Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Summer’s Fresh Corn

Right now, fresh corn on the cob is at its seasonal best and even better, cheapest price. Locally grown stuff can be had for mere pocket change at produce stands all over the country. Take advantage of the season and have a meal of just corn!! YUM!

Here’s today’s TRICK:

When buying corn, get the freshest possible stuff you can find. The sugars in the corn quickly become starch and the flavor just isn’t the same. Look for fresh ears with silk that hasn’t even started to brown yet. Pull down one of the husks and check it out before you buy or you may take home a bunch of worms or lousy corn, eewww!

Here’s a TIP:

GRILL your corn! Hey, if you’ve got the grill already fired up, why heat up the kitchen with a pot of hot water? Clean the corn and throw it RIGHT on the grill. You can move it around for about 5 to 10 minutes on the grill grates, depending on how hot it is. I just like my corn to get nice and marked up. Pull it and keep it warm. Once you’ve had grilled corn like this, you’ll never want anything else!

And your fresh corn RECIPE:

Okay, so if you’ve grilled your corn, then I have a recipe for a compound butter you’ve just gotta try! It’s the BEST thing going… absolutely LOVE it!

Using a knife, rub a big blob on your corn and dig in! You won’t need any salt or anything, just this delectable butter, yum!

Spicy Compound Butter

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Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 8


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder


  • In a small bowl, whip together all ingredients using an electric beater or do it by hand.
  • Once everything is well combined, place it in a sealed container and keep in the fridge till ready to use.


Makes enough for about 8 ears of corn.
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