Introducing juicy BBQ (corn)ribs, but make it vegan!
These golden corn ribs make the perfect side dish: ready in under 30 minutes with a savoury and well-seasoned exterior that encases a tender and juicy sweet corn middle.
To add a little extra zing, we recommend serving these delicious ribs with a dipping sauce of your choice. For a creamy and spicy twist, try mixing hummus and harissa paste together to create a tantalising dressing that perfectly complements the sweet and savoury flavours of the corn.
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or preparing a quick weeknight meal, these corn ribs are the perfect addition to any main meal.
2 corn on cob
1 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp harissa paste
Parsley, to garnish
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
- Boil corn for 10 mins (this makes it easier to cut).
- Slice corn in half (vertically) and then chop into quarters. Note: you need a sharp knife!
- Combine all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl, mix well.
- Arrange corn on a lined baking tray and spoon the seasoning on top, evenly covering all ribs.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally.
- Garnish with parsley and serve with you choice of dipping sauce – we mixed hummus and harissa paste to create this spicy, creamy sauce.
But is corn good for me?
Corn (also called Maize) is another somewhat controversial and misunderstood food. Particularly with growing publicity of the dangers of ‘high fructose corn syrup’ (HFCS).
Whilst the latter substance is not really a ‘food’ and we agree it is one of the worst products one can eat, it has made its way into many widely available processed foods. Fresh organic corn, however, bears no resemblance to this product.
We have used more traditional yellow corn for this recipe, possessing an impressive array of anti-oxidants. Such anti-oxidants include high levels of carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin which have a particularly positive role for eye health, providing protection against macular degeneration.
Corn is also a good source of protein and contributes to digestive health. This is as a result of its fibre content, containing both soluble and insoluble fibre, encouraging healthy bowel flora.
The combination of good protein and fibre levels also leads to improved blood sugar metabolism.
Additional nutrients found in corn include B vitamins (B3, B5, B6 and B9), Vitamin C and minerals (Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Potassium and Copper).
Much of today’s corn is produced from genetically modified species (to increase yield), so to avoid this, as well as pesticide residue, we recommend purchasing organic.