12 Corn On The Cob Recipes That Are Way Better Than Just Tossing It On The Grill

It's not a cookout without corn on the cob. While simply smearing boiled or grilled corn with some butter may be the easy option, we're all about trying unique corn on the cob recipes, since toppings are pretty much the best part anyway. This healthy state fair food is one of the best vegetarian barbecue recipes out there — and we're about to make it even better with cheese, spices, and some unexpected ingredients.

Go ahead and eat up this BBQ side dish, and don't forget to pile on the toppings. The extra effort will definitely be worth it.

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Chipotle Lime And Cotija Cheese Butter

The only thing better than slathering your hot corn with butter? Coating it in Half Baked Harvest’s spicy, zesty cotija cheese butter.

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Chili Lime Corn On The Cob

For a simple recipe that packs some serious punch, try out A Beautiful Mess’ citrusy corn.

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Grilled Corn With Lime Cilantro Wasabi Butter

Wasabi adds a majorly unexpected element to Steamy Kitchen’s corn on the cob, while lime and cilantro round things out with a bitter kick.

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Mexican Corn On The Cob

Damn Delicious knows that you can’t go wrong with plenty of cheese and plenty of chili powder when it comes to corn on the cob.

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Corn On The Cob Slathered With Basil Butter

Basil butter is easy to make, and you’ll want to spread it on just about everything. Love and Lemons makes it with garlic, red pepper flakes, and butter.

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Grilled Corn With Smokey Lime Mayo

Skip the butter and cheese — A Spicy Perspective’s paprika-topped corn proves that mayo is the way to go.

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Roasted Sweet Corn With Cheese

Also known as elote, this Mexican treat is made using a mix of mayonnaise and cheese for a super creamy topping. The Kitchn breaks it down.

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Kimchi Grilled Corn

Not only is kimchi a unique addition to classic corn on the cob, it’s also super easy to slather on. Thanks, A Spicy Perspective!

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Skillet Glazed Corn With Ginger, Lime, And Coconut

You don’t need to fire up the grill to cook the perfect ear of corn. Cara’s Cravings’ is thrown in a cast-iron skillet and covered with a sweet mix of coconut oil, ginger, and garlic.

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Parmesan Corn On The Cob

Parmesan is an easy-to-find topping that always tastes amazing. Thanks, Damn Delicious!

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Charred Corn With Pistachio Lime Rub

A pesto-like pistachio rub by Joy the Baker gives juicy corn both texture and sweetness. Add a final touch with crumbled feta.

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Roasted Corn With Harissa Butter

Store-bought harissa gives corn on the cob an instant pick-me-up. Family Fresh Cooking makes it even better with plenty of garlic salt and chives.

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