Top 7 Corn Butter Recipes

In many parts of the United States, summer growing season means a plethora of freshly grown and picked corn on the cob, drenched with luscious melted butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. While that is a treat all on its own, you can take the decadence of fresh corn on the cob to the next level by slathering it with flavored compound butters.

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    Sweetened Chipotle-Garlic Butter

    Sweetened Chipotle Corn Butter
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    There's something about a sweet-and-spicy flavor combination that works so perfectly. That's certainly the case when you're flavoring corn on the cob, particularly when the vegetable has been grilled and has a smoky flavor imparted by charcoal. This compound butter uses chipotle for a little heat and agave syrup for sweetness.

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    Garlic-Chive Butter

    Chive butter
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    Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow in a home garden, particularly a windowsill container garden. If you're wondering what to do with the chives once you've grown them, the answer is to chop them up and combine them with minced garlic in butter and use it on an ear of corn.

  • 03 of 07

    Blue Cheese Butter

    Award winning Litehouse Foods blue cheese
    Susie Wyshak

    The pungent taste and smell of blue cheese is divisive—you either love it or you hate it. However, even haters might love blue cheese when mellowed by creamy butter and sweet corn. Serve it alongside grilled steak and sop up any extra butter with a juicy bite of meat.

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    Brown Sugar Butter

    Brown Sugar Butter


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    Play off the sweetness of the corn on the cob with brown sugar compound butter. Experiment with the ratio of butter to brown sugar to reach the level of sweetness that you desire. If you like the idea of salty-sweetness, add a good sprinkling of flaky sea salt to the recipe.

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    Shallot-Parsley Corn Butter

    Shallot-Parsley Corn Butter
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    It requires just two ingredients, but this corn butter offers a lot of flavor for such a simple combination. It provides a nice zing from the shallot and a refreshing flavor from the parsley. It goes well on grilled or steamed corn and can be used on grilled fish and chicken or served on top of a steak.

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    Cilantro and Cotija Corn Butter

    Cilantro and Cotija Corn Butter
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    This butter is a delicious mix of cilantro, lime, and chipotle peppers, with the added saltiness from the Cotija cheese. It's reminiscent of the combination that's slathered on Mexican street corn. This is a great addition to any vegetable dish but works very well on corn on the cob.

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    Whole-Grain Mustard Butter

    Pots of mustard, including Dijon, German, Sweet, American, Beaujolais and Bordeaux mustards
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    The savory touch of whole-grain mustard complements the sweetness of fresh corn. Try out different types of mustards, whether it's a spicy whole-grain variety or a white wine-touched Dijon mustard, to see what type of flavors you like best when paired with the corn.