There’s a bit of an inside joke around corn on the cob in my family. It’d probably ruin it to explain it,  but basically, I’ve grown up believing that corn on the cob is the side of all sides.

I do love classic (vegan) butter and salt and pepper, but I also love going all-out with corn, with different spices and toppings. This corn features a tasty sweet chilli heat aioli inspired by, well, Doritos. Did you know Spicy Sweet Chilli Heat Doritos are actually vegan? I discovered that a few years ago on a camping trip when we went into the city to find kindling (Doritos allegedly work well) and when I discovered that the chips we picked up were vegan, I wouldn’t let them just burn them!

Anyway, I thought of just making a cool vegan junk food dish where I crumbled Doritos over corn. But this struck a nice middle and actually feels like something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to serve for my family and friends!

Sweet chilli heat corn on the cob, serves five to six


  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
    • Grain-free
  • Nut-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Prep time: <5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 4-5 ears of corn
  • 1/2 cup+1 tbsp vegan mayo, storebought or homemade (I use a soy-free vegan mayo with chickpea brine; this is the one I use)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: Dried red pepper flakes, cilantro, vegan parm*

* Don’t feel like buying vegan parm? No problem. Vegan parm is easy to make by processing two parts nuts/seeds and one part nutritional yeast. You can add in things like garlic and salt, but a basic vegan parm is just nuts or seeds and nooch.


Combine the mayo, lime juice and zest, garlic, chilli powder, smoked paprika, cumin and nutritional yeast in a small mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and let sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to thicken.

In a large pot of water, boil the corn for about 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.

Transfer to a hot grill (countertop or BBQ). If the grill is hot, it should take about 5 to 10 minutes to char the corn. Once it’s nicely charred, bring the corn in and top with the chilli lime sauce, cilantro, vegan parm and red pepper flakes (if using).

So, I must ask: is corn a side or a main to you? I personally think corn on the cob is the star of whatever show it’s in!