Mexican-style Corn with Serrano Crema

I ate at Rick Bayless’ Red O Mexican restaurant and LOVED it.  My favorite dish they served there was something called “deconstructed Mexican street corn”.  I don’t care what it’s called, it’s absolutely delicious.  My husband and I sat there and studied the flavors.  We think we came up with a recipe that closely resembles it.

We call it… Mexican style corn with serrano crema. 

AKA Mexican corn-off-the-cob 

AKA deconstructed Mexican street corn 

AKA get-in-my-mouth-now corn.  We had a hard time naming this dish!  Enough chat, time for the recipe!

Mexican Style Corn with Serrano Crema recipe- printable recipe here!

Serrano Crema Recipe


  • 3 serrano chile peppers, seeded and chopped.
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped with the stems removed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (may substitute greek yogurt for a lighter version)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (may susbstitute milk, but won’t be nearly as good!)
  • salt and pepper, to taste.


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Done! Now set this aside and get ready for the corn.

Mexican style corn


  • 3 ears of corn with husks on
  • 1 poblano pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 red onion, julienned
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • queso fresco cheese, grated


  1. Soak corn with the husks still on in cold water for approx. 1 hour. 
  2. BBQ the corn in the husk until all sides of the husk are charred.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the onions and peppers in a little bit of EVOO.
  4. Remove ear from husks.
  5. Place corn cobs back on BBQ, and cook until outsides are lightly browned.
  6. Cut the kernels off the cob, leaving as big as chunks as possible (see pics below).
  7. Add the cut corn to the pepper/onion mixture and saute until warm.
  8. Serve the mixture on a plate.  Drizzle the serrano crema on top (careful, this crema is spicy). 
  9. Sprinkle the queso fresco on top.  The cheese is key! If you don’t get this cheese it won’t taste right.
  10. Add cilantro for garnish.
  11. Enjoy!

sauteing the peppers and onions
How you remove the corn from the cob.

Finished product! Yum!!

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  1. August 4, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    This looks delicious. My one problem is I do not love cilantro, but I think this would be good if I left it out. Love Rick Bayless.


    • August 5, 2014 / 6:00 am

      I actually do not love cilantro either. I took most of the cilantro off, it's just there for the looks (at least on my plate,my husband on the other hand loves the stuff). I can assure you it tastes good without the cilantro!

  2. August 9, 2014 / 9:11 am

    Looks yum. I'm greeting used to coriander, as we call it down under. My husband loves it but I just sprinkle on a small amount. Hi from #gdaysaturday. Fran

  3. August 9, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    Mmm … this looks so good! Thanks for sharing:)