Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco Butter

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco ButterRecipe
Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon

From Mark Fischer, chef of Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale, Colorado, here's a decadent combo that's especially good with his "Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish." Offer any leftover butter to spread on warm bread.


Serves 6

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Soak: 1 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 144
Caloriesfromfat 48 %
Protein 4 g
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 3.5 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Sodium 459 mg
Cholesterol 15 mg


6 ears corn on the cob in husks
About 1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup queso fresco (Mexican-style fresh cheese)*
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lime zest
2/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro


1. Remove silks from corn but leave husks intact. Put corn in a large bowl with 1/4 cup salt and water to cover. Soak about 1 hour.

2. Heat a grill to medium-high (350° to 450°). Meanwhile, whirl queso fresco, butter, mayonnaise, and lime zest in a food processor until fairly smooth. Add cilantro and pulse to blend. Spread half the butter mixture on a plate and spoon the rest into a small bowl.

3. Grill corn, covered, turning occasionally, until tender (peel back husks to check), 10 to 15 minutes. Peel back husks from cobs and tie with a strip of husk. Roll cobs in butter mixture on plate to coat (use a flexible spatula to help), then set on a platter. Serve with remaining butter and more salt to add to taste.

*Find queso fresco at well-stocked grocery stores and Latino markets.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving, using half of butter mixture.