This is a delicious, late summer recipe that is good to have on hand when you want to impress your friends. The ingredients are simple and fresh and the recipe is easy to prepare. The smoky, spicy salsa is lively and really makes the dish.
While it’s best to use a cast iron skillet, any frying pan will work, just let the corn cook until it starts to stick to the skillet if you’re not using cast-iron.
If you are cooking for less than four, this dish makes great leftovers including a delicious sandwich on a crusty French bread or quick and easy quesadillas.
GRILLED SIRLOIN WITH ROASTED CORN SALSA
3 cups fresh corn (about 3 ears)
4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced separately
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, finely diced
1 to 2 fresh jalapeño chiles, finely diced (including seeds)
1 (2-pound) trimmed boneless sirloin steak, about 1 1/2 inches thick
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Accompaniment: lime wedges
Prepare grill for cooking.
Make corn salsa:
Heat a dry large cast-iron skillet over moderately high heat until hot, then pan-roast corn, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Cook white part of scallions in butter with garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon each cumin and chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until scallions are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in corn, tomatoes, and jalapeños.
Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and sprinkle on both sides of steak. Grill, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of meat registers 130°F, 18 to 20 minutes total for medium-rare. Transfer steak to a grooved cutting board and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
While steak is standing, reheat corn mixture over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and scallion greens.
Spoon corn on top of sliced steak and pour over any accumulated juices and serve.
Makes four servings.