20 Recipes That Make Fresh Corn the Star of the Show
There are a few things that always remind us of summer: sitting on the beach, enjoying a picnic at the park, and seeing lush corn fields on the side of the road. Fresh corn hits its peak in the late summer, though you can find it May through September, and when it's readily available, we love cooking with it in salads, soups, and so many other dishes.
The most commonly found varieties of sweet corn are yellow, white, and bicolor. When choosing corn, look for ears that are fully encased in bright-green husks and topped with golden-brown tassels. Pull back just enough of the husks to make sure the kernels are in tight rows. Since corn begins to lose its natural sweetness as soon as it is picked, fresh corn is best eaten the day it is purchased; if not, you can refrigerate ears in their husks for up to two days.
Use fresh corn in a summery fish soup like Corn and Shrimp Chowder with Bacon and Salmon-and-Corn Chowder. While we love buttered corn on the cob, we also like to take it up a notch, grilling whole ears and slathering them with chile-lime salt and Parmesan or anointing them with chile sauce, lime juice, and fish sauce. You can also make corn the key element in your main course, whipping up Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto or Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata. Whatever you do, be sure to use corn in a few glorious summer salads. We especially like our Corn and Avocado Salad with Green Goddess Dressing.
Whether you grill it, purée it, sauté it, or enjoy it raw, now is the time to savor fresh corn.
Grilled Corn with Fish Sauce and Scallions
Deeply flavorful, slightly spicy, and wholly delicious, these ears of corn are perfect for a lively summer cookout. In this riff on a Vietnamese-inspired dish, fresh corn is grilled then topped with a mixture of melted butter, sambal oelek, lime juice, and fish sauce—which adds umami but doesn't overpower.
Sweet Corn-Brown Rice Risotto
Corn and Shrimp Chowder with Bacon
Grilled Pizza with Cheesy Corn, Fresh Tomatoes, and Basil
Creamy Corn-and-Onion Dip
In this light, summery twist on that favorite that is French onion dip, sweet corn is sautéed until tender and mixed with tangy Greek yogurt, which brings the richness of a creamy dip without all the fat.
Steamed Clams and Corn
Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata
Mushroom Tacos with Charred-Corn Salsa
Corn-and-Avocado Salad with Goddess Dressing
Creamless Creamy Corn Soup
Don't let the name fool you: There's no cream here! This soup gets its comforting consistency from corn that's been puréed after sautéing and chicken (or vegetable) broth. For a hint of spice and contrasting color, sprinkle a dash of turmeric and cayenne pepper on top.