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Coconut Cilantro Corn

Coconut Cilantro Corn – Fresh picked corn on the cob marinated in coconut milk, cilantro and spices, then grilled for your tasting pleasure. Coconut Cilantro Corn ~ The Complete SavoristToday while I was working on another dish that will come out on Wednesday, a delicious Cornish hen recipe, I needed a half cup of coconut milk. That left me with about a cup and a quarter. I’ve never refrigerated coconut milk before, so I wasn’t sure if I should even do that. I surely wasn’t going to toss it either, that’s stuff is way too yummy to waste.

Green beans were originally on the menu and corn on the cob was on the menu for another night. Then, as these things go in my kitchen, I changed my mind. I had about a quarter bunch of cilantro left from the hen dish as well and thought why not, why not put that corn in a bag with the milk, cilantro, and some spices then grill it with the birds.

So happy I did. Letting those ingredients chill out for a few hours allowed the corn to really absorb the flavors. The flame helped caramelized the natural sugars resulting a sweet, smoky, and creamy corn. This might be blasphemous to some, but butter wasn’t needed post-grilling.  Coconut Cilantro Corn ~ The Complete SavoristCoconut Cilantro Corn ~ The Complete SavoristCoconut Cilantro Corn ~ The Complete Savorist

Coconut Cilantro Corn

Course: Side dish/Vegetable
Cuisine: Fusion
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Coconut Cilantro Corn - Fresh picked corn on the cob marinated in coconut milk, cilantro and spices, then grilled for your tasting pleasure.


  • 6-8 ears of corn; shucked and de-silked
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt +/- adjusted according to personal taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Small bunch of cilantro; smashed


  1. Remove the husks and silks from the corn.
  2. Place the corn in a zip-seal bag or a large bowl/pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper then pour over the corn.
  4. Using the flat end of a knife, smash the cilantro leaves and stems, then add them to the corn.
  5. Seal/Cover and shake well, allowing the corn to be full coated in the seasoned milk.
  6. Chill for 4 hours, shake occasionally, allowing the contents to shift.
  7. Over a medium heat, place the corn on the top rack of grill, off direct heat.
  8. Rotate the corn at least twice, allowing all sides to brown up.
  9. Depending on the size of the corn, cook for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool enough to handle and enjoy.

Coconut Cilantro Corn ~ The Complete SavoristCoconut Cilantro Corn ~ The Complete SavoristCoconut Cilantro Corn ~ Fresh corn on the cob marinated in coconut milk, cilantro, and spices, then grilled ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    August 17, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I love corn and this looks mouth watering! Great photos! Pinned and shared!

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      August 17, 2015 at 1:49 am

      Appreciate that so much Joanne.

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    August 17, 2015 at 8:41 am

    This looks great! It is just now corn season here in Vermont and I love cilantro, coconut milk and grilling! So I am all about this! Yum!

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      August 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      We just entered corn season too. Hope you enjoy it.

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    August 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm


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    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    August 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Love the coconut in the flavor profile!

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    August 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I have to confess that I haven’t grilled corn yet! This recipe sounds amazing – some of my favorite flavors.

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      August 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      I hope you get the chance go grill corn soon. It’s addictive, so have some extra ears.

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    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
    August 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve never seen corn marinated like this – such a brilliant idea Michelle!

    • Reply
      August 18, 2015 at 12:02 am

      Thank you Alisa, hope you get the chance to enjoy it.

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    Ali from Home & Plate
    August 18, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Never thought of using coconut milk on corn but I love the flavor so it must impart something wonderful. Corn on the grill with cilantro is the perfect summer veggie.

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      August 19, 2015 at 1:02 am

      Thank you Ali, it was on a whim that I did it, but it was fantastic.

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    August 18, 2015 at 7:01 am

    The thought of marinating corn in coconut milk has never crossed my mind, I am going to have to give this a try!

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    August 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Sounds so delicious, I love coconut and cilantro!

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    August 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I have never grilled corn or would have thought to use the ingredients yo did. Looks so good and will have to try this.

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    August 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    NOMNOM!! I love how you spiced up the typical roasted corn 🙂 making my mouth water!

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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    August 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I hate having things go to waste and totally love how you’ve spiced up this corn. Your picture with the smoke curling in with the corn is super cool. Nice job!

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      August 20, 2015 at 9:50 am

      That was a fun, albeit hot shot to get.

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    Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3
    August 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    We love fresh cilantro at our house, and no summer is complete without delicious fresh corn!

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    August 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I love grilled corn. I swear the flavor is in the char! Anyway Ive had corn w/ cilantro but I’m digging the twist of coconut!

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      August 23, 2015 at 11:53 am

      I am so with you with the char.

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    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    August 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful shot of the corn on the grill with the smoke coming up….wish I could reach in and grab an ear of this.

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      August 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

      It’s totally worth risking a burn for.

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    August 24, 2015 at 10:56 am

    This corn looks fantastic! When I first saw the title I was wondering how coconut, cilantro and corn could go together… But now I can’t wait to give it a try!

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      August 24, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Coconut milk is such a versatile ingredient.

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    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    August 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    What a great idea to soak the cobs in coconut milk, this sounds wonderful!

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      August 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      It really was wonderful, thank you Joy.

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