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Esquites- A Classic Recipe for Corn

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Esquites- A Classic Recipe for Corn
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This simple and delicious Esquites recipe (corn dish) is very popular in Mexico and is often sold by street vendors. Make some Esquites at home as a delicious pairing for your favorite Mexican main dish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 4 ears of fresh corn
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup fresh butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Remove the husks from the ears of corn, as well as pulling off the excess strings. Using a sharp knife, slice the kernels off the cob by cutting a bit off the end of the cob so you can stand it upright. Then you can slide your knife down the cob on each side to remove the kernels. Add the corn and water to a large pot or frying pan with high sides. Cook the corn over medium heat until there is no water left and the corn has softened. Add the butter and salt and gently fry the corn for 2-3 minutes to soften it further to the point where it starts to brown around the edges. Serve immediately.
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 5 out of 5
Esquites, Member Magicalblueyes

I make esquites all the time with this recipe, it is a delicious and easy side dish. As to tlustrig's comment, corn on the cob- ""elote"" is not appropriate for some meals and for some family's grilling corn on an outdoor grill is not possible. Also some people do not like to eat corn right off the cob. This is a great recipe.

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