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August 05, 2020 3 min read


If you’re looking to enjoy delicious, savory corn fire roasted right on your BBQ or grill, now is the perfect time of year to do that. With Ontario corn coming into season in August, we’re offering you a fresh and unique way to experience one of the classic foods of summer.

Our Grilled Corn Salsa recipe requires simple ingredients that, when combined with ripe cobs, will deliver an explosion of mouthwatering flavours. The key to making this recipe work as well as it’s meant to hinges mostly on the quality of the corn you’re using. When you’re shopping at your grocery store or produce shop, look for Ontario corn specifically. You’re also going to want to get cobs that have tassels that are brown and sticky to the touch, not black or dry. This signifies the corn is old. Make sure to check the quality of the husk too. A bright green and tightly wrapped husk also tells you that it's fresh and the one you should choose.

After you’ve found the right cobs for the dish, the recipe starts as easy as shucking, grilling, and then stripping the corn, a process that takes no time at all and can be a fun activity for everyone in the family to do. Once you’ve chopped or diced the remaining ingredients, the last step is simply tossing and stirring it all together in a large mixing or serving bowl. It’s amazing how fresh and tasty this recipe is considering how simple it is to put together start to finish.

The little bit of fire from habanero and red pepper flakes meshes so incredibly well with the fresh and juicy elements of cucumber, onion, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serving this dish at picnics, barbecues, get-togethers, or a nice family dinner will impress even the pickiest of eaters!




  • 2 cobs of corn, shucked
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small cucumbers or 1 large (seeded if large)
  • Handful of grape tomatoes, quartered or 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large handful of fresh cilantro, washed and rough chopped
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of one lime
  • S&P to taste



  1. Shuck corn
  2. Put shucked cobs of corn on the grill over high heat for about 15 or so minutes
  3. Turn corn frequently to get some nice grill marks
  4. Allow to cool before cutting niblets off the cob
  5. Slice and dice all other ingredients as suggested above
  6. Mix those ingredients with stripped corn in a large bowl
  7. Test for seasoning
  8. Enjoy!


Final Thoughts

The best way to enjoy this dish is once you've mixed it all together, let sit at room temperature for at least 15-20 minutes. This will give all the ingredients an opportunity to meld properly, leaving you with even more intense and fresh flavours to enjoy.

If you or the people you're making this for aren't fans of spicy foods, you can always lower or completely remove the pepper elements. This recipe offers lots of room for creativity for the chef, so even substituting the spice for something more acidic will mesh well with the other ingredients and make a great salsa.


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