Summer is now in full swing – which means it’s time to eat way more corn, but we’re not talking about boring corn. For too long, people have been satisfied with boiled corn with salt and butter. It’s crazy to think how many people continue to hold back one of the most versatile foods in the world.
Here are the top 15 most amazing corn-on-the-cob recipes ever created;
1. Oaxacan-Style Corn
Combine 3 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco with 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon (or more) cayenne pepper. Stir in juice of 1 lime. After corn is cooked, dollop with mixture and serve with more crumbled cheese on top.
2. Maple-Mustard Corn
Brush corn (after, if boiling; before, if grilling) with olive oil. While cooking, combine 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard and a pinch of allspice. Spread mixture on hot, cooked corn.
3. Barbecue Glazed Corn
Brush corn with olive oil and grill. Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, 2 tablespoons honey and 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt. Baste corn with mixture during last 3 minutes of grilling.
4. Olive Oil, Garlic and Parmesan Corn
Combine 2 grated garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Baste hot, cooked corn with mixture and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
5. Chili and Lime Corn
Mix 1/2 stick of melted butter plus 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise, sour cream and lime juice, and 2 teaspoons chili powder and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste in a large bowl. When corn is cooked, toss in mixture. Garnish with lime zest.
6. Cilantro and Sesame Corn
Mix 1 stick softened butter with 2 teaspoons each toasted sesame seeds and chopped fresh cilantro. Spread on corn and sprinkle with more sesame seeds and kosher salt.
7. Tarragon and Lime Corn
Mix 1 stick softened butter with 2 to 3 tablespoons of minced fresh tarragon and the zest of 1 large lime. Spread on hot, cooked corn.
8. Bacon-Cheddar Corn
Spread mayonnaise on warm corn. Roll in grated cheddar cheese and top with crumbled, cooked bacon.
9. Honey-Butter Corn
Mix 1 stick softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 2 tablespoons honey. Spread on hot, cooked corn.
10. Parsley and Chive Corn
Mix 1 stick softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 tablespoon each (or more, according to taste) of finely chopped fresh parsley and chives. Spread on hot, cooked corn.
11. Bacon-Wrapped Corn
Wrap raw corn with slices of bacon to make a spiral and brush lightly with honey. Grill on medium or roast in a 350-degree oven, either for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn several times during cooking so that bacon cooks evenly.
12. Pesto and Parmesan Corn
You won’t need butter or oil when you spread pesto over hot, cooked corn. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
13. Goat Cheese and Thyme Corn
Stir together 2 tablespoons softened butter with 2 ounces goat cheese crumbles, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried). Season with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. Spread on hot, cooked corn.
14. Cinnamon Sugar Corn
Add 1 tablespoon each cinnamon and sugar to 1 stick melted butter. Drizzle on hot, cooked corn.
15. Spicy Sriracha Corn
Mix 1 stick softened butter with 2 tablespoons fiery Sriracha sauce. Spread on hot, cooked corn. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro.