Corn Relish

This colorful relish is delicious with grilled chicken or shrimp. It also pairs well with the piquant flavors of quesadillas or crab cakes.
Martha Stewart Living, June 2003
  • Yield Makes 2 quarts
    Serves 12
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  • 6 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 4 cups green cabbage (about 1/2 pound), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1 large red onion, finely diced


  1. Fill a medium pot with water, and bring to a boil. Add corn; cook until kernels are tender, about 4 minutes. Using tongs, transfer corn to a platter; let cool. Discard all but 3 cups cooking water. Use a sharp knife to shave kernels from cobs (to yield about 3 cups); set aside.

  2. Add vinegar, sugar, turmeric, mustard powder, mustard seed, salt, and bay leaf to pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, red peppers, onion, and corn kernels; stir to combine. Bring to a boil; immediately remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes.

  3. Strain mixture, and let liquid and vegetables cool in separate bowls; discard bay leaf. When cool, strain liquid through a fine sieve into bowl with vegetables.

  4. Serve relish chilled or at room temperature, using a slotted spoon to leave liquid behind. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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