The Kitchen | Elotes- Korean Style

Elotes style has got to be one of my favorite ways to eat corn. Grilled corn slathered with mayo, lime juice, cilantro, paprika, and of course cheese- what. a. combo. It is a tough recipe to improve on but last weekend we just might have done it. 

Over a dinner of BBQ chicken with our friends this saturday we decided to take this Mexican street corn classic to a new, slightly spicier, level. I decided to take the "salad" approach as I am not a big fan of corn on the cob and it is better for leftovers. This recipe serves 4-6+ (and trust me you want those leftovers).

Ingredients

  • 8 ears of corn
  • 1/4 cup veganaise (or mayo)
  • 2-3 tbs of lime juice or approx the juice of 1 1/2 limes
  • 2 tbs gochujang paste (I recommend the sesame variety of this brand, available at Whole Foods) Add more if you like the flavor and spice as much as I do
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese of cojita cheese

Steps

  1. Lightly rub shucked corn with a neutral oil (safflower, grape seed, canola)
  2. Grill corn on a grill or grill pan until slightly charred in a few areas (about 10 minutes total)
  3. Meanwhile mix veganaise, lime juice, gochujang paste, and paprika into a dressing. Taste and adjust ingredient levels to your liking.
  4. When corn has cooled enough to handle use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cob. This portion of the job proves a bit messy but our dinner guest, Lindsey, had an amazing trick: Place a small cereal bowl upside down inside your serving dish/bowl, use the cereal bowl as a stand for the butt of your corn and then shave down the sides- the kernels will land neatly into your serving bowl! For some context on what this looks like check out these hacks. The bundt pan technique shown in the link- while I am sure is effective- dirties another dish so I am partial to Lindsey's genius approach.
  5. Add desired amount of dressing and garnish with cilantro and cheese
  6. Salt to taste and serve!

This salad is good served cold or warm, as a side, in tacos, or as a salsa! Enjoy!