Roasted Corn & Jalapeño Salsa

Roasted Corn & Jalapeño Salsa

Roasted Corn & Jalapeño Salsa

Each summer our menu changes a bit…like many, we take advantage of the fresh vegetables and local produce available during the too-brief summer we have in the northeast.

One of our family favorites is Roasted Corn & Jalapeño Salsa. Its a simple, delicious recipe that we make several times every summer.



Roasted Corn & Jalapeño Salsa

Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Stephanie Rufa
Roasted corn and roasted jalapeños work well together for a savory and spicy twist on a classic salsa.
  • 1 ear of corn, shucked
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 small red onion finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 7 strands or 1/4c of cilantro, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • extra virgin olive oil or green chili infused olive oil
  1. To roast the corn and jalapeño, brush with olive oil and add salt and pepper, roast on a grill until you start to get char marks on the corn and it is just cooked. The skin on the jalapeño will start to blister a little bit
  2. Once charred and cooled, using a sharp knife, remove kernels from the ear of corn by standing it on end and cutting top to bottom, the kernels will come off in a “sheet” which will break apart when you mix it with the rest of the ingredients
  3. Finely chop the jalapeño, if you leave in all of the seeds you will get more heat, if you want to control the heat a bit, remove the seeds and add some back as needed
  4. Gently mix tomato, onion, corn, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Drizzle1-2T of olive oil and mix again
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, eggs, seafood and/or avocado, over grilled chicken and even on baked potatoes

You can make the salsa as spicy as you’d like by adding more jalapeño. We always start with one and add more if we think it needs it. If you are making this for a larger group the ratio of corn to tomatoes is 1:1.


Do you have a staple summer recipe? Have you ever tried a corn salsa? Let me know in the comments below and if you have a link to your recipe…please share it!


  1. Yum! That sounds delish and I love how simple it is to make. I’m going to pin it! We tend to eat a lot of mango salsa in the summer. We’re headed to a bbq next week and I’m going to bring this!

    I’m pinning this to my summer food board (via ahalogy!) .

    • Thanks NJ. Let me know how it turns out! I’ve made pineapple salsa but not mango, I’m going to have to try it – our kids LOVE mango. I wish it wasn’t so tedious to cut.

  2. Looks truly delicious and must admit we love salsa here and always up for trying a new recipe for it. Pinned and you beat, I will be trying very soon now. Thanks, Stephanie 🙂

  3. I love how simple this is. My son likes to make guac. I am going to see if he would want to try this too.

    • I love that your son loves to make guac! My daughter asks for it all the time but hasn’t made it yet, I’ve got to get her on that. Do you go to Costco? Did you see the $16 guacamole mortar and pestle bowls – just like in the restaurants? Send me a PM, if you don’t have/go to Costco I’ll get you one. They are cool.

  4. I’m one of those genetic cilantro haters in the world, but simple solution to that – skip it and enjoy the rest!
    Awesome food photography/graphics!

    • I used to be a cilantro hater, but I grew out of it. I remember watching Bobby Flay on Boy Meets Grill – he would say, “If you don’t like cilantro, try it again” and I would talk back to the tv – I don’t like cilantro Bobby. But I kept trying – and now I’m a fan. I don’t think you can overcome super tasting though so I’m sorry you have to miss out on such a unique herb.

      And thanks for the photo comment – I really tried with it. Using my 50mm. Your compliment means a lot!

  5. Yum! Yes I have made roasted corn salsa and I love it! This looks easy and delicious! Can’t wait to try it! Great photo! I hope you are linking that up at Foodie Fridays this week!

    • Thanks Michelle, and I totally am. I had it in mind when I posted this recipe. I went through my measly recipe offerings and was ashamed. Consider this my first of many summer food posts.

  6. Yum – that sounds like such a great summer dish – gonna have to try it soon!!!

  7. Yum! We get tons of corn through our CSA and I get tired of eating corn on the cob. This will be perfect! Pinning, but unlike NJ I haven’t figured out Ahalogy yet it’ll just be a plain ol’ pin.

  8. Pinning this right now! We have to go to a cookout later next week and this would be the PERFECT thing to bring! :)-Ashley

  9. Oh this looks SO GOOD!!! I pinned it, and I am going to try this with my women’s group tonight!!!!

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  11. YUM! This looks so good. We just made our first batch of homemade salsa with tomatoes we grew…it turned out SO good!

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