Sweet corn is one of the highlights of summer, and these fresh corn recipes show it off at its best. Find salads, sides, and more to enjoy all season long.
If you’re looking for corn recipes to make this summer, you’re in the right place!
There are few, if any, foods I love more than fresh sweet corn, and as a result, I’ve developed tons of corn recipes over the years. I’ve rounded up my 25 best below. They range from simple preparations of corn on the cob to spicy dips, zesty salads, comforting soups, and more. No matter what kind of corn recipes you’re craving, I’m sure you’ll find something you love.
My Top 5 Corn Recipes
If you only make one of the fresh corn recipes in this post, choose one of these. They’re some of the simplest, most delicious ways to enjoy summer sweet corn.
It’s one of the easiest corn recipes…but it’s also one of the best! Serve it with salt and lots of butter, or slather on garlic butter for an extra layer of flavor.
This recipe is perfect for the end of corn season, when summer is fading into fall. Packed with potatoes, corn, and other hearty veggies, it’s so comforting on a chilly night.
The ultimate cookout side dish! Grilling fresh corn infuses it with a mouthwatering smoky taste, balancing the corn’s natural sweetness.
If you’ve never tried corn on pizza, you HAVE to make this recipe! The crisp, juicy kernels offer an amazing contrast to the creamy cheeses and starchy crust. Dollops of basil pesto take it over the top.
Dip and Salsa Corn Recipes
Need an appetizer for a backyard BBQ or other summer party? Make one of these tasty corn recipes!
This easy dip is creamy, spicy, zesty, and fresh. Bring it to one gathering, and you’ll have to bring it to the next. Everyone will request it—it’s that good!
Fresh Corn Salad Recipes
Salads are the summer corn recipes I make most often. They’re an easy way to turn a market haul of sweet corn into a side dish or healthy lunch, and they let you take advantage of other peak-season ingredients, too. You’ll find tomatoes, green beans, fresh herbs, peaches, and more in these salad recipes.
Inspired by Mexican esquites, this salad features grilled corn, Cotija cheese, and a touch of mayo. Lightly creamy, spicy, and bright, it’s a crowd-pleasing summer side dish.
This salad combines all my summer favorites: fresh corn, tomatoes, peaches, and basil. Serve it for a light, late-summer dinner with a glass of white wine.
I love how the crisp corn kernels play off the tender potatoes in this brighter, fresher version of potato salad.
Make this recipe on a Sunday, and you’ll be set for lunches all week! It keeps perfectly in the fridge, and the hearty mix of beans, corn, and red bell pepper makes it a satisfying meal on its own.
A creamy chile lime dressing adds spicy, tangy flavor to this refreshing mix of summer produce.
Corn Recipes for Dinner
When corn is at its best, you might as well make it the main event! In these recipes, you’ll find fresh corn in everything from stuffed peppers to pasta to tacos.
This summery pasta is a true sweet corn celebration! I puree some corn kernels to create the lightly creamy sauce, leaving others whole for crunch.
This plant-based pie is loaded up with crisp corn, savory sun-dried tomatoes, spicy jalapeños, and more. A cashew cream sauce adds richness and tangy flavor—you won’t miss the cheese one bit.
Corn Recipes on the Side
These fresh corn recipes are the perfect way to round out a summer menu.
Great alongside a black bean burger or a simple grilled protein, this bold summer side dish will add a TON of flavor to your meal. It has a base of smoky grilled sweet potatoes with a zesty topping of corn, black beans, pickled onions, and mango salsa.
Corn and watermelon might be an unexpected combination, but trust me—it totally works. Sweet, savory, and smoky all at once, this recipe is insanely flavorful and super-summery.
Soups and Stews
Here, you’ll find a mix of cozy stews that are great for early fall and lighter, fresher soups that are perfect for the summer months.
With its rich, fragrant broth, this tortilla soup will have you coming back for a second bowl…and maybe even a third. Enjoy it year round by swapping in frozen corn for fresh.
Just like a classic corn chowder, this stew is rich and creamy, but it’s totally dairy-free! Blended corn kernels, potatoes, and coconut milk create its luscious texture.
Yellow split peas add plant-based protein to this creamy, smoky vegan soup. Sprinkle your bowl with crisp coconut bacon to kick it up a notch.
More Favorite Summer Recipes
Try cooking with another summer veggie next:
25 Fresh Corn Recipes
- Grill the corn according to this recipe.
- In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and lime juice and zest.
- Spread the mayo mixture over the corn and sprinkle with the chili powder, Cotija, and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and serve with lime wedges for squeezing.