From Cob to Casserole: The Best Corn Recipes for Summer

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Corn of Plenty…

Corn on the cob, whether grilled or boiled, is a crowd-pleasing, usually thrifty way to get veggies onto the summer table. But that preparation is just scratching the surface of this versatile favorite. Read on for recipes that incorporate the farm-stand staple into dishes ranging from soup to salad, salsa to stir fry – and even ice cream.

Vietnamese Sautéed Corn with Dried Shrimps

Sautéed Fresh Corn

Sometimes, simple is best. This recipe from famed chef Ina Garten again proves that to be the case, as fresh corn kernels are sautéed with butter, salt, and pepper. Yes, that’s pretty much it. As one reviewer noted, “Best way yet to cook corn.”

Recipe: Food Network

If you’re keeping it on the cob, consider trying this mind-blowing corn-on-the-cob recipe hack.

Black Bean and Corn Salad
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Corn Salad

Fresh corn kernels, along with tomato, cucumber, and red onion, form the basis of this corn salad that gets unexpected flair from feta cheese and honey. Ideal as a tasty veggie entrée, the salad is equally suitable as a side to a grilled steak, burger, or hot dog.

Recipe: Cooking Classy

Homemade Corn Pudding Casserole

Amish Chicken and Corn Casserole

This made-from-scratch dish is not only cozy and comforting but also makes it to the table in some 45 minutes, complete with a crunchy, cracker-based topping. The recipe notes that when it comes to the corn, “fresh, frozen, or canned will all work.”

Recipe: The Seasoned Mom

Looking for more quick and easy meals? Check out these dump-and-bake casserole recipes that you can make in minutes.

Mexican street corn

Mexican Street Corn

Subtitled an “Easy Elote Recipe,” this take on the traditional Mexican preparation that’s found at more and more backyard barbecues is billed as, “the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy all at once.” Among the classic ingredients are mayonnaise, Cotija cheese, lime, and butter. 

Consider pairing it with one of these delicious and inexpensive Mexican dishes.

Recipe: A Cowboy’s Life

Corn Chowder

Fresh Corn Chowder

A cool night offers the perfect opportunity to showcase fresh corn in this recipe said to echo the creaminess of a traditional potato soup. It’s no surprise, as this version combines fresh corn with Yukon gold potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions. Oh, and there’s bacon and cream, as well.

Recipe: Natasha’s Kitchen


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Skillet Creamed Corn

Fresh Creamed Corn

Billed as “deliciously decadent,” this recipe complements fresh corn with not only half and half but also butter and heavy cream. Hey, sometimes you’ve got to splurge; many must, as this recipe’s been shared more than 700 times.

Recipe: Noble Pig

Brazilian sweet custard-like dessert curau de milho mousse of co

Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding

This traditional Asian dessert likened to a soup and often served with a coconut sauce, can be eaten warm or cold. It’s naturally vegan, gluten- and dairy-free to boot.

Recipe: Delightful Plate

Homemade Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread

Bacon, Fresh Corn, and Oregano Cornbread

Forget soggy cornbread sitting sadly beside a bowl of chili. This moist interpretation, prepared in a cast-iron skillet, takes a new approach with fresh corn, bacon and oregano combining for a signature flavor profile.

Recipe: The Mom 100

zucchini corn fritters

Quick and Easy Corn Fritters

Fritters are, by nature, a fried treat. This straightforward recipe puts fresh corn in the spotlight with a recipe that features heavy cream for richness and suggests serving the fritters with sliced scallions and sour cream. Who are we to argue?

Recipe: Just a Taste

Fiesta Corn

Corn Salsa

Corn salsa is a favorite among many a fast-casual restaurant diner. This make-at-home version features fresh corn with tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, jalapeño, and cilantro. Serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or use as a topping for salads, grilled chicken, or fish.

Recipe: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Spicy Korean Corn Cheese Dip with Bacon

The Best Corn Dip

This recipe is said to create a “creamy, cheesy dip featuring sweet corn and laced with Tex-Mex flavors.” OK, you have our attention. Patience is another ingredient. While it comes together in just 10 minutes, you have to chill it for four hours before serving.

Recipe: Five Heart Home

Cooked pasta with flaked tuna and sweetcorn in mayonnaise dressing

Easy Creamy Corn Pasta

A meatless meal on the table in some 30 minutes, this pasta dish features corn as an unexpected ingredient. The dish’s more traditional elements include basil, Parmesan, cream, and Italian seasonings.

Recipe: Salt & Lavender

Baked Chicken Enchiladas

Corn and Chicken Enchiladas

Fresh corn adds crispness to this spin on a classic Mexican dish that features cooked chicken, corn tortillas, Monterey Jack cheese, and more. Seems destined to become a family favorite.


Cooking Shrimp, Gambas, Agilo Bell Chilli

Shrimp & Corn Stir Fry

Shrimp with broccoli, garlic sauce, or pea pods might be among the more expected elements of a traditional stir fry. Here, though, fresh corn, yellow summer squash, onion, tomato, and garlic combine to take things in a new direction. What better way to use up the garden’s bounty?

Recipe: Taste of Home

Macro closeup side view of stack of buttermilk pancakes on plate as traditional breakfast brunch dessert

Corn Pancakes

Yes, corn can be for breakfast thanks to this unique spin on the traditional pancake recipe. The fresh corn adds not only unexpected texture but also a real sweetness. We’re already picturing these slathered in butter, doused with maple syrup, and served with a side of crispy bacon.

Recipe: Brooklyn Farm Girl

hand holding coconut ice cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

The creator of this recipe notes that fresh corn kernels are traditionally stirred in whole in Mexico, where this ice cream flavor is a favorite. Here, they are grated into the custard base for a smoother eating experience.

Recipe: MyRecipes