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If you live in the Hoosier State, you most likely know several good ways to cook fresh ears of corn on the cob. (Grilling and microwaving are two of my favorites.) But this season, I’m really excited about all the things I can do with leftover corn cut OFF the cob!

When corn first showed up this year, I bought a dozen ears for a backyard dinner. There were only six of us so I ended up with six ears to take home. That’s when the fun started. I pulled an ear out of the fridge daily and cut the kernels off to use in — well, everything! (You can use raw kernels for these dishes too.)

  • Add to salsa, guacamole, hummus, or any summer dip.
  • Add to Spanish rice, chili, stew, or summer soups.
  • Add to cilantro pesto on pizza with red onion and queso fresco .
  • Stir into meatloaf, meatball, or hamburger mixture.
  • Mix into batter for pancakes, waffles, or blueberry muffins.
  • Scramble into eggs with red pepper & green onion for breakfast.

Or you can make these…

Quick and Easy Corn Fritters

from Kelly Senyei at Just a Taste


  • 3 cups corn kernels (cooked or raw)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sliced scallions, for serving
  • Sour cream for serving


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Stir in the eggs and heavy cream until the batter is well-combined.
  3. Line a plate with paper towels. Coat the bottom of a large pan with vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, scoop 2- to 3-tablespoon mounds of corn batter into the pan, spreading it lightly into a flat, circular shape. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip once and cook an additional 3 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to the plate, season immediately with salt and repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed. Makes about 15 fritters.
  4. Garnish with scallions and serve them with sour cream for dipping.

Who knew there were so many ways to use corn OFF the cob? Let us know what your favorite corn kernel hack is! And don’t forget to search our recipe archive for more great corn ideas.