This sweet corn recipe will impress your guests with sweetness and bright flavors.
At the end of summer corn is at its best and sweetest. Sometimes pale yellow and sometimes bright canary yellow, the kernels are as sweet as candy and just divine with a little salt and butter alongside grilled meats or veggies.
When you think about grilling, don’t stress about trying to fit large ears of corn on the grill, as this corn is quickly steamed on the stove. Miso paste adds subtle sweetness and the scallions add crunch.
This sweet corn dish was inspired by a popular Mexican corn dish called elote made with mayonnaise, cojita cheese, lime and chili powder. Instead of elote’s heavy toppings of mayonnaise and cheese, miso butter gives this corn a satisfying and light Japanese flare. This summery side dish can be made in under 15 minutes as long as you begin with soft butter.
Sweet Corn Recipe with Miso Butter and Scallions
Makes 4 servings
4 ears fresh corn, shucked and broken in half
1 tablespoon miso paste
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons very finely chopped scallions
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. Soften the butter and miso to room temperature and place next to a heat source like your stove or in direct sun so it’s slightly warm.
2. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a large pot. Place the corn in a steamer basket and steam for 5 minutes.
3. Whisk the softened butter and miso paste together until completely combined.
4. Prepare the corn by spreading the miso butter on all sides. Using your fingers, sprinkle ½ tablespoon of chopped scallion and a dash of sesame seeds on each buttered ear. Serve immediately.
Ally Jane Grossan is a Brooklyn-based food blogger and editor. Her exotic but easy to follow recipes can be found at Ally-Jane.com.
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