I don't know about you, but I have been getting some wonderful fresh corn for the past few weeks; sweet, tender and so delicious! Ever since I found this Fresh Corn and Ginger Sauté recipe several years ago in Fine Cooking, I get excited when I begin seeing the big, heaping bins of corn at local markets. I remember being amazed the first time I prepared this simple sauté.
The combination of the sweet corn, flavorful ginger, garlic, jalapeno and cilantro, quickly sauteed in a bit of butter and olive oil is fantastic! Topped off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice - now that is my idea of a great summer side dish! I served it over the weekend with an Asian Grilled Flat Iron Steak* and some No-Knead Yeast Rolls with Fresh Herbs and Garlic.* It seems to go well with just about any grilled meat: steaks, pork, chicken or even shrimp!
*Check back tomorrow and Wednesday for Asian Grilled Flat Iron Steak and No-Knead Yeast Rolls with Fresh Herbs and Garlic* - a great summer meal combination!
Fresh Corn Sauté with Ginger and Cilantro
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¾ cup thinly sliced scallions
1 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
3 cups fresh corn kernels (from 6 medium ears)
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 to 3 tsp. minced garlic
scant 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
½ of a medium lime
freshly ground black pepper
1. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the scallions and ½ tsp. of the salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallions are soft and lightly browned, about 3 min.
2. Add the corn, ginger, garlic, serrano, and the remaining ½ tsp. salt. Cook, stirring frequently until the corn is tender, about 3 minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the heat, add all but about ½ Tbs. of the cilantro, a squeeze of the lime, and a few generous grinds of pepper. Stir, let sit 2 min., and stir again. Season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lime. Serve warm, sprinkled with the remaining cilantro.
Adapted from Fine Cooking
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