12 Fresh & Easy Corn Recipes

Here are all the best easy corn recipes for making this seasonal vegetable taste incredible! Includes options for both frozen and fresh sweet corn!

Corn recipes

Bright yellow corn kernels add an irresistible sweet pop to recipes! Sweet corn on the cob is best summer treat, and frozen corn ensures you can eat this veggie year round. Corn is also part of a healthy diet: it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, fiber, and may promote eye health (source). Move over carrots!

Here’s a list of our favorite fresh and easy corn recipes! There’s our number one favorite, Mexican grilled corn (elote). Grilled corn is tender and charred, then topped with a creamy, spiced sauce, cheese crumbles, lime and cilantro. Then we’ve got lots more ways to make it taste incredible: how to cook corn the easiest way (in the oven!), salad, soup, and more. Ready to get cooking?

And now: our top easy corn recipes!

More corn recipes

This isn’t enough? Here are a few more recipes where this veggie makes an appearance:

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Elote recipe (Mexican Street Corn)

Mexican Grilled Corn Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This classic Mexican grilled corn recipe features sweet corn that’s grilled and slathered in a irresistible creamy sauce. This recipe has an added bonus: built-in handles for easy eating!


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Ingredients

  • 8 ears corn
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (grapeseed, vegetable, sunflower — or substitute olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese or queso fresco
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill to medium high.
  2. Shuck the corn by peeling down the outside layers one at a time and keeping them attached, facing downwards away from the cob. When you’ve finished, use kitchen twine or string to tie the leaves together (see the photos).
  3. Use your hands to rub oil on each corn cob evenly, then place them on a baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, feta or queso fresco (crumbling any large chunks into smaller chunks with your fingers), chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt in small bowl.
  5. Place the corn on the grill and cook until it begins to blacken, then turn. Cook about 12 to 15 minutes total, until blackened on all sides.
  6. Place the corn back on the baking sheet and use a spoon to coat it with cheese mixture. Garnish with a squeeze of lime and torn cilantro leaves. Serve immediately, using the tied husks as a handle for easy eating.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Corn Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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