Corn is a bright and delicious addition to any meal. Healthy too, as recipes with corn are rich in vitamins. However, sometimes it is hard to think how to use it and you are left wondering, what to make with corn?
Wonder no longer! Whether you like sweet or savory dishes, you’re certain to find corn dinner recipes on this list to suit your preferences.
Now you will be able to incorporate corn into your meals in more inventive and appetizing ways.
So, prepare that fresh, canned, or frozen corn as these corn recipes are just waiting to turn this simple ingredient into a scrummy star.
1- Southwestern Sauteed Corn
Do you like simple corn recipes? If so, you’re going to love this southwestern sauteed corn dish. All you need to do is heat all the ingredients up in a skillet.
It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.
You can use fresh or frozen corn for this recipe. Just sautee the corn in butter and then stir in chopped tomato, lime juice, salt, cumin, and cilantro.
This dish has wonderful flavors with spices and lime blending to create a beautifully tasty balance.
You can enjoy a bowl of this corn on its own or use it as a scrummy side dish. You’ll find yourself coming back to this recipe again and again!
2- Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon
If you like your corn dishes creamy, then you can’t go wrong with this delicious creamy confetti corn with bacon. Confetti? Don’t worry, that’s a reference to the colorful collection of ingredients, not an ingredient itself.
The bacon in this recipe adds a delicious, smoky depth to the fresh flavors of corn, onion, and bell peppers.
Cream cheese and milk are then added to the pan to get that creamy consistency.
Everything just needs to be cooked and combined in a pan! This hearty and hassle-free recipe will be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Although it’s so tasty you may find yourself throwing it together for a yummy lunch, too.
3- Corn Salad Recipe
Are you a fan of a good salad? Healthy corn recipes like this corn salad will certainly satisfy your salad cravings!
This summery salad is fresh, flavorful, and easy to make.
The corn is boiled and then combined with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and herbs. A flavorsome dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and garlic is then poured over the top.
This nutritious and delicious salad can be cleverly customized too. Add mayonnaise to make it creamier, kidney beans to make it heartier, or grill the corn instead of boiling it.
All adjustments will be equally appetizing.
4- Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Grilling is one of the most satisfying ways to prepare corn. Grilled Mexican corn, or elotes as they are known, is my favorite street food.
This recipe will give you a scrumptious homemade version featuring a tastily tangy sauce. Yum!
A traditional Mexican crema will make the sauce extra special but regular sour cream can be substituted instead.
This is mixed with mayonnaise, garlic, chipotle pepper, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice for a sauce full of zest and zing. Slather it over the charred ears of corn and finish it with a sprinkle of cheese.
Corn has never been so irresistible.
Serve these cobs to friends and family and create more elotes addicts!
5- Sweet and Easy Corn on the Cob
Sometimes, corn is just better when it’s been cooked on the cob. How about sweet and easy corn on the cob? Boiled corn recipes don’t come much simpler than this.
You just need 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and stir in sugar and lemon juice.
Then add your ears of corn, turn off the heat, cover the pot, and leave it to cook until tender. Job done!
Adding these simple ingredients to the water really brings out the subtle and scrumptious flavors of the corn while adding just a little extra sweetness. Simply perfect.
6- Mexican Corn Dip
This Mexican corn dip is the kind that’s so good it doesn’t require any dippers. You’ll just be helping yourself to it by the spoonful. This recipe is quick and simple to put together.
For a tasty dip with just the right balance of tang, spicy and creamy corn you just need a few ingredients.
Frozen corn can be used, cooked in butter along with jalapenos then mixed with cotija, mayonnaise, chilli powder, garlic, and lime juice.
Feta can be substituted in place of the cotija too.
It’s a fabulous combination of flavor and texture that everyone will love. Be sure to make enough, people will keep coming back for more.
7- Avocado Corn Salad
Can you guess which ingredient adds a little something extra to this corn salad? You guessed it!
The smooth and creamy avocado is joined with other fabulous ingredients to make a salad bowl bursting with color and freshness.
Grilling the corn is recommended for this recipe. Along with the avocado, it is combined with tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and garlic cloves.
This flavorful mix is then finished with a drizzle of olive oil and a few drops of lime juice. Perfection!
You can also try this recipe with baked or boiled corn too. Whichever way the corn is prepared, this crisp and creamy avocado salad will be sure to brighten up your day.
8- Fresh Corn Salsa
In the mood for some sweet corn recipes? It’s time for some corn salsa! This is an ideal recipe to freshen up a hot summer’s day or a boring main dish.
Fresh corn makes the sweetest salsa, so put it on your shopping list. You won’t regret it.
The fresh corn is mixed with a variety of ingredients whose measurements you can adjust to cater to your tastes. Add more jalapenos for more spice, or include avocado for a silky consistency.
Onion, cilantro, lime juice, white wine vinegar, and chilli powder also make an appearance.
Leave the salsa to marinate and then it’s ready. You can use it in tacos and burritos, or as sides for burgers or grilled meat. The appetizing applications are endless!
9- Peas and Corn with Thyme Butter
For this recipe, most of its ingredients are featured in its name. This is one of those frozen corn recipes that can also liven up other frozen veggies too. How is this done? With a little bit of thyme.
You’ll also need bacon, frozen sweet peas, frozen corn, dried thyme leaves, and some butter.
Cook and stir these ingredients together in a pan and you have yourself a sweet and simple side dish.
No muss and no fuss. Just simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of cooking time. Or cooking thyme? Anyway, give this quick and tasty dish a try.
10- Skillet Fried Corn
Grab a skillet and some butter, it’s time to fry some corn.
This recipe aims to perk up a potentially boring side dish by adding some buttery, seasoned scrumptiousness. With only 5 extra ingredients!
The ingredients in question are corn (any kind but canned), bacon grease, butter, onion, cajun seasoning, and garlic. The bacon grease is used as the frying oil, although olive oil can also be used.
You can also add more flavor by adding extras like jalapeno or bacon to the mix.
In just 20 minutes you can have a yummy side dish to give your dinner a delicious upgrade. Fried and fabulous corn!
11- Smoky Parmesan Corn on the Cob
What’s a great way to make corn on the cob even tastier? Cover it in a delicious coating of perfectly seasoned parmesan butter of course!
This is definitely a corn recipe that will get your mouth watering.
The smoky, cheesy flavors are achieved by mixing paprika, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder into butter. This seasoned butter is then used to coat the corn.
The corn itself can be baked or grilled until the cheese melts and the garlicky, buttery tastes and textures are soaked up.
This recipe has few ingredients, easy-to-follow steps, and intense flavors. What’s not to love?
12- Mexican Street Corn Salad
This recipe is for a Mexican street corn salad that is also known as Esquites. This salad is a riot of different textures and frisky flavors. Smooth, spicy, tangy, and totally yummy!
The corn itself just needs to be cooked in a pan.
Then it can be combined with a variety of spices like cumin and smoked paprika. Nutritious additions of onion, bell pepper, and spicy jalapeno add flavor too. For a creamy consistency, you’ll also need to stir in a bit of mayonnaise and sour cream.
Topped with a bit of feta cheese, this recipe really is an ideal choice if you want to serve up a salad as a meal and not just a side dish. It has enough fantastic flavors to hold its own.
13- Sweet and Spicy Cornbread
Do you want to try some more creative corn recipes? How about one that uses this star ingredient to create beautiful bread? This cornbread recipe is the one you need.
With the help of some other ingredients, this bread has a bit of sweetness and spice.
You are going to need some fresh jalapenos and sweetened condensed milk. The jalapenos are cooked and combined with corn, flour, cornmeal, and baking soda.
The milk is added along with egg and water to create a batter which is then baked in the oven.
In just 30 minutes you will have your very own homemade delight which has just the right mixture of sweetness and heat. A beautifully balance cornbread!
14- Pan-Roasted Corn Risotto
When thinking of what dishes can be made from corn, the risotto will not be the first thing that comes to mind. It is predominantly a rice dish.
Rice is still an important feature of this recipe, just with some pan-roasted corn to add some sweet and subtle flavors.
Butter is used to pan-roast the corn and some shallots. Rice is added to the pan along with chicken stock and cooked until the rice has soaked up the moisture and created a creamy sauce.
Stir in a bit of cheese to finish it off and you’re left with a filling and delicious dish that won’t fail to impress at dinner times.
15- Black Bean and Corn Salad
Corn is used to great effect in salads. No more so than in this black bean and corn salad.
The back beans add a bit more substance to this light salad full of summer freshness.
In addition to the corn and black beans, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and avocado add extra flavors.
These flavors are deepened further by the use of a dressing made up of olive oil, lime, juice, honey, and chilli powder. Simple but scrumptious.
It’s an easy process for a super salad that will be a hit whether served as a main dish or a snazzy side.
16- Grandma’s Corn Pudding
For this next recipe, we turn to Grandma for a bit of inspiration. Corn as a pudding?
Yes, indeed! With just a handful of simple ingredients, this corn-based comfort food will be yours to enjoy.
You’ll need cans of corn and creamed corn. These will be used to create a pudding batter when mixed with eggs, butter, sugar, and milk. Then just pop the batter in the oven to bake for an hour. That’s it!
This corn pudding is a yummy and simple dish that is well worth a try. You may be surprised at how satisfying it is. Thank you, Grandma!
17- Hearty Homemade Corn Chowder
Do you love good chowder? Chowder is essentially a type of soup and one that traditionally features our star ingredient.
This recipe for corn chowder is a quick and easy way to get a beautiful bowlful of warmth and deliciousness.
Fresh or frozen corn can be used for this. The corn is joined in the soup by potatoes, bacon, onion, garlic, and other seasonings like thyme and paprika.
Ingredients are cooked and blended in water or broth and then the soup is thickened with half-and-half or heavy cream.
While enjoyable enough on its own, you can even add extras like shredded chicken or a sprinkling of cheese for extra taste and texture. Simple soup-based scrumptiousness!
18- Quick and Easy Corn Fritters
This recipe creates fantastic fritters that everyone will love but you’ll want to keep all to yourself. They’re super easy to make too which is always an added bonus.
Make a batter by mixing corn with flour, baking soda, sugar, and seasoning. Stir in some eggs and heavy cream to thicken it up, then it’s time to fry!
Fry the corn batter into flat fritters and prepare for some moreish mouthfuls.
These fritters are ideal when served with a dip like sour cream or aioli.
These fritters make a fantastic snack or even a meal if stacked and complemented by fried or poached eggs. Enjoy!
19- Easy Creamed Corn
Creamed corn is a well-loved and established side dish that is readily available in canned forms at the local supermarkets.
However, after having a bite of this sweet and spicy homemade version, you’ll never go back.
All you need to make this easy creamed corn recipe is butter, heavy cream, flour, milk, and a few seasonings like cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
The corn is heated in butter with the cream and seasonings and then cooked with a flour and milk mixture to give it the perfect texture.
This will become a staple corn recipe and a side dish so good it will be making many appearances at Thanksgiving and other family dinners.
20- Corn Chaat
When considering corn recipes for scrummy snacks, have you ever considered a chaat? What on earth is a chaat?
Chaat is a savory snack originating in India and can feature a variety of different spices and tangy sauces.
This sweet corn chaat just requires a bit of heating and mixing.
The corn is boiled and then simply mixed with finely chopped onion, tomato, green chilli, lemon juice, and seasonings like chilli powder and masala powder.
This light and healthy mixture have the perfect balance of spicy heat and tangy sweetness. Serve it up as a snack or a starter and revel in the fun mix of flavors.
21- 5 Ingredient Corn Casserole
As the name of this dish suggests, just a handful of ingredients are needed to create a fantastic, fluffy, savory side dish. Only 5 to be exact.
Jiffy corn muffin mix is combined with corn kernels, creamed corn, sour cream, and melted butter. This mixture is then baked in a pan to make a casserole.
It really is as simple as that.
The casserole can be adjusted to suit tastes, by adding extras like cheese for flavor or sugar for sweetness.
This casserole makes an ideal addition to a dinner or holiday meal. A truly yummy way to enjoy corn.
22- Homemade Corn Tortillas
Ever wondered if it’s possible to make soft and scrummy tortillas in the comfort of your own home?
Of course! This recipe for homemade corn tortillas will give you tortillas that are indeed soft, scrummy, and even gluten-free.
You only need 3 ingredients. Masa harina or ‘corn flour’ is an essential one. Then all you need is hot water and a bit of sea salt.
These ingredients are combined to make a dough, that is then rested, separated into balls, and heated on a hot skillet. That’s all there is to it!
Once you’ve become a seasoned dough handler you will be cooking up a batch of these tortillas to use for tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, or wraps.
It’s a hassle-free and handy recipe to have in your repertoire.
23- Old-Fashioned Scalloped Corn
This next recipe may be based on an old-fashioned dish but it has lost none of its tasty, creamy, loveliness over the years.
This scalloped corn makes a casserole side dish, ideal for weeknight dinners or holiday meals.
Saltine crackers may seem like an unlikely ingredient but make a wonderful crumb topping when combined with melted butter and paprika seasoning.
This is sprinkled atop a casserole filling of melted butter, eggs, and canned creamed corn and baked in the oven. Easy enough right?
When looking for a deliciously different way to incorporate corn into your meal, you can’t go wrong with this scrummy scalloped corn casserole.
24- 30 Minute Black Bean Corn and Rice Skillet
Do you need an answer to the question- what can I do with lots of corn? This rice skillet recipe may have the answers you need.
It uses corn and a number of other filling ingredients to create a substantial and satisfying dinner.
Corn is combined with black beans, onions, peppers, garlic, and tasty seasonings like chilli powder, paprika, and cumin.
Once cooked together with rice, and spritzed with a few drops of lime juice, your dish is ready.
You can have fun choosing toppings for this yummy dish too. Maybe sour cream, avocado, or cheddar cheese sound good?
Whether enjoyed in a bowl or wrapped in a burrito, this delicious recipe is destined to be a new favorite.
25- Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken
Dinner recipes with corn don’t come much more wholesome or satisfying than this garlic butter creamed corn chicken recipe.
You only need one pan, a handful of simple ingredients, and about an hour. Sound good?
You can use chicken breasts or thighs in this recipe. They are seasoned, coated in flour, and seared. The creamy, flavorful creamed corn is made by cooking corn, garlic butter, and red pepper flakes.
Once the chicken is combined with this, heavy cream and parmesan cheese are added to create extra taste and texture. Finish it off with a topping of bacon and your mouthwatering meal is ready!
This is an amazingly flavorful dish that is straightforward to make and so yummy you won’t have to worry about what to do with any leftovers!
26- Corn and Chicken Dinner
When trying to decide on corn recipes for dinner, this nutritious and delicious recipe combination is a must-have. Corn and chicken make a perfect pair.
You’ll need either chicken legs or thighs and some butter and garlic to cook them with. Ears of corn are cut up and heated in water with the chicken and some scrummy seasonings.
Sliced zucchini and tomatoes are also added and layered into the dish for some more filling flavors.
It’s a very straightforward process but yields a healthy and hearty meal the whole family can enjoy. It’s well worth a try.
27- Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
Want a quick and easy side dish to help add that little something extra to your meal?
This healthy parmesan zucchini and corn recipe is just what you’ve been looking for.
Unsurprisingly parmesan, zucchini, and corn feature on the ingredients list. These are cooked in a skillet with seasonings like garlic, thyme, and basil to add extra flavor.
Then simply sprinkle on some extra parmesan. Easy, right?
In just 10 minutes you can be enjoying a scrummy side dish that is free of guilt but full of flavor!
28- Grilled Corn Salad
Sometimes on a hot summer’s day, all you want to do is enjoy a fresh and filling salad full of sweet and subtle flavors.
Luckily, this grilled corn salad recipe is here to help you do just that.
All you need to do is grill corn until it is tender and mix it with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Simple!
Be sure to set it aside for a while to allow the flavors to blend and then you are ready to serve it up.
Whether enjoying it as a side in a meal or as a healthy snack, this easy and enticing salad won’t disappoint!
29– Grilled Corn Tacos
If you need a fabulous filling for your tacos (maybe even of the homemade corn variety), this fresh and simple recipe is ideal. So fire up the frill and grab some fresh corn!
In addition to corn, you need to prep some green beans and salsa, and blanch them on a grill.
Then mix them with some chopped onion and tomato before dressing everything with olive oil, lime juice, and cilantro.
With your filling ready to go, just warm your tortillas and assemble your meal.
You can even add extras like feta cheese or serrano slices too if it suits your tastes. It makes a scrumptiously satisfying handful.
30- Trinidad Corn Pie
This next casserole-style dish takes its inspiration from a Trinidad recipe. It has plenty of taste and texture and a spicy kick. Sound good? Pre-heat the oven and find a baking dish!
Canned corn can be used for this dish along with egg, cornmeal, butter, cheese, and bell pepper. You’ll also need some cayenne or scotch bonnet pepper to bring the heat.
A corn mixture is created by cooking and combining the ingredients and a topping of extra cheese will make the corn pie all the yummier when added before baking.
This recipe makes a wonderful side dish, or if you want to add a topping of sausage or bacon, can make a fabulous solo snack. Dig in!
31- Mexican Street Corn
Mexican-inspired recipes are always irresistible and full of flavor. This Mexican street corn recipe is no different. It’s creamy, tangy, fresh, and easy to make.
Just grill some corn and mix with mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, cayenne, and chilli powder.
This spicy seasoning is also complemented by a garnish of queso fresco and chopped cilantro.
This wonderful combination of tastes and textures is addictively appetizing and will become a staple side dish and snack during summer. Delicious!
31 Best Corn Recipes
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3-1/3 c fresh corn or 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn
- 1 plum tomato, chopped
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/3 c minced fresh cilantro
- Take a tablespoon of butter, place it in a heavy skillet, and soften it over medium-high heat.
- Once the butter is heated, add the corn to the skillet and stir until tender. This should take 3-5 minutes of cooking time.
- After the corn is tender, reduce the heat to medium-low before adding the tomato, cumin, salt, and lime juice.
- Cook the ingredients for about 3-4 minutes or until they are heated through. Then remove them from the heat.
- Take some fresh cilantro that has been minced, and stir it into the corn mix before serving.