This sweet and spicy sesame glazed corn on the cob is the only way you’ll cook corn from here on out! A summer side dish masterpiece.
I’ve been looking for some ideas on how to liven up grilled corn on the cob. Corn is 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.
Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn
I initially found this great sounding sesame glazed corn on the cob recipe in Sunset Magazine. We gave it a try and everyone loved it! The Hubs ate 3 pieces, but then complained about having corn in his teeth for like 2 hours so I guess it wasn’t a total success.
Over the years we’ve made this recipe dozens of times. Substitutions have been made.
BBQ sauce for hoisin.
Apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar.
Pretty much any pepper you can imagine.
Chives and even red onions in place of the scallions.
Just keep in mind that you want something sweet, something spicy, some sort of vinegar, and some sort of citrus. Top it with something onion-y, and something crunchy, and you’ll likely be fine.
Is that even a recipe?
The real grilled corn on the cob recipe is below, but I want everyone to know that it’s pretty easy to freestyle in the kitchen. Don’t freak out if you don’t have every single ingredient on hand. I can’t even tell you how many times I’m mid-cook and realize I don’t have something I thought I did.
With that being said though, also don’t be intimidated by new ingredients like hoisin. If you’re a fan of grilling and barbecue flavors, you will most definitely like hoisin.
Perhaps hoisin will become your gateway drug to other new grocery ingredients. The future of your tastebuds is very bright!
I’m also always looking for more corn inspiration so if you have an awesome corn on the cob recipe, drop me a note in the comments below. I’d love to give your family favorites a try too.
****This post was updated with new photos on 8.1.2018
Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn on the Cob
This sweet and spicy sesame glazed corn on the cob is the only way you'll cook corn from here on out! A summer side dish masterpiece.
- 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 sesame seeds lightly toasted
- 1/2 to 1 serrano chile minced
- 2 green onions sliced thinly
Preheat grill to high heat
Whisk together hoisin, honey, soy sauce, and lime juice
Grill corn, turning often and basting with glaze, until glaze is caramelized and grill marks start to appear, about 10 minutes.
Transfer corn to a platter and garnish with sesame seeds, chile, and green onions.
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