Vivian Howard’s Cilantro Lime Sweet Corn

Vivian Howard’s Cilantro Lime Sweet Corn

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Spicy and buttery, this is the perfect make-ahead corn dish for a summer barbecue.


  • 4 cups corn (cut from about 5 ears)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine the corn, 1-1/2 cups water, salt and sugar in a 10-inch skillet or medium saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes — until the corn is tender-crisp and there are about 2 tablespoons of water left in the pan.
  2. Stir in the butter, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, and cayenne pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve warm.

  3. Make-Ahead Instructions: This dish can be made up to a day ahead of time but wait to add the cilantro until right before serving.

Source: Jenn Segal Once Upon A Chef- Vivian Howard’s Cilantro Lime Sweet Corn