15 Ways to Get It on with Sweet Corn This Summer

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Corn on the cob may start showing up in grocery stores sometime around Memorial Day, but it’s really all a tease. Tempted as I may be, I hold my distance until right around now. And it’s always worth the wait. This is the time when those ears of perfect sweet summer corn — with firm, crisp kernels — make their way to the market. And it only gets sweeter and more delicious through August and the rest of the summer.

Once you’ve had your fill of eating all that corn straight off the cob, here are 15 delicious ways to put it to use.

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First, it’s important to get the basics down, like the easiest way to cook corn on the cob, and how to shuck and cut the kernels off the cob without making a total mess.

Sweet corn is one of the joys of the summer. From salads to side dishes, make sure to take advantage of this seasonal treat in every way possible.

Corn on the Cob Basics

Sweet Corn Salads

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Sure, corn on the cob can hold its own as a side, but it can also do a whole lot more. Cut those crisp kernels off the cob and really put them to work. It’s such a versatile vegetable that works in so many different dishes, from curried corn to Tex-Mex rice to a comforting corn bake.

Corn-Filled Side Dishes

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There’s definitely no shortage of ways to incorporate sweet summer corn into your meal. From pasta to pizza, there’s always a place for corn at the table.

Main Courses Featuring Sweet Corn