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July 2014 Issue

Charred and Raw Corn With Chile and Cheese

Charred and raw corn with chile and cheese on a white plate with a spoon.
Charred and Raw Corn with Chile and CheeseRyan Liebe

All the flavors of a Mexican grilled corn on the cob, now in a convenient, tossed-together form.


Makes 4 servings

4 ears of corn, husked
1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings
1/2 red chile (such as Holland or Fresno), with seeds, thinly sliced into rings
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces fresh Cotija cheese or queso fresco, crumbled
1/4 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems

Step 1

Prepare grill for medium heat. Cut kernels from 1 corn cob and toss with shallot, chile, and lime juice in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Step 2

Brush remaining 3 ears of corn with 2 tablespoons oil and grill, turning occasionally, until very tender and charred in spots, 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

Step 3

Cut kernels from cobs and add to reserved corn mixture along with cheese, cilantro, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.

How would you rate Charred and Raw Corn With Chile and Cheese?

  • I use olive oil and S&P corn with some cayenne then BBQ I do half corn BBQ and half raw As Fresno’s are sometimes hard to find I substitute jalapeño or Serrano Chiles and depending on how spicy you like it I adjust the amount No cheese Spicy and delicious Wys Gigi

    • Anonymous

    • San Diego

    • 9/1/2019

  • This was sooo good! We had to use a habanero pepper instead but it was delicious!

    • Anonymous

    • Washington DC

    • 7/10/2017

  • I found this recipe to be quite bland. I added some jalapeno's, sautéed the chills and shallots as suggested and still found this to be missing something. Not a keeper for me.

    • tbien

    • California

    • 7/6/2017

  • Hello, you forgot to put the oil in the ingredients list. Thanks, looks great, will try this asap, sharing it, too.

    • redhed

    • Florida

    • 7/1/2017

  • I mixed all the ingredients together and let it sit until just before serving. I sauteed in a fry pan coated with cooking spray and cooked until slightly charred and shallots and chilies were cooked - REALLY GOOD! and so easy.

    • karenfar

    • Huntington Beach, CA

    • 1/23/2017

  • Like this recipe very much with a additions. I added avocado because I had them-nice counterpoint to the spicy and cilantro. I would use a jalepeno-this needs some punch. And I am going to try someone else's suggestion to use this as a topping for sauteed scallops.

    • ruthgp

    • colorado

    • 9/5/2016

  • Delicious! Made as written.

    • rlykins

    • Sydney, Australia

    • 8/2/2016

  • This is a beautiful and tasty dish. Perfect for summer. An absolute must is using fresh corn from farmers market. It is delicious served at room temperature - makes adding it to a dinner very easy because it doesn't need to be made at the last minute.

    • Kamenari

    • San Rafael, CA

    • 8/6/2014

  • YUM! My neighbor made this recipe first and shared some with me...great neighbor. loved it so much I made it myself. i had 5 ears of corn, so i grilled 4 and used one raw...just to make a little extra. substituted a jalapeno and some cyan because that's all i had. fresh lime and evoo. it's roasty, fresh and bright. I'll say it again...YUM!

    • TLD1423

    • Kingston, NY

    • 7/30/2014

  • We like to make the most of fresh corn season and this gives us another opportunity to let corn shine. Will definitely make this again, maybe mix up the peppers depending upon what is ready for picking from our garden.

    • grazianolinda

    • Hanover Park, IL

    • 7/28/2014

  • I used feta, jalapeno, and wound up adding a little sherry wine vinegar and it was good. The leftovers were fantastic on top of pan seared scallops.

    • amyroberts

    • Caldwell, ID

    • 7/27/2014

  • We very much enjoyed this salad. Great interesting and different side with a grilled summer supper.

    • acierno

    • Bloomfield hills, Mi

    • 7/22/2014

  • We made the recipe as is and it was DELICIOUS. Will definitely make again and again.

    • sillysara

    • Brooklyn, NY

    • 7/21/2014

  • We just didn't enjoy this very much. I don't see the point of the raw corn in this dish. It was very much more a salsa in my opinion. Just ok and not something I'd repeat. :/

    • nastysuprise

    • Mpls

    • 7/19/2014

  • Love loved love, night bright summery flavors. Does seem a bit more like a salsa then a salad though. Quick and easy will make again and again.

    • ewells

    • Overland Park, KS

    • 7/12/2014

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