This recipe appears in:Serious Entertaining: A Last-Ditch, Goodbye-Summer Picnic The Food Lab: Three Ways to Grill Corn Corn Week: Grilled Corn with Harissa and Mint
Charred grilled corn with spicy harissa paste flavored with lime, garlic, cumin, and fresh mint.
- 3 tablespoons harissa paste (such as DEA brand)
- 1 teaspoon toasted ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon toasted ground coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon zest and 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lime
- 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 2 tablspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons roughly chopped mint leaves
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ears corn, shucked
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.
While grill preheats, combine harissa, cumin, coriander, lime zest and juice, garlic, olive oil, and 2 tablespoons mint leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place corn directly over hot side of fire. If using coal grill, keep uncovered. If using gas, cover when not turning corn. Cook the corn, turning every minute or so until it is well charred on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
Transfer corn to a large bowl. Coat with sauce using a spoon or a brush. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining mint leaves and serve immediately.