This Grilled Corn recipe is a great summer appetizer and is quite popular throughout Africa. Corn, also known as maize, is a starchy grain vegetable consumed widely in Africa. Originally from the Americas, it was introduced to Africa by European settlers. The seeds come in a variety of colors: yellow, bluish-gray, purple, green, red, white, yellow and black. The main variety consumed in Africa is white.
Corn cobs are available at most supermarkets, seasonally or in dried or frozen form throughout the year.This African grilled corn recipe is from East Africa, where it is a popular snack food that is available from many street vendors.
GRILLED CORN RECIPE
- 1 griller
- 1 Wrap
- 4 Large Corn Cobs with Husks intact
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil or Butter
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Heat your Grill to Medium high.
- Gently peel back the outer layers of the corn husks, but be careful not to tear them off the cob.
- Brush the corn with oil or butter. Recover the cob with the corn husks.
- Wrap each corn cob tightly with tin foil. Place the corn on the grill.
- Grill for at 25 minutes, remembering to rotate the cobs to ensure even cooking.
- Remove from grill and vent the corn to let cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper before serving.
- To serve more people, divide each cob into 3 or 4 sections.
- To add a little extra bite, grind some fresh black pepper over the cob at the same time as you brush them with butter or olive oil.
- Serve with our Chili Sauce
Nutritional ingredients of Corn
- Carbohydrates: Corn is rich in carbohydrates, primarily in the form of starch. This energy source fuels your body and provides sustained energy.
- Fiber: Corn contains dietary fiber that aids digestion, promotes a healthy gut, and can contribute to a feeling of fullness.
- Protein: While corn is not a high source of protein, it does provide a small amount, contributing to your daily protein intake.
- Vitamins: Corn is a source of vitamins, including B vitamins like thiamine (B1), niacin (B3), and pantothenic acid (B5). These vitamins are essential for energy metabolism and overall health.
- Minerals: Corn contains minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, which play vital roles in maintaining bone health, muscle function, and fluid balance.
- Antioxidants: Corn contains various antioxidants, including carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. These compounds are beneficial for eye health and may help protect against certain chronic diseases.
- Calories: The calorie content of corn can vary based on its preparation and serving size. It’s generally considered moderately calorie-dense.
Fact about Grilled Corn
Did you know that the tradition of grilling corn has ancient origins? Centuries ago, Native American tribes were already grilling corn over open flames, long before the modern barbecue craze began.
The technique of grilling corn, often using hot coals or an open flame, not only added a smoky flavor but also enhanced its natural sweetness. Native Americans revered corn as a sacred crop and incorporated it into various aspects of their culture, including their culinary practices.
As you savor the deliciousness of grilled corn today, you’re continuing a culinary tradition that spans generations and cultures. Each charred kernel carries a piece of history and the spirit of sharing flavors with loved ones. So, as you enjoy the smoky aroma and relish the taste of perfectly grilled corn, remember that you’re partaking in a tradition that connects us to our culinary heritage.
- How long do I grill corn on the cob? Grilling time typically ranges from 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally until the kernels are tender and lightly charred.
- Can I grill corn with the husk on? Absolutely! Soak the corn in water, then grill with the husk on for a steamy, smoky flavor. Peel back the husk to reveal the charred kernels.
- What’s the best way to season grilled corn? Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, or get creative with spices like paprika, cumin, or garlic powder.
- Can I grill frozen corn? Yes, you can! Thaw frozen corn before grilling and follow the same steps for delicious results.
- How do I store leftover grilled corn? If you have any leftovers, remove the kernels from the cob and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They can be added to salads, salsas, or even used in soups.
- Backyard BBQ Bash: Pair the Grilled Corn with juicy burgers, succulent grilled chicken, and a refreshing coleslaw for a classic barbecue spread.
- Mexican Fiesta: Serve the corn with a drizzle of lime juice, crumbled cotija cheese, and a sprinkle of chili powder for a Mexican-inspired twist.
- Beach Picnic: Pack grilled corn in foil for a beach picnic and enjoy it with chilled watermelon slices, fresh salads, and refreshing lemonade.
Grilled corn is more than a dish; it’s a sensory experience. The smoky aroma, the burst of flavors, and the tender sweetness unite to create a summer delight that transcends time. Whether at a BBQ or a solitary treat, grilled corn encapsulates the essence of sunny days and shared moments. So, fire up the grill, relish the simplicity, and let grilled corn’s enchantment elevate your culinary journey.