Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter

Summer wouldn't be summer without fresh corn. And you won't heat up the kitchen when you make it in the microwave.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, September 2006

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated zest of lime
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Peel back husks, leaving them attached at the base of the ear. Remove and discard silk; pull husks back over corn. Place a triple thickness of all-white paper towels in the microwave. Place ears, side by side, on towels. Microwave on high 8 to 9 minutes or until crisp-tender.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together butter, cilantro, lime zest and juice, chili powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper until blended.

  3. Remove husks; serve with cilantro-lime butter.

Cook's Notes

Cilantro, lime, and chili powder are a classic Mexican combination. For a different taste, try substituting fresh basil for the cilantro, and lemon zest and juice for the lime when making the butter. Add 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped, and omit the chili powder.

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