Before corn season is over, you have to try this trio of recipes that do wonderful things with Indiana’s signature vegetable. From a twist on Mexican street corn, to a radical barbecue side dish, to a dazzlingly fresh summer pasta — you won’t be able to resist these dishes made with charismatic fresh corn from the Market.
Creamy Chili-Lime Corn
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1/3 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 lb. corn kernels, cut off the cobs (about 3 1/2 cups)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
- 1 small clove garlic, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- Whisk together the cilantro, yogurt, lime zest and juice, 1 teaspoon water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
- Toss the corn with the chili powder and garlic in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the foam subsides, add the corn and cook undisturbed until it starts to brown slightly in some spots, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring, until warmed through, about 3 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lime-yogurt mixture, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a serving dish and top with cilantro, the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan and a sprinkle of chili powder. Makes 4 servings.
Grilled Barbecued Corn Ribs
BBQ Seasoning Blend:
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Kosher salt
BBQ Sauce: (or get South’s BBQ at the Market)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (try Farmers Sassy Sauce)
- 4 ears corn, shucked
- Canola or vegetable oil, for the grill grates
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
For the BBQ seasoning blend: Stir to combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
For the BBQ sauce: Whisk together the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon of the BBQ seasoning blend in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened, 10 to 12 minutes.
For the corn ribs: Using a large chef’s knife and a large steady cutting board, cut off the ends of the corn cobs to make them flat. Using your hands, break the cobs in half crosswise. Stand a cob on one flat end and carefully and slowly cut down through the core, rocking the knife back and forth if necessary, to split the cob in half lengthwise. Repeat with all the cobs. Lay a split corn cob on its flat side on the cutting board and cut lengthwise through the cob, pressing down and rocking the knife back and forth if necessary, to make 2 long corn ribs. Repeat with the remaining cob halves. (You should have 32 ribs total.) Place on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
- Prepare a grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates. Sprinkle the corn ribs with 1 tablespoon of the seasoning blend. Brush the ribs with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce.
- Place the corn, cut-side down, on the grill and close the lid. Cook until the cut edges are beginning to char and caramelize, about 8 minutes. Flip the ribs to the second cut side, close the grill lid and cook until the edges are caramelized and the corn kernels are crisp-tender, another 6 to 8 minutes.
- Transfer the corn to a platter. Brush with more sauce and season with a pinch of the BBQ seasoning blend (reserve the remaining blend for another use). Sprinkle with the scallions and serve with the remaining BBQ sauce. Makes 4-6 servings.
Pasta With Corn Sauce
- 2 ears corn, shucked
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cups grape/cherry tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 12 ounces pasta (try Tall Girl Pasta from the Market)
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more for topping
- Torn basil, for topping
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the corn and cook until slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Remove with tongs, reserving the boiling water. Let the corn cool slightly, then cut off the kernels.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook until the tomatoes soften, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in the corn water as the package directs. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the chicken broth and corn kernels to the skillet and bring to a simmer.
- Add the pasta to the skillet; add the scallions, parmesan, the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss to combine, adding the reserved cooking water as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Top with more parmesan and torn basil. Makes 4 servings.