5 Corn on the Cob Recipes You Need to Try This Summer

posted: 07/07/17
by: Blythe Copeland

Sweet summer corn on the cob doesn't need much help to be delicious -- maybe a little butter and salt if you're not a purist. But these five recipes for corn on the cob turn the traditional vegetable into a must-have by adding cheese, bacon, spices, and other delicious, unexpected toppings.

Parmesan Garlic Corn on the Cob
Culinary Ginger

1. Grilled Parmesan, Garlic, and Basil Corn on the Cob

Leaving the husks on isn't essential to this recipe for grilled Parmesan, garlic, and basil corn on the cob from Culinary Ginger, but it does make for a more impressive presentation at your next barbecue. Also impressive: The homemade roasted garlic butter, which adds rich flavor to balance out the sweetness of the corn, and a blend of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil (a foolproof combination).

Mexican corn on the cob

2. Mexican Corn on the Cob

Mexican corn on the cob, also known as Elote or Mexican street corn, is famous for its creamy topping made with mayonnaise, sour cream, cotija cheese, chili powder, garlic, and cilantro. In this recipe from Serious Eats, you'll grill the corn on the hot side of the grill for 8 minutes, letting it char in some spots, and then coat each piece of husked corn with the sauce mixture. Add extra cheese and chili powder before serving.

Milk and Honey Corn
Mccallums Shamrock Patch

3. Southern Milk and Honey Corn on the Cob

In this recipe for milk and honey corn on the cob from The McCallums Shamrock Patch, fresh corn is made even sweeter and more tender when it's simmered in a pot of water, milk, cream, butter, and honey. Spices including cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper temper the sweetness of the milk and honey; you can also follow the blogger's example and reserve the cooking liquid to make corn and potato soup.

Bacon Wrapped Corn
The Spruce

4. Bacon Wrapped Corn on the Cob

Rich, salty bacon and light, sweet corn are a brilliant pairing from Chef Bryan Voltaggio on The Spruce. Layer the bacon slices together to make a thin sheet, top it with basil leaves and slices of jalape?o, and then roll the corn up to enclose the herbs and pepper inside the bacon. Refrigerate for 8 hours to combine the flavors, and then grill for about 25 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.

Baked Corn on the Cob
Betty Crocker

5. Baked Corn on the Cob

Most corn on the cob gets boiled or grilled, but if the weather isn't cooperating, try roasting it in the oven with the recipe from Betty Crocker. Cover large squares of aluminum foil with cooking spray, and wrap ears of corn with their husks and silk removed; add sprigs of fresh herbs to each ear and roast directly on the oven rack for 20 minutes.