Ember-Roasted Corn and Leeks

Published: July 2015
Servings: 4
Ember-Roasted Corn and Leeks Recipe

No soaking, husking, or de-silking required. The corn cobs will slip right out of their husks when cooked. If camping, make the spice mixture at home before you go.


Servings: 4

Spice Mixture

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper or ½ crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 4 ears of corn, in husks
  • 2 leeks, untrimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 lime, quartered


Spice Mixture

  • Toast coriander seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Let cool, then finely crush with the back of a knife. Combine coriander, Aleppo pepper, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, and salt in an airtight container.
  • Do Ahead: Spice mixture can be made 1 week ahead. Store at room temperature.


  • Build a charcoal or wood fire in a pit or a grill and allow fire to burn down until coals are completely covered with ash. Rake a layer of coals away from fire and place corn and leeks directly on top of embers. Roast, turning often and adding more hot coals as needed, until husks are charred and peel back easily from cob and leek greens are completely blackened and leeks are starting to collapse, 15–20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Shuck corn. Trim roots from leeks and halve lengthwise. Remove tender inner flesh; discard charred layers.
  • Spread corn and leeks with butter and sprinkle with some spice mixture. Dip lime quarters in remaining spice mixture and serve alongside corn and leeks.
  • Recipe by Chris Morocco
  • Photograph by Kyle Johnson
Nutritional Content
  • Calories (kcal) 100
  • Fat (g) 7
  • Saturated Fat (g) 4
  • Cholesterol (mg) 15
  • Carbohydrates (g) 11
  • Dietary Fiber (g) 2
  • Total Sugars (g) 2
  • Protein (g) 2
  • Sodium (mg) 490
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