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Cotija-Lime Corn

I love corn.  Can you tell?  I have made several corn dishes this summer so far and show no signs of stopping.  But I don’t really want to stop.  I just love making and eating it so much.  I have several more in the planning stages.

Cooking complicated or extravagant dishes is something I love doing, there’s no denying that.  But sometimes, I want to go simple and easy.  Uncomplicated or simple dishes are often the best.

This is one of those uncomplicated dishes.  Corn, green onions, lime juice, some seasonings, a bit of mayo, and a Mexican cheese.  Simple yet delicious.

When adding salt and pepper, go light on the salt until you have added the cheese.  The cheese is salty and the dish can quickly become too salty.

Cotija-Lime Corn

Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • 4 cups corn (4-6 ears or 1-16oz frozen bag)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (1-2 tbsp.)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 green onions; divided
  • 1 tsp . chili powder
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • tbsp . mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cotija cheese; crumbled


  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat. 
  2. Once hot, add the corn and sauté. 
  3. If using fresh corn, sauté for 7 minutes, or until the kernels are soften and cooked. 
  4. If using frozen, sauté for 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Once the corn is cooked, add most of the green onions (reserving a few for garnishing), lime juice, and the seasonings.  Mix well. 
  6. Remove from heat, add the mayo and then the cotija cheese.
  7. Garnish with the remaining green onions.
  8. This tastes great served warm or chilled. 

Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply
    August 13, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I think corn is one of the best parts of summer and your recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing, definitely going to give this a try!

    • Reply
      August 13, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as mine did. I agree, corn is one of the best things of summer.

  • Reply
    August 13, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Corn is so awesome in the summer. Can’t get enough. I’ve never tried this kind of cheese, so this is really interesting to me.

    • Reply
      August 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Christine, it is a Mexican cheese. Most grocery stores will carry it. If you can’t find it, queso fresco will work but this cheese is closer to feta.

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    The Food Hunter
    August 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    its almost corn season here…now I can’t wait

    • Reply
      August 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I know what it is like to wait for the “season” to start. Hope you get some corn soon.

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    August 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I seriously need to find this cojita cheese you keep using in these incredible veggie recipes! It really looks great.

    • Reply
      August 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Yes, you should. It’s a salty cheese, similar to feta but a slightly stronger taste. Being in Cali, you should be able to find it easily.

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    August 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    What is cojita cheese like? Is it similar to feta in taste? Rather lack of Mexican foods where I live 🙂

    • Reply
      August 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Where do you live Naomi? Cotija is a crumbly cheese very close to feta but a bit stronger in flavor and salt. To swap out cotija, I’d do a ratio of 1/3 cup feta and the remaining be Parmesan. Odd, but true.

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    Healing Tomato
    August 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    This is a GREAT recipe. I love the corn and the onion combination. Keep the great recipes coming!

    • Reply
      August 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you HT. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. I loved eating it cold, the flavors were a bit different but great.

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    August 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This looks so refreshing!!! I love it! I’m going to try this when I’m grilling this weekend!!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Lizzy, grilling your corn will make this absolutely amazing. The flavors will be great.

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    October 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I’m with you, Michelle, simple, fresh ingredients always make the most flavourful dishes. This looks delicious and I’ll do as Izzy is and grill the corn. Thanks for a great recipe!

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      October 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Grilling the corn is perfection! Enjoy

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    October 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Hmmm, this looks really yummy! I like simple salad, they are so easy to make and healthy. I can finish a bowl for dinner 🙂

    • Reply
      October 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      I’m with you Maggie, I can finish a bowl for dinner

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