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Gluten Free Grilled Corn With A Spicy Lime Twist

🌽 Mexican Grilled Street Style Elote with Lime & Red Chili Powder Seasoning

Snapping, sizzling, crackling, and popping! The hot sweet crunch of fresh corn straight off the grill, MMM yes! Get your pressure cooker and a celiac safe grill top/fire safe silicon cover top ready! When was the last time you had a grilled Mexican Style Elote (corn on cob), that happened to be safe for gluten free peeps too?! 💚The pressure cooker helps cut down the time and fully cooks the corn in a fraction of the time.

This is quite possibly one of the most underrated side dishes in the barbecue game. It is incredibly versatile and a great option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians folks alike. Grilled corn is great with even the simplest of gluten free ingredients. If you want to be a little fancy, don’t hesitate to add your own fixings, and most importantly cook, eat, and live gluten free!

Keep in mind to avoid cross contact by keeping your own utensils separate, washing hands and surfaces regularly, and stay away from foods that are not certified gluten free. If cooking with others that are not gluten free, make sure to have a designated allergy-friendly and gluten free area for gluten free ingredients and utensils. Let’s avoid gut problems together with reminders and tips. We like to have fun while creating foods for the soul with simplicity and delicious flavors!

“Fun Quotes”

“Cooking with love provides food for the soul.”

“Savor every moment with the ones you love most.”

“Cookouts are a great way to get creative with your cooking. There are so many different things you can grill, and you can always experiment with different flavors.”

– Unknown

🌽 A Quick Look! (Avoid Cross Contact)

Pressure cooker & Quick Open Fire Grill

Pressure cook corn in an Instant Pot for 4 minutes. While corn is cooking, mix salt and chili powder in a small plate. Quick release pressure. If using butter, immediately remove corn from the pressure cooker with metal tongs (Safety). We use mostly charcoal or propane with a pack of hickory wood chips to add a smokey flavor. My husband is originally from Texas and its “traditional vibes” or whatever that means 🤪. If you are using charcoal, instead of a gas grill, be sure that the charcoal being used is gluten free.

Finalize the process by grilling corn ears for a quick few minutes until desired color and level of chard. Add a little butter if desired.

Rub down: Squeeze the lime a bit to start the juices flowing. Dip half a lime in seasoning mix and rub the lime all over the corn as you spin and rotate on plate.

🌽 Who Is This Recipe Intended For? 🤔❓💭

Corn sweetness, grilled smokiness, lime tanginess, and all together freshness. The chili adds a touch of spice that gives the dish a bit of a kick. The heat is not overwhelming, but it’s enough to make you want to keep eating. Avoid if you have a corn allergy. Avoid choking. If this is being made for a young child, cut the corn off the cob for easy chewing.

“3 Key Highlights”

→ Low-glycemic food

Grilled corn doesn’t cause sharp spikes in sugar levels, making it a great alternative option to other sides.

→ Good Source Vitamins and Minerals

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are antioxidants that protect the cells from taking damage and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

→ Good source of fiber

Insoluble fiber, found in foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits helps regulate digestion and can promote gut health.

🌽 5 Reasons To Fire Up That Grill & Why You’ll Love It! 🔥🍽️

Summer Staple | Healthier Choice | Barbecue Classic & Amazing Side Dish | Gluten Free & Versatile | Simple & Easy

Reason #1: [Summer Staple] Corn season! California typically runs, May to December but the peak season for the best stock of corn is said to be from July to September, please advise with your local farms! Giving us great reasons to do the summer with a POP!

Reasons #2: [Healthier choice] Antioxidants for cell repairing in the body. Great source of fiber for us gluten free folks, helping with the digestive gut health. Including minerals as magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Perfect way to enjoy some Vitamins C, E, and K in style. 😎

Reason #3: [Barbecue Classic & Amazing Side Dish] Summer season lovers! Those cool cats who love cookouts, fresh seasonal produce, open fires, family with friends, good music, and stratifying food. Famous delicious classic side with a rang of options of how to serve up. Typically as compliment to another main course dish but can also be used in salads, soups, salsas, and/or as a spread. Those who are on the go, delicious and easy to self serve.

Reason #4: [Gluten Free & Versatile] Corn is very versatile and can be enjoyed by so many different types of individuals of all ages with gluten and glucose dietary restrictions. Avoid if you have corn allergies, always consult with your family physician.

Reason #5: [Simple & Easy] Easier on everyone. Pop these bad boys in the pressure cooker and then drop them quickly on the grill for best tasting results. Spread your condiments, eat, and repeat.

🌽 Choosing the right ingredients 🧈🔥

“The Corn”

Which one to choose?… Sweet corn, silver queen, white corn, boiler corn, and/or yellow corn are typically the usual suspects in the grilling game business. All are great, personally we go for the sweet corn pack from Costco.

  • Sweet Corn
  • Silver Corn
  • White Corn
  • Boiler Corn
  • Yellow Corn

“The Toppings”

Gluten Free condiments for BBQ style (Optional)

In our opinion, all of these condiments should be naturally gluten free, but unfortunately nowadays, gluten hides everywhere. Mom says “I would rather be safe, than sorry,” so always check your labels and make sure no one is double dipping in any of your ingredients to avoid cross contact from gluten.

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Corn
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hot Sauce
  • Lime
  • Mayonnaise
  • Herbs
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Salt
  • Spices

🌽 Cooking Your Corn

In all, it should take a total of 30 minutes from start to finish for first timers. With time and practice it should be a much faster process. Pressure cook the corn for 15 minutes and grill the corn for about 10 minutes for beautiful grill marks and that fresh-off-the-grill taste. Mind the fire.

🌽 Kitchenware Needed:

  • Pressure cooker (we prefer the Instant Pot) and open fire grill
  • Metal Tongs, for handling of hot items
  • Plate, preferably with curve edges to avoid rolling of the corn

🖨️ GF Spicy Grilled Corn – Recipe Card

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Summer grilled style corn is a delicious and easy-to-make summer side dish that is perfect for any occasion. The corn is grilled until it is charred and tender, and then it is brushed with a simple butter and chili lime spice mixture. The result is a corn that is sweet, smoky, spicy, and flavorful.


  • 4 ears of fresh sweet yellow or white corn
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 limes, halved
  • Butter (optional)


    [Step 1] Shuck and wash the corn. Remove any stray hairs. No one likes the little hairs of the corn getting stuck in their teeth.

    [Step 2] Drop the ears of corn into the pressure cooker with a cup of water. We pressure cook using an instant pot, and 4 minutes on high pressure is perfect! One the timer rings, quick release pressure. Cook the corn about 15 minutes before you are ready to get them on the grill.

    [Step 3] Once the pressure is released and the corn is cooked, remove them to a tray with tongs. If you aren’t dairy free, now is the time to add some butter.

    [Step 4] Put the corn on the grill for a quick char!

    [Step 5] Use a small plate for mixing an equal amount of chili powder and salt (Pink Himalayan Salt). Mix the spices together. You’ll need about a teaspoon of the spice mixture for every 2 ears of corn.

    [Step 6] Cut half a lime and dip it in the spice mixture until the flat surface is nicely covered. Apply, spread, and squeeze as you travel down the corn. Cover entire corn with the lime juice and the spice mixture. Bite until full 💚


🌽 To Serve: On any plate or on small corn skewers to keep hands from getting messy. Add a little green cilantro to give it a fancy look!

🌽 Experiment: Try different butters, spices, sauces, cheeses, and or add crunched up chips. Let the kids and party adults go wild.

🌽 Make-Ahead: We recommend keeping your corn in the pressure cooker within its own steam heat to keep warm. Careful of drying out kernels

🌽 Leftovers: Best method to keep corn still fresh with keeping its great smoky grilled flavor is it to cut off the kernels off stock while keeping it in a air tight container. Giving you more options to use the now lose corn for salads, salsa dips, or a side for main dish.

⚠️ Don’t have a pressure cooker or instant pot? Just boil your shucked and cleaned corn in a large pot for 6-7 minutes or until kernels are tender!

⚠️ You don’t have to grill them! They taste great just boiled or pressure cooked too! Serve these beauties as a side to any grilled/barbecue dish or if you aren’t grilling them, add them as a side to any Mexican inspired dishes (tacos, salad, enchiladas, you name it).

🌽 Conclusion:

YAY! We did it and it took no time nor much effort! Corn can be topped with almost anything and we love corn for being incredibly versatile. Make it spicy, plain jane, or top it off with the fanciest of add-ons.

In this post, we discussed the important steps and what to keep in mind when cooking with others who may not be aware of Celiac Disease and gluten free dietary needs. We hope you found our post helpful!

(We highly recommend our “Top 10 Gluten-Free Easy Breezy Summer Recipes” playbook. It’s full of delicious and easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for impressing your celiac and gluten-free friends and family this summer).

***Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll discuss more of our recipes, party-worthy dishes, and hearty meals that you might enjoy! 👀 ***

🌽 FAQs 🌽

What if I don’t have a pressure cooker or grill?

Boil your shucked and cleaned corn in a large pot for 6-7 minutes (estimate) on the stove or until kernels are tender!

The Grill is contaminated with gluten! What should I do?

We have been here too many times and suggest investing in a fire safe silicone grill mat or get those beautiful char marks using your own dedicated gluten free cast iron grill pan!

Do I keep the husk of the corn on during this entire process?

No, unless you are cooking the corn from start to finish on the grill. Otherwise, pressure cook or boil it first without the husk, and then toss it on the grill for a quick char. Sometimes we keep the husk of the corn as a dish for the corn! Save the environment, and use what nature gave us!

Best type of Corn To Grill?

Free, is the best type of corn the enjoy! if not maybe try our favorite types of corn (Yellow or white sweet) corn is our go-to. We sometimes cut the corn in half for the kiddos, easy grab and munch size.

Hello! I’m Priya J Shah-Cruz, a very passionate & innovative food blogger genius mom behind “Arianna’s Vida.” Facing challenges of finding healthy great tasting recipes that cater to diverse tastes, dietary needs, & sometimes little picky eaters.



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