45 Fresh Ways to Cook With Corn
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45 Fresh Ways to Cook With Corn

With summer wrapping up, we’re sure your grills have seen their fair share of corn on the cob (among other things, like juicy burgers and even a salad or two). But there’s no reason to stop indulging in sweet, crunchy corn just because grilling season is coming to a close. Whether you choose to pick it up fresh while still in season or go frozen, these… not 10, not 20, but 45 recipes show us just how versatile and delicious corn really is. Incorporate it into a salad, top a pizza or taco with it, turn it into a soup… the options go so far beyond corn on the cob or even corn bread. Broaden your culinary horizons and try out these 45 fresh new ways to cook and eat corn.

1. Pulled Pork Tamales: Tamales are not the easiest thing to make, but isn’t it always fun unwrapping a little package of yum? Use your corn to the fullest by cooking tamales in the corn husk and topping it off with corn salsa. (via Culinary Ginger)

2. Caramelized Corn and Heirloom Tomato Galette: Although galettes are traditionally sweet, this recipe turns it into a savory pie filled with corn, heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese. Perfect for a rustic dinner on the patio. (via Half Baked Harvest)

3. Mexican Turkey Burgers With Fresh Corn Salsa: Not only is this burger topped with a fresh corn salsa, it’s stuffed with creamy avocado! It’s also a much healthier version of a burger, using turkey and a portobello mushroom cap instead of a bun. (via GI 365)

4. Tarragon Creamed Corn: So simple, yet so good. Take a basic side dish and elevate it with the addition of tarragon. (via Bon Appétit)

5. Grill Roasted Corn Salad: Here’s a handy tip: You can “grill” your corn without using a grill! Just stick it in the oven, and enjoy this roasted salad topped with walnuts. (via The Healthy Foodie)

6. Gourmet Hot Dogs: Is there anything more BBQ appropriate than a hot dog? Make yours gourmet with a corn relish and sour cream drizzle. (via Simply Delicious)

7. Bacon Ricotta (Blue) Corn Cakes: The next time you have a craving for pancakes but also want a savory breakfast (you guys know what we’re talking about… that struggle is REAL), try these blue corn pancakes. They’re filled with bacon bits and served with a healthy dose of brisket. (via The Spiced Life)

8. Sweet Potato Mushroom Tacos + Mango Chili Salsa: Using corn tortillas is a great way to get some of that flavor without incorporating actual corn. Add a little extra sweetness into your tacos with mangoes and sweet potato. (via Fig and Honey)

9. Caramelized Okra and Sweet Corn With Smoked Paprika Mayo: Okra is a tricky vegetable, one that some people might not know much about. But trust: When it’s covered in caramelized corn and paprika mayo, you gotta try it out! (via The Sweet Defeat)

10. Cornbread Cupcakes: The cake-like texture and maple buttercream frosting turns cornbread into a sweet cupcake. (via Baking is a Science)

11. Smoky Vegetable Mac and Cheese: There may be some vegetables in here, but this is not a vegan or light version of mac and cheese. It’s hearty, decadent and cheesy… as it should be, right? (via Soup Addict)

12. Gnocchi With Greens, Bacon, Grilled Corn and Tomatoes: Gnocchi gets a bit of a Brazilian twist with some collard greens. Corn, tomatoes and bacon make this a complete family meal. (via From Brazil to You)

13. Chimichurri, Quinoa and Corn Patties: Take another trip to South American with these chimichurri corn patties. Filled with quinoa, this is a healthy snack to eat on its own or on top of a salad. (via Lady Behind the Curtain)

14. Corn Soup With Crab meat: Sweet, creamy corn soup is topped off with crab meat making this a perfect dish for evenings by the beach. (via Capital Cooking)

15. Baby Corn Golden Fry: Baby corn is a wonderful alternative to regular corn, and they’re so fun to eat! Make these little, fried baby corn nuggets for a crunchy snack at parties. (via Learning to Cook)

16. No-Bake Summer Quinoa Pizza: This pizza changes everything you thought you knew about pizza. The quinoa crust has no baking involved, and it’s topped with a healthy dose of kale pesto and corn. (via The Pancake Princess)

17. Chilled Corn Soup With Popcorn: Garnish a chilled corn soup with pieces of popcorn for a playful, crunchy element. (via Playin’ With My Food)

18. Zucchini Corn Pancakes: These easy-to-make pancakes make for a great savory side dish. Filled with zucchini and corn kernels, it’s the kind of healthy dish that doesn’t taste “healthy.” (via Damn Delicious)

19. Summer Corn Salad With Basil Pesto Aioli: Light salads are the ideal meal when it’s 90 degrees outside and too hot to eat anything heavy. Add sweet corn and fresh herbs to make it extra refreshing. (via Vegan Yak Attack)

20. Shrimp Tacos With Avocado Corn Salsa and Herb Crema: These tacos may seem to have a lot going on, but all the elements work perfectly together: Soft, tender shrimp, crunchy corn with creamy avocado and an herb crema to cool things off. (via Perpetually Hungry)

21. Sweet Corn and Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers: Bright green peppers get stuffed with corn and cheese for a beautiful looking and yummy dish. (via The Kitchn)

22. Mexican Corn Dip: Next time you’re having a chips-and-dip kind of party, forgo the store bought salsa and make your own fresh Mexican street corn dip. (via Damn Delicious)

23. Fresh Corn Fritters and Heirloom Tomato Stacks: The layers of bright tomatoes and corn fritters are visually appealing, and a buttermilk black pepper pickle dressing is sure to make it appealing to your bellies, too! (via Apples and Sparkle)

24. Buttered Corn and Noodles: A light and easy pasta dish is given bold flavors and textures by adding corn and crispy bacon. (via Food52)

25. Batter Fried Corn on the Cob: We know we said we were going to feature non-corn on the cob recipes, but bear with us because this is SO much more than that. A cross between a corn dog and corn on the cob, this batter fried corn is a thing of our foodie dreams! (via Simply Sated)

26. Chicken, Corn and Potato Chowder: A big bowl of chowder is comforting in the same way a hug is. Especially when filled with hearty chunks of chicken, potato and corn. (via Cookin’ Canuck)

27. Fiesta Corn Tortilla Quiche: We love the creative use of corn tortillas in this recipe. Not just for tacos and burritos anymore, use corn tortillas to make yourself this fiesta-ready quiche. (via Gooseberry Patch)

28. Roasted Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Salad With Spicy Miso Dressing: The black beans are reminiscent of a taco salad, but the sweet potatoes and miso dressing take the flavors in a direction unlike any taco we’ve ever eaten. (via My California Roots)

29. Grilled Vegetable Pizza: Pizzas are like blank canvases waiting for you to top it with all the flavors and colors of your liking. The bright reds, greens and yellows almost make this pizza too pretty to eat. (via Jelly Toast)

30. Grilled Brie With Grilled Corn and Mango Salsa: Brie is so delicious we would gladly eat chunks of it plain. But why do that when you can grill it and top it with corn and mango salsa and make this most indulgent of cheeses a whole lot better. (via Cooking and Beer)

31. Cornmeal Pancakes: The cornmeal gives these gluten-free pancakes a slightly salty taste but the syrup balances it out to create a perfect mix of sweet and savory. (via The Breakfast Drama Queen)

32. Shrimp + Sweet Corn Ceviche: Sweltering hot summer days simply scream for something refreshing, like ceviche. The soft textures of the shrimp and avocado are contrasted with the crunchy pieces of corn. (via A Thought For Food)

33. Amaranth Flatbread With Fig, Sweet Corn and Shallot Cream Sauce: Amaranth may sound a little scary but it’s really just a kind of grain, like quinoa. Combine amaranth flour with whole wheat flour to take advantage of their different flavors, and top this bread with colorful figs and corn. (via Yup, It’s Vegan)

34. Che Bap (Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding): This Vietnamese dessert combines coconut milk and tapioca pearls to make a creamy, tropical pudding with chewy corn and sesame seeds for texture. (via The Kitchn)

35. Summer Squash Sauté With Corn and Goat Cheese Polenta: Celebrate the best of summer ingredients with this zucchini, yellow squash, corn and basil sauté over a bowl of goat cheese polenta. (via Three Many Cooks)

36. Latino Beef Cornmeal Dumplings: Venezuelan-inspired corn meal dumplings get a filling of savory beef, olives and capers for an inviting dish that makes us want to dig right in. (via Mommyhood’s Diary)

37. Sweet Corn Pancakes: These pancakes are not made with cornmeal as you might think, but with regular flour and chunks of actual corn in the batter. Adding coconut milk gives them a rich taste that you just can’t get with regular milk. (via Epicurean World)

38. Sweet Potato Fritters With Charred Corn: Make yourself a lunchtime wrap to satisfy your cravings for the rest of the day using a sweet potato fritter as a filling. Top it off with some charred corn for that smoky flavor. (via The Kitchen Alchemist)

39. Cheesy Corn Pizza With Bacon and Scallions: Can you ever have too many pizza recipes on hand? This is a simple recipe but has everyone’s favorite flavors with cheese, bacon and, of course, corn. (via Sunshine Sweet Corn)

40. Sweet Corn and Strawberry Smash: That’s right, you can incorporate corn into a cocktail! Combine two essential summer flavors with this corn and strawberry concoction, and wow your guests at your next party. (via Stir and Strain)

41. Sweet Corn Curry Toast: Cooking Indian food can be a little intimidating, but the effort is absolutely worth it if you’re a lover of spicy, bold flavors. This recipe combines corn with curry and other spices to give you an Indian take on a grilled cheese. (via Indian Cuisine)

42. Superfood Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette: The name says it all, and this is a salad that tastes good and keeps you feeling good, too. Lemon vinaigrette is a great way to add bright, citrusy notes with no additional calories. (via Iowa Girl Eats)

43. Mexican Street Corn: Give corn on the cob a new spin by serving it in a cup. Cheese, chili and a squeeze of lemon give it that Mexican street food kick. (via Little Inspiration)

44. Rainbow Salad With Peanut Vinaigrette: Taste the rainbow with this vibrant, Asian-inspired salad. (via Healthy Nibbles and Bits)

45. Farmers Market Pizza: Take a trip out to your local farmers market and pick up some fresh corn for this pizza while it’s still in season. Top with other fresh finds for a farm-to-table feast. (via Bourbon and Honey)

 Which of these MANY recipes are you itching to make right now? What are some of your favorite ways to eat corn? Comment away!