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Hot off the grill, charred sweet corn gets slathered in tangy lime mayonnaise and topped with extra-large crunchy quicos, or corn nuts, in des Jardins’ version of elote. For a plated version, cut the kernels from the cobs and toss with lime mayo and quicos, then scoop and serve.

Best New Chef Traci des Jardins
Traci Des Jardins
August 2020


Credit: Aubrie Pick

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20 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to high (450°F to 500°F). Whisk together egg yolk, lime juice, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually drizzle in oil until mixture is smooth and thick. Whisk in up to 2 teaspoons water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to loosen mixture, if needed. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and piment d’Espelette. Set aside.

  • Place corn on oiled grill grates, positioning husks over edge of grill to prevent burning. Grill, uncovered, turning occasionally, until corn is tender and slightly charred, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Brush hot corn with lime mayonnaise (about 1 tablespoon per ear). Sprinkle with cheese, quicos, and piment d’Espelette, to taste. Serve with lime wedges.

Make Ahead

Mayonnaise can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days.


Quicos (giant corn nuts) may be purchased on amazon.com.