Seasonal Potluck: Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn

I’ve been looking for some ideas on how to liven up grilled corn on the cob. Its one of my personal favorites, and a wonderful symbol of summer, but The Hubs doesn’t see it the same. He always says “I don’t dislike it, I would just never choose it.” The usual cure for this kind of behavior is slathering something in sriracha, however, I wanted to do something I would like too.

I found this great sounding recipe in Sunset Magazine (If you can’t tell I’ve been reading a lot of Sunset lately) so I gave it a shot over the weekend. I absolutely loved it! The Hubs did eat 3 pieces, but then complained about having corn in his teeth for like 2 hours so I guess it wasn’t a total success. Oh well! He knows he can always make something else if he doesn’t like what I’m making for dinner. In this case, I think the giant grilled steak that came with the corn was a good enough trade off for him.

Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn recipe from Sunset Magazine

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 8 ears corn, husked and cut in half crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 serrano chile, minced ***I used a red hot cherry pepper we were growing in our garden
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly

  • 1. Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Mix together hoisin, honey, soy sauce, and lime juice.
  • 2. Grill corn, turning often and basting with glaze, until glaze is caramelized and grill marks start to appear, about 10 minutes.
  • 3. Transfer corn to a platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds, chile, and green onions.


  1. Jimmy eats like a king. If he’s complaining, I’ll gladly take his place at the dinner table.

  2. I am getting so excited for “corn” season and you have such a great recipe here! Has my mouth watering! Definitely going into my internal recipe box for this summer!

  3. This Looks so good. I’m going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. I will be trying this very soon! Looks so delicious and perfect for summertime grilling! Thank you for sharing. Pinning now ;)

  5. Always Wright says:

    I will be trying this soon!!! It looks like a wonderful dish! Thanks for the recipe. Tell Hubs to go get some dental floss!

  6. This recipe was incredible! Thank you for posting. We made it last night and it was a hit!

  7. This is such a unique and fun way to eat corn, I love anything with lime and soy on it! Simple yet genius!


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