Grilled corn on the cob will always be a barbecue staple. Biting into those bright kernels is one of the sweetest moments of the late summer season. And while it’s already near perfect served on the cob with a light char and some seasoning or butter, there are plenty more ways you can enjoy this delicious veg. From dips to salads, here are all the best ways to enjoy grilled corn this summer.
Cheesy Grilled Street Corn Dip
This dip is based on elote, a favourite street food in Mexico that consists of grilled corn on the cob slathered mayonnaise, chili, garlic and cotija cheese. This dippable version flips it on its head, and the grilled corn becomes the topping in a cheesy, mayo-based dip that’s excellent paired with tortilla chips.
Grilled Corn on Cob with Kimchi Mayo and Scallions
Grilled corn on the cob is a summer barbecue favourite for a reason, and Molly Yeh’s recipe takes the classic to the next level with homemade kimchi mayo and scallion topping. The spice from the kimchi brine complements the sweetness of grilled corn. It’s the perfect addition to a Korean barbecue dinner.
Summer Chicken Salad
Say goodbye to boring chicken salad with this hot weather twist on the classic. Fresh, grilled corn, feta cheese and plump blueberries give this barbecue chicken salad a sweet and salty taste that’s pure summertime goodness. Serve it in lettuce cups for a low-carb version or try it in a whole grain wrap for a heartier meal.
Black Bean and Corn Veggie Burger with Sweet Potato “Bun”
These plant-based veggie patties are made even more delicious by cooking them on a grill and injecting them with that smoky flavour that screams summer. Sandwich them between sweet potato buns for a high-fibre and gluten-free dinner
Grilled Corn Casserole
You only need four ingredients for this corn casserole that lets the sweet, grilled flavour of the summertime veg shine. The cobs are grilled, then the kernels are baked up with cream, butter and just a dash of hot sauce. Serve this vegetarian barbecue side with a grilled main with a twist.
Charred corn is brushed in a spice mix made of ancho chilli, cumin, coriander, peppercorns, salt, and an unexpected hit of cinnamon and lime juice, then topped with salty cotija cheese. This is an easy recipe to batch up and make for a crowd when corn is in season and on sale by the dozen.
Grilled Cobb Pasta Salad
Put the cob in this salad by grilling up corn before adding it together with diced grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, crumbled bacon and bow-tie pasta. Serve it in cups at a barbecue or picnic or arranged just so for a showy dinnertime main.
While this viral TikTok recipe uses a trusty countertop appliance, the air fryer, you can easily cook up these corn “ribs” on the grill instead to add even more smoky flavour. Toss the prepared corn ribs on the grill for eight to ten minutes and then top as directed.
Chicken Fajita Salad
Fire up the barbecue for this salad-as-a-main that’s basically a work of art (we dare you not to snap a pic!). Chicken, bell peppers and fresh corn are grilled up and then arranged on a bed of romaine lettuce and drizzled with a homemade cilantro lime dressing. Avocado and cotija cheese finish the whole thing off beautifully.
Summer Corn Salad
This easy southwestern salad has a sweet and spicy kick and it’s like a rainbow on your plate. Bright yellow corn, green bell peppers and cilantro and red tomatoes all make a bright splash that tastes as good as it looks.