Grilled Chile-Lime Corn on the Cob Recipe and Little Something Sweet . . .

Grilled Chile-Lime Corn on the CobIt’s the little things.

Sometimes it’s the most simple, littliest things that can make me happy.

Last week we walked out our front door, just like we had a million times before — only this time we noticed that we had house guests.   The best, sweetest, most delightful house guests possible — and they can stay as long as they’d like.  In fact, I’ll be sad when it’s time for them to go.

Almost too little to notice, there was a hummingbird nest on the tree below the steps.  A small collection of twigs held an even smaller hummingbird.  With us only about three feet away, this sweet bird didn’t move for a good thirty seconds.  And that’s when we saw the most precious, most beautiful site — her two, lima-bean-sized baby birds. With beaks the size of a grain of rice, these teeny-tiny birds very slowly moved up and down with strong beating hearts.

Hummingbird NestEvery day since our discovery, I check on our guests — sometimes the mom is perched there keeping her babies warm, and other times I have an opportunity to see this new life blossoming.

Like I said, it’s the little things. (No pun intended.)

Oh, and by the way, with only four ingredients, this quick and easy corn recipe is unbelievably delicious.  As summer approaches, it’s simple, fresh, flavor-packed side dishes like this, that I love with my grilled meat at a BBQ.  This sweet and spicy corn is especially divine when served along side Grilled Rib-Eye Steak Marinated in Asian Spices!

Grilled Chile-Lime Corn on the CobP.S. Memorial Day BBQ next weekend, anyone?

Grilled Chile-Lime Corn on the Cob Recipe
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Serves: Serves 4
  • 4 ears fresh corn
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chile paste (I like Sambal Oelek)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Get two large pieces of aluminum foil ready - big enough to loosely wrap around two ears of corn each.
  2. Remove the husks from the corn, and any bits of remaining silk. (I like to save the husks to use on a a platter for presentation.) Place two ears on each piece of foil. set aside.
  3. In a very small bowl, mix the butter with the chile paste, lime zest, lime juice and salt.
  4. Then evenly spread about 1-1/2 teaspoons of the butter mixture, evenly on each ear of corn.
  5. Place the two ears of buttered corn in the center of each piece of foil. Seal the foil loosely, with an inch or two of room above the corn.
  6. Preheat your stove-top or outdoor grill. Once it's very hot, place the two packages of foil on the grill, and cook until the corn is tender. (You can peek int he foil and use a fork to test -- I like them on the crunchy side.) This should take about 6 minutes. They will char through the foil, so if you want the char on all sides, use kitchen tongs to turn them during the cooking process.
  7. Open the foil and let the corn cool a bit before serving.
For this recipe I like using the foil because I like grilling with the butter, so i the flavors really seep into the corn -- the butter would burn if it touched the grill directly. That said, you can also cook the corn without the butter, directly on the grill and spread the butter on afterwards. Up to you.
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  1. says

    I have a hummingbird story. I too discovered a nest a few years back. Right outside my office window. I sat there for weeks watching the momma sit on that nest. She was so good and so diligent. But after a few weeks she flew off and didn’t come back. So I peeked in the nest. 2 little Jelly Belly sized white eggs. I watched the nest for a few more days and the momma never came back. Obviously she gave up. So I decided to crack those eggs open. I was prepared for a gross sight. Instead I saw those eggs had never been fertilized. Momma just sat there hoping for the best I guess. GREG

  2. says

    Hummingbirds are too sweet and they don’t have them in Australia. My hubby was hang-gliding when one zipped past him. He’d never seen one and thought it was a huge bug!

    Love the spicy limey corn. It’s on my menu, V. xo

  3. says

    Just this time last year, I got to witness the birth if two little hummers. Mom, who we called Aurora, made her nest in top of an origami lantern on our portale… I was magical. In other news, I am kicking myself for not having read this post yesterday as I had corn from the farmers market and I just steamed it. B-O-R-I-N-G! (but still tasty…) Next time I am making this for sure!

    • valentina says

      Good, sweet corn is always tasty — sometimes I just cut the kernels off, sprinkle with them with salt and grab a spoon.
      I haven’t seen the hummingbird mom for a couple of days so I’m a bit worried about the sweet babies. Hoping she’s just done keeping them warm, and is bringing them food throughout the day. They’re definitely getting bigger . . . fingers crossed.

  4. Marcus says

    Neighbor just turned us onto this:

    Cut corn off the cob, add black beans, some red onion, tomatoes diced small and maybe some jalapenos to taste, some olive oil and juice of a lime. All to taste and how much you like of each…grab a fork and dive in.

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