Flavor Corn on the Cob with Tajin Spice Blend

updated May 1, 2019
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It might be labeled as a fruit seasoning, but this hot, tangy chili-lime seasoning blend is the one ingredient that will really up your corn on the cob’s ante this summer.

Why This One Topping Is Enough

Tajin spice blend is a classic Mexican seasoning that combines chili powder, salt, and dehydrated lime juice. It’s commonly sprinkled over tart fruits, and now we can add sweet summer corn on the cob to that list. I especially love this blend with the smoky char of grilled corn, but certainly wouldn’t hesitate to shake it over a few ears of boiled or microwaved corn either.

How to Cook Your Corn

Before you can utilize the spice blend, you of course have to have some perfectly cooked corn on hand. Here are three ways to make it happen.

1. Boil it.

The most classic way to cook corn — boil for three to five minutes in a big pot of salted water.

2. Microwave it.

This mostly hands-off method calls for leaving the corn in their husks and microwaving them on high power for four to six minutes.

3. Grill it.

If you already have the grill going, toss your corn cobs on for about 15 minutes, turning frequently for smoky, charred results.

One-Ingredient Upgrades

This series shows you how to use a single store-bought ingredient — one you often wouldn’t expect — to liven up your food. To celebrate the sweet summer corn that’s taking over the market, we encourage you to go beyond butter and use one of these ingredients to give your corn on the cob a jolt of flavor.