100 Best Corn Recipes

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Even if you don’t consider yourself a “veggie person,” chances are you like corn. Kids love it. Adults too and the best thing about corn is it’s cheap, filling and is readily available year-round in several forms. Of course, there’s nothing better than farm-fresh sweet corn in the summer though. Grilled corn on the cob slathered with butter and a smidge of salt…you could go through a pile of ears in one sitting and never tire of that treat.

But when fresh corn isn’t accessible throughout the fall and winter months, your go-to corn recipes can still be made using canned or frozen corn. Corn is great in soups and salsa, adds crunch and color in pasta and salads and is of course the star in corn chowder and cornbread.

In case you could use a few new corn dishes to rely on once prime corn season hits, we’ve got you covered with all the inspiration you need.

When is fresh corn in season?

Fresh, sweet corn is at its peak between the months of May and September and can be seen overflowing in baskets, bushels and crates at farmers’ markets around the country. And if you’re worried about where the best corn comes from, don’t be! Sweet corn grows in all 50 states.

Related: 20 Ways to Transform a Basic Bag of Frozen Corn

Best Corn Recipes

From sweet corn chowder and canned corn fritters, to creamed corn, corn muffins, Instant Pot corn on the cob and chicken corn soup, we’ve rounded up 100 of our best corn recipes to put to good use this season. Stock up on all the fresh corn while you can, because you won’t be able to cook your way through these easy corn sides and summer dishes fast enough.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

With this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe you can put six ears right into your pot and simplify meal time so you can enjoy every morsel of summer. It also helps free up the stove so you don’t have to add any more heat to the house.

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Warm Candied Corn Salad

“I wanted a corn salad to taste like salted caramel,” says Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli of this recipe from her cookbook, The Home Cook. “Just toss and serve—and watch it disappear.”

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Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

This isn’t your mama’s creamed corn! This creamed corn recipe has deep, rich flavor and is thick, not watery, like the canned version tends to be. Plus, it’s prepared in the slow cooker, freeing up valuable stovetop space—and valuable time.

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Ratatouille with Chicken and Corn

The combination of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, called ratatouille, is the perfect dish to make when tomatoes and corn are in season. In this version, cooked chicken is added to the vegetables just before they come off the stove, making it a hearty, complete meal.

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Spinach Corn Curry

Spinach corn curry is an easy-to-make, delicious and healthy green curry. Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, folic acid, and vitamins and this curry goes very well with plain rice, Indian breads or even tortillas.

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Cornbread-Topped Beef Chili

The slow cooker makes this filling chili from Alison LaFortune, who blogs at lifealittlebrighter.com, mostly hands off. The cornbread topping makes it irresistible. Using canned soup, frozen corn and taco seasoning keeps prep to a minimum, but delivers hearty Southwest flavor.

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Sweet Corn Pudding

Canned corn is the star of this easy-to-make, delectable dish. Because the corn is picked and packed at the peak of ripeness, the freshness and flavor of the corn are sealed in—and available any time of ear, umm, year!

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Corn Fritters with Maple Syrup

A bag of frozen corn gets star treatment in these gotta-have-another corn fritters. And whether it’s July 16th (AKA National Corn Fritter Day) or not, we have a feeling you’re going to want to make a lot more of these once you try one bite.

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Sweet Corn Coleslaw

Here are easy mix-ins for updating a picnic staple. Sweet Corn Coleslaw has sugar, white wine vinegar and corn to make a sweet side.

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Spicy Fourth of July Corn on the Cob

Why not add a little kick to your corn on the cob by whipping up this spice rub to spread on your ears of corn prior to grilling? Spicy Corn on the Cob is super-yummy and a nice change from the typical butter-and-salt spread.

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Bryant Terry’s Smashed Potatoes, Peas and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil

A national leader for creating southern soul food, Bryant Terry uses farm-fresh ingredients while honoring the cultural heritage of the African diaspora. His recipe for smashed potatoes, peas, and corn with chile-garlic oil is inspired by the flavors of a Kenyan recipe for irio, a seasoned puree of white potatoes, green peas, and corn that’s occasionally mixed with greens.

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Chicken-Corn Tortilla Soup

This version of the classic tortilla soup recipe is yummy, super easy to make and perfect for nights when dinner really isn’t the first thing on your mind. It’s a one-pot dish too, so you can’t beat that!

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Baked Corn Risotto

Traditionally, making risotto means standing over the stove and stirring the rice. But this baked version yields terrific creamy results with much less effort.

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Casa Vega Sweet Corn Tamales

Christy Vega, the second-generation proprietor of the popular Casa Vega in Los Angeles, is on a mission to encourage everyone to enjoy a Mexican Christmastime tradition: making tamales. Wrapped up in a corn husk package, tamales are the ultimate edible gift. This time of year, Angelenos can order their holiday tamales from Casa Vega by the dozen for $36, but these tamales surprisingly easy for anyone to make at home. You can find all of the ingredients in most supermarkets (look for corn husks in the Latin foods aisle), and with a little practice, you’ll be rolling tamales like a pro. Serve these tamales with Vega’s festive holiday cocktail.

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Scallops with Creamed Corn

The naturally sweet flavor of scallops partners beautifully with corn in this fresh recipe from PARADE chef Jon Ashton. The trick to cooking scallops is not to move them once they hit the pan, except to flip once—this helps them develop a dark brown crust.

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Sweet Corn Pudding

Canned corn is the star of this easy-to-make, delectable dish. Because the corn is picked and packed at the peak of ripeness, the freshness and flavor of the corn are sealed in – and available any time of ear, umm, year!

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Simple Corn Soup

For something quick and seasonal, try this Simple Summer Corn Soup. With just six ingredients this soup comes together in about 30 minutes.

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Super-Simple Creamy Baked Corn

This baked corn is so simple to make, you’ll be amazed at how rich and creamy and flavorful it is. With a five-minute prep time, then under an hour in the oven, it’s the perfect side dish for a hearty dinner.

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Chili and Corn Burritos

Here is a simple lunch that takes minutes to make. By using low-sodium chili beans, you still get the same great flavor without adding extra salt to your diet.

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Apple Banana Corn Muffins

These muffins are simple to make. Really simple. You’ve probably already got all of the ingredients on hand so you can feel good that you don’t have to go spend more money to make your family this scrumptious treat.

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Sweet Corn Pudding

Chef Bradley Day of New York City’s STK Downtown would want to be stranded on a desert island with these three ingredients: a whole suckling pig, fresh corn and Thai chili sauce. We want to be stranded with his sweet corn pudding.

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Street Corn Soup

Chef Andrew Rea created a twist on street corn by making this incredible Street Corn Soup for his dinner guests using ingredients they chose at the table and judging by the looks of it—it was a total winner.

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Fresh Corn Bisque

Have a big stash of corn to to use up? Make a silky smooth Fresh Corn Bisque. Not a ton of ingredients in this recipe; corn is the big star here. A little chicken stock, some shallots, an onion and a potato to add a bit of body and once you try this, you’ll be filling up big bags of corn at the market all summer long!

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Quinoa with Roasted Corn

This side dish by Mark Bittman can accompany just about anything. And since quinoa is one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, it also can serve as a vegetarian main dish.

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Party Corn Salad

Exemplifying everything about summer that’s delicious, Party Corn Salad is a celebratory, colorful dish with an herbaceous finish thanks to fresh basil.

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Easy Corn Casserole

Trust us, your family will absolutely love this easy and delicious corn casserole that makes for an incredible side dish. And don’t worry, this corn casserole recipe will be done in a jiffy!

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Buttery-Sweet Summer Corn Risotto

Summer produce stands are piled high with cobs of crisp, buttery-sweet golden corn, and we’re making everything from corn salads, salsas and soups. But corn risotto? Yeah, we hadn’t thought of that either, and boy is it a treat none better to try than right now.

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Daphne Oz’s Corn Pudding

“The perfect Thanksgiving side dish, this sweet and creamy corn pudding is everyone’s favorite, and a wonderful vegetarian option, not to mention it’s easy as pie,” says Daphne.

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Edamame, Chickpea and Corn Salad

This easy Edamame, Chickpea and Corn Salad relies on flavorful, budget-friendly staples and is a breeze to toss together for hassle-free lunches. With frozen edamame and corn, canned chickpeas and a simple lime juice, olive oil and ground cumin vinaigrette, it’s a quick, make-ahead salad you’ll want to have again and again.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilling corn in the husk actually steams the corn and gives it a smoky flavor. When you remove the husk, the kernels are tender and sweet. Don’t worry if the husks burn, the corn will just taste better.

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Grilled Corn

There’s a lot to love about Southern grill master Matt Moore’s cookbook, Serial Griller, starting with spotlight-stealing side dishes like this Grilled Corn With Dill Buttah and Feta, pairing smoky-sweet grilled corn on the cob with dill-flecked compound butter and salty feta.

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Roasted Olathe Sweet Corn Salsa

Olathe, Colorado is thought to produce some of America’s sweetest corn. Taste it yourself at the annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, where for the price of admission, you can eat all the cobs you can get. While the festival does not host a corn cook-off, this recipe is one of the town’s favorites.

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Warm Corn and Bacon Dip

If you’re hosting a fall party, having friends over to watch the big game or tailgating, this is just the perfect recipe. This warm corn and bacon dip is a delicious appetizer.

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Honey Corn Cakes

These delicious cakes are light and flavorful. Serve them at a party or for a quick ‘n’ easy meal. You can even make them in a skillet on a grill.

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Linda Evans’ Dynasty Corn Pudding

“Food has never let me down,” says Evans. “In the early ’80s, we shot a scene for Dynasty where Joan [Collins] and I had to fight in a lily pond. During lunch, I was bundled up and shivering like a drowned rat, so I asked my assistant to get me something to eat. She came back with this warm plate of corn pudding. I was in heaven!”

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Spicy Corn Relish

Give your burger a bite with this zippy corn and pepper topping. Stack it with American cheese, fried onions (like French’s) and coleslaw.

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Simple Corn Soufflé

“I decided to gather a collection of recipes that I cook at home today,” says Pépin. His influences are illustrated in this French soufflé with a touch of Mexican heat and all-American sweet corn.

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Corn Confetti Rice Salad

Brown rice is tossed with bell pepper, scallions, beans and corn before being garnished with nuts and cilantro. Young chefs will have fun making vinaigrette by shaking a jar of rice vinegar together with olive oil and spices.

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Cast-Iron Skillet Creamed Corn

This side is traditionally hearty, usually calling for a cup of heavy cream. But here we lighten it up a bit by using a half cup of cream and a half cup of chicken stock, keeping the smoky, sweet and creamy taste, but cutting out a few of the calories.

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Tex-Mex Creamy Corn Soup

There’s no cream in this creamy, stick-to-your-ribs soup from recipe developer Kristin Stangl of Brooklyn, New York. The rich texture comes from blending broth with frozen corn—no need to thaw. You can also use fresh corn. Your family can make this bowl their own way by piling on their favorite taco toppings.

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