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Greek Grilled Corn on the Cob

In all regions of Greece, you’ll find street vendors selling grilled sweet corn brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt- it is by far one of the country’s favourite street foods! 

If you would like to try your hands at cooking corn the Greek way, it’s good to know how to choose the freshest and tastiest corn.

Insights Greece - Greek Grilled Corn on the Cob

What to look out for in picking corn

-Pure green leaves with shiny tassel.

-Dense seeds without gaps between each, make sure there are no white seeds and no hard and dry corn pieces.

-The fresher they are the tastier and sweeter they will be. Try and buy your corn from a local organic market, where the fruit and vegetables are fresh. 

-If you can’t cook them immediately, wrap them in paper and put them in plastic bags, that way they will last for 2-3 days.

Insights Greece - Greek Grilled Corn on the Cob

How to cook Greek corn on the cob 

-The classic method of cooking corn the Greek way is to peel the green leaves off the corn and rub some olive oil or butter over it.

-Light your charcoal BBQ and make sure coals are burning hot before cooking your corn. Charcoal is the key to giving the corn a smoky and roasted flavour. You will need to cook them for around 10-15 minutes over high heat. 

–  Serve corn hot with butter and sea salt. 

Tips for cooking corn on the cob

-If you want them to cook faster, you can boil the corn for 1 minute before grilling.

-If you prefer your corn sweeter, add sugar to water, and allow to boil for a minute.

-If you would like your corn to have a more yellow texture, add turmeric to your corn. 

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