Corny on the Cob (vegan-style)

by KalaLea on August 28, 2011 • Posted in Recipes

Recipe by KalaLea K
Serves 1 person per ear of corn

Corn or maize has been around for thousands of years. It’s a pity that it’s one of the top GMO crops today. Given this fact, it’s best to buy fresh ears of corn from your local farmer’s market, CSA, or food coop. Corn is wonderful for stimulating the appetite, regulating digestion and promoting healthy gums and teeth. I’ve been eating it all summer and this is my favorite way to spice it up:

You will need:
2 ears of fresh corn (or more depending on your household)
water (enough to cover the corn in a large pot)
1/2 jalapeno
a heaping TBSP of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lime per ear of corn
2 TBSPs of nutritional yeast

SPICE MIXTURE: (1 tsp per year of corn)
chives, basil, and/or oregano
garlic powder
red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp only unless you like it HOT!)
a teeny bit of sea salt (to taste)

large pot for boiling corn 2) rectangle glass pan 3) large storage container with lid 4) tongs for retrieving corn



  • Shuck the ears of corn and rinse removing most of the silky threads
  • Slice jalapeno in half (the seeds are the HOT part, be cautious and do NOT touch your eyes)


  • Bring large pot of water to a boil then add ears of corn (water should cover corn)
  • Add 1/2 of jalapeno to water as well
  • After 3-4 minutes remove the corn from pot with tongs
  • Place the corn in large container (let corn cool a bit – be careful not to melt the container)
  • Add jalapeno + spice mixture to bowl and place lid on container then shake it up to coat corn
  • You can eat as is, adding the nutritional yeast and olive oil or you can put in the broiler …


  • You don’t really need to boil it first just DOUBLE the BROIL time.
  • Broiling under the stove only takes 1 minute literally. Add the spicy-coated corn to glassware pan
  • Broil it on high for 30 seconds each side (turning over with tongs)
  • Turn off stove, remove from broiler then add olive oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast flakes, lime juice then serve!

Nutritional yeast and olive oil give it that cheesy/mayo feeling but without the extra un-healthy fat.
Serve with fresh lime, Bar-Bee-Que lentils, and green salad. IF you eat animals then I bet this will be yummy with pork chops, grilled fish, or even kangaroo.

Also, an interesting piece about genetically-modified corn on Huffington Post last year, read here.

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  1. Audrey Nesby (cuz)

    This is something that I will wait for you to visit so that you can cook it……ha….ha!

  2. KalaLea

    Hhhmm, why? Does it seem like a lot or not very appetizing? It’s basically corn Mexican-style…hope you’re well and eating plenty of veggies and fruits :)

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