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Mexican Street Corn


Well, September is here and kids are back to school. Summer is pretty much over, but I’m still holding on. Labor day hasn’t come and gone yet, and it’s 30°C out! In fact, we’ve decided to book one last summer road trip and head to Minneapolis-St. Paul this final long weekend of summer. We’d been humming and hawing over whether to do this trip for some time now, but when we found out the State Fair is on, it sealed the deal. It will be my first State Fair ever! So while I’m eating deep fried food on a stick, you can be making yourself some final days of summer food of your own. Like this Mexican Street Corn.

Mexican Street Corn

This is one of Hubby’s favorite dishes, and he has been bugging me asking me politely to put the recipe on the blog for some time now. I didn’t do it earlier because I make it slightly differently every time, trying to perfect the recipe. The good news is that this corn is versatile. You can make it either in the oven or on the grill with equally appealing results. So apartment dwellers can make it just as easily as those with a backyard grill. And grill lovers don’t have to worry about turning on the oven when it’s hot.

Mexican Street Corn

It’s pretty fast and very easy to make this corn too. If you think you’ll be in a rush at dinner time, and you need to make it even quicker, you can make the mayonnaise mixture that you brush on the cooked corn ahead of time and store it in the fridge. You can also go ahead and get the corn shucked and ready to go. I have tried pre-cooking the corn, and then brushing with the mayo mixture and reheating under the broiler at mealtime, but ended up with dried out corn. Not worth it.

Mexican Street Corn

If you’re looking at the ingredient list and wondering about the queso fresco or cotija, they are both Mexican cheeses that are pretty commonly available in Latin markets or larger grocery stores. Queso fresco is a soft, fresh cheese that’s fairly salty. Cotija is a harder cheese more like romano. I bought mine pre-shredded. I have used both types of cheeses with great results, and when I used to make this in Canada, I used crumbled Feta with equally delicious results. So don’t hesitate to make this recipe if you can’t find the Mexican cheese, it’ll still taste great!

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn
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Mexican Street Corn

Corn on the cob is good on its own, but even better when it's coated in a tangy mixture of mayonnaise, chili, garlic, lime and cilantro and topped off with salty cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 203kcal


  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large cobs of corn, shucked
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ounce queso fresco or cotija cheese, crumbled (see note)


  • In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, chili powder and salt. Set aside, or refrigerate until ready to use.

Oven Method

  • Move oven rack to highest position and turn oven to broil. Lightly spray or brush corn cobs with olive oil and set on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Place baking sheet on the top rack in oven and broil until tops of corn are browning, about 10 minutes. Flip cobs over and continue to broil until the other side is browning, 5-10 additional minutes.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and brush mayonnaise mixture evenly over each cob of corn. Sprinkle crumbled cheese over the corn. Serve.

Grill Method

  • Turn all burners to high and preheat for 15 minutes. Lightly spray or brush corn cobs with olive oil and set on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Place corn directly on the grill. Grill for about 10 minutes until the bottoms are beginning to brown. Turn cobs and continue to grill until the other side of the cobs are browning, 5-10 more minutes.
  • Remove cobs from grill and place on a platter. Brush mayonnaise mixture evenly over each cob of corn. Sprinkle crumbled cheese over the corn. Serve.


If you can't find queso fresco or cotija, use crumbled feta cheese


Calories: 203kcal
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Mexican Street Corn - Nutrition Info

Mexican Street Corn Nutrition Notes:

Serve Mexican Street Corn with a food that is high in protein like grilled fish or meat and a green vegetable like garden salad to make a complete meal.

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    Vicky Cassidy
    September 11, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    This looks awesome. Hopefully there is still corn at the market tomorrow so I can try this one, otherwise pinning for next year!

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