Mexican Street Corn is a hit at every summer party. Sweet corn, cooked to crispy perfection and then drizzled in butter and lime, and sprinkled with sea salt, Cotija cheese, and cilantro!
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Three cobs of Mexican Street Corn with limes on white surface


Mexican Street Corn:

We love this corn and make it frequently. And not just on the BBQ. When the weather doesn’t cooperate I pop it under the broiler. It comes out great! Cotija cheese is a hard cheese made from cow’s milk that originated in Cotija Mexico. It comes in a block that is easily crumbled and can be found in most supermarkets.

Cotija cheese on round cutting board to be used for making Mexican Street Corn from The Organic Kitchen


Cilantro, a powerhouse when it comes to antioxidants, also acts as a digestive aid and is known as a great detoxifying agent for those with high mercury levels. The power of herbs is truly amazing. Some people have a hard time telling parsley and cilantro apart. Here is a little tool I teach my students…parsley starts with a “p” and the leaves are pointy. Cilantro starts with a “c” and the leaves are curvy… no my students aren’t five, but believe me once I tell them that little ditty they never forget it (and now neither will you.)

One bunch of cilantro to be used as garnish for Mexican Street Corn from The Organic Kitchen


What to serve it with: 

Honestly, this corn is truly fabulous and can be served alongside almost anything, but I will make a couple of suggestions…If you want to keep the south of the border theme, try it with my Pulled Pork Tacos or my Easy Chicken Tacos.  But it’s also great with Burgers or BBQ chicken.

Four cobs of Mexican Street Corn on white surface


The Recipe: Mexican Street Corn

Tips and what you will need: I use coconut oil instead of grill spray to prevent sticking. Just wipe down grill with a little coconut oil on a paper towel. I love this sea salt. You will need a large stock pot. This is the stock pot of my dreams. We love our mini grill for excursions to the park or beach but use a regular size grill in the backyard. (affiliate links)

Mexican Street Corn
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This fabulous grilled corn is a hit at every BBQ! In the off season you can broil instead of grilling.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy side dish recipe, grilling recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 6 cobs of white or yellow corn
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped (for those that don't like cilantro, you can use parsley)
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil or butter
  1. Place a large pot of water on cooktop on high heat, add corn. Preheat grill to 425 degrees.

  2. Bring water to a boil. Allow corn to boil for three minutes.

  3. Remove corn from water and set on hot grill, close lid. Turn corn every few minutes until corn is scorched a bit on all sides. Remove from grill, brush with butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, cotija cheese and cilantro. Drizzle with fresh lime juice.


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