Charred Corn Salsa over Grilled Cumin Steak

Charred corn salsa is light and flavorful!  It’s the perfect topping or the perfect dip!

Corn salsa with a little char makes the perfect cumin steak topping!

I know some people go nuts over a good steak.  I am not one of those people.  In fact, I couldn’t tell a good steak if it hit me in the face.  Part of this is due to my upbringing.  My mom was a thrifty chef and only bought meat sitting in the clearance section of our grocery store.  This usually meant that our meat was very tough and extremely chewy.  It’s hard to shake certain memories from our youth.  Jaw numbing steak chewing is one of those memories I cannot evict from my mind.  My mom’s way with meat left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended).

Charred Corn

If steak is prepared properly it should practically melt in your mouth like butter.  I have had well prepared steak and I’ve discovered I still don’t care for steak.  It’s just not my thing.  However, it is my husband’s thing.  So every once in a while I like to grill him up a good steak.  But I have to serve it with something that suits my own tastes.  This charred corn salsa is my compromise.

Corn Salad

If you’ve never tried charred corn, you are missing out on something wonderful!  I charred my corn under the broiler, but you could also do it quickly on the grill.  It only takes a few minutes before the corn kernels begin to brown up and soften.  What I love most about charred corn is how sweet it is.  The dark kernels have the most intensely sweet flavor, which lends itself perfectly to this salsa.  It’s a nice balance between the cilantro, the citrus in the dressing and the smokiness from the steak.  I’d highly recommend a corn stripper to remove the kernels from your corn.  However, because they are so tender, they fall off rather easily with a knife.


While some might think the star of this dish is grilled steak, I personally think it takes second billing to the smokey sweet corn salsa!  To each his own I suppose!

Corn salsa with a little char makes the perfect cumin steak topping!

 I was fortunate to receive Oxo products to use in this post as part of their Summer Entertaining Series!  If you’d like information on their grilling products or other kitchen essentials, please visit them on their website!


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Charred Corn Salsa over Grilled Cumin Steak
  • 4 lb rib eye steaks
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 5 ears of corn, husks removed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  1. Spray grill with cooking spray and preheat to medium
  2. Rub steak with garlic, salt and cumin. Grill 4-5 minutes, turn and grill an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
  3. Meanwhile prepare salad.
  4. Preheat oven to broil. Place corn on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes, turning corn halfway. Corn is ready when kernels have begun to char. Remove and let corn cool.
  5. Cut kernels off of corn and place in a bowl. Add tomatoes and avocado. In a bowl, whisk together limejuice, olive oil, salt and cilantro. Pour dressing over corn and stir.
  6. Serves 4


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9 Responses

  1. Homemade salsa is my favorite and always so much better than store bought! Love the charred corn idea- can’t wait to try it.

  2. we love our corn charred, and it looks like the prefect topping for that steak

  3. OMG, this looks so yummy! I love charred corn and for some reason have never thought to make it into a salsa for steak, definitely going to need to try this!

    • I will eat this charred corn salsa for the rest of the summer! I just love it! Thank you!


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