Grilled Corn with Sweet N' Spicy Drizzle
Hey friend! I've got a SUPER easy grilled corn method with a sweet n' spicy drizzle that will be your next rock star side dish for your summer cookouts!
I hope you're gearing up for a great 4th of July holiday! Do you have cool, photogenic sunglasses and an awesome inflatable pool accessory (swan, avocado, donut, etc.)? Most likely. :) What about your red, white, & blue-themed menu for the 4th? I can help with this! There are lots of red & blue recipes floating around, but unless you're planning on having potato salad or marshmallows, the "white" part of this color scheme can be a tough one. My grilled corn with sweet n' spicy drizzle uses sweet yellow or white corn and a cream-colored tahini sauce with cayenne pepper, which makes a nice white & red color to add to the party!
I think grilled corn screams summertime. In fact, I never really eat corn any other time of year. I just think grilled corn is perfect to serve at summertime events like BBQ's, low-country boils, and picnics.
While grilled corn with salt, pepper, and butter is fine, I was ready to jazz up the standard recipe. When your friends & family have a taste of this recipe, they'll be asking you to bring it to ALL the future outdoor cooking events!
I love this recipe because-
- The cooking method doesn't require any aluminum foil or messy clean-up
- The drizzle takes minutes to assemble before heading out to the grill
- It makes sweet corn even sweeter, but with a spicy flare
- It's the perfect balance of classic grilled outdoor fare with refined tahini sauce
Grilling the corn
If you couldn't tell from my other recipes, I'm all about saving time & ingredients but still making an incredibly tasty recipe. I love to find tricks & ways to save time and energy. This corn grilling method falls right into that time-saving category.
Here's how I do it -
First, peel back the outer layers of corn husk, but leave them attached so that you're creating a natural "husk handle" for the ear of corn. :)
Once you get down to the strings of silk, take a wash cloth and quickly rub them off into the trash. You don't worry about getting off all the silk, because the remaining strings will burn off over the grill.
Make sure your hot grill is oiled.
Then, lay peeled-back corn directly onto the grill but leave the husk handles halfway off the flame. (When you close the grill lid, leave the husk handles halfway out.)
Grill directly over the gas or coals and rotate every 5-8 minutes. Depending on your desired level of char, cook for a total of 15-20 minutes.
When you pull them off the grill, give them a healthy spray of olive oil before adding the tahini drizzle.
I made this recipe with local North Carolina corn, so check your local famers markets and grocery stores for your local corn. Local produce is ALWAYS best. :)
For the Tahini Drizzle
In case you forgot, tahini is made of ground sesame seeds. Think of it kind of like a cousin to peanut butter. :)
The thing about tahini sauces are, they'll change your life. Seriously, you could be eating anything and think "You know what would be amazing on here? Some tahini sauce."
The basis of most tahini sauces I've made from other cooks/bloggers is the winning combo of tahini + fresh lemon juice. I'm staying on track with that theme, here's how I make my sweet & spicy drizzle:
Start by measuring 1/4 cup tahini*, 1 tbsp sticky sweetener of choice (I love agave), + 1 lemon juiced (about 3 tbsp) into a bowl. Mix well then add 1 tsp olive oil, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. I also usually end up adding a pinch of sea salt & pepper as well as about 1/4 cup of water to thin out the sauce. Whisk all ingredient again until well combines and ready for drizzling onto the hot grilled corn.
That's it, my friend! I usually mix up my tahini drizzle and take it out to the grill. As soon as the grilled corn are done, I take a large spoon and drizzle all over the bunch. If you have serious spicy food fans, you can add an extra shake of cayenne on top the drizzled corn.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a blast this weekend with a yummy ear of corn in your hand!
Here's to freedom, family, and grilled corn... Cheers!
Grilled Corn Nutrition:
Tahini Sweet N' Spicy Drizzle Nutrition:
*You can find tahini in the "ethnic foods" or nut putter isle of your local grocery store. I've found tahini in ALL kinds of grocery stores. Not exclusive to fine foods grocers.