Recipe: grilled sweet corn with chili lime honey butter

Recipe: grilled sweet corn with chili lime honey butter


Recipe: grilled sweet corn with chili lime honey butter


There is no easier way to round out a BBQ than corn. A summertime cookout staple, corn adds color, flavor, variety and substance to a table that’s often filled with little more than a huge amount of meats – and it’s way easier to make than, say, potato salad or mac and cheese. Now, don’t get us wrong – we love a table full of meat as much as anyone – but it’s good to change things up every now and then.

This grilled corn with chili lime honey butter is a bit of a sweeter spin on elote – Mexican street corn. Rather than crema and salty cotija cheese, this recipe calls for using a compound butter that’s got honey in addition to chili powder and cayenne pepper.

Just place the cobs on a hot, well-oiled grill and turn until they’re lightly charred all the way around. The corn is further sweetened on the grill, as the heat caramelizes the corn to bring out its natural sweet flavors.

And if compound butter sounds scary to you, fear not: it sounds way fancier than it actually is (which means it will sound really impressive to everyone you feed). In reality, it’s about as simple as it gets – just add the spices, lime and honey to the butter, mix and voila!


  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 6 ears sweet corn, husk and silk removed
  • Salt and lime wedges, for serving

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