In the summer, it's hard to escape fresh corn's appeal. If you're looking for inspiration beyond boiling it and eating it on the cob, these recipes will fit the bill. You can remove the kernels easily from fresh corn to use in all these dishes. Every one of sweet corn recipes is fresh, delicious, and easy to pull together.
All of these recipes keep something important in mind: corn is in season in summer. That means lots of salads using the abundance of summer produce, and lots of quick recipes with very little fuss about them. But even recipes that call for canned or creamed corn can be made with fresh corn, or freshly made cream-style corn, if desired.
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Homemade Cream-Style Corn
There's something classically appealing about creamed corn, and this version is gently creamy with butter and milk (or half and half). Feel free to make this vegan with plant-based butter and milk and, if needed, gluten-free by swapping out an all-purpose gluten free flour blend. This recipe is best with fresh corn.
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Corn fritters are sweet and delicate. While they are perfect as an appetizer or first course, at less formal meals they can center stage with a salad for a light summer lunch or dinner. You can use fresh, frozen, or canned corn, but you know fresh tastes best, right?
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Corn Tomato Basil Salad
Simple sweet corn, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant basil become more than the sum of their parts in this corn tomato basil salad. The flavors really represent the best of summer's bounty. It's a reminder that truly fresh sweet corn can be tender enough to eat raw, with a little bit of crunch to offer.
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Grilled Corn Salad
This grilled corn salad uses the kernels from grilled corn on the cob along with tomatoes and zucchini. Add a bright dressing and plenty of fresh herbs, garlic scapes, and feta cheese for even more flavor. This salad goes over well at barbecues and backyard parties.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Sweet Corn Soup (Hot or Chilled)
This luscious sweet corn soup is delicious hot or chilled. It's endlessly adaptable, too, as far as garnishes go. Take it sweet and refreshing with fresh summer herbs such basil or cilantro. Or add some tang with cheese or heat from roasted chile peppers.