Healthy Corn Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious corn side dish recipes including creamed corn, corn salsa, casseroles and corn pudding Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Mexican Corn (Esquites)

Rating: 5 stars 1
This street corn dish, known as esquites, is served in cups instead of on the cob for all the flavor of elote without the mess.
By Breana Killeen

Watermelon, Cucumber & Corn Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 1
This refreshing summer salsa combines cooling watermelon and cucumber with the kick from jalapeño. The heat from jalapeños can vary widely. For those that like the heat, use a whole jalapeño. Serve with tortilla chips on the side.
By Joy Howard

Baked Rice with Roasted Corn, Peppers & Onions

Rating: 2 stars 2
This filling rice casserole, loosely based on paella, features seared corn, roasted peppers, garlic and red onions. If you like, include diced zucchini or chopped green beans as well. A flavorful roasted garlic mayonnaise makes a luxurious topping.
By Deborah Madison

Fresh Corn Hush Puppies

Stirring chopped corn kernels into the batter and serving these homemade hush puppies with a lemony herb yogurt sauce give these tasty bites fresh flavor. Holding the frying oil at a steady 360 degrees F prevents the dough from absorbing too much.
By Genevieve Ko

Garlic Butter Campfire Corn

Rating: 5 stars 2
This flavorful corn couldn't be easier to prepare. Just cover the ears of corn in a quick garlic-and-chive-flavored butter and wrap in foil and they're ready to throw on the grill at home or over coals at the campsite.
By Hilary Meyer

Boiled Corn on the Cob

Rating: 5 stars 1
Want to know how to boil corn on the cob? This boiled corn on the cob recipe starts with 4 ears of fresh summer corn.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Summer Vegetable Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
Summer's harvest--eggplant, corn and zucchini--stars in this healthy, Mexican-inspired casserole that's perfect for serving a crowd or for a dinner with leftovers for the next day.
By Breana Killeen

Stir-Fried Carrots, Corn & Peppers

Rating: 5 stars 3
This eclectic stir-fry is a colorful combination of carrot, red bell pepper, corn and romaine lettuce. This recipe exemplifies how to stir-fry vegetables with different textures. The carrots, which are a “hard vegetable,” should be stir-fried for a minute before adding “medium-hard” vegetables like peppers or corn, which require slightly less cooking. Finally, add “soft or leafy vegetables” in the last 30 seconds to ensure all the vegetables achieve the same level of doneness. Make sure the lettuce is dry--if it's wet when added to the pan, it will turn the stir-fry into a braise.
By Grace Young

Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob

This grilled corn on the cob is a real summertime treat. It's basted with a spicy butter blend and grilled to perfection in about 20 minutes. This recipe is easily doubled to serve a larger gathering. This recipe is part of our Juneteenth Family Cookout Menu.
By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
Learn how to microwave corn on the cob with this easy recipe. When you microwave corn, you'll have a perfectly cooked ear of corn in just 10 minutes. Plus, the corn will slip right out of the husk and be completely free of silks.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Herbed Corn & Edamame Succotash

Rating: 5 stars 5
Fresh green soybeans, called edamame or sweet beans, are a great addition to this classic American dish, where they stand in for the traditional lima beans. The succotash is wonderful as it is or topped with grilled shrimp, salmon or chicken.
By Kathy Farrell-Kingsley

Panzanella with Tomatoes & Grilled Corn

Rating: 5 stars 1
Grilled corn adds a note of sweetness to this tangy panzanella salad.
By Eric Wolfinger

Inspiration and Ideas

Southwestern Calico Corn
Rating: Unrated 8
Peppers, cumin and chili powder are a natural combination with corn and hominy (dried corn that's had its hull removed).
Parmesan Roasted Corn on the Cob
Savory Parmesan cheese and sweet corn team up in this easy corn on the cob recipe that's good for every season. Wrapping the corn in foil keeps in the flavors of smoked paprika, garlic powder and thyme. Pair with roast chicken, steak or pork or serve as part of a vegetarian meal.
Grilled Corn on the Cob

Want to know how to grill corn on the cob? This grilled corn on the cob recipe starts with 4 ears of fresh summer corn.