Corn Basters

At the peak of season, sweet corn needs little more than to be heated up! I like to shuck mine and just throw it on a hot grill to warm it and char it up for flavor. When it comes off the grill, I baste it or squirt it with melted flavored butters. Here are a few favorites:
  • Level: Easy
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2 tablespoons lime zest

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons grill seasoning

1 stick butter


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot and melt butter over low heat. Transfer to a small bowl, for basting, or to a squirt bottle. Serve warm with grilled corn. 
  2. Yield: about 1/2 cup butter topping 
  3. Prep Time: 2 minutes 
  4. Cook Time: less than 5 minutes 
  5. Ease of preparation: easy
  6. Garlic Gazpacho Butter:
  7. 1 large clove garlic
  8. 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded 
  9.  A handful cilantro leaves 
  10. 1 teaspoon coarse salt 
  11. 1/2 cup vegetable juice (recommended: V8 or Bloody Mary mix 
  12. 2 teaspoons hot sauce 
  13. 1/2 stick butter, softened
  14. Finely chop the garlic, jalapeno and cilantro and mash with the salt to paste it. Transfer to a small pot and add the vegetable juice or Bloody Mary mix, hot sauce and butter. Heat the combination over low heat until butter melts and transfer to a small bowl, for basting, or to a squirt bottle. Serve warm with grilled corn. 
  15. Yield: 1 cup butter topping 
  16. Prep Time: 5 to 6 minutes 
  17. Cook Time: less than 5 minutes 
  18. Ease of preparation: easy
  19. Equally tasty are dry topping blends to sprinkle on plain buttered corn. 
  20. Pizza Corn Sprinkler:
  21. 1 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano
  22. 1 tablespoon dried oregano or Italian dried seasoning blend 
  23. 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 
  24. 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 
  25. 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  26. Combine all ingredients and sprinkle on buttered corn on the cob or popped corn. 
  27. Yield: 1 cup 
  28. Prep Time: 2 minutes 
  29. Cook Time: none 
  30. Ease of preparation: easy 
  31. TIDBIT: 
  32. Buttered corn with chopped chives is easy and adds just a little something extra to plain corn with no effort.
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