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SummerTime! Fresh Corn on the cob! What do you put on it?

While how to buy and cook fresh corn on the cob is covered in another topic here (don't shuck and leave it); I want to know what do you like on your fresh, summertime corn on the cob?
Personally, my favorite is Fish sauce and real butter. If no fish sauce, soy.

But then, I've had a fresh cob with a smear of mayo and that was really good!

A cilantro butter and a curry butter also made the cut.

What say you?

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  1. Nothing!! After coming home from the farm with the freshest of fresh corn on the cob, picked just a few minutes ago, we hardly cook it at all let alone add another flavor to it. Haven't been disappointed yet. Lucky I guess.

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    1. re: Gio

      Oh yeah! That I picked it I cooked it and I ate it....all within an hour, taste beats all.

      For those of us not so lucky anymore.... (Oh geesh you had to remind me....sorta like corn sushi!)

      1. re: Gio

        I learned from somewhere (TV, mag?) the tip that corn doesn't need to be cooked just warmed. I bring a pot of salted water to a boil, put in the corn, cover, remove from heat, let sit three minutes, remove and eat. I like butter, salt and pepper.

        1. re: c oliver

          We took it straight from the field of my cousin's farm and did just that 50 years ago. Eat it raw on the drive home too. But the corn must be really fresh; the longer it sit, the more starch converts and the longer it needs to be cooked, at least 10 minutes if one lives in Parumph.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            I even use the warming technique with "store bought" corn. But I ONLY buy it when it's the absolute height of the season so I'm at least attempting to stack the deck in my favor. And I ONLY like white corn even that has anything to do with it.

            About 15 years ago when we moved to Oregon, I grew corn for a couple of years. One night the two kids (teens) and we were sitting around the table after dinner talking about how good that corn had been. The fever caught us. Becca the Elder started the already hot water going again and Amanda the Younger and I went out with a flashlight and picked four more ears. We still remember that has THE best corn we ever had. I'm sure the joy of sharing had a lot to do with the taste :)

      2. Butter and salt. Tried a sprinkle of Old Bay last weekend. I'll stick to butter and salt.

        1. Really fresh corn I can eat plain. But otherwise, Smart Balance margarine, salt, and pepper.

          1. Red chile powder, the other American dish.

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            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Now explain that chile powder! You sure did not pull that off the spice rack at the local supermarket (or else I wanna see that supermarket!).

              Now..a moderate chile power, maybe. The taste fits right in and we all know that chiles and corn are an ultra match up. But I want the heat to tease the fresh sweetness of the corn.

              Hum...cumin butter, now there's an idea!

              1. re: Quine

                One of my first teaching jobs almost 40 years ago was on the rez. Both Navajos (Dine) and Laguna/Acomas put red chile powder on corn on the cob; it is really good on pop corn too. I use Hatch hot.

            2. Lots of butter and Tony Casherie's in the green can.


              1. If it's fresh off the grill - just some salt and maybe some butter. At the fair, I must have my ear of corn with garlic salt and chile powder and the "butter" they schmear on it.

                1. In the corn field...Nothing
                  In the House...Grilled. Butter, S&P --- Boiled Butter, S&P or Cajun/Creole Seasoning --- Boiled in Crab Boil... Nothing. -------- Then sometimes just plain.

                  1. Never put anything on top of corn on the cob : ) It's not meant to be!

                    In China, they sell them fresh-boiled on the side of the road. It's like corn-on-the-cob-on-a-stick, and it's very popular when corn is in season like it was when I visited last!

                    Writing away about my latest 3 week adventure through China at http://katacomb.blogspot.com

                    1. I like it microwaved for 2 minutes and then just a bit of salt or vinaigrette.

                      1. Salted Butter. It's the only thing I use Salted Butter for. I usually use unsalted.

                        1. !: Salt and butter

                          2: Wrapped in Bacon!!!!

                          1. To my taste buds, good fresh corn off the cob needs no help. If I am in the mood, a little herb salt & pepper. I usually boil it (no grill) but I do enjoy that version especially when camping.

                            1. Right now I am loving my sweet corn wrapped in foil with some butter and grilled. I also will grill white corn in husk with zesty italian dressing squeezed inside. As the weather cools, I like to add a little heat to the corn by boiling it with crab boil. I am choking and sputtering ahile its cooking, but eat it (nose running too... I know TMI) as soon as I can put my lips to it without 1st degree burns to my lips. Sooo yummy!

                              1. Butter, lime and chile powder. Just like the street vendors in Mexico used to do. I grill the corn for only a few minutes. It's great!

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                                1. re: san antonio eater

                                  Yes! Wrapped in a corn tortilla to soak it all up.

                                  1. re: san antonio eater

                                    I second Butter,Lime and chile powder and I add super fine cut cilantro(mixed in with the butter

                                    1. re: LaLa

                                      I just ordered that sweet lime pepper sound s perfect good find kudos 2 u

                                    2. A brief steaming, then cooled just enough that when I add Kerrigold Irish butter it melts but doesn't all run off, and finished with a dose of garlic salt . . . wow! So good!

                                      1. Nothing at all. No butter, no salt, no pepper, no seasonings. During corn season, I microwave a couple minutes in the husk. As soon as it's cool enough to handle, strip back the husks (silk comes right off, no sticking), and eat. Don't get me wrong: I love the flavor of fresh corn with sweet butter and salt and pepper, or fresh herbs, and and happy to sauté or whatever. But corn on the cob, I like naked.

                                        1. Inever put seasoning on native sweet corn in the summer, but I do salt the water before steaming. I eat my corn at the end of the meal (as if it's dessert), and when I put it on the dinner plate, I love when it picks up the juices and bits from whatever meat I have grilled on the BBQ wagon (showing my age).

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                                          1. re: bagelman01

                                            Man I so do that I even Say Time for dessert I am glad I am not the only one

                                            1. re: pikiliz

                                              you're not the only one...........................
                                              The first time I had dinner at my ex-in-laws I saw a pot of corn on the stove. It was not served with the meal.
                                              It was brought out on a platter with the after dinner coffee.

                                            2. re: bagelman01

                                              After the meal too ! That's how we had it when I growing up. I never met anyone else - including spouse - who did that all. Glad to know I'm not as wierd as others would have had me think (at least as far as corn goes ) !

                                            3. i'm with you on the mayo, been there. yum.

                                              I take it i'm the only one who ever puts sriracha on their corn ? if not sriracha, just about any kind of hot sauce.

                                              otherwise plain, butter, salt and pepper.

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                                              1. re: im_nomad

                                                Not the only one to use Sriracha, as I pointed out below :) It's got such a great bite to it, and mixes well with butter. Drizzled over grilled corn, it's fabulous!

                                              2. We had relatives w/ a farm in NJ. We used to go pick and steam. It was great raw! A whole meal of corn, salt, butter and pepper!

                                                1. 1. Melted butter mixed with Sriracha and drizzled over grilled corn, sprinkled with fresh ground sea salt and black pepper.

                                                  2. Grilled, rubbed with lime, sprinkled generously with chaat masala.

                                                  1. Here in Kenya, corn is a staple food for the masses. Favourite street side snack - whole cobs, roasted over a hot charcoal jiko. Lime sliced in half, dip cut side into a little mix of salt and red chile powder and smear onto hot cob while squeezing. Served, in the shucked husks

                                                    1. My friend made this for me the other week and it was the best! Grilled corn w/ lime, mayo and rolled in finely shaved parmesean cheese. oooooh weeeee!

                                                      1. I'm with those who say nothing! In my book, if you need stuff to put on the corn to make it palatable, the corn is probably not worth eating.

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                                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                                          I hear what you (and others here) are saying but I think there's a difference between a food "needing treatment" and an enhancement of the flavor. Butter and salt are two of the things I can think of right away that would get used a lot less if it weren't for the latter.

                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                            Of course. Everybody's entitled to their own views. IMHO, good fresh corn needs no enhancement whatsoever. I just love the sweet juicy taste on its own. Kind of like how a good steak is beautiful on its own. But I know lots of people who feel that steak sauce or any kind of sauce enhances the cut of meat. I'm just not one of them.

                                                            But potatoes are another story. No matter how "potatoey" they are, a bit of butter and salt goes a long way. My mom kept trying to get me to really appreciate the taste of a plain steamed or baked potato. But I'd always be reaching for the butter crock.

                                                            1. re: Miss Needle

                                                              I would never put a sauce of any type on any DECENT steak. But I will use my fingers and sprinkle a tiny bit of kosher salt on a steak just before serving. That's it though. It's just a little enhancement.

                                                              I'm with you on potatoes totally.

                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                Good Steak doesn't need sauce and a bad Steak doesn't deserve it

                                                          2. re: Miss Needle

                                                            ANY vehicle for butter is a good thing in my book.

                                                            1. re: im_nomad

                                                              Ya gotta a point there!

                                                              now how can we get bacon in here?

                                                              OOOOh bacon wrapped then grilled in the husk corn!!!!

                                                              Anyone want to try it? I an sans grill and corn currently. :-(

                                                          3. Sambal mayonnaise, lime, cayene pepper and shredded coconut
                                                            Cilantro-lime butter
                                                            Chipotle butter
                                                            Butter, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, cumin, lime juice, hot sauce and parmesan or cotija

                                                            1. I love fresh corn; my grandparents always had an abundance of corn in the garden every year that we use to pick it and eat it fresh that evening, nothing on it plain and simple.

                                                              I can still eat it simple but also love it hot off the grill with some roasted jalapeno butter and salt...so good.

                                                              Everyone has their own opinions on what they like on their corn just because you put some flavors on it does not mean the corn is not worth eating, some flavors even highlight the corn.

                                                              1. OK I have not tried it actually just thought of it Chile dark chocolate micro planed on corn with butter...? KIDDING?? UMMMM MAYBE MAYBE NOT

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                                                                1. re: pikiliz

                                                                  Wow, ack but again....
                                                                  I do love chocolate and

                                                                  Micro planed may not be small enough, a hint of maybe a good cocoa powder..

                                                                  Experimental corn tasting party anyone?

                                                                  1. re: Quine

                                                                    Good call MY corn is done I will let you know in 20 minutes

                                                                    1. re: pikiliz

                                                                      Alright well the chilie micro plane dark chocolate sucked,do not do it. 2 cocoa powder with cayenne lime salt and butter really good thank you Quine, finally With a brief moment on insanity wait for it ,wait for it , whait for it butter salt cayenne and cinnamon it was like a spicy cinnamon sugar delight
                                                                      PS I had just corn for dinner!! somebody help me

                                                                      1. re: pikiliz

                                                                        Sounds like you had a great dinner! I would not have thought of the cinnamon myself!

                                                                2. Grill for 10 minutes. Brush corn with mayo mixed with cayenne, salt, and cumin, roll in grated cotija, and finish with a squeeze of lime. Pure heaven!

                                                                  1. Nothing. I love it barely cooked and tasting of nothing but it's own fresh self.