What’s not to love about the displays of dewy and plump, fresh sweet corn on the cob, piled high in crates at stores and farmer’s markets?
Sweet or savory, hot or cold, which entrees are perfect when you are thinking about what to serve with corn on the cob?
Maybe a Southwestern BBQ Bacon Burger or Grilled Sirloin Steak can pair well with your corn on the cob. Or the mouthwatering and flavorful #12!
The new season is so short we better get our ducks and recipes in a row, so we are ready when they arrive!
Sometimes you just want to bake, boil or grill up your ears of corn and enjoy with butter and seasonings while pairing it with another entree.
Other times, you want to use the corn off the cob in fresh corn recipes.
Spoiler! We added fantastic recipes you can make with corn and ways to serve your favorite corn off the corn cobs, like the fresh and creamy taste of #26.
Look at all the fun options we have going on here, from holiday favorite Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe to the layered flavor of Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread In An Iron Skillet—yum!
Explore to your heart’s content!
Here are the main dish ideas to serve with corn on the cob and recipes you can make with your corn:
Here we have a sumptuous recipe that is a twist on the traditional.
This pepper stuffing uses polenta instead of rice!
Talk about a beautiful plate with colorful red bell peppers and fresh ears of corn!
Ready for down-home BBQ?
This side dish recipe is outstanding, and you can cut the corn off the cob and add it directly to the burger or leave it on the cob as a side.
Another excellent meal to serve with corn on the cob would be chili, but not just any chili.
Give this Texas Roadhouse Chili copycat recipe a try, as the aroma alone will win you over.
This shredded pork recipe is phenomenal, thanks to the secret ingredient! (Shhh)
What you do with it is entirely up to you!
Tacos, enchiladas, or sliders are perfect!
Your juicy corn will complement this main dish perfectly!
Pork for dinner with corn on the cob for the side is a perfect way to end a day!
A decidedly different seasoning with mustard will surprise your taste buds in a super great way!
If the smoker is calling your name, then this recipe is most definitely for you!
Serve your corn on the cob right on up next to this delicious pulled pork!
Ham is making an appearance now as a main dish to serve with corn on the cob on the side.
Add a luscious glaze to the top of an already fully cooked ham, and enjoy!
Have you ever brined a chicken?
Me either, until now.
Like a secret code amongst us chefs, brining is what keeps your chicken moist!
Give it a try, as the time invested will be well worth it!
It might be the best chicken you have had next to corn on the cob!
This pork chop recipe is decidedly ranch infused, which is, of course, fantastic news!
This main dish will undoubtedly pair nicely with your corn on the cob.
So you wanted a bit of a treat and picked up some sirloin steaks.
Whip up this sauce to put on top and most definitely take the time to sear each side.
It truly does make all the difference!
Serve that bright yellow corn on the cob proudly next to it!
A quick stovetop meal with a side of corn on the cob is always appealing, and if this prep gives you dejavu, you are in the right place.
It’s got ingredients from a Caprese salad too!
Two in one is always a great deal!
This main dish idea to serve with corn on the cob includes shrimp in all their glory!
These tasty morsels will need three to four hours to marinate before cooking on the grill.
The tex-mex flavors will be decidedly brighter when this salsa is made with fresh corn off the cob!
This is a fantastic way to serve corn on the cob for days to come and on top of many entrees.
Another way to use fresh corn on the cob is in a tasty corn casserole!
This one has the consistency of a thick pudding, adding your fresh corn on the cob into creamed corn.
Lots of variations included.
When the presentation counts, this delicious way to serve corn on the cob will deliver every time!
Black beans, corn off the cob, red onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, avocado, and pepitas make a beautiful looking and amazing tasting salad!
Mexican street corn, Elote, is a must-try recipe with your fresh corn on the cob mixed with spices, sour cream or mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder and cotija cheese. (Or parmesan cheese, in a pinch.)
The flavors of elote pack a flavorful punch!
It is a flexible recipe since you can add the mixture right on top of the corn on the cob or cut off the corn and serve it in a bowl.
When you want something made with your freshest corn, these cheesy corn fritters are quick to make and please everybody!
Personalize it by using your favorite cheese!
So you have those beautiful sweet summer corn all picked out, but you are looking for a new way to grill them.
Grilling corn adds a smoky char that brings out the sweetness, too.
See this recipe for four excellent classic corn options for a new take on an old time picnic tradition!
Put that large pot away and break out the grill and lime butter for a get-together you won’t soon forget!
Cornbread is perhaps the first place you might think to look for whole corn, but it rarely is added in, relying solely on cornmeal as the ingredient.
Fresh corn added into cornbread changes the game. Using an iron skillet does too!
An easy stovetop recipe is what you want when you need a great side as a way to serve corn on the cob.
Fresh corn cut off the cob, and sprinkles of bacon crumbles are sure to please.
Top with crumbled goat cheese and cracked black pepper for extra zing!
What a delicious side dish this comes out to be!
21. Crack Corn Salad
Clearly, corn salads options abound, as here is another fantastic one that’s great for a weeknight dinner, helping you use up your corn on the cob.
Ranch dressing is part of this mix, so you know you are going to love that fresh flavor!
Fresh herbs of any kind level this one up a LOT.
22. Caribbean Corn
This easy side dish is an excellent way to serve corn on the cob recipes at a fun get together or alongside easy dinners!
Mix all the ingredients in order, simmering in between steps, and you will be ever so pleased with the results!
This is every bacon lover’s dream and a very creative way to serve corn on the cob!
Wrap that cob in bacon and bake or grill to perfection!
Cook it up and enjoy every bite!
24. Frito Corn Salad
I am sure most of you have eaten a Frito pie, but that may have been the end of your use for Fritos in recipes.
This one calls for canned corn, but it may as well be fresh to add that extra crunch since this is a great way to serve corn on the cob.
Mix it up and refrigerate! Pair this beauty with hot dogs or a shrimp boil.
This cold pasta salad is fantastic with fresh cut-off-the-corn to add a bit of crunch and sweetness.
If you grill the corn, it will also add a smokey dimension too.
Serving corn in a salad? It’s one of the best corn recipes here.
What makes an outstanding chowder is fresh ingredients, and corn on the cob is at the top of that list for this recipe.
Bacon, corn, squash, onion, potatoes, and several kinds of cheese will have you revisiting this recipe often.
Thirty minutes till done is exactly what I want to hear!
This creative use for corn off the cob is in making zucchini corn fritters.
These could be a side to a meal or a fun appetizer.
The bottom line
Corn is a highly versatile vegetable. Corn on (and freshly off) the cob is best friends with so many meals.
And while corn is a starch more than it is one of the “leafy” fresh vegetables out there, it’s a whole grain that will help you add a hearty side to many mains.
We hope you use this list to create easy corn recipes to make all year round!
Fresh corn kernels can stand alone with just a pat of butter and a bit of kosher salt or be added into many recipes beautifully like what we did above.
I wonder what’s your favorite…
- No-Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe
- Southwestern BBQ Bacon Burger
- Texas Roadhouse Chili Copycat Recipe
- Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)
- Mustard Pork Chops Recipe
- Simple Smoked Pulled Pork Butt
- Dr Pepper Glazed Ham
- Braised Chicken Thighs
- Scrumptious And Easy Oven Roasted Pork Chops
- How To Grill A Sirloin Steak Perfectly
- Chicken Caprese Recipe
- Insanely Yummy Tequila and Lime Grilled Shrimp
- Ways to serve corn on the cob
- Chipotle Corn Salsa: How to Copycat
- Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe
- Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Mexican Street Corn Made Easy
- Cheesy Corn Fritters
- How to Grill Corn: 4 Different Ways
- Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread In An Iron Skillet
- Creamed Corn with Bacon
- Crack Corn Salad
- Caribbean Corn
- Spicy Bacon Wrapped Corn
- Frito Corn Salad
- Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Creamy Corn, Zucchini, and Bacon Chowder
- Zucchini Corn Fritters
- Choose one or more options from our list of what to serve with corn on the cob here!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
- Share and comment! Did you make any tweaks, so it’s all your own?
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