|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||15 minutes|
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 C fresh corn about 6 ears, or 2 cans, drained
- 1/2 C mayonnaise
- 1/4 C cotija cheese or feta, plus more for garnish
- 4 Tbsp lime juice about 2 fresh limes of juice
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
- 1/2 Tbsp chili powder plus more for garnish
- kosher salt
- Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat until shimmering. Add corn kernels, season to taste with salt, toss once or twice, and cook without moving until charred on one side, about 2 minutes. Toss corn, stir, and repeat until charred on second side, about 2 minutes longer. Continue tossing and charring until well charred all over, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a large bowl.
- **If you use canned corn: Add 2 to 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil to a sauté pan. Pour in the canned corn. Cook over medium heat until the corn turns a light brown color. It will take about five minutes for the corn to brown.
- Don’t stir the corn more than once. It can be tempting to stir but roasted corn should sit in the pan to cook. If you must stir the corn, let it sit for three minutes, stir it once, then let it sit until a light brown.
- In a serving bowl, toss corn with mayo, cotija, lime juice, cilantro, and chili powder. Season generously with salt.
- Top with more cotija, cilantro, and a sprinkle of chile powder.
This is really good! Be careful with the chili powder, it matures after it sits, so it may not taste like enough to start with, but give it a bit first.
Feta really does work equally well.
If you eat this right away, ti's really good. But if you let is sit for half hour or more, the chili powder really matures, and is a bit overpowering. I changed the chili powder from the original recipe from 1 Tbsp to 1/2 Tbsp (1 1/2 tsp), and then I would suggest sprinkling just a bit over top on your plate. Enjoy!
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Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 579mg 24%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.