How to make vegan corn ribs. I first encountered vegan corn ribs on – where else? – Instagram, where I saw lots of this delicious looking corn strips. I didn’t know they were called Corn Ribs at the time, and it wasn’t until we visited Wahaca in London that I finally got the try them.
What Are Vegan Corn Ribs?
Prepared to be be cooked and eaten in much the same way as a meat ribs, Corn Ribs are whole heads of corn cut lengthwise into quarters, seasoned and then roasted in the oven. They are then picked up and gnawed on like a regular rib.
How to You Make Vegan Corn Ribs?
They are relatively quick to prepare, however, the cutting of the heads of corn can be quite tough so take care to do this.
I highly recommend using a very sharp knife and cutting the top and bottom off the corn to ensure a flat surface both ends. This will both stabilise the corn head as you slice through, and make it easier to cut into quarters.
Once you have cut the corn into riblets, the rest of the process is super fast. Simply mix up your spice mix and coat your ribs, then bake until the corn is tender.
Aside from cutting the corn, I think this is a really great dish for a BBQ or a small get-together. You can easily grill them on the BBQ instead of baking in the oven, and I think that’s probably the best way of all to make them!
What’s great about Vegan Corn Ribs is that they are low fat and can be enjoyed by everyone, not just your vegan friends!
What Spice Mixes Can I Use?
You can use your favourite spice rub if you’d prefer, or you might like to just use a little salt and oil if you don’t like strong flavours to overpower your corn. This is a really flexible recipe, so you what you love!
- 2 heads of Corn, de-husked, topped and bottomed
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil or vegan Butter
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder
- ¼ tsp Garlic Salt
- ½ tsp Ground Ginger
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh Coriander (optional) for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 180c;
- Carefully cut the cut into riblets as described above. Cut the top and bottom off the heads of corn.Stand upright on a chopping board and using a sharp knife, slice down the middle. Then slice longwise again to give yourself four long quarters.Finally, cut these long quarters in half.
- Arrange your cut riblets on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oil with the spices and maple syrup. If you'd rather use butter, you might find a fork is easier to mix.
- Using a pastry brush, paint the riblets with your spice mix until completely coated on both sides.
- Making sure the ribs are all niblet side up, roast for about 25-30 minutes until toasty and cooked.
- Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish.