37 Corn Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long

It’s corn!


Greg Dupree

Come summertime, there’s nothing sweeter, juicer, or more delicious than fresh corn. In season from roughly May through September, fresh corn is easy to find at the grocery store or farmer’s market, packed with nutrients, and impressively versatile. Need proof? In this roundup of more than 30 easy yet delicious corn recipes, the vegetable (yes, it’s technically classified as a vegetable) shines as a soup base, taco and burrito filling, curry ingredient, and more.

Whether you’re in the mood for Spicy Street Corn Salad or Toasted Israeli Couscous With Corn and Herbs, we’re here to handle all of your corn cravings for this summer and beyond. Keep reading for 37 corn recipes that don’t disappoint!

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Zesty Corn Soup With Chicken

Overhead view of Zesty Corn Soup With Chicken on a blue background

This soup is basically a spoonable version of elote, made with a medley of savory Cotija, spicy cayenne, tart lime, and toasted sweet corn. While the recipe calls for frozen corn, it also works with fresh corn that’s just been removed from the cob.

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Elote Jalapeño Poppers

Elote Jalapeño Poppers

Victor Protasio

For a seasonal appetizer that makes excellent use of fresh or frozen corn, consider these creamy, spicy poppers. Each one is filled with corn mixed with cream cheese, Cotija, mayonnaise, and gut-friendly Greek yogurt, while lime zest, garlic, and scallions add plenty of brightness and additional flavor.

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Spicy Street Corn Salad

Spicy Street Corn Salad in a serving dish with a spoon.
Jen Causey

Corn is delicious when cooked, but it’s also quite tasty raw. Case in point? This elote-inspired salad. Here, the street snack is transformed into a meal when raw corn is tossed with pinto beans, herbs, jalapeño, and heaps of arugula.

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Corn Frittata With Bacon and Parmesan

Hearty Corn Frittata
Grace Elkus

Sure, frittatas make for an excellent breakfast or brunch, but this one is hearty enough to work for lunch or dinner, too. In this frittata recipe, an egg and creamy corn base is paired with slices of bacon, grated Parmesan cheese for just the right amount of saltiness, and plenty of fresh chives.

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Mushroom and Corn Tacos

Mushroom Corn Tacos
Greg DuPree

This recipe is proof that you don’t need meat to have an ace taco night. In this vegetarian recipe, wild mushrooms and fresh corn kernels are joined by an array of spices, including chile powder and ground cumin, to create a delectable taco filling. Homemade blender salsa adds even more flavor.

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Corn and Pepper Scramble

Corn and Pepper Scramble
Caitlin Bensel

Got a leftover ear of corn from a backyard BBQ? Follow this recipe and add fresh corn kernels to your morning eggs. The sweet morsels mingle with juicy roasted red peppers and fluffy scrambled eggs, and a shower of fresh cilantro brings some herbaceousness to the dish. Don’t forget the sprinkling of crumbled queso fresco, which adds a touch of salty decadence. 

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Elote With Mole Verde

Elote with mole Verde
Victor Protasio

Skip the elote-inspired dishes and go for the real thing with this recipe, which calls for grilled corn on the cob topped with crema and crumbled cheese. The real star here is a green mole made with tomatillos, spinach, jalapeños, scallions, and a combination of sesame and pumpkin seeds, which is served alongside the corn.

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Summery Corn Soup

Summery Corn Soup Recipe
Tara Donne

Corn pulls double duty in this summery soup, as you will use the cobs to infuse the broth with their sweet flavor, and then add the kernels for a juicy, plump body. Corn’s sweetness is balanced out by a two-allium base of leeks and scallions, aromatic thyme, and a sizable glug of dry white wine. Plus, miso adds thickness and a boost of umami to this soup, while also making it gut-friendly.

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Grilled Scallops With Corn Salad

Grilled Scallops With Corn Salad
Greg DuPree

While grilling scallops might seem intimidating, this recipe includes a game-changing hack—threading them onto side-by-side skewers so they lay flat and are easier to flip. The perfectly charred scallops are then paired with a corn and poblano pepper salad, which gets even more flavor from a cumin-spiced lime dressing.

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Honey-Butter Creamed Corn

Honey-Butter Creamed Corn Recipe
Antonis Achilleos

This recipe calls for frozen corn, which means you can whip it up all year long. However, it also works with fresh corn. Here, creamy corn is joined by buttery onions, honey, and thyme, creating an excellent BBQ side that doesn’t lack flavor. During the cooler months, serve it with seared steak or roasted chicken instead.

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Pepper Jack Corn Gratin

Pepper Jack Corn Gratin Recipe
Greg DuPree

This decadent corn gratin brings heat and flavor, thanks to frozen ingredients like fire-roasted corn and peppers. If you’d rather use fresh corn, make sure you get a nice char on the kernels before combining them with a rich mornay sauce and spicy Pepper Jack cheese.

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Summer Nachos

Summer Nachos
Greg DuPree

For a lighter take on nachos that’s seasonally appropriate without skimping on flavor, give this vegetarian recipe a whirl. Here, tortilla chips are topped with paprika-spiked corn for pops of smoky sweetness, tender bits of sautéed zucchini, and a creamy avocado-yogurt topping you’ll want to smear on everything. Serve these nachos family-style for an easy dinner, or make them as an appetizer for a larger crowd.

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Toasted Israeli Couscous With Corn and Herbs

Toasted Israeli Couscous With Corn and Herbs Recipe
Greg DuPree

This summer salad pairs juicy corn kernels with a showering of fresh herbs—basil, chives, and dill—plus some caramelized onions for good measure, resulting in a mouthwatering savory-sweet combo. Serve this dish alongside grilled fish, rotisserie chicken, or a seared steak for a complete meal.

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Pasta With Chicken Sausage, Corn, Leeks, and Mushrooms

Pasta With Chicken Sausage, Corn, Leeks, and Mushrooms
Greg Dupree

The bold flavors of store-bought Italian chicken sausage are balanced out by sweet, fresh corn kernels and meaty mushrooms in this 20-minute pasta dish. Meanwhile, lemon zest and juice add brightness, while basil brings those fresh, herby notes.

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Golden Corn and Tofu Curry

Golden Corn Tofu Curry
Caitlin Bensel

This delicious noodle dish is loaded with rice noodles, tender tofu cubes, and toasted corn kernels. All of the ingredients mingle in a Thai-inspired coconut curry sauce that’s made with green curry paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice, which means there’s plenty of flavor in each bite. 

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Vegetarian Tacos With Sweet Potatoes and Corn

EXTRA SHARP: Vegetarian Tacos With Sweet Potatoes and Corn

For this 20-minute dinner, flour tortillas are filled with a zesty vegetable-and-tofu mixture that includes plenty of corn and sweet potato cubes. Season the filling to your liking with chili powder and freshly ground black pepper, and be sure to garnish the tacos with shredded cheese, salsa, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad
Greg DuPree

This pasta salad swaps mayonnaise for an avocado-based dressing, and is loaded with mix-ins including avocado slices, black beans, cherry tomatoes, scallions, and plenty of fresh corn kernels. For some spice, feel free to add thinly sliced fresh jalapeños, or a can of chopped green chilies.

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Chile Corn Chowder

chile corn chowder
Antonis Achilleos

Speaking of canned green chilies, they bring some serious heat to this soup, which also includes five cups of fresh corn kernels, potatoes, onion, and stock. Half-and-half brings a creamy texture, as does blending the soup once it’s simmered. Garnish each bowl with fresh chives and crumbled Cotija cheese, and you’re all set.

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Pork Tenderloin With Fresh Corn Polenta

The key to perfectly tender pork tenderloin is to start with an easy marinade, sear the sides until well browned, and then finish in the oven.
Caitlin Bensel

What pairs well with a decadent polenta that's studded with corn kernels? According to this recipe, the answer is juicy pork tenderloin flavored with a chili-and cumin-spiked lime marinade. For a practically perfect piece of pork, make sure you sear the sides before popping it in the oven.

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Corn, Leek, and Bacon Pancakes​​

Corn, Leek, And Bacon Pancakes​​

Victor Protasio

Corn in pancakes? Don’t knock it until you try it. Here, corn kernels are paired with leek and bacon pieces to yield a savory stack of pancakes you’ll want to make again and again. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a generous sprinkling of chives, and breakfast is served.

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Pulled Pork and Poblano Bake

Pulled Pork and Poblano Bake
Antonis Achilleos

Charred corn adds pops of sweetness to this cheesy stuffed pepper casserole that also includes store-bought pulled pork and plenty of fiber-rich kidney beans. To get that perfect char on your corn (fresh or frozen), use the broiler. 

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Corn Spoon Bread

overhead view of cornbread in an iron skillet with one piece removed
Lynne Mitchell/Getty Images

If you’re a cornbread fan, consider giving this similar recipe a try. While this dish is like cornbread, it’s actually a lighter, moister version of the classic BBQ side. Both frozen or fresh corn  kernels work well here, but we recommend using the fresh stuff when corn is in season. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

EXTRA SHARP: Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Wait for a rainy summer day to make this soup and you won’t be disappointed. This comforting dish has all of the taco mainstays, including corn, black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, a jalapeño, and plenty of spices. Garnish each bowl with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro, and enjoy.

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Easy Stovetop Shrimp Boil

Easy Stovetop Shrimp Boil
Greg DuPree

Yes you can make a shrimp boil using just one pot, and this recipe is proof. First, you’ll throw onions, lemon, garlic, potatoes, sausage, artichokes, shrimp, and corn into a large stockpot and bring to a boil with some dry shrimp-and-crab boil seasoning. Then, after about 20 minutes, you’ll drain and dump the goods onto a big platter to serve. Easy enough, right?

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Corn Relish

Corn Relish Recipe
Antonis Achilleos

This corn relish is made with frozen corn, but when you can get your hands on in-season corn, it can be fresh kernels too. Here, those kernels will mingle with red onion, bell pepper, and mustard seeds for a deep savory flavor. Plus, there’s enough sugar in the mix to round out the tart apple cider vinegar. Enjoy this relish with grilled fish tacos or seared pork chops.

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy cavier in a white bowl on white surface
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This viral TikTok dip is loaded with fresh and healthy ingredients, including corn, sliced jalapeños, a red onion, black and pinto beans, as well as a yellow, green, and orange bell pepper. Feel free to add in some of your own favorite ingredients too, including diced avocado, fresh mango, and plenty of crumbly cheese.

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End-of-Summer Salad

Victor Protasio

Mark the end of summer with this shrimp salad that also stars some of the season’s best produce—tomatoes, green beans, and corn. Cornichons and fried onions add plenty of savory crunch, while an umami-rich dressing made with miso and apple cider vinegar ties the whole meal together.

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Green Curry With Halibut and Corn

Green Curry with Halibut and Corn
Johnny Miller

Fresh (or frozen) corn brings just the right amount of sweetness to this creamy curry that also includes pieces of halibut, jalapeño slices, and a rich broth made with coconut milk and chicken broth. Serve it over white rice to sop up every last bit.

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Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Sure, chili is particularly delicious on a cold night, but there’s no stopping you from making it during the summer as well, especially when you stir in plenty of fresh corn. Top each bowl with shredded cheese, scallions, and avocado slices, and dinner is ready.

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Vegetarian Tacos With Goat Cheese

Vegetarian Tacos With Goat Cheese
Con Poulos

Corn adds a hint of sweetness to any taco recipe, and works especially well in these meat-free tacos made with tofu, spinach, and crumbled goat cheese. One bite and you’ll see why!

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Buttery Grilled Corn

Brown Sugar-Glazed Pork and Grilled Corn
Christopher Baker

There’s no better side than freshly grilled corn in the summer, especially when you smother it in some butter. Serve grilled corn alongside hamburgers, hot dogs, shrimp, and anything else you might throw on the grill at your next BBQ.

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Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad With Avocado

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad With Avocado and Parmesan
Con Poulos

When included in a salad, fresh corn adds just the right amount of sweetness to each bite. Here, charred corn kernels are balanced out by chunks of creamy avocado and salty Parmesan shavings. A lemon vinaigrette ties the whole dish together.

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Sweet Potato and Bean Burritos With Corn Salsa

Sweet Potato and Bean Burritos With Corn Salsa
Jennifer Causey

Burritos that freeze well? Consider us intrigued. These “freezer burritos” are stuffed full of crisp-tender shoestring sweet potatoes, fresh tomato-corn salsa, beans, and, of course, cheddar cheese. These burritos will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months, and simply need to be microwaved whenever that burrito craving hits.

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Smoky Corn Chowder

Smoky corn chowder is served in blue and white bowls.
Con Poulos

This flavorful chowder is another meal that works with fresh or frozen corn. The smokiness comes from smoked paprika, as well as onion and some other ingredients that are cooked in a bit of bacon grease. Speaking of bacon, bits of the delicious protein top each bowl of this chowder, along with a sprinkling of fresh scallions. 

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Mexican Grilled Corn With Cilantro

Mexican Grilled Corn With Cilantro
Sang An

Grilled corn is delicious in its own right, but when you add some fresh cilantro and a few squirts of fresh lime juice, the beloved BBQ side is even tastier. If you have some crumbled Cotija cheese in the fridge, feel free to sprinkle it over the corn before serving.

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Fresh Corn With Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Corn With Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes
Susie Cushner

Meant to be served chilled or at room temperature, this dish includes cooked shrimp mixed with fresh corn, sliced cherry tomatoes, scallions, and fresh cilantro leaves. A lemon juice and vinegar dressing brings out this recipe’s bright and bold flavors.

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Corn Salad With Feta and Walnuts

Corn Salad With Feta and Walnuts
Christopher Baker

Salty, crumbly feta balances out fresh corn’s natural sweetness, while chopped walnuts add some much-needed crunch. And that’s not all! Lime juice adds a pop of acidity to this tasty side, while thinly sliced jalapeños bring the heat.

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