23 Sweet Corn Recipes to Try This Summer

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Mexican street corn

It’s time for sizzling burgers, cool dips in the pool, and best of all, corn on the cob. It’s sweetest in summer—and a fiber-filled addition to your plate at a cookout or any other meal.

One medium ear of corn delivers two grams of belly-filling fiber to your diet and has just 88 calories. On Nutrisystem, a half-cup of kernels—about the size of a small ear—is one SmartCarb.

So grab ‘em, shuck ‘em, and enjoy those fresh cobs all summer long: Here are over 20 sweet corn recipes you’ll love.

1. 5-Ingredient Summer Chicken, Corn and Zucchini Bake

Summer Chicken, Corn and Zucchini Bake

This one-pan dish is a winner: With just five ingredients—chicken breast, corn on the cob, sliced zucchini, light Italian dressing, and parmesan cheese—you’re just 40 minutes from a fresh, filling dinner for four.

Just mix the first four ingredients in a baking dish, sprinkle with parmesan, and bake. The chicken cooks to a perfect, juicy texture, while the corn stays crunchy and the zucchini softens to a fantastic, fork-tender doneness. The best part? With just one pan to cook in, clean up is a snap!

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2. Air Fryer Mexican Street Corn

Air fryer Mexican street corn

Unleash the power of your air fryer for a crispy, charred texture in just 14 minutes. That’s more than enough time to whip up the flavorful street corn sauce: It’s a mix of light mayo, lime juice and spices.

Spread the sauce over each ear and top it all with cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. Then enjoy the creamy, delicious flavors of Mexican street corn without leaving your kitchen!

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3. Southwestern Sweet Potato and Corn Salad

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

Bring this surprising side to your next family cookout, but be prepared: Everyone will be requesting that you prepare it for every family gathering thereafter! That’s because it’s not just delicious, but it’s also surprising. The base of the salad is kernels of sweet corn and crunchy, spiralized noodles made from sweet potato.

Using a spiralizer turns tubers into bright orange noodles that saute in just 10 minutes. The corn and sweet potato aren’t alone, though: There’s spicy jalapeno, some bite from red onion, and a creamy Greek yogurt dressing that ties your new cookout fave together into a tongue-tingling, Southwestern flavor fest.

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4. One-Pot Salmon Chowder with Corn

salmon chowder

This recipe uses just one pot and is ready in less than 40 minutes. However, it has the deep flavors you’d get from a soup that’s simmered for hours.

It packs in loads of vegetable nutrition from carrots, cauliflower, onions, potatoes and sweet corn. The star of the show, though, is the salmon: Flaky, fresh and packed with belly-filling, muscle-building protein and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Splash in some real half and half for extra creaminess, and you’ve whipped up a pot of seaside restaurant-worthy chowder that only tastes like it took all day.

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5. Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad with Honey Mustard Tahini Dressing

Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad with Honey Mustard Tahini Dressing

We love to grill, and not just meat! Fruits like watermelon and peaches get sweeter with a little time on the fire. Vegetables get crunchy, charred and more flavorful. But grilling salad may be the most surprising—and delicious—twist you can toss over hot coals.

Brushed with olive oil, half heads of romaine take on a delectable, savory char that pairs perfectly with a grilled ear of corn. And both are unbeatable when paired with the sweet, nutty flavors of our simple tahini honey mustard dressing. With a bit of honey, Dijon and tahini, it’s a mix of sweet, tangy, sharp and filling that whisks together in a snap!

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6. Mexican Street Corn Dip

Mexican Street Corn Dip

A party’s not a party without great dips. Inspired by Mexican Street Corn, this sweet corn dip will make your next celebration a flavorful fiesta. It’s made simply with corn, cotija cheese, avocado, red onion, jalapeno and a few other ingredients.

This bowl packs all the tastes of Mexican street corn into a thick, satisfying dip that’s perfect with sliced veggies or spread over tortilla chips. It’s cheesy, creamy, spicy, sweet—everything your tongue needs to be tantalized this summer, and all for just 215 calories per serving.

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7. Spicy Grilled Shrimp Salad

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Salad

Can’t get enough shrimp? Love to grill? This salad has you covered on both of your summer loves. With this simple recipe, you’ll not only fire up the grill to add a satisfying char to shrimp, but to amp up the flavors of pineapple and jalapeno.

Once everything’s hit the coals, those perfectly-grilled ingredients get tossed with avocado, red onion, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, corn, cilantro and more. The end result is a salad that’s filling, flavorful and fantastic for a light summer lunch or dinner.

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8. Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

This crunchy, sweet spin on summer pasta salad features corn and so much more. There’s garlic, salty parmesan, creamy ricotta, sweet-smelling basil, and softened—but still crunchy—hunks of zucchini.

It’s a cinch to prepare, and makes a fresh pairing for summer barbecue favorites. You’ll love it with other summer-worthy Nutrisystem recipes, like Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs or Marinated Steak Kebabs.

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9. Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

This hearty dip packs in all the flavors and textures of a burrito—with black beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, peppers and more—in a one-bowl package that’s packed with protein and fiber.

With a chili powder and honey dressing that’s just the right mix of sweet and hot, it’s a crowd-pleasing side that guests will happily scoop onto chips or veggies. And it’s simple enough to make that you can whip up a big bowl and keep it chilling so when a solo snack craving strikes, you’ll have a healthy, tasty option ready to go.

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10. Summer Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad

There’s no lettuce in this hearty salad, but you won’t miss it. With big chunks of avocado, two cups of sweet corn and crumbly feta cheese, this summer bowl is filled with flavor that’s oh-so-satisfying to spear with your fork.

Using fresh corn on the cob is easy: Boil or grill three to four ears for this recipe, then use a knife to cut the sweet kernels off the cob, dropping them into the delicious mix with halved cherry tomatoes, red onion, chunks of avocado and parsley. Add a simple dressing of freshly squeezed lime juice and olive oil, and you’ve built a bowl powerful enough to be a meal all on its own.

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11. Sweet Potato and Corn Veggie Burgers

sweet potato veggie burger

We love burgers and corn on the grill … so why not combine them? This recipe builds patties from sweet potato, carrots, spinach and our favorite summer cobs.

It’s a fresh, flavorful veggie main or side dish that comes together and cooks in just five minutes. Wrap them in lettuce leaves for even more low-calorie, vegetable nutrition, and you’ve got a new take on a veggie burger for just 107 calories.

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12. Cajun Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

Cajun Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetable Boil

Enjoy the flavors of an outdoor summer shrimp boil, even if you can’t make it to cajun country. Just spread boiled potatoes, shrimp, red bell peppers and corn on a single pan. Season with butter, lemon juice and Old Bay, then pop it all in the oven.

In 15 minutes, you’ve got a meal that’s ready to share. Dole it out on plates, or keep the dishes minimal and eat it straight from the tray.

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13. Healthy Corn Pudding Casserole

Healthy Corn Pudding

Swap fresh corn, cut from the cob, for the frozen corn in this recipe, for a bright, summery flavor that will feel at home on your breakfast, lunch or dinner table. Made with cornmeal, chives, eggs, egg whites, ricotta, milk and, of course, corn, this simple casserole couldn’t be easier.

Just whisk everything together, pour into a dish and bake! Let it cool after 40 minutes at 350 degrees, then enjoy this sliceable, shareable, surprising side for just 121 calories per serving.

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14. Creamy Radish Feta Dip

Creamy Radish Feta Dip

This dip has it all. Creamy Greek yogurt, feta and sour cream get a sharp kick from grated radish, sweetness from corn, and a sharp acidity from the addition of lemon. It’s all the flavors you love with none of the guilt, plus a powerful, filling combo of protein and fiber.

Scoop it onto whole grain crackers, chips or sliced vegetables. Try our favorite dipper, cucumber, for a nutrient-packed snack you’ll crave.

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15. Zucchini Enchilada Roll Ups

You won’t miss the tortillas. These low-carb enchiladas are still packed with cheese, corn, beef, black beans, spices and enchilada sauce. Slices of zucchini join the party to wrap things up instead of tortillas—saving you calories without sacrificing flavor or texture.

Make these your own! Swap in ground turkey or chicken, add some red onion, swap the cheddar for Monterey jack, or slather on the hot sauce. No matter how you roll them up, you’ll get nutrition and delicious flavor that fits into your healthy lifestyle.

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16. Blueberry Quinoa and Corn Salad

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

This salad takes a trio of summer flavors—sweet blueberries, corn and spicy arugula—and tosses them together with creamy goat cheese, tart lemon and protein-packed quinoa.

The result just works! It’s sweet. It’s savory. It’s creamy. It’s crunchy. Most of all? It’s satisfying. It’s a surprising, summery side that will make your dish the star of the party—or just the star of your family’s summer at home.

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17. One-Pan Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa

One-Pan Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa

Make meatless Monday a Mexican-inspired feast with this hearty, protein-packed dish. Simply chop cooked veggie burger patties and mix them with a medley of plant-based ingredients. These include sauteed jalapeno and onion, hunks of avocado, chopped cilantro, corn, lime juice and quinoa.

This wholesome bowl is loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats and flavor—all the ingredients you need for weight loss success! Try it as a full Flex meal, or as a smart side.

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18. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

The Instant Pot makes slow-cooked favorites in a snap, and this soup is no different. Use it to sauté peppers and onions for five minutes, then add chicken breast, corn, fire roasted diced tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth and a handful of spices. Seven minutes later, the chicken is ready to shred and mix back into the soup.

Top it with some baked tortilla strips (the only part done outside the Instant Pot), avocado, cilantro and cheese for a hearty, filling soup that’s ready in less than 20 minutes. Dole out four bowls or save three servings for easy lunches throughout the week.

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19. Slow Cooker Chicken Gumbo

Looking for some Louisiana-style cooking goodness? This Slow Cooker Chicken Gumbo recipe has got you covered! It’s packed with flavor, has a satisfying texture, and just the right amount of heat. It will be a new fave for sure.

And the best part? Loads of protein and veggies without compromising on taste. Plus, with a slow cooker, dinner’s a breeze, even on those hectic weeknights!

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20. Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Get ready to take your next party to a whole new level with these mouthwatering Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers. Bursting with flavors, these one-of-a-kind peppers are sure to be the star of any gathering.

Whether you’re a fan of spicy delights or just looking to impress your guests, this recipe is the perfect addition to your culinary repertoire. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and create a memorable dining experience that will leave everyone craving for more.

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21. Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowl 

Enjoy a zesty bowl of goodness where buffalo chicken and burritos come together! This protein-packed meal, filled with tender baked buffalo chicken and your favorite burrito fixings, is perfect for your weight loss plan.

Make this Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe during your Sunday meal prep and have delicious lunches ready for the entire week! Mix and match different veggies and toppings to find your favorite combinations.

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22. No-Bean Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

No-Bean Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

Nothing beats snuggling up to a steaming bowl of chili! We’ve got you covered with a vegan twist.

Our No-Bean Vegan Sweet Potato Chili is loaded with flavor and wholesome ingredients, giving you that classic chili taste without any meat or beans. Enjoy a hearty, healthy and homemade meal that hits all the right spots!

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23. Shrimp Fajita Bowl


Ever found yourself sitting in a Mexican restaurant, eyeing your plate and pondering the hidden calories? Well, fret no more! Whip up this Shrimp Fajita Bowl, indulge in a homemade Mexican meal, and stay on track with your weight loss goals.

Bonus: it’s a breeze to make! Enjoy this delicious dish featuring wholesome ingredients and a few simple steps.

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