7 Corn Side Dishes - Easy Summer Recipes

Corn is a BBQ side dish favorite due to its sweetness and satisfying crunch, which, when grilled, acquires a delightful flavor that harmonizes nicely with barbecued meats.

CampGrilling recommends these corn side dish recipes for many occasions because fresh corn adds versatility to any dish.

Whether you're planning a casual weeknight dinner, a summer barbecue, or a special holiday feast, these easy grilled corn side dish recipes are a great fit for most gatherings.

1. Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

Mexican Street Corn - Elote

Why it's a BBQ Fav: Mexican Street Corn, or Elote, is a BBQ favorite for its bold and zesty flavors.

Grilled corn is slathered with a mixture of mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime juice, creating a savory and slightly spicy delight that perfectly complements any barbecue spread.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Chili powder
  • Lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until slightly charred.
  2. Spread mayonnaise over each cob.
  3. Roll the corn in crumbled cotija cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with chili powder and drizzle with lime juice.
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2. Garlic Parmesan Corn on the Cob

Garlic Parmesan Corn on the Cob

Why it's a BBQ Fav: The Garlic Parmesan Corn on the Cob is a savory delight that adds a touch of elegance to your BBQ.

Grilled corn is brushed with garlic butter and generously sprinkled with grated Parmesan, creating a rich and flavorful side dish that's a perfect match for grilled meats.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Butter, melted
  • Garlic, minced
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until golden brown.
  2. In a bowl, mix melted butter and minced garlic.
  3. Brush the garlic butter over the grilled corn.
  4. Sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan and chopped fresh parsley.
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3. Honey Sriracha Lime Corn

Honey Sriracha Lime Corn

Why it's a BBQ Fav: Honey Sriracha Lime Corn brings a sweet and spicy kick to your BBQ.

Grilled corn is brushed with a glaze of honey, Sriracha, and lime juice, creating a tantalizing combination of flavors that adds a unique twist to your barbecue experience.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Honey
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until charred.
  2. In a bowl, mix honey, Sriracha, lime juice, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Brush the glaze over the grilled corn.
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4. Basil Pesto Corn on the Cob

Basil Pesto Corn on the Cob

Why it's a BBQ Fav: Basil Pesto Corn on the Cob is a BBQ delight that brings a burst of herbaceous freshness.

Grilled corn is generously brushed with basil pesto, creating a vibrant and aromatic side dish that pairs wonderfully with the smoky flavors of barbecued meats.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Basil pesto
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until lightly charred.
  2. Brush each cob with a generous layer of basil pesto.
  3. Sprinkle grated Parmesan over the pesto-coated corn.
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5. Teriyaki Glazed Corn on the Cob

Teriyaki Glazed Corn on the Cob

Why it's a BBQ Fav: Teriyaki Glazed Corn on the Cob offers a savory and slightly sweet twist to your BBQ spread.

Grilled corn is basted with a teriyaki glaze, creating a flavorful and sticky coating that adds a touch of Asian-inspired flair to your barbecue feast.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until grill marks appear.
  2. Baste the corn with teriyaki sauce.
  3. Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped green onions over the glazed corn.
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6. Smoked Paprika Butter Corn

Smoked Paprika Butter Corn

Why it's a BBQ Fav: Smoked Paprika Butter Corn infuses a smoky and buttery essence into your BBQ sides.

Grilled corn is brushed with a smoked paprika-infused butter, creating a rich and flavorful accompaniment that complements the smokiness of barbecued meats.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Butter, melted
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until golden brown.
  2. In a bowl, mix melted butter, smoked paprika, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Brush the smoked paprika butter over the grilled corn.
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7. Coconut Lime Corn on the Cob

Coconut Lime Corn on the Cob

Why it's a BBQ Fav: Coconut Lime Corn on the Cob brings a tropical twist to your BBQ experience.

Grilled corn is brushed with a coconut lime glaze, creating a refreshing and exotic side dish that pairs exceptionally well with a variety of grilled meats.

Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob, grilled
  • Coconut milk
  • Lime zest
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Grill the corn until lightly charred.
  2. In a bowl, mix coconut milk and lime zest.
  3. Brush the coconut lime glaze over the grilled corn.
  4. Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro on top.
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Corn on the Cob Alternatives

Need more side dish ideas? We recommend trying a delectable coleslaw or good potato salad side with your next BBQ grilling feast.