Sautéed Corn With Chorizo, Cilantro, and Lime Juice Recipe

An easy salad starring corn and chorizo. . J. Kenji López-Alt

Why This Recipe Works

  • Slow-cooking the chorizo helps render and crisp up most of its fat, which is then used to flavor and cook the corn.
  • Cooking the corn over high heat caramelizes its natural sugars, giving it a deeply sweet and nutty flavor.

I could write an entire book just about the things that go well sautéed with sweet summer corn. I'm serious about that. And with that in mind, it seemed like a no-brainer to include corn as part of our Easiest Summer Ever collection of four-ingredient, no-fuss, vegetable-centric recipes. Here, we sauté it with Spanish chorizo, cilantro, and lime juice.

Recipe Details

Sautéed Corn With Chorizo, Cilantro, and Lime Juice Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 15 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 4 ounces Spanish-style dry-cured chorizo, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from 4 to 5 cobs of corn

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems

  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lime

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine chorizo and olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until chorizo has rendered most of its fat and is crisp all around, about 5 minutes. Add corn, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until corn is cooked through and deeply browned in spots, about 4 minutes. Stir in cilantro and lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
303 Calories
16g Fat
32g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 303
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 563mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 447mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)