Fresh Corn Recipes that Taste Like Summer on a Plate

Zucchini-Chorizo Sweet Corn Bake
Photo: Carson Downing

These fresh corn recipes will convince anyone that vegetables are delicious! If you're searching for a dish that can act as the emblem of summer, we'd like to nominate these corn salad recipes, corn on the cob toppings, street corn recipes, and more for consideration. Come winter and spring, you can make nearly all of these fresh corn recipes with frozen corn too.

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Mexican-Style Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Mexican-Style Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Antonis Achilleos

Mexican corn recipes don't come much easier or tastier than this. The secret? Convection cooking in an air fryer! After just 14 minutes of cook time, take one minute more and coat in tasty south-of-the-border corn on the cob toppings: butter, garlic, lime, and cilantro.

Test Kitchen Tip: No air fryer? No problem. Feel free to grill or even slow-cook the corn instead.

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Fresh Corn Salad with Stone Fruit and Herbs

Fresh Corn Salad with Stone Fruit and Herbs
Carson Downing

If you enjoy falafel fattoush, wait until you try this inspired take. The fresh corn salad includes stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, or plums would be fabulous!), herbs, and pita. It'll pair beautifully with kabobs and other grilled meats at your next cookout.

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Oven-Roasted Chile Butter Corn

Oven-Roasted Chile Butter Corn
Andy Lyons

Spray butter? You deserve better as an option to adhere your sweet corn seasonings. One-up the bottled stuff with the corn on the cob topping of homemade chile butter with garlic, lime, and ground peppers.

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Zucchini-Chorizo Sweet Corn Bake

Zucchini-Chorizo Sweet Corn Bake
Carson Downing

No need to decide between squash and corn as the centerpiece of your summer table. This corn casserole recipe highlights both, plus spicy chorizo, a few eggs, and plenty of cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it a meal. We're wild about this creative corn recipe as a weekend brunch or a dinner side.

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Fresh Corn Salad

Fresh Corn Salad
Andy Lyons

Fruit salads shouldn't be the only produce beauties on your summer table. This fresh corn recipe is as colorful as they come, thanks to a quick blanch and some vibrant sidekicks: cucumber, sweet peppers, jalapeños, and cherry tomatoes. Make this grilled corn recipe a meal by topping it with grilled steak, shrimp, or chicken.

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Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder

Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder
Andy Lyons

Clam chowder has had its day. Ditch the East Coast fave for a good old Midwestern staple: corn. Instant potato flakes keep this chicken and corn chowder recipe thick and creamy, not to mention super speedy.

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Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Cherry-Vanilla Compote

Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Cherry-Vanilla Compote
Carson Downing

Fresh corn recipes can be for dessert, too! The natural sweetness of those golden kernels are blended into a puree to create a silky-smooth cooling treat. A drizzle of cherry compote and a sprinkling of caramel corn lend tartness and crunch to the finished result.

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Sweet Corn Soup with Toasted Corn Guacamole

Sweet Corn Soup with Toasted Corn Guacamole
Jason Donnelly

A creamed corn recipe minus the cream? Sold. Especially when avocado joins the flavor fiesta. This silky corn soup is both sweet and sassy, thanks to sweet corn and poblano peppers.

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Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Biscuit

Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Biscuit
Andy Lyons

This comforting veggie soup allows corn, normally reserved for side dishes, to enjoy a moment in the spotlight. It calls for both the kernels and cobs to be bubbled in the broth, giving it even more sweet corn goodness. For a super-simple "dumpling" to enjoy alongside this creative corn recipe, bake up semi-homemade biscuits using boxed mix, cheddar cheese, green onions, and chicken broth.

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Gnocchi, Sweet Corn, and Arugula in Cream Sauce

Gnocchi, Sweet Corn, and Arugula in Cream Sauce
Andy Lyons

This delicious fresh corn recipe comes together in 20 minutes flat thanks to shelf-stable gnocchi. The corn and arugula give add freshness to the rich cream sauce. Add cooked shrimp to the dish to make it a more protein-rich dinner.

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Charred Corn with Poblanos and Feta

Charred Corn with Poblanos and Feta
Matt Armendariz

Fresh herbs, fresh tomatoes, and fresh kernels make this corn salad recipe one of our top fast and fresh side dishes after a big farmers market run. Start by grilling the corn to add a pleasant smoky quality to the recipe. After adding the garden goodies to the party, salty feta and a so-simple blender vinaigrette are the only corn toppings you need to finish the summer salad.

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Confetti Corn Salad

Confetti Corn Salad
Andy Lyons

This confetti corn salad recipe is a little nutty, and we mean that literally. It has three nutty hits: sweet coconut, salty cashews, and corn nuts. Enjoy alongside burgers or hot dogs for the ultimate cookout spread.

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Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sausage and Corn

Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sausage and Corn
Andy Lyons

Spice up a classic stuffed pepper recipe by filling poblano chiles instead. Here we make a combo of fresh corn, bell pepper, farro, sausage, and spices for the irresistible filling. Enjoy with your favorite salsa.

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Adam Albright

Corn tortilla chips with a sunny corn salsa recipe … we like things corny. This black bean and corn recipe will have you forgetting all about standard bottled salsas. Toss in chopped avocado, red onions, and a splash of lime juice to infuse this condiment with color and zip.

Test Kitchen Tip: This recipe calls for thawed frozen corn, but in-season sliced-off-the-cob kernels make it even better.

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Blue Ribbon Corn Relish

Blue Ribbon Corn Relish
Andy Lyons

Have a ton of ears of corn to use? Enjoy summer-fresh flavor all year round with this fresh corn relish that requires 16 to 20 ears. Combined with fresh veggies and a sweet-tart pickling liquid, you'll be using it to scoop onto chips, burgers, and more.

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