Spicy Corn Salsa

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Ingredients:

  • 1.2kg Corn Kernels
  • 2 Shallots (finely diced)
  • 2 Jalapenos (seeds removed, finely diced)*
  • 3 Spring Onions (sliced)
  • 3 Limes (zest finely grated, juiced)
  • 1 large bunch Coriander (roughly chopped)
  • Chili threads

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with sea salt.
  2. Drop your corn kernels into the pot and cook for approximately 3-5mins, until they start to rise to the surface and are cooked through.
  3. Remove your corn from the pot and into a colander, drain and allow the excess water to steam and evaporate.
  4. Place your corn into a large bowl, and while still hot add your shallots and lime juice.  Toss and allow the residual heat to “cook” your shallots and remove some of the bite and onion flavour from the shallots.
  5. When cool, add your jalapenos, spring onions, lime zest and coriander.  Toss until everything is well combined and check your seasoning.
  6. Garnish with chili threads.

Notes

  • This is a simple and tasty dish that can be prepared in advance and is best served at room temperature.
  • This dish is at it’s best during the summer, when you have good quality sweet corn available and at it’s peak.  When corn is not in season, it’s possible to make this dish using frozen corn.  However, look for packs that are listed “IQF” (Individually Quick Frozen) for best results.
  •  Check the Jalapeno, you may need more or less than what’s listed in the recipe depending on the spiciness of each individual pepper.  Try a small piece when preparing this dish, if it’s really spicy, use less.  If it’s mild, use more.  
  • It’s important that your corn has sufficiently cooled before adding in your spring onions, coriander and lime zest.  Otherwise the residual heat will cause your herbs to wilt and lose their freshness.
  • What you’re aiming for in this dish is a complex blend of flavours that are working in harmony with one another, with each ingredient balancing one another out.  The spiciness of Jalapenos and the bite and sharpness of the shallots and spring onions are offset by the sweetness of the corn and acidity of the fresh lime juice.  This is coupled by the fragrance of the lime zest and coriander.  All these components put together contribute to a complete and harmonious dish.

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