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27 Sweet Corn Recipes to Make this Season

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Sweet corn is a hallmark of summer, and fresh sweet corn recipes show it at its best. From salads to mains, bread, puddings, kabobs, chowders — and even pizza, you’ll find delicious ideas to make this season.

Sautéed Corn and vegetables for Sweet Corn Recipes

From July through September, the cornfields near our home become a regular drive route for me. I love to see corn ripening in the fields, anticipating the incredible sweet flavors that come from fresh ears.

Like a checkmark on the calendar, ripening corn reminds me to savor every last bit of summer.

Whether you’re growing your own, finding it at farmers’ markets or the grocery store, every summer needs fresh, sweet corn. And these recipes will inspire you to perhaps try corn in a few new ways.

Essential Sweet Corn Recipes

I’m not sure it can be summer without corn on the cob. How do you like it best? We’ve gathered delicious recipes for grilling and even steaming it.

Cornbread, while made all year, is especially wonderful with fresh ears and corn salads are an essential summer side.

How to Pick the Best Sweet Corn

Here’s what to look for in choosing fresh ears of corn for those sweet corn recipes you can’t wait to make!

Corn Silk

“Look at the silk first. If the silk is brown or black, dried out or matted, that corn is older than corn which is paler in color, moist or even sticky. The better looking the silk is the fresher the corn, and freshness is where the sweetness lies.”

Corn Husk

“Then look at the husk. It should be bright green and not dried out or brown and should not be limp or overly damaged or bruised looking.”

Corn Weight

“When choosing corn on the cob, what you are looking for is the weight. Take a cob and heft it in your hand. It should feel very heavy for its size, which indicates that it is full of juice, and that the cob itself is still full of sap. A light-feeling cob has started to go starchy, and the sap in the cob has stopped feeding the kernels.”

Summer Sweet Corn Recipes to Make This Season

27 Corn Recipes to Make this Season

Sweet corn is a hallmark of summer, and fresh sweet corn recipes show it at its best. From salads to mains, bread, puddings, kabobs, chowders -- and even pizza, you'll find delicious ideas to make this season.

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