Celebrate fresh summer corn with this collection of 30 Corn Recipes! Post includes a produce guide and a variety of recipes including corn chowder, corn cakes, grilled corn on the cob, corn salad and more!

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Corn on the cob used to be one of my favorite things to eat in the summer when I was growing up.  My mom would boil it and serve it piping hot, so I inserted the corn cob holders into each end of the corn, slathered on a bit of butter and ate it left to right, row by row.

Memories. 🙂

I love corn even more today, and during the summer I prepare it weekly.  I normally cook up a few ears at a time and either eat it right off of the cob like I did in my childhood, or remove the kernels and toss them into salads and recipes during the week.

There’s nothing like biting into the plump, crisp kernels and tasting that milky, sweet flavor.  To me, corn just tastes like summer.

Ear of corn with husk and silk opened slightly
What is corn?

Corn, or maize, is one of the most popular crops in America. The corn plant is an annual that’s a member of the grass family with a stout, solid stem and large, narrow green leaves.

The interesting thing about corn is that it’s considered to be a vegetable, grain and a fruit.  

-A vegetable is considered to be the edible part of a plant, so when you eat corn on the cob, it’s a vegetable.
-Once the kernels are removed from the cob, the individual kernels are considered to be whole grain.
-The definition of fruit is an edible part of a plant that contains a seed, so when the kernels are popped into popcorn, corn is then considered a fruit!

Origin of corn

The biological origin of corn, or maize, is traced back as far as 10,000 years ago to a Mexican grass called teosinte. Teosinte was simply 12 kernels protected by a hard casing, so it hardly resembles the plump, juicy corn that we know today.

Corn was first domesticated by native Mexican people 10,000 years ago, and Native Americans taught Europeans how to cultivate it.

Since corn was introduced to the world by European explorers, it’s grown widely all around the world.

Varieties of corn

There are 4 main varieties of corn:

1. Field corn:  Field, or dent corn, is used to feed livestock.  There’s a small dent on the top of each kernel, which is an indication that the corn is dry, starchy and not very sweet.

2. Sweet corn:  Sweet corn is the corn that you see in the supermarket.  It’s plump and sweet, and is normally white, yellow or bi-color.  You may see Super Sweet Corn at the market, which is sweet corn that has been “sugar enhanced” so that it tastes even sweeter.

3. Indian corn:  Indian, or flint corn is extremely hard and dry.  Normally it’s used as a harvest decoration, but due to its high nutrient value, they’re often used to produce corn meal, corn flour, polenta, hominy and grits.

4. Heirloom corn:  Heirloom corn is crimson red or purple-black in color, and is very rare.

Uses of corn

The corn industry in the United States is vast. There are 90 million acres of corn planted in this country, and most of it is grown in the Heartland region. 10-20% of the corn produced in the U.S. is exported to other countries.

99% of the corn grown in America is field corn, which is used to feed cattle, hogs and poultry, and produce ethanol bio fuel.

Corn is also used to produce the following: corn starch, corn syrup, cornmeal, masa, polenta, corn flour, and alcohol.

How to grow corn

I’ve never grown corn in my garden because I don’t have the space and corn is very inexpensive.  If you’re interested, click here.

Nutrition facts

The health benefits of corn differ depending on the type of corn that you eat. Sweet corn tends to be higher in vitamins, and popcorn tends to be higher in minerals.

Corn is a whole grain and contains 2.4 grams of fiber per serving, which means that it can improve digestion and prevent constipation.

There are about 77 calories per serving of corn, with 22 carbohydrates, 3.4 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of sugar.

For more nutrition facts, see here.

How to store corn

Store fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the refrigerator for 1-3 days. Once corn is shucked and cooked, it will keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

How to freeze corn

Shuck the corn and freeze the cobs in an airtight container for several months. Corn may also be removed from the cob and frozen.

How to cook corn

There are two main ways to cook corn on the cob — boiling and grilling.

Boiled corn: Place the shucked corn in a large stock pot and cover with water by about 2″.  Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.  Immediately remove from heat and allow to stand covered for 10 minutes.  
Drain the corn in a colander and enjoy!

Grilled corn:
See my post Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob for all the details!

close up of partially shucked corn

30+ Delicious Corn Recipes

Not sure what to do with fresh corn? Corn is so versatile, and works beautifully in both sweet and savory dishes.  This roundup of delicious corn recipes includes Mexican sweet corn cake, street corn, corn chowder and corn salsa.  

I hope these recipes inspire you to enjoy corn in exciting new ways this summer!

Farmers Market Grilled Flatbread Pizza
Farmers Market Grilled Flatbread Pizza is easy with ready-made flatbread crusts. Topped with pesto, melty mozzarella cheese, and fresh garden goodness, this is sure to become a favorite meal!
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Overhead view of a sliced Farmers Market flatbread.
Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad
Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad is a fresh, flavorful side dish that's perfect for summer! It's gluten free, dairy free and vegan!
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Zucchini and corn salad in white bowl with basil and lime on top
Grilled Mexican Corn Salad
Grilled Mexican Corn Salad is packed with sweet, smoky charred corn and is bursting with fresh flavor. It's a versatile, easy side dish that's perfect for picnics and barbecues!
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Mexican corn salad in a bowl with jalapeno on top
Zucchini Corn Fritters with Cilantro Lime Greek Yogurt
Zucchini and Roasted Corn Fritters with Cilantro Jalapeño Lime Greek Yogurt are golden brown fritters served with a creamy, cool Greek yogurt dip!
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Zucchini corn fritters on white plate topped with yogurt and jalapenos
Dairy Free Corn Chowder
This creamy and healthy dairy free corn chowder is a summertime staple! Filled with fresh veggies, yukon potatoes and coconut milk, it’s jam packed with flavor and is incredibly easy to whip up. Ideas for optional add-ins included in the post.
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Overhead view of a bowl of dairy free corn chowder.
Grilled Corn Caprese Quinoa Salad
Grilled Corn Caprese Quinoa Salad is a tasty quinoa salad recipe that combines grilled corn and caprese flavors, with a balsamic vinaigrette!
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close up of grilled corn caprese quinoa salad
Cheesy Corn Dip Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
These corn dip stuffed jalapeños feature stuffed jalapeño peppers filled with cheesy, creamy corn dip and topped with bacon!  
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Stuffed jalapeno peppers on platter with bacon
Mexican Sweet Corn Cake
Mexican Sweet Corn Cake is moist, sweet corn cake that makes the perfect side dish. It's easy to make and is naturally gluten free!
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Mexican sweet corn cake on serving plate
Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas
Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas are hearty, delicious vegetarian enchiladas smothered in homemade enchilada sauce!
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sweet potato enchiladas on a plate close up
Roasted Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup (Dairy-Free)
This recipe for Roasted Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup is thick and creamy with a smoky, spicy flavor. And it uses ready-to-cook diced butternut squash, carrots, onions and leeks, so it minimizes prep time, making it a quick and easy clean eating soup!
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Overhead view of two bowls of butternut squash red pepper soup.
Roasted Corn and Chickpea Kale Salad
Roasted corn and chickpeas tossed into fresh kale and lightly coated in a maple-lemon vinaigrette.
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A wooden bowl full of roasted corn and chickpea salad with two wooden serving spoons.
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is bursting with flavor, sweet, and juicy as can be! Make this with fresh corn for a great side dish recipe.
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Air fryer corn on the cob with parsley and butter
Black Bean Corn Salsa
This salsa recipe is easier than you think to throw together! Chopping a few fresh ingredients, opening a couple of cans and whisking together some olive oil, lime juice and spices together is all it takes to make this crowd favorite.
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A bowl of black bean and corn salsa with three tortilla chips.
Bacon & Corn Risotto
Sweet summer corn and crispy bacon take classic creamy risotto to another level in this Bacon & Corn Risotto.
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Overhead view of bacon and corn risotto in a white dish.
Corn Cakes
Thin rounds of rich corn cake batter are fried in a slick of olive oil until crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, with the sweet crunch of corn in every bite.
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A corn cake topped with tomatoes, avocado and fresh corn.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
It isn’t summer without this Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob! This recipe is a tutorial on how to grill corn using 3 different cooking techniques. Learn how to grill corn in the husk, in foil, or with the husk removed!
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close up front view of grilled corn on the cob with butter and lime wedges
Fresh Corn Salad
Fresh Corn Salad with black beans, avocado, tomatoes and a zesty chili-lime dressing. This corn salad recipe is one of the best summer side dishes!
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A white bowl filled with fresh corn salad.
Corn Pudding
Creamy and so simple to make, this corn pudding recipe is a family favorite that we all love. It’s easy to make from scratch and offers so much yummy flavor that you’ll want seconds!
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Spoonful of sweet corn pudding
Mexican Corn Dip
Mexican Corn Dip has all the flavors of Mexican street corn in an irresistible dip format, that you can actually feel good about eating!
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Mexican corn dip and a blue tortilla chip in an orange dip.
Spicy Southern Hot Corn
This sassy Southern-style recipe has been part of our holiday meal tradition for years and doubles as a side dish AND a dip.
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A dish of spicy Southern hot corn.
Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa
Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile and Bacon Salsa is spicy, savory and packed with fresh corn! It’s great as a dip or a side.
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A floral bowl of corn and bacon salsa surrounded by tortilla chips.
Goat Cheese & Sweet Corn Grits
Creamy sweet corn grits get even creamier with a few dollops of smooth goat cheese.
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Two blue ramekins of goat cheese sweet corn grits.
Three Bean Mexican Corn Black Bean Salad
This quick and easy, healthy Three Bean Mexican Corn Black Bean Salad with avocado salsa dressing is the perfect Summer side! Gluten free, vegan and only one Weight Watchers Freestyle point!
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Brown dish full of three bean Mexican corn salad.
Mexican Corn Salad with Honey Lime Shrimp
This healthy grilled Mexican corn salad is tossed with juicy, smoky shrimp and has a sweet and tangy honey lime vinaigrette! Perfect for summer cook outs!
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Baking dish of Mexican corn salad with honey lime shrimp.
Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad
Delicious grilled corn mixed together with avocado, tomato, feta, green onions, cilantro and cucumber then tossed in an easy dressing. The perfect refreshing side dish for a BBQ!
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Bowl of grilled corn and avocado salad
Hummus Flatbread with Grilled Corn and Berries
This summer inspired hummus flatbread is topped with grilled corn, berries and drizzled with a fresh roasted garlic parsley pesto. A great pre-dinner bite!
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Sliced hummus flatbread with corn and berries on a wood serving board.
Caprese Salad Recipe with Homemade Cornbread
Up your salad game with this delicious caprese style salad with homemade cornbread, burrata cheese and reduced white balsamic vinegar.
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Overhead view of a plate of cornbread caprese salad.
Fried Corn Recipe (Southern Fried Corn)
Fresh corn on the cob is shucked, scraped and fried in a cast iron skillet with flavorful bacon drippings and sugar for the most delicious side to serve all summer!!
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A cast iron skillet of fried corn, next to fresh ears of corn.
Blueberry Corn Chicken Salad
The perfect summertime blueberry corn chicken salad with grilled corn, shredded chicken, roasted pecans and a maple balsamic dressing. Southern comfort food made healthy!
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Blueberry corn chicken salad in a white bowl with a fork.
Sweet Corn, Kielbasa and Potato Soup
Sweet Corn, Kielbasa and Potato Soup is for the coldest of nights! This hearty and comforting, gluten-free soup recipe is filled with savory kielbasa, creamy potatoes, and snappy sweet corn.
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White ramekin of sweet corn and kielbasa soup.

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**This post was originally published in June 2019.

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