Corn grilled to charred perfection and smeared with some lemon, salt and cayenne is the ultimate summer grill food – it is so simple that it is not even a recipe!
As you walk along the beaches in India, this is a pretty common sight. Vendors in their carts, with piles of corn husked and kept ready to be put on top of charcoal flames and char grilled to perfection. As the flames slowly kiss the juicy corn kernels and char them with intensity and some of them popping in protest, to too much heat and the cool breeze on the beach that coaxes the flames even more. It is a pretty sight to watch and that combined with the sweet and smoky fragrance of charred corn – you will have to be certified hater of good food to not stop and get some for yourself. A quick squeeze of some lime / lemon dipped in a salt and cayenne mix to coat the corn with fresh sour+salty+spicy goodness to balance out the inherent sweetness only makes it better. The only way to enjoy this to its fullest is to be at a beach!
If not the beach, a nice backyard on a sunny day, will do!
Grilled corn is a very common occurrence in our household, come warm weather and summer. V loves it so much that sometimes that’s all he has for dinner! Our favorite is lemon with salt and cayenne, though sometimes its black pepper instead of cayenne. V loves black pepper and salt on his corn but the days that we use cayenne, I skip it and just squeeze some lemon and sprinkle some salt on his corn. On the days I remember to keep some butter out, he gets some delicious buttered corn. He prefers it without the butter though.
My mom and dad are here visiting us now and we decided to treat them with some delicious juicy and sweet grilled corn in our newly done patio and backyard. The awesome sunny day made it even better. I hope I have inspired you enough to try some out for yourself this summer!
Pardon the picture heavy post, as I had a tough time deciding on which photos need to show up here!
- 6-8 corn on the cob
- 2 lemons / limes
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne
- Remove the husk from the corn and grill them on an outdoor grill turning a little every few minutes until you get a nice char on it.
- Halve the lemons. Mix the cayenne and salt together. Dip the lemon half in the salt and cayenne mix and rub it over the corn squeezing a little as you rub.
- Enjoy it hot!