We already know that it’s just not summer without corn on the cob. What we didn’t know? How many different ways there are to eat it! We’re not just talking about all the recipes that need corn kernels, either; in fact, we’re not talking about those recipes at all. Corn’s not an ingredient today; it’s the main event, and it’s staying on the cob! We found FIFTEEN of the best ways to enjoy that sweet summer corn, with recipes ranging from the basic and classic to the adventurous and brand-new. Grab some corn, start prepping, and pick a corn on the cob variety to try!
Perfectly Grilled Corn
We can’t talk about corn without talking about grilling it. While everybody might think they know the right way to do it, there’s actually a trick to avoiding the dreaded charred outside and tough, dry kernels: grill it still in the husk! It sounds crazy, but it totally works.
Slow Cooker Corn 3 Ways
Out of fuel? Stuck inside thanks to rain? Multitasking and can’t man the grill? No worries— just make your corn in the slow cooker! With salt-and-pepper, chili-lime, and pesto versions, you might even start to prefer it cooked this way!
Bacon-Wrapped Corn Cobs
Yes, you definitely have permission to wrap your corn on the cob in bacon! (Like you need permission, right?) Try it straight-forward and simple . . .
Chipotle-Honey Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Corn
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. . . or try it combined with a sweet and spicy glaze!
Chile Goat Cheese Ham-Wrapped Corn
Bacon’s not the only meat you can wrap around corn on the cob! Try thin slices of prosciutto or Serrano ham instead. When combined with fresh goat cheese and red chilies, it’s absolutely divine!
Love the idea of adding cheese to your corn? Try it with Parmesan, along with some mayo, chili powder, black pepper and parsley. Plus, you can roast this version in your oven for easy, delicious corn all year long.
Herb and Almond Mascarpone Corn
Another cheesy option you’ve probably never tried before? Mascarpone! Spread it on your corn on the cob and top it with sliced almonds and fresh herbs. It’s absolutely fabulous on poached corn, or even corn you’ve cooked in the microwave!
This Mexican-style corn on the cob goes from simple to special thanks to the irresistible combo of cotija cheese, lime, mayonnaise and melted butter.
Jamaican Curry Coconut Corn
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Like in Mexico, Jamaican corn is a street-food staple— and an especially tasty one, at that! It’s simply grilled, then slathered in mayo, cayenne pepper, grated ginger, curry powder, coconut flakes, and ground cinnamon for a dish that’s as sweet as it is spicy.
Miso Sesame Corn
Prefer more of an Asian-inspiration? Try this version slathered in miso butter and rolled in a sesame-and-panko-breadcrumbs mixture. It’s a crunchy, sweet-and-savory treat that pairs perfectly with Asian-style barbecue.
Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn
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Want something more specifically Chinese-inspired? Then you’ll want to try this Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn! Glazed with a mix of hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, and lime juice, then topped with sesame seeds, onion, and a Serrano chili, it’s absolutely inspired and like no other corn you’ve ever had.
Smoky Sriracha Corn
Prefer to keep things simple but still want a little extra kick? Make some Sriracha butter – with some honey, paprika and salt mixed in there for good measure – and slather it all over your corn.
Chicken-Fried Corn On The Cob
They say that eventually Americans will find a way to fry everything, and with this recipe, we can cross corn off the list! The simple batter is easy to make, and you can have this side dish ready in seven minutes flat.
Pecan Blue Cheese Corn
Try a combination that adds super strong flavors and crunch to sweet corn! This one coats the corn in a butter infused with gorgonzola – or your favorite creamy blue cheese – and mixed with toasted pecans and chives. It’s really like nothing you’ve ever had, yet still so perfect for barbecues.
Butter Boiled Corn
Sometimes, the best way to enjoy something is also the absolute simplest. Boiling corn on the cob with milk and butter is not only easy and super quick, but it results in some of the most flavorful corn ever.
Did YOU know how versatile corn on the cob was? And none of these delicious options even requires you to cut the kernels off! You can just pick them up and take a big bite. Which one is your favorite? Are there any variations you like to make that you don’t see here? Check out even more varieties over on Buzzfeed and Fine Cooking, and tell u show you like your corn on the cob!