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Why I Love This Recipe
If you follow along on Instagram, you know we have a new obsession with this gas station restaurant by our house called Cilantro Mexican Grill. It is INSANE. They have a carne asada that will rock your world. But the real star of the show around there is their Chili Lime Creamed Corn. I've been stealing it off of Thomas' burrito bowl since we started ordering from them back when I was pregnant. It's addictive to say the least. So... I made it myself so I can have a constant supply when the mood strikes.
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Ingredients & Substitutions
- White or Yellow Corn
- Lime Zest and Juice
- Unsalted Butter
- Kosher Salt
- Heavy Cream
- Chili Powder
*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below
How to Make Chili Lime Creamed Corn
Step 1: Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the corn and lime juice into the pan and season with salt, stir to combine.
Step 2: Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for roughly 10-12 minutes. In the last minute, add the garlic.
Step 3: Stir in the heavy cream, chili powder, parmesan, and lime zest.
Step 4: Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, until the cream is absorbed by the corn. Add salt to taste and stir in the herbs and extra chili powder for garnish.
Tips & Tricks
So we've all have the traditional creamed corn and we're probably all obsessed. But add to that a dash of spice and a hint of lime and it's next level. It's great as a stand alone side dish that can be served along chicken or steak. OR it's fantastic folded into a bowl, stuffed into a quesadilla, etc. It's an excellent way to use all that incredible corn this time of the year...
What is the difference between creamed corn and sweet corn?
Creamed corn and sweet corn refer to two different preparations of corn, and they have distinct characteristics:
Texture: Creamed corn is a creamy, smooth dish made by cooking corn kernels in a mixture of butter, cream, or milk, sometimes with added sugar and seasonings. The corn is often puréed or mashed to create the creamy consistency, though some recipes keep whole kernels for added texture.
Taste: It has a rich, sweet, and buttery flavor.
Preparation: It can be made from fresh, canned, or frozen corn kernels. The corn is simmered with the dairy ingredients and sometimes thickened with flour or cornstarch.
Usage: Creamed corn is typically served as a side dish and is a staple in Southern cuisine in the United States.
Appearance: Creamed corn is pale yellow with a soft, almost soupy consistency.
Texture: Sweet corn refers to a specific type of corn that is bred to be higher in sugar content. It has plump, juicy kernels and is enjoyed for its tender, crisp texture.
Taste: Sweet corn has a natural sweetness that distinguishes it from field or dent corn, which is used for animal feed and other purposes.
Preparation: Sweet corn can be prepared in various ways, including boiling, grilling, roasting, or steaming. It is typically enjoyed on the cob or as whole kernels cut from the cob.
Usage: Sweet corn is a versatile ingredient used in salads, soups, fritters, or simply enjoyed on its own with butter and seasoning.
Appearance: Sweet corn can range in color from yellow to white or a mixture of both. The kernels are whole and individual, unlike the mashed or puréed texture of creamed corn.
How do you thicken creamed corn?
Creamed corn can be thickened by various methods, depending on your preferences and dietary needs. Here are some common ways to thicken creamed corn:
Cornstarch Slurry: Mix cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water or milk to create a slurry. Gradually whisk this mixture into the simmering creamed corn and continue cooking until it reaches the desired consistency.
: Create a roux by cooking flour and butter together, then gradually whisk it into the corn. The roux will help thicken the mixture as it cooks.
Reduce the Liquid: Simply simmering the creamed corn for a longer time on low heat can reduce the liquid content, thickening the dish naturally.
Purée Part of the Corn: Take a portion of the corn and purée it in a blender or with an immersion blender. Mix it back into the rest of the dish. This will give the creamed corn a thicker consistency without changing the flavor.
Cream or Heavy Cream: Using heavy cream instead of milk will result in a thicker consistency. You can also reduce cream separately before adding it to the corn, intensifying its thickness.
Cheese: Adding grated cheese like Parmesan or Cheddar will not only thicken the creamed corn but also add a rich, savory flavor.
Ways to Use Chili Lime Creamed Corn
- Steak Tacos with this as the topping
- Use it as the base for this scallop recipe
- Perfect addition into a salmon burrito bowl
- Also would be incredible in a steak burrito bowl
- An excellent add-in into an avocado shrimp quinoa bowl
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Chili Lime Creamed Corn
- 6 ears white or yellow corn, shucked and kernels sliced from the cob
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- Kosher salt
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
- small handful of fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the corn and lime juice into the pan and season with salt, stir to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for roughly 10-12 minutes. In the last minute, add the garlic.
- Stir in the heavy cream, chili powder, parmesan, and lime zest. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, until the cream is absorbed by the corn. Add salt to taste and stir in the herbs and extra chili powder for garnish. Serve.
Photography // Matt Armendariz
Stylist // Adam Pearson
Recipe // What's Gaby Cooking
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