I live in New England now, but I grew up in Illinois – which basically means corn (and deep dish pizza) is in my blood.
There is so much more that can be done with corn than just eating it off the cob!
This list will give you so many amazing ideas, such as:
- The best way to boil corn (I’ve been doing this myself forever)
- How to air fry corn (it’s true, it can be done!)
- Including corn in your dessert (not kidding, it’s so good)
- And featuring corn in many creative, savory dishes
It’s so simple, but this is the best way to make Boiled Corn on the Cob that brings out its sweet corn flavor. It’s quite possibly the most iconic food of summer!
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is one of the easiest recipes you’ll make in your air fryer. The corn turns out perfectly roasted and juicy and it’s ready in just 15 minutes. It’s a delicious side dish to go with your summer grilling!
Corn tortillas are loaded with flavorful shredded chicken, a charred corn salsa, and topped with a hearty drizzle of avocado cilantro lime sauce and crumbled cotija cheese. They’re Mexican street corn turned into tacos!
This Roasted Tomato, Corn, and Zucchini Flatbread Pizza is what late summer dreams are made of. It’s super simple and loaded with flavor! Roasted tomatoes, roasted corn, fresh zucchini, and a heavy dose of cheese – so much summer goodness on one pizza!
This creamy and rich ice cream is made with sweet summer corn, vanilla and rich sour cream creating the perfect smooth texture.
Learn how to make the best Southern Corn Fritters with this quick and easy recipe. Fresh, frozen, or canned corn is mixed with a cheesy batter and pan fried to crispy perfection. Serve these tasty bites as an appetizer or side dish along with sour cream or aioli!
Add some sweetness to your menu is with this Sweet Corn Bruschetta! Made with creamy ricotta, avocado and sweet corn, it’s perfect as a simple appetizer!
8) Corn Fries
Crispy French fries are topped with a Mexican Street Corn mixture then garnished with fresh cilantro and a chili Lime Crema. This recipe is so delicious and perfect for any time of year!
Corn chowder is the ultimate summer soup! It’s light and creamy, and loaded with corn, red potatoes, bacon and fresh thyme. A great way to use up all that summer corn! Includes directions for making in an Instant Pot as well as on your stove top.
A great combo of street corn flavors and kimchi pancake flavors, all served it that classic kimchi pancake package. A little crispy, a little chewy, and the fresh summer corn popping in your mouth as you take a bite.
11) Corn Queso Dip
Corn Queso Dip is the perfect dip for your next Mexican fiesta or tailgating party. It’s deliciously rich & creamy with a hint of spice and delicious corn flavor.
Crispy and a touch spicy, these Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Fritters with Chipotle Aioli make for the best simple summer appetizer. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a batch of golden crisp corn fritters seasoned with jalapeño, garlic, and chive. Serve these fun summer bites with creamy chipotle honey aioli to balance out the heat. The best, slightly addicting, summer appetizer that will be equally great for upcoming fall game days.
These savory waffles are a great breakfast for dinner recipe! Kid Friendly and easy to prep ahead, these Cornbread Waffles are served with shredded cheddar cheese, your favorite salsa, and eggs!
This Cornbread Taco Casserole is made with simple ingredients like canned vegetables, cornbread mix, and ground beef or turkey. The casserole base is saucy, flavorful, and topped with fluffy cornbread! It’s a quick dinner the whole family will love – and it makes a great freezer meal!
This vegetarian sweet corn and zucchini risotto recipe is such a great way to enjoy summer produce- the zucchini is grated, so it melts into every bite while still maintaining a great texture, and the corn cobs are used to add flavor and starch to the broth base.
This vegan roasted corn and cauliflower soup is a simple, hearty, and wholesome soup!
Adapted from my favorite cornbread recipe, this honey skillet cornbread combines crunchy cornmeal, corn, butter, and delicious honey. Unlike traditional unsweetened cornbread, this skillet cornbread includes natural honey which complements the cornmeal’s flavor. Bake in a cast iron skillet for wonderfully crispy cornmeal edges!
These sweet corn fritters are crisp and golden on the outside, and warm and soft on the inside. They taste like delicious balls of cornbread heaven!
This Black Bean Corn Salad is so embarrassingly easy to make (no cooking!), summery fresh, and even good for us, it feels 100% like cheating. Let’s get away with it.
This Southwestern Potato and Corn Chowder is simple to make with leftover grilled vegetables, or start with fresh from scratch! It’s loaded with potatoes, corn, peppers, and tons of Southwest flavor!
Raise your hand if you think corn muffins should have actual fresh corn in them. These Fresh Corn Muffins with Basil are packed with one of your favorite summer vegetables, fresh off the cob… Plus plenty of fresh basil, too!
Fresh corn, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado team up with salty pancetta, garlic and cheese for an easy to make and hard to forget summer pasta salad.
The best summertime Sheet Pan Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chicken Enchiladas. Chipotle chili seasoned chicken, charred sweet corn, and poblano peppers tossed with salsa verde. Wrap it all up in tortillas topped with two kinds of cheese and bake to golden cheesy perfection. Finish these light and healthy enchiladas off with avocado, lots of cilantro, and fresh lime. The perfect weeknight enchiladas made entirely on one sheet pan in less than an hour.
This grilled Mexican Street Corn (aka Elotes) recipe is classic Mexican street food at it’s best. Lightly charred corn on the cob slathered in a creamy chili, lime sauce and topped with cilantro and cotija cheese is a great side to serve at any summer cookout.
Mexican Street Corn is taken off the cob and tossed into this incredible mac and cheese recipe, which can be served as a side dish or vegetarian entree.
This quick and easy corn dip has all the flavor of traditional Mexican street corn, but in a zesty dip that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Grab your favorite chips and get to dipping!