Cooking with fresh corn on the cob: what can you do with it?

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In August and September, Dutch sweet corn is proudly displayed in supermarkets. We say: bring it home and experience a lot of tasty things. After all, cooking with fresh corn on the cob goes further than just aiming those things at your barbecue. And we like to put that in an overview.

Oh and a tip: look for the corn on the cob with the leaves still attached. Those are the tastiest!

Cooking with fresh corn on the cob

In the soup

Corn soup should actually become mandatory for every Dutch person, around September. Pureed, the grains give a nice texture: soft and yet with a small bite. Our tip? Make that soup extra fragrant by adding coconut milk and spices like turmeric. You get the recipe from us:

Corn soup with coconut milk and spices

Make broth from the corn cobs

Whatever you do with your corn, remember at all times that you can make delicious broth from the leftover cobs. You can use it as a base for soups and sauces or use it in stews or risotto.

Basically for everything you normally use broth for. And if you don’t use it immediately, you can always freeze the stock. Also makes the food waste police very happy.

Esquites from

Already familiar with Esquites? This typical Mexican street food is best described as a lukewarm corn salad in a mug. That may sound like a modest dish, but taste esquites once and you will immediately understand why the Mexicans are lining up for the snack.

The strength lies in the way in which the corn kernels are baked in flavored butter and a spoonful of mayonnaise. Can those Mexicans:

Mexican Esquites

Totally trendy: corn ribs

Corn ribs are made by quartering corn on the cob lengthwise. Yes, about the length. Just like the well-known ‘ avocado hand ‘, there is an accident in a small corner of this job, so you have to keep your head up there.

Then the funniest job begins: smear the corn ribs with a little oil and spice mixture of your choice. Think smoked paprika, garlic powder and ground coriander, chipotle in adobo, or a nice  spice rub . By then baking them in the airfryer, the bars curl until they look a lot like spare ribs.

Corn at Black Smoke

Make fresh polenta

We all know instant polenta from a pack, but have you ever realized that you can also make fresh polenta? Believe us when we say that it tastes not ten, but a million times better than the ready-made version (and we like it so much already…). It is of course a bit more laborious, but if you are still looking for a cooking project, fresh polenta is a very good destination for those corn on the cob.

Grill those cobs

And of course grilled corn on the cob is also great when grilled. When the weather is nice, you can use the barbecue for this, otherwise a grill pan will also serve you well. How do we like them best? Like elotes, with a lot of cheese, coriander and chili. Or perhaps even better: with a Doritos crust. Chips for dinner? May just.

Corn on the cob with doritos crust

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