Corn Pops

corn pops closeup

Corn pops are inspired by Mexican and Jamaican street corn using favorite spices, garlic and cheese. They’re easy to make and eat, thanks to the handles! These and many variants found south of the border are arguably the most popular street food, rivaling dirty water dogs in New York City.

Some finicky eaters (read, ladies) are reluctant to dive in for corn on the cob because it can wreak havoc on makeup and I admit it is also a challenge for men with facial hair. After a piece or two, despite our best effort, the beard and ‘stache take on that wonderful aroma. While not as sexy a pheromone as say, bacon, it is still quite the attractant!

Let’s Make Some Corn Pops!

grilled corn 1

Use a gas grill to roast the corn for 20-25 minutes over medium heat. Turn 2-3 times to evenly cook it. Then shuck, remove the silks (be careful, it’s hot) trim and cut the cobs in half.

blackening the cornSkewer each piece, lightly butter, then use a kitchen torch to blacken the kernels. No torch, no problem. Return to the grill over high heat and turn a few times to blacken the kernels.

corn pops 2

Roll each piece to liberally coat with the sour cream mayo mix, then the parmagiano-reggiano cheese. Garnish the plates with hot sauce, plate the corn pops and garnish them with the spice mix, sliced green onion shoots and the spicy salt. Print

Corn Pops

Fresh corn on a stick, roasted and blackened with mayo, sour cream, green onion and cheese

  • Author: Tim
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 4 ears fresh corn -or- 4 ears pre-shucked corn
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic – grated or microplaned
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 fresh lime – juiced
  • 4 oz parmigiana-reggiano cheese – grated
  • 1/4 cup green onion shoots – thinly sliced
  • Stoned Epicurians spicy salt – garnish – get it HERE
  • Sriracha hot sauce – garnish


  1. Thoroughly mix the mayo, sour cream, lime juice, sea salt and garlic. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to give the flavors time to meld
  2. Mix the paprika and chili powders together and set aside
  3. Roast the corn on the grill in the husk for 20 -25 minutes over medium heat, turning twice, then open the grill top, turn the heat to high and grill until the husks are charred – another 5 minutes
  4. Alternate Method for pre-shucked corn: cut the ears in half, boil in salted water for 6-7 minutes, drain, butter, skewer with a bamboo stick, blacken with a kitchen torch and proceed to step 7
  5. Remove the corn from the grill, shuck and remove the silks wearing oven mitts if necessary. Trim the ends and cut each ear in half. Return them to the grill over high heat, turning as necessary until the kernels blacken to your satisfaction
  6. Prepare plates and garnish with the sriracha sauce
  7. Skewer, roll and liberally coat the corn in the mayo mix, then the grated cheese and plate the corn
  8. Sprinkle with the chili powder/smoked paprika mix, the sliced green onion shoots and the spicy salt over each corn pop
  9. Serve immediately