Simple Corn Sauté

I can’t think of an easier (or tastier) summer side dish! For someone who isn’t a big fan of corn on the cob, I do love this Simple Corn Sauté. Fresh corn kernels, jalapeño, ginger, lime, and cilantro creates a creative flavorful summer side dish that takes only minutes to prepare!

A simple saute of fresh corn, jalapeños, garlic, ginger, scallions and fresh herbs. Finished with lime, this dish is ready in under 10 minutes and is gorgeous in color and taste!


Truth be told I don’t really like corn on the cob. I know, I know. It’s not a very popular opinion. I’ve just never been a fan of corn on the cob. I’ll eat it but it’s certainly not my favorite. Fresh corn kernels, however, I’m smitten with. Perhaps because they’re so much easier to eat and I love being able to add bright (and spicy) flavors that balance the sweet, crunchy corn.

Shucking the corn from the cob for a simple summer side dish.


The inspiration for this recipe comes from an old Fine Cooking magazine. The corn kernels are sautéed in a drizzle of olive oil with garlic, ginger, green onions and finished with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime. The flavor combination is magical. In under 20 minutes you are rewarded with the best tase of summer!

Ingredients for a simple corn side dish: corn, jalapeño, scallions, ginger and garlic.


There are so many ways to serve this simple corn sauté. Equally delicious over grilled chicken, pork tenderloin or a piece of salmon and also delicious tossed with hot pasta, a pat of butter, and a healthy handful of parmesan cheese. My husband used the leftovers and folded them into soft scrambled eggs. The sautéed corn goes with all the things. 🙂

A simple summer side dish of fresh corn kernels, herbs, ginger, garlic and lime. Sautéed just until warm.


Here are a few easy summer recipes that you might love!

Quick Pickled Beets
Peppercorn Ranch Green Beans
Traeger Corn on the Cob
Simple Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan

Let me know if you try any of the recipes!

My favorite summer side dish is so easy to prepare. It takes 10 minutes and uses all of summers best: corn!

Have a great week and thanks for reading! xo, Kelley

Recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks/photos by Deborah DeKoff


Simple Corn Sauté

  • Author: Kelley


A quick summer sauté of corn, ginger, garlic, cilantro and lime.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions (white and light green part only)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/21 small jalapeño, seeded and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • juice from 1/2 lime


  1. Add olive oil to a large sauté pan. Add the scallions and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes just until soft.
  2. Add the butter, corn, ginger, garlic and jalapeño. Cook 3-4 minutes until corn is warmed through and everything is just toasty golden in color.
  3. Add cilantro and salt. Stir and finish with a squeeze of lime juice. Serve immediately.