31 ways with fresh corn

Grill it to perfection, turn it into the perfect summer salad, make tamales, and more

Spicy Hoisin Sesame Glazed Corn

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Amy Machnak

Spicy Hoisin Sesame Glazed Corn

Skip the usual butter and try this sweet and spicy Asian-inspired grilled corn recipe.

Recipe: Spicy Hoisin Sesame Glazed Corn

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco Butter

Photo by Alex Farnum; written by Elaine Johnson

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco Butter

From Colorado chef Mark Fischer, here’s a combo that’s especially good with Latin- or Southwestern-flavored grilled meat. Offer any leftover butter to spread on warm bread.

Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco Butter

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Photo by Lisa Romerein; written by Amy Machnak

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

The spicy poblano and the creamy avocado are a natural match in this grilled corn salad.

Recipe: Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Wild Salmon with Grilled Sweet Onion and Corn Relish

Photo by Jeffery Cross

Wild Salmon with Grilled Sweet Onion and Corn Relish

The corn relish bursts with the flavors of summer and acts as the perfect topping for grilled fish.

Recipe: Wild Salmon with Grilled Sweet Onion and Corn Relish

Jalapeño Corn Cakes

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Jalapeño Corn Cakes

Try these corn cakes as a summertime vegetarian main course, served with a salad--or make them smaller, for an appetizer.

Recipe: Jalapeño Corn Cakes

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

Annabelle Breakey

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

In the height of summer, you won't find a better side dish for ribs than this deceptively simple combination of peak-season produce. Try bringing it to a party too.

Recipe: Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

Peruvian-Style Corn, Pepper, and Chicken Soup

Photo by Alex Farnum

Peruvian-Style Corn, Pepper, and Chicken Soup

This soup makes a nice change of pace from corn on the cob, and it works as a main course too.

Recipe: Peruvian-Style Corn, Pepper, and Chicken Soup

Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

Annabelle Breakey

Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

Sweet bay shrimp meld perfectly with grilled corn and creamy risotto. Serve with a crisp Chardonnay.

Recipe:  Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is the ultimate summer vegetable for the grill; lime and chili give it a real kick.

Recipe: Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

 

Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn

Annabelle Breakey

Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn

Spicy, sweet, and buttery, corn from the barbecue doesn’t get better than this.

Recipe:  Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn

Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce

Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce

San Francisco chef Jamie Lauren highlights trout's subtle sweetness by pairing it with fresh, sweet corn. Although this dish is nice enough for special occasions, it can be prepared in 40 minutes, making it perfect for weeknights too. 

Recipe:  Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce

Chilies with Corn Tamale Filling

James Carrier

Chilies with Corn Tamale Filling

Stuff fresh poblano chiles with corn, jalapeño, and jack cheese polenta. Bake, then serve with a creamy corn and cheese sauce.

Recipe:  Chilies with Corn Tamale Filling

Chicken and corn summer chowder

Leo Gong (Food Styling: Randy Mon)

Chicken and Corn Summer Chowder

Sweet corn, picked at the peak of ripeness, is paired here with tender chicken and creamy chunks of avocado.

Recipe:  Chicken and Corn Summer Chowder

Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Stop at the farmer’s market or harvest from your garden for this peak-of-summer puréed soup. It’s delicious hot or cold.

Recipe:  Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Quick Scallops with Peppers and Corn

Paula Hible

Quick Scallops with Peppers and Corn

Seafood and corn plays up each other’s sweetness in this 30-minute meal. Sauté them side by side in two pans.

Recipe:  Quick Scallops with Peppers and Corn

Corn with Mustard Seeds

Susie Cushner

Corn with Mustard Seeds

A few simple Indian seasonings are all you need to dress up a generous panful of corn kernels cut from the cob.

Recipe:  Corn with Mustard Seeds 

Tomato-Corn Salad

Lisa Romerein

Tomato-Corn Salad

When sweet corn and juicy tomatoes are at their best, don’t even cook the corn. Just stir them in a bowl with 5 simple seasonings.

Recipe:  Tomato-Corn Salad

Corn and Arugula Salad

James Carrier

Corn and Arugula Salad

Barely cooked corn is paired with crisp radishes, greens, and a zesty shallot-Dijon dressing. Tote it on a picnic, or serve it at a backyard barbecue.

Recipe:  Corn and Arugula Salad 

Pasta Shells with Corn and Bacon

James Carrier

Pasta Shells with Corn and Bacon

While the pasta boils, brown bacon and make a creamy corn and wine sauce with lots of fresh tarragon.

Recipe:  Pasta Shells with Corn and Bacon

Santa Fe Corn Pudding

Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto 

Santa Fe Corn Pudding

Try spoonfuls of this chile- and cheese-flecked corn custard alongside grilled chicken and a big green salad.

Recipe:  Santa Fe Corn Pudding

Market Salad with Corn Beets Fennel and Cucumber

Leo Gong

Market Salad with Corn, Beets, Fennel, and Cucumber

Roasted beets and a crisp medley of raw vegetables make a beautiful composed salad. Add rotisserie chicken or smoked trout and you can call it dinner.  

Recipe:  Market Salad with Corn, Beets, Fennel, and Cucumber

Green Corn Tamale Pie

James Carrier

Green Corn Tamale Pie

Here’s a fresh take on the classic Western casserole, with a base of corn, cheese, and chiles, and crispy chorizo on top.

Recipe:  Green Corn Tamale Pie

Fresh Corn Cakes

Annabelle Breakey

Fresh Corn Cakes

Fold corn kernels into a foamy batter, then sauté cakes in a little oil until golden.

Recipe:  Fresh Corn Cakes 

Grilled Corn and Pepper Bisque

Leigh Beisch

Grilled Corn and Pepper Bisque

Lightly charred vegetables get folded into a refreshing cold soup with avocado, cilantro, cumin, and lime.

Recipe:   Grilled Corn and Pepper Bisque

Chilled Corn Soup

Thomas J. Story

Chilled Corn Soup 

This creamy soup is all about really good corn. Just purée cooked corn, chill, and add a drizzle of basil oil.

Recipe:  Chilled Corn Soup

Mussels with Corn-Tomato Salsa

Leigh Beisch

Mussels with Corn-Tomato Salsa

Top wine-steamed mussels on the half-shell with spoonfuls of a zesty fresh vegetable salsa.

Recipe:  Mussels with Corn-Tomato Salsa

Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

For this cool main-dish salad, stir orzo with a ricotta-lemon dressing, cooked chicken, and crisp raw corn.

Recipe:  Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad 

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Leo Gong

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Make a rich vanilla custard with fresh corn, then freeze, for this popular Mexican take on homemade ice cream.

Recipe:  Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Spicy Chorizo Corn Chowder

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Spicy Chorizo Corn Chowder

Some of corn’s best partners—medium-hot chiles, chorizo, and basil—join up in this simple dish. It’s substantial enough to call a chowder, but light enough for summer.

Recipe: Spicy Chorizo Corn Chowder

Grilled Corn Cobettes

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Grilled Corn Cobettes

Sweet corn only gets better smeared with these easy, flavorful toppings. Each makes enough for 4 ears of corn.

Recipe: Grilled Corn Cobettes

Fried Squash Blossoms with Corn and Mozzarella

Photo by Iain Bagwell

Fried Squash Blossoms with Corn and Mozzarella

This lightened version of a seasonal favorite is still satisfyingly stuffed with cheese and corn, but has the barest sheath of batter.

Recipe: Fried Squash Blossoms with Corn and Mozzarella

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