Corn is one of the most abundantly available vegetables and grains in the world. It is also incredibly cheap and versatile.
Yet it gets continually overlooked when it comes to meal planning.
This food, in both its vegetable form and grain form, is packed full of nutrients and it is relatively low in calories and carbohydrates.
There are so many things that you can do with this tiny yellow food item. In this article, we will be looking at 31 corn recipes that you and your family are going to love.
Try some out and see which ones end up in your regular meal rotation.
This easy recipe is a great place to start when it comes to incorporating more corn into your diet.
Not only does this dish call for canned corn to be used, but it is also incredibly quick and simple.
At the end of this low-effort recipe, you are left with delicious, cooked corn that makes the perfect side dish for a bigger meal.
It can also be used as a healthy topping for baked potatoes. If you really love corn already, you can also just eat this on its own as a snack.
One of the most popular ways to prepare corn is by making creamed corn. Although this is a side dish that is unfairly associated with the elderly, it is actually quite delicious.
While the creamed nature of the recipe makes it easier to swallow and digest, it also makes it comforting and adds some wonderful flavor to the corn.
You can also spice your creamed corn up a bit by adding some spices to it before you serve it. This can help make it the perfect, easy side dish for Mexican or even Indian food.
Chowder is one of those dishes that you either love or you hate. If you hate chowder, you might want to skip this recipe.
However, if you love chowder, you should give this a go.
This chicken corn chowder is the ultimate warming dish for those cold, wet, or snowy winter days when you just want to curl up under a blanket and hibernate.
If you want to add some extra corn to this meal, you can serve the chicken corn chowder with some fresh cornbread to help soak up all the goodness.
If you are looking for a corn recipe that is going to help you get your kids to eat more corn in their diet, chowder and creamed corn probably aren’t the way to go.
Instead, these delicious corn fritters could be. These can make a brilliant, tasty, and quick snack for them to eat while they take a break from playing or doing homework.
They can also make a delicious extra side for taco night or with homemade chili. The best thing about this recipe is that it is so simple, that the kids can help make them.
If you want to incorporate more corn into your diet but don’t want to make corn the central focus of every dish, this could be the perfect recipe.
This creamy pasta dish is comforting and delicious. The combination of basil and corn provides a really gentle and subtle flavor that blends together perfectly with the creamy sauce.
Because this recipe is so easy too, it makes the perfect midweek pick-me-up meal.
Our lives can be hectic and finding the time to cook things like creamed corn from scratch can be difficult if not impossible.
However, thanks to the wonders of technology, we can cook things while we are at work without sacrificing flavor or the quality of our work.
If you have a slow cooker, this slow cooker creamed corn could be just what you need to add some extra corn goodness to your diet without very much extra effort.
If you are looking for an exciting recipe that the whole family will love, this could be what you have been looking for.
The corn in this recipe takes a bit of a backseat role, but it is still super important to the dish.
Using chunks of corn on the cob in this recipe will make it feel like you are eating at a Red Lobster but from the comfort of your own home.
You can make these boil foil packets with any seafood that you prefer.
Another easy and simple way to incorporate more corn goodness into your diet is by making your own cornbread.
For this recipe, you don’t have to start with whole corn or corn kernels.
Instead, you can simply purchase some yellow cornmeal and skip the process of turning corn into cornmeal.
Cornbread is such a delicious option for making sandwiches, and toast, and even using it as a side for soups.
If you are looking for a fun and delicious side dish that the whole family can enjoy, this recipe could be what you are looking for.
This skillet Mexican street corn recipe is the perfect mix of healthy and flavorful.
You can use this as a side dish when you are having other Mexican food such as nachos or chili. You can also use it as a delicious snack by itself when you are craving something quick.
Confetti corn is one of our favorite recipes on this list for its name alone. There is something fun and uplifting about making something with confetti in the name.
This dish doesn’t disappoint either. It is bursting with flavor and color that make it a little bit more enjoyable.
This can be a great dish to bring to a potluck or a cookout. Make sure that you make a large amount if you are bringing it to share because people will love it.
This masala corn recipe is a slight change from the more Mexican-themed dishes that we have had on this list so far.
This is an Indian dish that can be served as a warm snack, a brunch item, or as a side dish with a bigger meal.
The flavors of this corn dish are super warming and comforting. This is an ideal recipe to try when the weather turns colder and you want something to give you a hug from the inside.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, this honey butter creamy skillet corn is stuff that dreams are made of.
Corn is naturally quite sweet anyway, but adding honey to this dish makes it the perfect amount of sweet and creamy.
This recipe can actually make a healthy alternative to other sweet, indulgent snacks that you might be trying to cut down on. This corn feels indulgent while still remaining healthy.
If you are looking for the ultimate comforting dish for the winter, this easy corn pudding could be what you are looking for.
This dish is actually the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving get-togethers and other holiday meet-ups.
Not only is it packed full of incredible nutrients from the creamed corn and whole corn, but it is also incredibly, melt-in-the-mouth soft.
Serve this pudding warm, and fresh out of the oven for best results.
This is a recipe where corn takes more of a backseat role, but it is still delicious and the corn adds a lot to the dish.
This ground turkey skillet with zucchini, corn, and black beans is one of the most complete meals on this list.
The ground turkey provides lean protein to this dish while the zucchini, corn, and beans add a beautiful mix of color.
This is a well-balanced meal that is super easy to make and the whole family will love it.
This is one of the most simple and easy recipes on this list, but we couldn’t not include it because it is a classic.
Simple corn on the cob, cooked on the grill is the ultimate way to enjoy corn. You have probably had corn like this before, perhaps you have it often, but it cannot be underrated.
Getting the perfect amount of char on the corn, adding some delicious salted butter, and watching it melt over the corn is a pleasure.
Eating corn on the cob can be fun too, although it is messy.
16. Mexican Corn Dip
If you want to make a delicious corn dip to bring to your next cookout or potluck dinner, this could be the recipe that you have been looking for.
This Mexican Corn Dip is one of the most flavorful dips that we have come across.
There are so many subtle flavors that make this dish what it is. Best of all, you can use canned, fresh, or frozen corn for this dish which makes it even more convenient.
This Jain-style corn palak recipe is one of the most unique recipes on this list. It is essentially a combination of spinach, corn, and spices in a delicious side dish.
This is the perfect side dish to add to your next homemade curry night.
The best thing about this dish is that it can pair with almost any type of curry. If you find that you love this dish a lot, it can also be enjoyed as a healthy lunch option.
We love any recipe that has the word easy in the title, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. Not only is this corn salsa recipe super easy to make, but it is also packed full of flavor.
If you find yourself in need of a last-minute recipe for a gathering or a party, this should be in your repertoire.
It can be thrown together in minutes and is made from ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Perfect.
Souffles aren’t recipes that we see too often these days and we’re not sure why. Perhaps they are too intimidating for people to try.
However, this corn souffle recipe could help spark your relationship with souffle cooking.
Although this recipe is different from the big, puffed-up souffle that you find in restaurants, it is still super delicious and not that difficult to make.
This recipe could really impress at your next holiday get-together.
This easy Maja Blanca recipe is another more unique recipe that is featured on this list. Maja Blanca is essentially a coconut milk pudding that has corn in it.
This might be a dish that is visually difficult to convince your children to try, but once they do, they will love it. The corn might look a little out of place in this recipe, but its natural sweetness helps add to this delicious, healthy dessert.
We couldn’t make a list of corn recipes that you will love without including some sort of popped corn. This classic caramel corn recipe is one that we couldn’t wait to make for ourselves.
If you love the toffee popcorn that you can buy in grocery stores, you are going to love this.
Although popcorn, especially homemade popcorn, is usually a healthy snack option, this recipe isn’t. This is definitely more of a once-a-month treat, but it is so worth it.
If you are looking for a healthy and warming soup to help you get through the colder months, this could be the recipe for you.
Not only is this broccoli, corn, and barley soup absolutely packed with vitamins and other nutrients, but it is also quite cheap to make.
This means that you can make it in bulk and enjoy it throughout the winter for simple and easy lunches and snacks to warm you up.
If you want something warming but need something more substantial than soup, this red potato salad with bacon and corn could be perfect for you.
There is plenty of substance in this salad thanks to the carbs and starch that come from the potatoes.
The bacon helps to provide some protein and the corn brings a lot of goodness and color.
This dish can last for a few days when stored properly, so you can make it in advance for weekday lunches.
Returning to the Mexican flavors that have been a common theme in this article, this healthy Mexican street corn salad could be the answer to your boring lunches.
If you find yourself eating the same lunch at work or at home every day, this could be what you have been looking for.
This salad is healthy, but it is also packed with delicious flavors to brighten up your day and help you push through the afternoon.
This spinach, corn Sabzi recipe is another great, unique option on this list. On the face of it, this dish looks like it is a corn and spinach paste, however, it is actually a gravy.
It is designed to add some moisture to other dishes and salads. This can be a great addition to meals such as dry chicken tikka.
The Sabzi will add some moisture to the dish as well as some extra flavor to round it out.
This Mexican cornbread casserole looks so delicious in its pictures that we wish we could just reach through our computer screen.
Instead, we will have to settle for making it ourselves. Not only is this recipe full of flavors and nutrients, but the result is a deliciously fluffy, light, and moist casserole that the whole family can enjoy.
The flavors in this dish are layered and warming but not overpowering, perfect for any palette.
If you want to be able to use corn during the summer months and are thinking that all of the dishes so far have been a bit heavy or wintery, this could be for you.
This cold corn soup is perfect for those warmer months when you want something light and cooling rather than comforting.
This dish is essentially like a corn gazpacho that you can enjoy straight from the refrigerator on a hot summer’s day.
This beef tortilla taco casserole is the perfect family dish that can be made in no time.
If your family loves taco night but you can’t stand the thought of all the dishes that need to be cleaned afterward, this could be the perfect compromise.
This casserole features all the delicious aspects of tacos but in a convenient dish rather than a help-yourself kind of setup. Add the corn just before baking to keep the vibrant color.
When you think of pancakes, you probably think of maple syrup and maybe even bacon.
However, these leftover mashed potato and corn pancakes are the perfect way to make your leftovers more appealing.
Mashed potato is one of those dishes that is hard to cook the exact right amount of. Making these pancakes can make the leftover potato more fun and delicious and avoid food waste.
A corn recipe list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a tuna casserole. This creamy tuna corn casserole is delicious, comforting, and something that the whole family will love.
The recipe is super easy to make and is relatively hands-off, which means that you can spend more of your evening with your family rather than in the kitchen.
If you want another great option for a light lunch that involves corn, this okra, corn, and tomato salad could be what you are looking for.
This dish is packed with nutrients and flavor that will help to perk you up in the middle of the day and get you through to dinner time.
Corn is an underrated vegetable that is super versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. This cost-effective vegetable can make a great addition to your family dinners and lunches.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many people who will always argue that fresh vegetables are better than frozen. However, that isn’t always the case. The technology that is used to freeze vegetables such as corn has improved so much over the years.
This means that nowadays, there is little to no difference between the nutritional value of fresh corn and frozen corn. The only difference is that frozen corn is more convenient and lasts for longer.