6 Surprising Ways to Use Corn This Summer

Will kernels get stuck in your teeth? Probably. But summer corn is worth it. Look for taut, green husks and yellow to light brown silk tips. It’s OK to peel back a sliver of husk to check for plump kernels, but don’t disrobe the cob. It won’t stay as fresh. Want new ways to enjoy corn? Ear ya go.

Aw, shucks

A medium ear will give you about ½ cup of kernels. In the off season, use frozen corn in any of these recipes. Thaw, then pat dry if it’s very wet.

Close to home

For the sweetest corn, go for just-picked from a local farm. The sugar in corn starts converting to starch the moment the ear is plucked, so freshest is always best.

Corn Polenta With Shrimp Grilled Corn With Harissa Yogurt Sautéed Corn With Coconut Milk, Chili, and Basil

Corn Polenta With Shrimp

Grilled Corn With Harissa Yogurt

Sautéed Corn With Coconut Milk, Chili, and Basil

Corn and Tomato Salad With Cumin-Lime Dressing Parmesan Corn Pudding Nachos With Fresh Corn Salsa

Corn and Tomato Salad With Cumin-Lime Dressing

Parmesan Corn Pudding

Nachos With Fresh Corn Salsa

For more great ideas for cooking with corn, listen to this week’s episode of “Things Cooks Know,” which you can also find on iTunes!