Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter

April 8, 2012Katie

I love cilantro. I love lime.  I love the combination of the two together.  I try to work them into different things I cook.  Today I decided to try my hand and make them into a butter to spread over grilled corn.  I have to say, it was delicious!

The best part about this recipe is, you can make a big batch of this butter and freeze it in small portions to use as you need it.  Imagine taking this out throughout the summer and serving it alongside corn muffins.  Yumm!

Here is how I made it.

The Ingredients of Love:  Butter, Cilantro, Lime, Fresh Corn,  and Salt.


Roll up your ears of corn in foil.  We put 2 each in a foil packet and sent it outside with our favorite grill man.


Get out your food processor. This makes it SO quick and easy! If you don’t have a food processor, you could chop the cilantro and use your mixer to do this step I’m sure.

Throw in a stick of room temperature butter.  This makes it blend a whole lot better.  Now add 1/2-3/4 cups of cilantro.  You don’t need to pre-chop the cilantro if you’re using the processor, just rip off a bunch and throw it in.  The processor will do the work.proc1

Now take your grater or zester and zest about 2 teaspoons of lime zest.  I love this Microplane grater that I’ve got.  It’s one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.  I used 2 medium sized limes and zested them almost completely.  Don’t grate too deeply, the white part or pith is bitter!  You can grate right over your processor if you can eyeball teaspoons.  I hardly ever measure when I’m cooking…

Or you can just grate it onto your cutting board or a bowl…


Then toss it into your processor.  Take one of the limes you just zested and cut it in half and squeeze it right into your food processor.


Now, pulse your food processor several times to cut up your cilantro.  Then you can turn it on and let it whir for a minute.

Add a pinch of salt.  When it seems like the cilantro is blended up pretty nicely, turn your butter out onto a sheet of waxed paper.

Roll it up in your waxed paper like a burrito.  Begin to shape it into a log with your hands.


Put it in your refrigerator to chill, or in your freezer for later.

Our corn was coming in off the grill along with my Dad’s incredible sirloin steak.  We put our butter to good use immediately.


Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 6
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • ½ -3/4 c. cilantro
  • 2 t. lime zest
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 ears fresh corn
  1. Add butter, cilantro, lime zest and juice and salt into the food processor and pulse until cilantro is chopped into tiny bits. Scrape out onto wax paper and roll up in a log. twist ends and put in refrigerator to harden. Grill corn on outdoor grill for 10 minutes or until desired doneness. Slather on Cilantro Lime Butter and serve hot!

Can you just imagine the herby tartness of the cilantro and lime mixed with the sweetness of the sweet creamy butter? Mmmmmmm…


Try this at your next picnic or BBQ.  Your friends will think you’re amazing!

Cooking with Love,


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