Buttered corn on the cob is a cookout stable. Use our go-to recipe, then keep reading for our delicious and inventive topping combos to take this summer side to the next level!
Quick Tip: "To make sure corn is fresh before you buy, peel back the tips on the husks slightly and take a peek -- the kernels should be plump and intact, not dried out or missing altogether," Katie Barreira, Senior Test Kitchen Associate, says.
Guacamole & Bacon
This recipe, from Lisa Fain, blogger at homesicktexan.com and author of The Homesick Texan Cookbook, embraces the bacon craze. Get a double duty use out of guacamole by serving it as an app, too!
Senior Test Kitchen Associate Katie Barriera gives corn a Cuban char. Put the husks on the grill for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender and browned in spots. Then, top with a cuban-inspired marinade and cotija cheese.
How to Remove Silk From Corn
Removing the silk can be tricky and annoying. Watch the video to learn our tips and tricks to make your life easier.
Abigail Derethik, Food Stylist for the Rachael Ray show, created this ballpark version using relish, red onion and white cheddar cheese.
Quick Tip: "To make serving corn even easier, go family-style: Premix the seasonings in a serving bowl, then let guests coat their own," Abigail says.
Grilled Corn with Parmesan Butter
When you're short on time, parmesan butter is a fast and easy way to add some flavor to your corn--and impress your guests!
In this recipe from Katie Barriera, the corn is basted with tarragon-butter to keep it moist and infuse it with flavor while grilling. Get creative and add in other herbs like thyme or rosemary.
Add a little south-of-the-border flair to your meal with Lisa Fain's Tex-Mex version featuring cilantro, lime juice, cumin and other caliente spices.
How to Butter Corn
Fast-melting butter can go all over the place when putting it on your hot (and round) corn on the cob. Watch the video to check out a few new and improved ways to butter your corn!
Seasoned greek yogurt is an unexpected topping in this Persian-inspired recipe from Abigail Derethik. To keep hands clean, serve the greek yogurt mixture on the side in individual ramekins.
You don't need a grill for this baked, Italian version of corn on the cob by Katie Barreira. Simply top each husk with a special breadcrumb mixture and bake until tender. How easy is that?!
Jalapeno Pesto & Cotija Cheese
Lisa Fain's jalapeno pesto is so good, we recommend making an extra large batch and using the leftovers on pasta, sandwiches and wraps.
Abigail Derethik shows us that corn on the cob doesn't have to be savory! In her sweet version orange marmalade and chopped almonds give this side dish a new twist.
Cuban Grilled Corn
This 5-ingredient recipe lets you mix it up: Asiago or cotija cheese--it's your choice! Plus, it can be made in 15 minutes flat.
This color-inspired recipe has only three ingredients. Can you guess what they are?!
How to Cut Corn Off the Cob
"If I ever have leftover corn on the cob (it's rare!), I cut the kernels off the cobs and toss them into fresh salsas and green salads," Lisa Fain says.
Watch this video to learn how to easily cut corn off the cob.
Get more variations of another perfect-for-summer side: Coleslaw!