When you think about the best foods made with sweet corn, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Let us make a guess – it’s popcorn, right? Well, most of us would probably think the same. In fact, we aren’t necessarily wrong here.
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However, although popcorn is a genius snack most likely loved by everyone, it’s not the only thing we can make with corn.
Its delicate, sweet flavor and vibrant color are what make corn a truly special vegetable. Luckily, we know exactly how to benefit from both of those unique qualities to satisfy both your taste buds and eyes. We’ve prepared a list of 10 corn recipes that are not just delicious but also easy to make. Whether you’re looking for savory or sweet meal ideas, light or more filling, we’ve got you covered. Read on and follow our suggestions for the best meals made with sweet corn.
1. Corn Casserole
Let’s start with a classic and effortless side dish that works particularly well as part of a holiday spread but can definitely be eaten all year round. If you’re a fan of cornbread, you will certainly love this moist, southern-style corn casserole. It is extremely versatile, and you can pair it with many different mains, such as chili, BBQ ribs, or stews.
To prepare the dish, you will only need 5 ingredients and 0 advanced cooking skills. Stock up on some corn (it can be canned or frozen), canned creamed corn, butter, sour cream, and jiffy corn muffin mix. Don’t want to use jiffy in your recipe? No problem! Just click on the recipe we’ve linked to learn about the alternative ingredients you may use.
The next part is pretty straightforward – simply mix all the ingredients, pour the mixture into a baking dish, and throw it into a preheated oven for about 50-55 minutes. Simple as that!
Another great thing about this brilliant meal is that it can be stored for up to 5 days, so you can always have some ready to be reheated. You can either cover the casserole dish with cling wrap or store it in an airtight container.
This deliciously creamy corn casserole will satisfy the cravings of even the biggest picky eaters out there, so make sure you put it on your to-do list.
2. Homemade Corn Chowder
It’s this time of the year when hearty comfort food often takes center stage at our dining tables. With that being said, a cozy bowl of hot, rich, and thick corn chowder is sure to fill and warm you up in this chilly weather, as well as help you out with the excess corn you may have.
This corn chowder recipe is super easy and allows you to use fresh or frozen corn. To prepare this creamy goodness, you will also need onion, garlic, potatoes, bacon, flour, butter, heavy cream, water or vegetable broth, and some spices.
If you want to jazz up your corn soup a little, you can add chicken to make it even more filling or sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese when serving. You will surely enjoy every single mouth full of this delicious creamy corn dish!
3. Black Bean and Corn Salad
We cannot forget that corn is a summer crop, therefore, it goes incredibly well with refreshing and light salads that can work as side dishes or main meals.
This black bean and corn salad is an excellent example of a tasty and nutritious meal you can make using fresh corn.
It’s full of different flavors and textures and can be a great topping for tacos or an appetizer with tortilla chips. You can also pair it with rice to get a wholesome vegetarian burrito bowl.
All you need to prepare this tasty salad is lots of fresh veggies, including black beans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and fresh sweet corn, of course. Add some cotija cheese for some extra flavor, or use a similar dairy-free cheese option if you’re vegan.
Keep in mind that a truly satisfying salad doesn’t exist without a good dressing – a mix of lime juice and honey will surely do the job. Add a good drizzle and enjoy this colorful and healthy treat!
4. Spicy Coconut Chicken Stew With Corn
If you are all in for meals that you can make in less than 30 minutes in only one pot or skillet, then this recipe is just for you. This wholesome stew is both sweet and spicy, thanks to sweet corn and chilies.
For this recipe, you will need some fresh corn kernels, coconut milk, Thai chilies, chicken stock, shredded rotisserie chicken, as well as fresh spinach and basil leaves. Besides, a generous amount of lime juice will give the stew a nice, zesty hint.
Packed with bright colors and fresh flavors, this coconut stew is another perfect example of comfort food that will serve the entire family.
5. Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding
Corn can have a variety of uses in your kitchen, and this means that desserts also count in! One of them is this insanely creamy, silky-smooth chocolate cornstarch pudding that will easily fulfill the needs of the biggest sweet tooths.
This decadent dessert is super quick and easy to make, so that it will work perfectly as a spontaneous treat straight after dinner. The good news is that you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry!
This delicious velvety pudding is made of unsweetened cocoa powder, milk (ideally whole milk), butter, sugar, and a secret ingredient – cornstarch, which is basically powdered freeze-dried corn. This secret hero makes all the magic happen as it thickens the chocolate mixture to create the most insane pudding-like texture.
Although the recipe is fairly easy to follow, thickening your pudding may be a little tricky. Make sure you cook the mixture over medium-high heat while constantly stirring to avoid lumps.
Once your pudding has cooled down and set in the fridge for enough time, serve it and top up whipped cream and berries. You can be sure it will disappear in seconds!
6. Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
A nicely grilled corn on the cob is a must-have for any corn lovers out there, especially during summer months and family cookouts in the backyard. This grilled Mexican street corn recipe brings everything beautiful there is about summertime and family celebrations.
You’ve probably had a chance to find this popular corn treat at food trucks in the park on the 4th of July. Lucky for you, you can now make it at home and eat it all year round!
The key player here is the cream sauce, made with sour cream or Mexican crema, mayonnaise, garlic, fresh cilantro, chipotle pepper, as well as lime zest, and lime juice.
Prepare your sauce first, and then throw some fresh corn cobs with removed husks on the grill for a few minutes until corn kernels are golden. When the cobs are still hot, cover them generously with the pre-made sauce and sprinkle with crumbled cotija cheese. Serve immediately!
There’s one downside, though: eating your cob might get a little messy. Still, it’s totally worth it! Alternatively, you can whip up some Mexican street corn salad by simply cutting the kernels off the cob once grilled and mix with the creamy sauce in a bowl for more convenient consumption.
7. Grilled Corn Salad
Here’s another idea for a delicious and easy corn salad, but this time the main hero is grilled corn. This simple recipe is a perfect way to use up leftover grilled corn after a generous family barbecue.
Although it’s a salad, don’t let it fool you – it can work as many different food options rather than just a side dish. You can eat the salad with tortilla chips by dipping them in it like you would with salsa or use it as a topping for tacos or avocado toast. What’s more, you can also stir in some pasta for a filling and nutritious lunch idea.
All you need to prepare this tasty grilled corn salad is to mix some grilled corn pieces with toasted nuts, fresh herbs, pickled onions, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle it with some lime juice, add salt and pepper to taste, and you’re good to go!
Hot tip: If you fancy a little kick in your corn salad, add some jalapeños, a pinch of chili flakes, or some chili powder.
8. Corn Fritters
As you can tell, we love quick and easy recipes, and those deep-fried, crispy corn fritters are another perfect example of that.
For this recipe, you can use either fresh or frozen corn kernels. If you’re using frozen kernels, let them thaw and remove all the excess liquid. Stir the corn together with flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, and heavy cream.
Once your batter is ready, scoop 2-3 tablespoon mounds into the preheated pan, spreading the batter in a circular shape. Cook the fritters on both sides until they are golden brown.
Those hot and crispy corn fritters taste best when topped with garlic aioli or greek yogurt, and chopped green onions. They are sure to become your favorite recipe of all time!
9. Corn Salsa
If you’re looking for a sweet and spicy dip recipe that tastes well with just about everything, you’re in the right place.
This creamy corn salsa is perfect for salads, burgers, tacos, burritos, and many more. All you need to prepare this flavorful dish is fresh corn on the cob, red onion, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeños, lime juice, and chopped cilantro. Simply mix the kernels with the rest of the ingredients, and enjoy all the fresh flavors of this tasty treat.
Top tip: You can also grill your corn before mixing for a smoky and charred flavor.
10. Potato Salad With Fresh Corn and Basil
Last but not least, another salad. But who doesn’t love creamy and super-filling potato salad? Especially when it’s made with sweet summer corn.
For the recipe, you may want to use red baby potatoes, as their tender skin and soft interiors will only add up to the salad’s creaminess. Apart from cooked potatoes, you will also need fresh corn, onion, celery stalks, fresh dill and cilantro, white wine vinegar, and a good dollop of mayo.
Once you mix everything together, let it chill for about 1 hour before eating. You can also prepare a big batch of the salad and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Sweet corn is an extremely versatile vegetable that can be used for both light and refreshing salads, rich and filling comfort meals, as well as sweet treats.
No matter your preferences or cravings, you can enjoy corn in many different ways, and with our list of the best corn recipes, you’re stocked up with ideas for lunch, dinner, and dessert. If you need even more inspiration, browse through our collection of recipes and cooking tips and whip up something delicious!
Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote) + 10 More Great Corn Recipes
- 6-8 ears corn on the cob husks removed
- 1/2 cup regular or lite mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 2 tsp. lime zest from 1 whole lime
- 1/4 tsp. chipotle pepper ground
- 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime wedges
- 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese substitute crumbled feta cheese or parmesan cheese if desired
- Heat up your outside charcoal or gas grill to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. When the grill is nice and hot, clean the grates. Once your grates are cleaned, you're ready to grill your corn. While the grill is getting hot, prepare your creamy sauce.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together in a bowl the mayonnaise, Mexican crema, minced garlic, ground chipotle pepper, freshly squeezed lime juice, and lime zest. You can add a little sea salt at this point, too. Mix thoroughly until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated. You can also make this sauce the night before so that it's ready to use when you start cooking dinner the next day. Set this mixture aside.
- To grill the corn, place the corn cobs onto the grill grates. Grill on one side for approximately 3 minutes without disturbing the corn. When the kernels start to look slightly charred and begin to turn golden brown, flip them over and grill on the other side for 3 minutes. Once the corn is grilled on all sides, remove the corn cobs to a plate or platter.
- Slather the corn with the crema sauce mixture using a pastry brush. Then, sprinkle the corn on the cob with the crumbled cojita cheese. At this time, you can also add more ground chipotle pepper if you like your Mexican sweet corn spicy.
- Serve with the lime wedges, and enjoy.
Cojita cheese is traditionally used for this recipe, but you can use parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese if you can't find cojita cheese.
Mexican street corn is messy, and that's totally OK. Grab some napkins and enjoy your treat.
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