14 Corn on the Cob Recipes for Fresh Summer Flavor
Corn on the cob and summer cookouts go hand in hand. If you've scored some beautiful fresh golden kernels, this is the place to find delicious ways to celebrate corn on the cob in its whole form. We've got simple recipes for boiling corn on the cob and delicious upgrades for grilled corn on the cob (think zesty butters and bacon!).
Oven-Roasted Chile Butter Corn
For a seriously delicious side, try this oven-roasted corn on the cob. Keep the corn in the husks while roasting, then slather with homemade chile-lime butter. Crushed cornflakes make a surprising, yet delicious crunchy topper.
Butter-Braised Corn on the Cob
One of the best ways to boil corn on the cob is by adding a generous amount of dairy to the pot. Also known as milk-boiled corn, this Midwestern cooking method braises the corn in butter and milk. Here we've upped the flavor factor by adding aromatic garlic, cumin, and chili powder to the mix.
Maple-Bacon Corn on the Cob
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Cooking corn on the cob on the grill is the perfect addition to any summer barbecue. Make sure to allow the corn to soak at least an hour before grilling. This prevents the husks from burning and helps those sweet kernels retain moisture. Finish your grilled corn on the cob with a brush of melted butter.
Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob
This slow cooker side is an easy way to let everyone get creative with flavors and seasonings. Once the corn on the cob is seasoned and ready to cook, wrap in foil and label them so everyone knows which is theirs.
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Grilled Corn with Smoky Lime Butter
This corn on the cob recipe is one of our (and our readers') favorties. The zesty lime-infused butter with cilantro and paprika is what sets this grilled corn apart from any other. Add some extra char on the corn by peeling back the husks and placing directly on the grill for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Boiled-in-the-Husk Corn on the Cob
For an easy side dish to complete any meal, look no further than boiled corn on the cob. To elevate your seasoning options, opt for flavoring the butter with aleppo pepper or cayenne.
Test Kitchen Tip: When shopping for corn look for corn with golden to brown silks and healthy green husks. Once you've got the kernels off, keep the cobs to add to soups and sauces for a bit of sweetness.
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs
Elote Asado (Grilled Corn Cob Bites with Chile and Lime)
This Mexican-inspired corn on the cob recipe will be your new favorite side for taco nights. The bite-size cuts of corn are great for the kiddos and also leaves room for all the other food on the dinner plate.
Margarita Grilled Corn
The salty-lime combo enjoyed in your favorite summer cocktail infuses amazing flavor into this corn on the cob recipe. After adding the lime butter to the corn, tie the husk tops with strips of corn husk or 100% cotton kitchen string to lock the flavor inside (instead of spilling onto the grill).
Marinated Grilled Corn with Chili-Avocado Butter
Mexican-Style Air-Fryer Corn on the Cob
Air-fryer corn on the cob is here to make delicious use of your favorite countertop appliance. In just 14 minutes, the corn is perfectly crisp on the outside while still juicy on the inside. You might have to trim the cobs to fit your air fryer basket. Just save those kernels for another fresh corn recipe.
Coconut Milk-Basted Corn on the Cob
Mexican-Style Street Corn
This Mexican-style corn on the cob recipe tastes just like the ones you've ordered from a street cart. Mayo, garlic, and paprika are slathered onto grilled ears of corn before a generous sprinkle of cheese. Keep the authentic taste by using cotija cheese, an aged Mexican cheese with a distinct tangy-salty flavor.