Mayo-YAYs or Mayo-NAYs? Hope’s Rustic Charred Corn, with Lime, Mayo & Cumin

Corn with Lime and Mayo

Just try this Rustic Lime Grilled Corn-on-the-Cobb with Cumin & Mayo even if you don’t like mayonnaise! Ok if you really don’t like mayo just use a little olive oil!

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Some people really, really hate Mayonnaise. I started liking it only because my husband loves it and grew up with it. I grew up with Miracle Whip, and have been converted to a reak mayo lover. My husband says, Miracle Whip is NOT MAYO, it’s SALAD DRESSING!!!

Once you have tried this easy charred corn recipe with lime and cumin, you will never want plain corn with butter again! It MIGHT even be a little healthier than smothering with butter.

corn packets in foil with mayo, lime and cumin

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Grilled corn with mayo, lime and cumin

Hope’s Rustic Grilled Corn

Trust me, a little mayo, lime juice, zest, & a sprinkle of cumin and you'll have the best corn ever!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 119kcal
Author: ebookfoodie


  • grill
  • foil
  • zester


  • 4 ears of corn shucked/cleaned
  • 1.5 tb mayonnaise if you really don't like mayo, just use olive oil
  • 1 lime zested and cut in half
  • 1/2 tsp cumin optional, but sooo good!
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp salt optional


  • Place four shucked ears of corn on a large piece of foil. (Large enough to wrap all four ears)
  • Rub 1 tbsp of Mayo all over the ears of corn
    corn packets in foil with mayo, lime and cumin
  • Add lime zest to your liking and squeeze half a lime over the ears
    Corn with Lime and Mayo
  • Sprinkle the cumin and a little salt and pepper over the corn
  • Sprinkle about 1 tbsp of water over the corn
  • Wrap the corn up in the foil sealing the edges into a tight packet
  • Place foil packet on the hot grill and grill for five minutes.
  • Flip and grill for another five minutes in the foil.
  • After five minutes, open the package and check to see if all the mayo is melted. (It's steamy and not white anymore.) Remove the ears of corn and place directly on the grill and turn until you have tasty char to your liking!
  • That's it! No butter, salt or anything needed!


This corn can be eaten right off the cob, or cut it off and add to tacos or salads. When Hope first made this corn I was secretly thinking how gross it was going to be, boy was I wrong! My husband requests this corn all summer long. 
I make it in the winter from frozen corn cobs. I microwave instead of grilling for about 7 minutes, or until it’s cooked through. Then I char them right in my preheated cast iron skillet!
TIP: You can tell corn is nice and juicy when you buy it by poking your fingernail (gross, I know) into a kernel. If it pops and is juicy and squirty (well that sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?) it’s going to be juicy!
ANOTHER TIP: You don’t need the all the zest so freeze it and store it in the freezer to add a flavor bomb, or make Cilantro Lime Shrimp another time! I like to use a micro plane like this one. I don’t like the ones that scrape strips of zest off, like for cocktails… 
If you like this recipe, please rate it yay or nay in the comments below! I’m curious who will try it with mayoYAYS!


Serving: 1ear of corn | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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