Who says corn can't be the star of the show? Side dish smide dish, treat corn with a little love, and it will love you right on back.
Corn on the cob is already fabulous when it's as simple as boiled, no salt, no vegan butter, nothing, just sweet delicious corn. But if you really want to wow your peeps, make some saucy goodness, sprinkle with pretty garishes, and all of a sudden everyone will be oohing an aahing like you are a genius!
I adapted this cilantro and lime sauce from my recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato & Plantian Burritos. It's such a yummy sauce, I had to bring attention to it again. I usually whip this up whenever I have a hinkering for some zing in my veggie life. For the corn, I just made it a bit thicker and richer with some nutritional yeast and I knew I found a match made in heaven. The sweet corn contrasted by the creamy and zesty sauce. Oh baby.
You can make this sauce ahead of time and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge until your corn fantasies are ready to come true. Use any leftovers (ha!) to drizzle over salad, a baked potato, or anywhere else you think might be delicious (everywhere).
If you are new to the vegan world, you will soon discover that raw cashews and nutritional yeast are two of our favourite things. This is totally true for this recipe too. The creaminess of this sauce comes from raw cashews! If you are not new to the vegan world, then you are probably already skipping past this part, and most likely have cashews soaking somewhere in your kitchen already.
To make the sauce, just toss everything into a high speed blender. If your blender isn't a Blendtec or a Vitamix, you may need to soak or boil the cashews first so they are easier to blend.
You will end up with a super creamy, yummy, sauce. Yes please!
For the corn, peel the husks off and discard. I recommend buying corn still in the husk because it helps trap in all of the delicious fresh corn flavours and protect the kernels from getting damaged.
Now, just toss those babies on a hot grill, rotating as they are cooking until you see some char marks, and the corn has gone from a pale yellow to a richer, darker, yellow. If you prefer to boil your corn, follow the directions below.
To dress, just drizzle the sauce across the corn. The messier, the prettier it looks! Sprinkle some roughly chopped cilantro over top, then follow with a couple pinches of chili powder. Voila! Gorgeous Creamy Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob.
Creamy Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob
For the sauce:
For the corn:
- 8 cobs corn, husked
- 1 small handful cilantro (¼ cup), chopped
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- To make the sauce: Add everything to a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. If you don't have a high-speed blender, soak cashews overnight or boil for 10 minutes until soft. Drain before using, and use ¼ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Water (instead of the full ½ cup of water).
- To grill the corn: place the corn on a hot grill and cook a couple minutes per side, rotating as needed. You want some char marks, and the corn will go from a pale yellow to a richer, darker, yellow. About 10 minutes.
- OR to boil the corn: Fill a pot that is large enough to hold all of your corn cobs with water, leaving room for the corn, and bring to a boil. When the water has reach a rolling boil, carefully put the corn cobs into the water, and boil for about 7 minutes until the corn has gone from a pale yellow, to darker yellow. Remove from water.
- To serve the corn: drizzle the sauce over the corn. Messy drizzles look pretty. Garnish with the cilantro, and sprinkle some chili powder across the top. Serve right away with napkins!