Slideshow: 18 Sweet Corn Recipes For Summer

Grilled Corn with Spicy Korean Miso Sauce
Grilled Corn with Spicy Korean Miso Sauce

We tweaked the ingredients of a Korean fried chicken-inspired sauce to better offset the natural sweetness of grilled corn; the result is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and wholly delicious.

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The Best Basic Grilled Corn
The Best Basic Grilled Corn

Sometimes simple is best: if your corn is fresh-picked, butter and salt alone are enough make it shine.

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Buffalo Grilled Corn
Buffalo Grilled Corn

Buffalo wings for the vegetarian set (or the want-to-eat-delicious-food set). Don’t leave your napkins at home—corn slathered in hot sauce, mayo, and blue cheese is still wings-level messy.

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Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)
Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Save yourself the plane fare: a mental trip to Mexico is as close as a salty-sweet ear of Mexican street-style corn and a cold Jarritos.

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Grilled Corn with Harissa and Mint
Grilled Corn with Harissa and Mint

Sweet corn, smoky cumin, slow-burning harissa, and a refreshing hit of mint to balance everything out—what could be better?

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Grilled Corn with Spicy Chili Mayo, Coconut, and Fish Sauce
Grilled Corn with Spicy Chili Mayo, Coconut, and Fish Sauce

One of the most out-there ears on our list was inspired by a dish at one of our favorite sandwich shops in New York City. Our version is a little spicier.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Thai Corn Fritters (Tod Man Khao Pod)
Thai Corn Fritters (Tod Man Khao Pod)

Juicy whole corn kernels provide a beautiful textural contrast to these fritters’ crispy exteriors. Bonus: they’re gluten-free!

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[Photograph: Leela Punyaratabandhu]

Cheesy Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Cheesy Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Minimal prep work and a tangy, slightly lighter sauce that uses cream cheese and crème fraîche instead of heavy cream elevates this creamed corn recipe above the rest.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

The Best Corn Chowder
The Best Corn Chowder

The magic of this humble chowder is in its simplicity: the corn doesn’t hide behind other ingredients, so use the best you can find.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Charred Corn, Radish, Jicama, and Green Bean Salad with Lime Dressing
Charred Corn, Radish, Jicama, and Green Bean Salad with Lime Dressing

If summer were a salad, this would be it: a pile of fresh vegetables, some raw, some barely cooked, with pops of smoky charred corn throughout, all brightened up with a simple lime dressing.

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Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)
Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)

If you’re feeling a little more civilized, esquites is Mexican street corn that you can eat with a fork. If you’re feeling a little less civilized, scoop some into a crispy all-cheese taco shell and carry on eating with your hands.

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Corn, Avocado, and Radish Tartine
Corn, Avocado, and Radish Tartine

All it takes is a fresh loaf of hearty bread and some perfectly ripe, high-quality produce, and you’ll never feel the need to order overpriced avocado toast at brunch again.

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Poached Eggs With Corn, Chorizo, Basil, and Brioche Croutons
Poached Eggs With Corn, Chorizo, Basil, and Brioche Croutons

When in doubt, add an egg. Not that there’s any doubt about charred fresh corn, brioche croutons crisped in chorizo oil, and rendered chorizo bits scattered over said egg.

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Parisian Gnocchi With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, and Zucchini
Parisian Gnocchi With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, and Zucchini

Gently simmered then pan-fried, tender pillows of potato-less Parisian gnocchi pair beautifully with roasted tomatoes, zucchini, and corn.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]