13 Ways to Use All That Corn on the Cob
Plus, 41 recipes to last you all summer long
There's one thing we love about peak summer: Corn. We can’t get enough. It’s delicious, super versatile, and that sugary-sweet bite goes with almost everything. Though corn may seem like it keeps, you really should eat it within a couple days of purchasing (it gets starchier the longer it sits), so if you've brought home a haul, you'll need recipes to use it up while it's still sweet.
We’re all about trying new ways to cook corn, so start peeling back those husks and get cooking. Whether you like the kernels on the cob or sliced off, here is your ultimate guide to using all that fresh corn.
Corn on the Cob Topped Pizza
There’s nothing quite like a homemade pizza — but top it with fresh corn kernels and it’s out of this world delicious. Try this Tomato, Basil, and Corn Pizza for the freshest summer flavor.
Creamed Corn on the Cob
We’re all about a classic Fresh Creamed Corn or Healthy Creamed Corn recipes full of buttery goodness and sweet kernels. If you’re looking to kick it up a notch, turn creamed corn into a grits-like base to shrimp in this Creole Shrimp and Creamed Corn.
Mexican Corn on the Cob
Called elote, (pronounced: "eh-loh-tay") Grilled Mexican Corn with Crema, is an unforgettable summer treat. Try it off the grill or cook it up Mexican-style in an air fryer. If you prefer the kernels off the cob, try traditional esquites, Mexican Corn Salad, or as Elote-Style Zucchini Noodles.
Corn on the Cob Salsa
When you think salsa, you probably think tomatoes blended with onions and hot peppers, but corn makes for a tasty chip dip or protein topper too. Start basic with a Grilled Corn Salsa or pair Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Corn Salsa for a weeknight dinner.
Corn on the Cob Soup
Summer doesn’t exactly scream soup, but bright corn chowders can be a flavorful addition to this season’s menu. Try a seafood-infused Bacon-Corn Chowder With Shrimp or Fresh Corn and Potato Soup With Sauteed Shrimp. A basic Chicken Chowder or a blended Sweet Corn Soup With Crab is also delicious this season. If corn-infused soup isn’t quite your thing, try using it as a topper like this Silky Tomato-Basil Soup With Fresh Corn.
Oatmeal With Corn on the Cob
If you haven’t quite hopped on the savory oatmeal bandwagon, this Sweet Corn Oatmeal With Peaches is the perfect stepping stone. Fresh corn kernels bring out a balanced sweet and savory bite to upgrade your breakfast.
Corn on the Cob Salad
Top delicate butter lettuce with corn and veggies in this stunning Summer Salmon Niçoise Salad. If you prefer to go lettuce-free, try Grilled Corn and Snap Pea Salad , add to a grain salad like Tomato and Corn Bulgur Salad, or make the most of summer produce with a Corn, Tomato, and Basil Salad. Corn salads also pair beautifully with proteins like this Grilled Corn and Bell Pepper Salad served alongside grilled meat or Brined Shrimp With Charred Corn Salad.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Probably the most classic way to prepare corn on the cob, grilling corn creates a deep char and unbelievable flavor. We love them grilled simply with cilantro and chili flakes or brushed with a creamy mayonnaise mixture. If you want to get a little creative try smoking them with applewood chips or use a spice rub to make Smoky Grilled Corn.
Corn on the Cob Relish
A savory-sweet relish is the perfect protein topper for grilled mains. This recipe for Grilled Chicken Thighs With Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish or Grilled Snapper With Corn-Okra Relish will be a new family favorite this summer.
Corn on the Cob Cakes
These make a great appetizer, side dish, or even light summer dinner. Try a meaty version like this Corn Cake With Bacon and Turmeric Yogurt or the breakfast-style Spanish Chorizo Corn Cakes. If you’re looking for a vegetarian bite, try the Fresh Corn Cakes With Summer Salsa.
Corn on the Cob Tacos
Is there really a bad time for tacos? Not when you can have them as Mushroom and Charred Corn Tacos With Guacamole or these Mushroom, Corn, and Poblano Tacos. The kernels make for a delicious, crunchy-sweet filling — especially in this Grilled Steak and Mexican Street Corn Tacos.
Boiled Corn on the Cob
This may be the easiest way to cook corn — especially if the weather outside isn’t quite grill-ready. Just three minutes in boiling water and your corn on the cob is ready for classic lemon-chive butter, flavorful lemon-curry spice butter, sweet and spicy honey-chipotle butter, or fruity orange, tarragon, and basil butter.
Sauteed Corn on the Cob
Stove-top sauteed corn is a simple way to get a ton of flavor in those crunchy kernels. Cook them up with bacon in this Fresh Corn Saute With Bacon and Chives for a hearty flavor or go lighter with this Fresh Corn Saute With Red Pepper and Onions.