Healthy Corn Recipes
This is pure summer, perfectly packaged, quintessentially American. The Europeans, who get weepy about a lot of produce, just don't get as sentimental about chomping into an ear of fresh corn—all that sun-packed sweetness is perhaps a bit gauche. This is our treat, best right now. Peel back a cob and poke a plump kernel with a thumbnail to see the sweet milk. Beyond the whole cob lie these of-the-moment recipes: tangy relishes, savory pancakes, creamy fresh-corn grits, and a frozen corn-milk treat.
First up is Corn Chowchow. You'll be amazed at how many ways you can serve this recipe. Feel free to make a milder relish by seeding the jalapeño.
Fresh Corn and Potato Soup with Sautéed Shrimp
Sweet fresh corn and butter-sautéed shrimp pair up deliciously in this seasonal soup. After tasting the delicious results of "milking" a fresh corn cob, you'll never shuck and chuck again. We fully tap the flavor of in-season corn with this kernel-to-cob cooking method, infusing our summer soup with a wealth of rich, sweet flavor.
Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa
This speedy vegetarian entrée is absolutely bursting with peak-season produce. Side suggestion: an herby white bean and arugula salad.
Grilled Green Onions with Corn and Tarragon
This combo goes well with grilled chicken or flank steak. Or serve with grilled zucchini planks.
Skirt Steak with Corn and Red Pepper Puree
Red Bell Pepper gets used two tasty ways: as a vegetable in the corn sauté and as a pureed sauce for the plate. Fresh corn is not just sweet; it has a surprising hit of umami intensity.
- Fish Sauce
- Red Bell Pepper
- Green Onions
- Skirt Steak
- Corn Kernels
Hands-on: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Andrew Zimmern's Grilled Corn and Snap Pea Salad
You can assemble this salad the day before you plan to serve it, but toss in dressing just before serving to keep Zimmern's salad as crisp as he intended.
Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Chive Butter
Nothing says summer like fresh corn on the cob. Here are a few of our favorite flavor combos for buttering them up: Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Curry Spice Butter, Corn on the Cob with Honey-Chipotle Butter, Corn on the Cob wiht Orange, Tarragon, and Basil Butter.
Mushroom and Charred Corn Tacos with Guacamole
This quick taco filling is perfect for weeknight dinners, Poblano chiles bring rich, earthy flavor but little to no heat. (Every once in a while you can get a hot one, though.) If you want to add a little spice, add some crushed red pepper when you sauté the mushrooms.
Summer Corn and Shrimp Succotash
This succotash is richly satisfying yet healthy and not heavy. Fresh beans bring verdant brightness, while briny shrimp marry perfectly with sweet corn.
Halibut with Bacony Corn Sauté
Be sure to buy fresh, never-frozen fish, summer corn on the cob and in the husks, and your favorite bacon. Applewood-smoked bacon is more subtle than hickory or mesquite and won't clobber all of the other ingredients. Just a spritz of fresh lime juice brings the flavors into perfect balance.
Chilled Butter Bean Soup with Basil-Corn Relish
You'll need about 1 1/2 pounds of butter bean pods to get 2 cups shelled beans. You can substitute fresh lima beans, if you prefer.
Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa
Tossing the shrimp in a little honey before cooking helps to create tasty grill marks.
Corn, Squash, and Green Onion Flatbreads
If you think this vibrant flatbread won't be filling enough for a whole meal, combine it with a simple mixed-greens salad for a delicious all-veggie dinner.
Grilled Corn, Chicken, and Bell Pepper Salad
Shredded rotisserie chicken and sweet corn get extra-delicious when paired with perfectly charred bell peppers, oregano, and cream.
Esquites (Creamy Corn Salad)
Esquites is a cousin to elote—that street food favorite of creamy cheese-coated corn cobs. You can also find this off-the-cob version with Mexican street food vendors. It's great on its own or served as a side dish with grilled meats.
Corn Frittata with Pecorino-Romano Cheese
There isn't an herb that doesn't go well with crisp fresh corn—dill, basil, cilantro, lovage—but dark green Italian parsley is also good and bracing against the corn's sweetness. For an extra dose of smoky essence, sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika over each serving.
Tomato and Corn Bulgur Salad
Fresh corn from the farmers' market stars in this dish, which is sprinkled with crumbled bacon and toasted pine nuts.
Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Serve this hearty chowder with a crusty baguette. Use fresh corn, if available.
Shrimp, Chorizo, and Corn Salad
Prepping the ingredients takes less than 10 minutes, so you can enjoy the festivities longer.
Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Creamy Corn Relish
Saucy Crawfish with Whole Corn Grits
Substitute shrimp for the crawfish, if you prefer. Toasting the flour brings nutty flavor to the sauce, similar to a brown roux. Microgreens make an elegant garnish.
Corn Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Chive Cream
These savory pancakes are dressed perfectly with fresh lemon-chive cream and smoked salmon. Breakfast time, or anytime, these are a must try.
Oaxacan-Style Grilled Corn on the Cob
Look for crema at Latin markets or by the supermarket's Mexican cheeses. It's slightly tangier than sour cream.
Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Steeping cobs in the cream mixture infuses it with corn flavor. If possible, chill the corn mixture overnight. This lets flavors meld and helps the ice cream to freeze faster: The quicker it freezes, the creamier it will be.
Grilled Corn, Poblano, and Black Bean Salad
Here's a great side for grilled meats and fish. Be sure you don't skimp on the fresh cilantro. It brings an extra dash of fresh flavor.
Shrimp and Corn Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Salsa
Delicious patties made of fresh corn, shrimp, and bell pepper are pan-fried to perfection in this recipe. Serrano chile in the heirloom tomato salsa adds a bit of heat, and cilantro some earthy freshness.
Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn, and Green Chiles
These tomatoes are stuffed full with super healthy quinoa, sweet fresh corn, poblano chiles, and lots of shredded cheese. Fresh lime juice adds a burst of citrus freshness. It's a delicious side or meatless main.
Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab
This chilled soup is full of delectably sweet fresh corn and gorgeous pieces of king crab legs.
Mushroom, Corn, and Poblano Tacos
Keep your tortillas soft by wrapping them in foil and keeping them in a warm oven.
Basil and Corn Farro Salad
If you can't find precooked farro, substitute precooked or boil-in-bag brown rice.
Grilled Pork Tacos with Summer Corn and Nectarine Salsa
We love this recipe because it is a complete hand-held meal nestled within a grilled corn tortilla—plus, it's budget-friendly. Be sure to zest your lime before you slice and juice it.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled in its husk, the corn takes on a wonderful, lightly charred flavor while its sugars caramelize and intensify. Soaking in salted water lightly seasons the corn and helps keep it moist as it grills. Then, since the silks have been removed, just peel and enjoy.
Ginger-Scented Corn and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Rice and corn make a perfect bed for this bowlful of delicious flavor. Tofu makes this a filling meal.
Avocado-Corn Chowder with Grilled Chicken
Top a creamy chilled avocado soup with fresh corn and grilled chicken for a colorful and flavorful main-dish entrée.
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeño Butter
This easy, 5-ingredient grilled corn gets its flavor from jalapeño peppers that are roasted, chopped, and stirred into honey butter.
Paella with Poblanos, Corn, and Clams
This recipe recieved rave reviews from CL staffers. "Love the crunchy rice on the bottom of the pan, and clams lend the dish a delicious sweet brininess," said Food Editor Tim Cebula.
Summer Squash and Corn Chowder
Enjoy soup in the summertime by making this satisfying chowder with seasonal produce. Top with cheese and bacon for kid appeal.
Golden Corn Salad with Fresh Basil
For a quick, tasty, and affordable side dish to bring to parties, picnics, or just to house in the fridge for snacks, try this recipe. Fresh summer corn can be a sweet treat, especially with tight, green husks and golden, moist silks.
Crab and Grilled Corn Salad
Corn Fritters with Roasted Tomatoes and Lime Aioli
For convenience, you can make the tomatoes and fritters in advance, then reheat them to serve. Reheating the fritters in an oven or toaster oven will keep them from being soggy.
Quick Chicken-Corn Chowder
You can have this chicken and corn chowder on the table in less than 30 minutes. Sounds too good to be true, right? We guess you will just have to try it to find out.
Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Quesadillas
Browning the corn caramelizes its sugars and deepens the taste of this dish. If you have fresh cilantro on hand, chop two tablespoons and stir it into the salsa.
Sweet Corn Chowder with Hot-Smoked Salmon
The fish, used in place of the bacon often found in traditional chowder recipes, adds heart-healthy fats and protein. Great made ahead, this soup gets better with time.
Sweet Pea Risotto with Corn Broth
All over the country, summer markets are full of fresh, locally grown corn. It's put to delicious use in this dish. We loved the Corn Broth and thought it would make a tasty summer soup all by itself.
Easy Corn Casserole
Making the most of convenience products, this corn casserole comes together quickly as an ideal side dish for chili, spicy pork, or chicken.
Summer Veggie Pizza
Using store-bought pizza dough is a lifesaver when dinners have to be quick. These vegetable toppings use the very best of the season with fresh bell pepper, corn, and basil. It’s simply good.
Creamy Corn Risotto
Fresh, crunchy summer corn is a great addition to this savory dish. Add in other summer veggies, like squash, if you like.