Sweet Corn Ceviche

August 20, 2013

Sweet Corn Ceviche

I get so excited when I stumble upon a new culinary discovery. I walk around feeling all proud, with a huge smile on my face and a strong urge to share! My latest discovery is corn. No, I’m not talking about having made a brand new grain discovery (that was done for me a long time ago by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica.) I’m talking about discovering a new form of it – UNCOOKED!

It is daunting to me that I haven’t tried it in its purest form until just recently. Crispy, juicy, sweet… Raw! Texture unreplicable.

I am certainly not new to corn. I grew up next to a luscious golden cornfield. I remember warm summer nights in the field, hiding from my parents behind the tall leafy stalks, as they joyfully filled their buckets with fresh ears for tonight’s dinner.

As an adult, misinformed about its nutritional qualities, I learned to avoid the beloved grain… until I discovered that it is actually pretty good for you – a freshly picked ear of organic corn has as much fiber and much less sugar than an apple. And it is jam-packed with good-for-you nutrients such as thiamin, vitamin B5, folate, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese.

Ever since sweet corn made its way back into my kitchen, I’ve been serving it often and in various forms: cooked, raw, even popped. The quick-to-put-together ceviche is now in my weekly side-dish rotation (if you don’t believe me, check my instagram as evidence.) I just strip the kernels off the cob, toss with Serrano pepper, green onion, and lime vinaigrette and leave it be in a fridge for at least a couple hours.

Sweet Corn Ceviche

A friendly advice: triple the recipe – you will thank me when you still have a cup of ceviche left for the next day.

Another friendly advice: serve alongside fish tacos, grilled chicken or tofu, breakfast burritos or on a buttered toast.

Last advice: Make it days in advance and watch the flavors intensify like crazy!

Sweet Corn Ceviche

Sweet Corn Ceviche

Sweet Corn Ceviche

Sweet Corn Ceviche

Sweet Corn Ceviche

Inspired by Sprouted Kitchen whose cookbook I adore
Nutritional info

Ingredients

  • 2 Farmstand Corn Cobs
  • Zest and Juice of one Lime
  • 1 Generous Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use the good stuff)
  • 1 Green Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Serrano Chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro*
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Shuck the corn and use a sharp knife to cut off the corn kernels from all sides. Put them in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the zest and juice of the lime, good olive oil, green onion, Serrano and stir to coat. Add the cilantro and sea salt and give it another stir. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before eating for the flavors to blend. Taste for salt. Keep in a covered container in the fridge, it gets slightly more spicy with age.

Sweet Corn Ceviche

Wine Pairing

Cool, crisp, clean and refreshing, Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect mate for this ceviche. I actually just purchased a case of it on Wine.com (it is on sale there for 1/2 the price.)

Sweet Corn Ceviche

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

lledkornik August 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I am one of the friends who tried it and made it just a few weeks ago. Insanely great salsa

Lera August 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Bookmarked

Anya K. August 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

i would love to try it as a fish corn ceviche. Any suggestions for which fish to use here?

Cucee August 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Anya, good question. I was actually considering doing that too. I was thinking of buying fresh tuna at the farmer’s market and cutting it up to marinate with the corn. If you do add the fish, eat it the same day because the longer you leave the fish in the marinade, the more it “cooks”

Let me know if you try this method and what you think of it

njla August 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

My salad is not as colorful as the photo, but I love the way it tastes! Fresh and light, perfect no cook side. We have so many zucchini…even the muffins are getting tiresome. This is delicious.

iorsti August 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Mer kern mese :)

Brooke August 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

this is such a lovely way to use corn. i love the idea of “un-cooking” corn. I appreciate all the inspiration i’ve gotten from you. aloha, Brooke

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen August 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

OOOH this recipe looks so flavorful & yummy!!

Cucee March 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Kristi, cor is coming back to the farmer’s market soon. Try this recipe

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