18 Summer Corn Recipes to Make Right Now

Make the most of those sweet kernels in salads, soups, and all kinds of sides

Alright, so not to be too corny, but we really think corn is one of the best summer sides, on and off the cob. Sweet corn typically hits peak season in July and August, and should be purchased when the silk is golden and translucent, and the cobs feel firm and full. And just think of all the things you can do with it! Put it in a salad. Put it on another salad. Mix it up with some crab and pile it on top of your hot dog. Pair it with pork belly. Purée it for an elote-inspired soup or a cheesy dip. Heck, you can even drink your corn, if you feel so inclined. There's no bad way to eat summer corn.

Chef Chris Shepherd's take on Mexican-style street corn is served off the cob and comes together easily for a side dish that is especially great for summer entertaining, when corn is in season. Get the recipe for Grilled Mexican-Style Street Corn »

Guatemalan Sweet Corn and Milk Drink (Atol de Elote)

atol de elote
This sweet corn beverage is doled out warm in Guatemalan markets, often seasoned with cinnamon or vanilla. Corn kernels are pulverized on a grinding stone or metate to achieve the drink's silky, creamy consistency (but you can use a blender). Get the recipe for Guatemalan Sweet Corn and Milk Drink (Atol de Elote) »Christopher Bagley

Fettuccine With Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions

plate of fettucine with corn
For a creamy texture—without the cream—purée fresh, starchy corn into a thick sauce and then toss with smoky scallions for a succulent summer pasta. Get the recipe for Fettuccine With Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions »Matt Taylor-Gross

Mexican Street Corn Soup

Elote Soup
As a nod to the beloved Mexican street snack elote, this grilled-corn chowder is finished with crema, cotija cheese, and ancho chile. Get the recipe for Mexican Street Corn Soup »Jenny Huang

Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice

Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice
Wild rice adds a toasty nuttiness to polenta, its creamy sweetness heightened with freshly puréed corn. Serve as a side dish or vegetarian main course.William Hereford

Mexican Braised Spare Ribs with Squash and Corn

Mexican Braised Spare Ribs with Squash and Corn
Braise pork ribs with a homey, vegetable-rich sauce with a touch of heat, and use the leftovers for tacos. This is a classic recipe from Mexican cooking sage Josefina Velázquez de León. Get the recipe for Mexican Braised Spare Ribs with Squash and Corn »Matt Taylor-Gross

Oyster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, and Fennel

Oyster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, and Fennel
One of the easiest ways to cook oysters is to slip them out of their shells and into quick-​­cooking soups, stews, and chowders. This one—a creamy, flourless chowder with fresh corn, crispy bacon, and some of the oysters' natural juices—is the type of iconic summer recipe that should get tacked to the refrigerator door. Get the recipe for Oyster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, and Fennel »Ted Cavanaugh

Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad
This summer mainstay is elevated with grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas. Get the recipe for Summer Succotash Salad »James Oseland

Maryland Crab Hot Dog

Maryland Crab Hot Dog
Buttery corn, fresh crab, and Old Bay-spiced potato chips are piled on top this Maryland-inspired hot dog. Get the recipe for Maryland Crab Hot Dog »Farideh Sadeghin

Grilled Pork Belly with Butter Corn and Sour-Sweet Cherry-Jalapeño Relish

Grilled Pork Belly with Butter Corn and Sour-Sweet Cherry-Jalapeño Relish
Made tender in an aromatic braise, pork belly gets a quick char on a hot grill before resting atop buttery sweet corn and a relish of sweet and sour cherries tossed with jalepeños and a honey-lime vinaigrette. Get the recipe for Grilled Pork Belly with Butter Corn and Sour-Sweet Cherry-Jalapeño Relish »Matt Taylor-Gross

Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad

Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad
A base of crunchy, fresh fennel contrasts perfectly with grilled corn kernels and crumbled feta cheese in this summer salad. Get the recipe for Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad »Elizabeth Cecil

Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds

Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Pomegranate seeds add a pop of tart juice to each bite of this buttery sautéed corn salad with crunchy cucumbers and a toasty sesame oil vinaigrette. Get the recipe for Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds »Farideh Sadeghin

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad
A simple and fresh black bean salad with grilled corns pairs perfectly with a quick marinated and grilled chicken. Get the recipe for Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip
Nothing tops bubbling, hot-from-the-oven cheese dip—unless that dip is also loaded with fresh, sweet, lightly charred summer corn and fresh herbs. Get the recipe for Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip »Matt Taylor-Gross

Lobster and Corn Chowder

Lobster and Corn Chowder
Fresh sweet summer corn and lobster are on display in this creamy New England chowder, subtly spiced with cayenne and black pepper. Get the recipe for Lobster and Corn Chowder »Nicole Franzen

Sweet Corn and Blueberry Trifles

Sweet Corn and Blueberry Trifles
Layers of sweet corn pastry cream alternate with an herb-infused blueberry compote and a buttery shortbread crumble in a summery spin on the classic trifle. Get the recipe for Sweet Corn and Blueberry Trifles »Laura Sant

Fresh Pea and Corn Salad

Fresh Pea and Corn Salad
Shelled peas and fresh corn mingle with apple cider vinegar, sugar, and oil in this sweet and sour tossed salad. Get the recipe for Fresh Pea and Corn Salad »James Roper

Sweet Corn and Black Raspberry Ice Cream

Sweet Corn and Black Raspberry Ice Cream
This surprising treat from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio combines the silky flavor of corn with the tartness of black raspberries. Get the recipe for Sweet Corn and Black Raspberry Ice Cream »Todd Coleman