Summer is finally here and you know what that means – it’s time to chow down on some sweet and juicy corn on the cob.
I always get a kick out of going to the grocery store and seeing a bunch of people crowded around the corn on the cob table, eagerly pulling the husks off like it’s finally Christmas or something.
And then of course I always join them and start tearing open some corn for myself!
But of course I can’t go home and just serve corn for dinner. (Well, I guess I could … but I think I could only get away with that once.)
So what else should I make to go with all this yummy corn?
In this post you’ll discover 53 delicious recipes that perfectly complement the flavors of corn on the cob.
From Cajun honey butter salmon to watermelon basil salad … from sriracha mayo burgers to orzo pesto salad … from macaroni and cheese to homemade cornbread, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So, whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or simply looking for some new meal ideas, you’ll find plenty of tasty options for what to serve with corn on the cob.
But first let’s talk about the corn itself: how to cook it and how to serve it.
How do you choose the best corn on the cob at the grocery store?
When choosing the best corn on the cob at the grocery store, there are a few things to look out for.
Husk: You want the husk to be bright green, wrapped tightly against the corn, and slightly damp. Avoid any husks that are starting to yellow or feel dry.
Silk: Look for silk that is pale in color, moist, and even slightly sticky. If the silk is brown or black, dried out, or matted, the corn is likely older and not as fresh.
Touch: You can also give the corn a gentle squeeze to see if it feels firm and plump. The kernels should be tightly packed together and feel full, not empty or mushy.
Should you remove corn husks ahead of time?
Hopefully all those people at the grocery store tearing off the husks are going to go home and eat their corn right away, because it’s a bad idea to remove the husks ahead of time.
The husks help to protect the corn and keep it fresh. Once the husks are removed, the corn begins to dry out and lose its sweetness.
If you’re going to remove the husks beforehand for some reason, store the corn in an airtight container in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook it.
Video — How to Husk Corn on the Cob
What are some different ways to season corn on the cob?
The classic way to season corn is with plenty of butter and salt (and maybe pepper). Here are other creative and tasty options:
Garlic butter: Mix softened butter with minced garlic and spread it on the corn.
Parmesan cheese: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on the corn for a savory and cheesy flavor.
Chili powder and lime: Combine chili powder, lime juice, and melted butter, then brush it on the corn for a spicy and tangy kick.
Cajun seasoning: Rub Cajun seasoning on the corn for a bold and flavorful taste.
Herb butter: Mix softened butter with chopped fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, and rosemary, then spread it on the corn for a fresh and fragrant flavor.
Bacon and cheddar: Sprinkle crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese on the corn for a rich and indulgent taste.
Sriracha and honey: Mix Sriracha sauce and honey and brush it on the corn for a sweet and spicy flavor.
Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to spread butter with a knife and the butter keeps sliding off your corn? This item making buttering your corn on the cob much easier!
Can you grill corn on the cob?
Yes, you can definitely can, and you should.
Start by soaking the ears of corn in cold water for about 15-20 minutes. This helps prevent the husks from burning and make the corn steam as it cooks.
Next, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the corn from the water and shake off any excess water. Place the corn on the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and slightly charred.
You can also grill corn on the cob with the husks removed. Just remove the husks and silk from the corn and brush the ears with olive oil or melted butter. Place the corn directly on the grill and cook for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and slightly charred.
What are some different methods for cooking corn on the cob?
There are lots of different ways to cook corn on the cob, depending on your personal taste preferences and the equipment you have available.
Here are some popular options:
Boiling: Simply add the corn to a pot of boiling water (tip: add some salt and/or sugar to the water) and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until tender.
Grilling: Soak the corn in cold water for about 15-20 minutes, then grill for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and slightly charred. (See above for more details.)
Oven-roasting: Wrap the ears in foil and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for about 30-35 minutes, or until tender.
Microwaving: Place the corn in a microwave-safe dish with a little water and microwave on high for about 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
Steaming: Steaming is a gentle method for cooking corn on the cob that helps to retain its natural sweetness. Simply place the corn in a steamer basket over boiling water and steam for about 10-15 minutes, or until tender.
How do you serve corn on the cob to guests?
I was just going to say, “Set out some corn holders and a toppings bar,” but this guy shows you how to do something more interesting:
If you're in search of a simple yet flavorful way to jazz up your chicken breast, look no further! This easy Blackened Chicken is not only quick and easy to make, but it delivers a burst of delicious spices and tender goodness that will leave you with a smile on your face.
This zesty Nashville Chicken dish starts with marinating the chicken, then battering and frying it until it's crispy and golden brown. But the real magic happens when we smother it in a spicy sauce made with cayenne pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, and chili powder.
We recommend serving it with lots of pickles on slices of white bread to soak up all that extra sauce.
This Grilled Peach Salad has the brilliant combination of sweet, savory, crisp and creamy.
Resting on a bed of crisp arugula, sweet grilled peaches, partner with summer fresh blueberries, crisp toasted pecans, creamy avocado and buttery burrata and topped with balsamic honey mustard dressing to create an epic summer salad.
This Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast with Garlic Herb Butter is incredibly easy to make, delivering perfectly seasoned, golden brown chicken that is tender, juicy, and pairs flawlessly with any side dish you desire.
The best part? This easy weeknight dinner will be on your table in under 30 minutes, making it ideal for those busy evenings when you need a quick yet satisfying meal.
Plus the versatility of this chicken is truly remarkable. It complements salads by adding a protein punch, works wonderfully for meal prep purposes, and can even be shredded and added to stews or soups for a comforting twist.
These easy Cuban Sliders -- also known as mini medianoche sandwiches -- are made with leftover pulled mojo pork (lechon asado), ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles and creamy mustard sauce, served on sweet Hawaiian rolls.
These Sriracha Mayo Burgers are the perfect way to add a little something special to an already delicious burger. With a juicy burger, spicy jalapeños, fresh tomatoes and a mouth watering Sriracha Mayo sauce, you won’t want to eat a burger any other way.
Once you take a bite of this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, it will become your latest obsession.
The crispness of the cucumber, the fruity sweetness of the yellow pepper, and the juiciness of the tomato create a perfect harmony with the hearty chickpeas. The purple onion and capers ... well, they add a touch of character!
But the secret lies in the delightful lime and mint dressing, which adds a burst of fresh and irresistible flavor to the salad.
This Tuscan-inspired Panzanella Toscana with Fresh Mozzarella is a bread and vegetable salad with a strong nod to the southern Italian island of Capri–with fresh mozzarella, extra tomatoes and extra basil. It’s extra-delicious and screams “summer."
The creamy mozzarella is utterly harmonious paired with the oil-kissed, toasted bread and macerated tomatoes.
These Grilled Baby Back Pork Ribs are simply irresistible. They're basted with your favorite BBQ sauce and a touch of liquid smoke, giving them that perfect combination of smoky, sweet, and sticky goodness.
As they cook on the grill, they transform into beautifully caramelized and mouthwateringly delicious masterpieces.
Carne Asada is an incredible recipe that pairs exceptionally well with corn on the cob, offering a remarkable mix of succulent, smoky grilled flavors.
The juicy, savory notes of the marinated, grilled meat are beautifully complemented by the natural sweetness and satisfying crunch of the corn, creating a delightful and well-rounded culinary experience.
These Beef Kabobs are not only incredibly delicious but also come together in no time. They're perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or for serving at your next BBQ or party. They're versatile and sure to be a crowd-pleaser
This epic Portobello Mushroom Burger is balsamic marinated and stacked high with arugula, sliced tomato and slices of red onion and pickle, then placed in a toasted brioche bun and smothered in Smoky Homemade Chipotle Sauce.
Tomahawk Steak is basically a ribeye, but with the long bone still attached (similar to how lamb chops are "Frenched").
The bone adds an extra touch of flavor and presentation that makes it a showstopper at any meal.
The taste is everything you'd expect from a ribeye. The meat is rich, beefy and has plenty of fat marbled through it, giving it an amazing, juicy texture. Trust us, your taste buds will be in heaven after trying this delicious cut of meat.
Smothered Chicken Texas Roadhouse recipe features perfectly seared chicken breasts, topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms and smothered in melted jack cheese. Add a side of hearty mashed potatoes and some buttery corn on the cob.
This Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast is not only incredibly easy to make, but it's also packed full of flavor and offers endless possibilities for customizing the stuffing ingredients.
The filling is a cheesy, melty, gooey masterpiece with two types of cheese, spinach for a nutritious green veggie boost, and flavor-enhancing sun-dried tomatoes, all perfectly packed into juicy and crispy chicken breast.
There's something special about the smoky aroma and flavors of these grilled Barbecue Chicken Kabobs. They're the epitome of summer and a true family favorite.
The secret lies in the delectable barbeque sauce that gives the chicken a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. Trust me, it's better than any other sauce out there!
Now, here's the best part: these Barbecue Chicken Kabobs are not only incredibly tasty, but they're also a healthy recipe. We love adding chunks of fresh onions, red and green bell peppers to the skewers. When they're coated in the barbecue sauce and grilled to perfection, they develop a delightful char and smoky flavor that's simply irresistible.
This Oven Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Sauce is about to become your new favorite dinner recipe!
It's the perfect combination of tender chicken and a luscious mushroom sauce that will leave you craving more.
The magic happens in one pan, where the beautiful flavors of shallots, garlic, mushrooms, and tarragon are expertly browned alongside the chicken and cream, creating a rich and decadent sauce. Then, the pan is transferred to the oven to finish off the cooking process, resulting in perfectly roasted chicken and a sauce that will have you swooning.
This Actually Good Quinoa Salad is no ordinary quinoa salad. Featuring toasted quinoa tossed with marinated chickpeas and seasonal vegetables, it’s a textural feat with layers of complex, mouth-watering flavors!
It's quick and easy to make, and a perfect side dish for lunches, weeknight dinners, picnics, and potlucks.
This Honey and Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is baked in a cast iron skillet and served with sweet and salty whipped honey butter. It's perfect for sharing at cookouts, potlucks, holidays and family parties.
This Roasted Broccoli and Potatoes recipe is all about simplicity and flavor, offering an easy and delicious way to elevate your meal.
The star ingredients of this one-pan wonder are the glorious broccoli and potatoes. But the beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility, allowing you to customize it to your liking by adding additional ingredients like onions or even other cheese varieties.
Tender & juicy Grilled Tri-Tip on a gas grill features a perfectly seasoned tri-tip roast, cooked slowly to perfection, resulting in slices of beef that are incredibly tender, bursting with rich, and downright delicious flavors.
This recipe is a delightful combination of convenience and luxury. It's simple enough to whip up for a quick weekday dinner, yet it carries that special touch that makes it perfect for a fancy cookout or gathering.
Baked Beans with Ground Beef is a delightful twist on classic baked beans that will surely satisfy your cravings. Adding savory crumbly ground beef takes baked beans to a whole new level of heartiness.
The best part? This dish is naturally gluten-free and can be prepared in under an hour.