So technically it’s not corn season yet. But I’m terribly impatient, so when I saw corn at the grocery store, I had to get it, even if it was from Florida. (I mean, Florida isn’t that far away, right? It’s kind of local?)
These days, you can get just about any vegetable year round. Most of them taste the same anytime you get them. (Fruit is another story, of course!) But not corn. Oh sure, you can buy fresh corn in January. But you should probably put the word fresh in quotes, because it’s not really fresh. It’s shucked and washed and packed on a tray and wrapped in plastic. It’s also about as flavorful (and tough!) as the plastic it’s wrapped in.
When the first fresh corn arrives in the produce section after winter, it’s something to celebrate (even if it’s from Florida). It’s the first sign of summer. The months of plastic-wrapped corn from who-knows-where are over and the short stretch of time when we can enjoy tender, sweet ears of corn has now arrived.
Last week, I mentioned my side dish arsenal and the need to have a collection of go-to quick side dishes for busy evenings. Well, this Fresh Corn Saute with Coconut Milk & Sriracha recipe is another that I’ve added to my collection. While it’s a little bit of a pain de-kerneling all the ears of corn, the fact that it takes less than 10 minutes to cook makes up for it.
Fresh corn? Short cooking time? And easy too? This might just be the perfect summer side dish.
An easy summer side dish that's the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
- 2 tsp. peanut or vegetable oil
- 3/4 c. thinly sliced green onions (about 1 bunch)
- 6 ears fresh corn, kernels removed
- 1/2 c. light coconut milk
- salt to taste
- 1-2 tsp. sriracha (depending on how much spiciness you like)
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions and cook 2 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add corn and coconut milk; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until most liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in sriracha and salt to taste.