Corn on the Cob with Lemon Basil Pesto

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A simple and addictive summer side, you won’t believe how delicious fresh pesto tastes when brushed on sweet and juicy corn on the cob.

Corn on the Cob with Basil Pesto - The Lemon Bowl


Although it goes without saying, I think it bears repeating: when you are cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients there is very little effort required to produce maximum flavor. My easy and delicious Corn on the Cob with Basil Pesto is the perfect example of an almost embarrassingly simple side dish that is so flavorful you will be making it again and again.

Washing Basil for Pesto - The Lemon Bowl

Whether you’re growing basil in your backyard or picked up a large bunch at your local farmers market, pesto season is in full force.

Pesto for the Freezer - The Lemon Bowl

Every summer, I like to make a huge batch and freeze it in one-ounce portions using this OXO Tot Baby Food Freezer Tray. You can use any ice cube tray you have on hand but this is my favorite one to use. In addition to baby food, it’s also ideal for freezing leftover coffee to use in iced coffee.

Corn on the Cob with Lemon Basil Pesto - The Lemon Bowl

When boiling corn on the cob, it’s best to bring a pot of water and boil the corn for no more than 3 minutes. It’s the best way to ensure maximum flavor and nutrients. Grilled corn would also work well and you can grill the corn first or brush it with pesto before placing it on the grill.

Easy, peasy.

No forks required.

Corn on the Cob with Lemon Basil Pesto - The Lemon Bowl

Corn on the Cob with Lemon Basil Pesto

3.80 stars average
A simple and addictive summer side, you won’t believe how delicious fresh pesto tastes when brushed on sweet and juicy corn on the cob.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 3 minutes
TOTAL: 8 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 4 ears sweet corn (husks removed)
  • ¼ cup basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a roaring boil and add corn. Cook for 3 minutes then set corn on a platter.
  • Brush corn liberally with basil pesto and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 20.3gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 38mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.2g
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33 responses to “Corn on the Cob with Lemon Basil Pesto”

  1. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste Avatar
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    Oh this is heavenly! Love that contrast of colors between the gorgeous yellow corn kernels and the bright green pesto. This is summer on a plate!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Kelly!!

  2. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    I basically spend my whole summer wanting to eat corn and drink pesto from a bowl with a straw. So LOVING THIS.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahah SAME!!

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche Avatar
    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    another awesome recipe liz. i love returning to your site as i always pick up so much inspiration. next time i make corn on the cob, definitely adding pesto. love it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You are so sweet- thank you so much Thalia!!

  4. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    Must have this soon!

  5. Carol at Wild Goose Tea Avatar
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I am feeling boring. I had corn last night with plain ol’ salt and butter. I enjoyed it, but I am sure I would enjoy this more. If nothing else, the color of the pesto with the corn—-gorgeous!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Well nothing beats butter and salt thats for sure!

  6. Deena kakaya Avatar
    Deena kakaya

    Funnily enough I have never eaten corn on the cob with pesto
    Like this, but what a fabulous and colourful
    Idea! Nice to e-meet you. X

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try it one day Deena! Perfect for summer!