Mexican Street Corn Recipe
How to make Mexican Street Corn
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pound frozen corn
1/4 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon sriracha or to taste
Kosher salt to taste
lime salt optional, to taste
1/2 cup cotija cheese or queso fresco, crumbled
1/4 cup cilantro to taste
chili powder to taste
1 lime cut into wedges
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add sugar. When water is boiling, add corn and cover with lid.
Simmer corn for 3-5 minutes or until corn is cooked though and tender.
While corn in simmering, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sriracha, Kosher salt, and lime salt in a small bowl.
When corn is done cooking, drain well and return to pan. Allow to cool for about 3 minutes. Add sriracha-mayo mixture to the corn and until well combined.
Divide corn into 4 individual cups.
Top with queso fresco, cilantro, a dash of chili powder, and a lime wedge. Serve immediately.
YIELD: 4 SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 325 | TOTAL FAT: 18g | SATURATED FAT: 5g | TRANS FAT: 0g | CHOLESTEROL: 20mg | SODIUM: 375mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 36g | FIBER: 3g | SUGAR: 8g (includes added sugars from the 2 tablespoons of sugar) | PROTEIN:8g
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use fresh corn instead of frozen corn?
Yes, you can definitely use fresh corn. You would need to husk the corn and remove the silk, then cut the kernels off the cob before proceeding with the recipe.
Can I grill the corn instead of boiling it?
Yes, you can grill the corn to add a smoky flavor. You would need to defrost the frozen corn, skewer them if desired, and grill them until they have some color, before proceeding with the recipe.
What can I substitute for cotija cheese?
If cotija cheese is not available, you can substitute with feta cheese or parmesan. Both have a similar crumbly texture and salty taste.
What if I don’t have sriracha sauce?
If you don’t have sriracha, you can substitute it with another hot sauce of your preference, or even a bit of chili powder. Be sure to adjust the quantity according to your taste.
Can I use other types of cheese if I don’t have cotija or queso fresco?
Yes, feta or grated parmesan can be good substitutes. They may alter the flavor profile slightly but will still be delicious.
What is lime salt and where can I find it?
Lime salt is a flavored salt made from granulated salt and dried lime zest. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store, you can substitute it with regular kosher salt and add extra fresh lime juice or zest for that tangy lime flavor.
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
This dish is best served immediately while the corn is still warm and the cheese is soft. However, you could prepare the sriracha-mayo mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, then cook the corn and assemble the dish just before serving.
How can I make this recipe vegan?
To make this recipe vegan, use a vegan mayonnaise and sour cream. You can substitute the cheese with a vegan cheese of your choice or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
What is the best way to serve Mexican street corn?
This dish is best served warm, immediately after it’s made. You can serve it as a side dish with tacos, grilled meats, or at a barbecue. Be sure to provide plenty of napkins, as it can be a bit messy to eat!