looking to elevate this classic side dish, I’ve got a secret for you: Cajun Corn on the Cob. Spicy, creamy, smoky, and bursting with flavor, this recipe is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Here’s the exact recipe that will make your backyard BBQs the talk of the town.
- Fresh corn (4 ears)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Vegan mayonnaise (or regular if preferred)
- Sour cream or Mexican crema
- Cajun spice
- Smoked paprika
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Fresh cilantro
- Feta or cotija cheese
- Fresh limes
- Chipotle or chili powder (optional)
- Corn Prep: Begin by husking the corn ears and cleaning any stray silks.
- Spice Blend: In a separate bowl, combine cajun spice, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Creamy Coating: In another bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sour cream (or Mexican crema) until smooth.
- Garnishes Ready: Crumble your feta or cotija cheese and chop your cilantro. Cut your lime into wedges or squeeze for fresh lime juice.
The Secrets Behind Perfect Cajun Corn on the Cob:
- Corn Selection: Always choose fresh corn with tightly wrapped husks and milky, plump kernels. This ensures sweetness and juiciness.
- Spices: Freshness counts! Make sure your spices haven’t been sitting in your pantry for years. Fresh spices elevate the flavor profile immensely.
- Lime Juice: Don’t skip it! Lime juice adds that zesty touch that complements the spicy flavors.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Servings: 4
- 4 ears of corn, husked
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 tablespoon mayonnaise (I used vegan mayo for a healthier twist)
- ⅓ cup sour cream or Mexican crema
- 1 ½ teaspoon cajun spice
- 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
- ½ cup feta or cotija cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chipotle or chili powder (optional, but recommended for that extra kick)
- Prepare the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. While it’s heating, brush each ear of corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Grill the Corn: Place the corn on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until it’s charred and tender. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Mix the Cajun Cream: While your corn is grilling, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream (or Mexican crema), cajun spice, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl. Make sure it’s well combined.
- Dress the Corn: Once your corn is grilled to perfection, remove it from the grill and immediately brush each ear with the spicy cajun cream mixture.
- Add the Toppings: Sprinkle the coated corn with crumbled feta or cotija cheese, chopped cilantro, and drizzle with lime juice. For those who love a fiery kick, a sprinkle of chipotle or chili powder is the way to go.
- Serve and Enjoy: Present your masterpiece on a platter and watch as it becomes the star of your meal. Dive in and enjoy the mix of smoky, creamy, and spicy flavors. It’s truly a taste sensation!
Pro Tip: If you’re not a fan of the grill, you can also boil or steam the corn until tender. Just make sure to char it slightly on a stovetop or with a kitchen torch for that smoky flavor.
How To Store Leftovers:
- Wrap individual corn cobs in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, you can microwave for 1-2 minutes or warm them on the grill or in the oven until heated through.
Hints & Hacks:
- If you’re short on time, you can buy pre-mixed Cajun seasoning instead of making your blend.
- For those who like it extra spicy, consider adding a touch of cayenne pepper to your spice mix.
- Corn can also be cooked in the oven: just roast at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally.
Pair your Cajun Corn on the Cob with grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, or a zesty shrimp boil. Throw in a refreshing summer salad and you’ve got yourself a feast!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can grill the corn ahead of time and then simply warm it up when you’re ready to serve, followed by adding toppings.
- What if I don’t have a grill?
You can roast the corn in the oven at 400°F for about 20 minutes or until tender.
- Can I use regular paprika instead of smoked paprika?
While you can, smoked paprika gives a distinctive smoky flavor that’s hard to replicate.
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In conclusion, Cajun Corn on the Cob isn’t just another corn recipe; it’s an experience. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, a family get-together, or simply want a flavorful side dish for dinner, this recipe is a must-try.
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