Corn on the Cob: Four Ways

Creative options to spice up one of Summer’s best side dishes. From sweet to spicy corn on the cob toppings.

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So It rained pretty much all day yesterday and was cold. I’m not exaggerating about that either. It was in the 50’s and 60’s and rainy. Brrr. So cold. And it’s going to continue raining for the next few days. It seems that no matter where you live, you’re bound to complain about the weather. I’m just over the cold and rain and ready for summer to really begin and stick around for a while! None of this teaser garbage that New England is so known for. If you’re having warm sunny days, send some of that my way please!

The nasty weather even canceled school evacuation practice. Who ever heard of such a thing? I never had that growing up. We had fire drills and that was it. I’m talking… k-5 were going to walk up the street, escorted by teachers and police to a different location in a mock evacuation. Weird, right? So I guess it’s been rescheduled for a later date before school is out for the season.

Speaking of which, I’m seriously counting down the days. Two weeks until summer break kicks off! Super excited. Maybe I’ll actually get to sleep in at least once or twice.

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Can we please discuss summer shows? What are you watching? Anything new and amazing I should be checking out? Or anything I should be absolutely catching up on this summer before new seasons start back up? I’ve been trying to keep tabs on The Voice and So You Think You Can Dance. I usually only manage to follow along with those types of shows in the earlier days… you know, when it’s a mix of amazing and completely awful. Of course there’s also Next Food Network Star. It’s just fun to watch the drama and see who ends up on top. I never actually vote. So I guess it’s pretty much competition shows in the summer outside of a few others.

Okay so good weather, bad weather, cheesy shows and all… I’m always game for corn. I practically dream of the day good corn is finally available locally. It took a while for my local store to get decent corn but once it hit I was all over it! I try to grab a bunch at least once a week. It’s kind of a fun treat.

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I came across a cool spread of corn possibilities in a magazine weeks back. After reading off a bunch of options to the Mr, we agreed we needed to try at least one. But no… when it came time I wanted to do so much more than that. Why not do a taste test. An experiment, if you will – to see how they really rated and if we’d eat them again or not.

The contenders: Mexican (mayo, Parm, chili powder and lime), sea salt and red pepper flakes, cheddar-bacon and cinnamon-sugar. I’m not a mayo fan, at all – I only use the smallest amount possible with my tuna – that’s it!  So I didn’t try the Mexican. I left those for the Mr to enjoy – creamy, cheesy and a little spicy. A bit of lime juice is a must. Sea salt and red pepper flakes is basically your standard corn but with some spice. We were most excited to try the cinnamon-sugar corn. It was completely intriguing. Sweet, crunchy, juicy – kind of amazing in a really unusual way. Just trust me, it’s a must try at least once.

My fav of the bunch… can you guess? Duh clearly the cheddar and bacon. It was buttery and cheesy. I only wish I sprinkled even more bacon on it. Ahhh delicious.

More Summer recipes to try:
Roasted strawberry ice cream
Classic New England style lobster rolls
Skillet cherry peach pies
S’mores Rice Krispie treats
Fried churros
Lobster mac and cheeseStrawberry oatmeal crumb bars

Corn on the Cob: Four Ways

Creative options to spice up one of Summer's best side dishes. From sweet to spicy corn on the cob toppings.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corn
Servings: 4


  • Corn on the cob

Cinnamon-sugar corn:

  • Softened butter
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mexican corn:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chili powder
  • Limes

Cheddar and bacon corn:

  • Butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon cooked and crumbled
  • Foil

Sea salt and red pepper flake corn:

  • Butter
  • Fine sea salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ground black pepper optional


  • Prepare corn as desired. If grilling, cook with husks on over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove husks and any remaining silk.
  • Cinnamon-sugar corn: Coat corn with softened butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Mexican corn: Lightly coat with mayonnaise. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chili powder. Spritz with fresh lime juice as desired.
  • Cheddar and bacon corn: Rest on a sheet of foil. Coat with butter. Cover with cheese and bacon. Wrap with foil, allowing cheese to melt.
  • Sea salt and red pepper flake corn: Coat with butter. Sprinkle with sea salt, optional black pepper and red pepper flakes.


Recipe serves 4-8, plus.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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49 Responses to “Corn on the Cob: Four Ways”

  1. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — June 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Cinnamon and Sugar corn? Hmmm I am going to need to try this one!

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      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

      It’s a must try!

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    Tieghan — June 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Whoa! I love all four ways, but cinnamon sugar! I never would have thought to do that with corn! It sounds crazy enough fo me to like so I much try it! These all great Rachel!

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      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Definitely worth trying. It’s everything you expect it to be.

  3. #
    Tracey — June 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

    So many fun ideas for dressing up your corn on the cob! I am most excited to try the Mexican and cheddar/bacon but they all sound amazing!

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      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

      I wish I had more cheddar/bacon. I’ll have to make that one again soon. So good.

  4. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

    4 ways?! Decisions, decisions, I think I’m totally drooling over the cinnamon-sugar! Never would have thought to make corn like that!

    • #
      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

      It’s a side… it’s dessert… it’s both! ;)

  5. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I so hear you about the weather… it was 60s and rainy all week last week here, and while it’s at least warmer here this week, the rain is still coming! Oof. At least I can eat corn on the cob and pretend it feels like summer! These all sound scrumptious!

    • #
      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Pretend away! I’m right there with you.

  6. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Love the Mexican one!

    • #
      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Next time I’m totally trying it w/butter instead of mayo – at least to sort of try it ;)

  7. #
    Anne [A Squared] — June 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Such a fun post– I LOVE Mexican corn!

  8. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I will take one of each please. They are all so delish looking and filled with flavor!

  9. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I would eat every single one of these.

    • #
      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Corn platter coming right up! ;)

  10. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — June 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    How fun to try four of them! I want to try all these corn flavors too. Brilliant fun!

    • #
      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

      It’s a fun taste testing experience :)

  11. #
    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — June 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I love the versions of corn you just shared… they all look delicious!

    • #
      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Tasha!

  12. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love this taste-testing! I would have never thought to do sweet with corn. I want to try all four!

  13. #
    Aggie — June 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Loving this!! I never do anything fun with corn on the cob. This makes me want to!!

    We are watching Master Chef and Next Food Network Star this summer. And still getting through Game of Thrones on Netflix. :)

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      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Yes, Master Chef too! I swear it’s practically all competition shows this time of year. I’ve heard of Game of Thrones. Will have to look into it.

  14. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — June 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Great reminder that I need to start jazzing up my corn on the cob! Loving all four of these ideas!

  15. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    They all sound good, but I would have to go with the cinnamon sugar one! Although cheddar and bacon is a close second.

  16. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    That’s exactly how the weather has been here too. So over this cold rainy stuff! Where is summer?? And that was totally going to be my guess on your fave… because… no explanation needed. #baconrules

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      Rachel — June 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Duh obviously. ;) Bacon addict for life.

  17. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — June 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing.. Such great ideas!!! Think the bacon cheddar is our favorite.

  18. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Ohhhh I love this so much! They are all fabulous, but Mexican style is always my favorite!!

  19. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — June 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    oooo I have 6 ears of corn at home right now. I think I need to grill some up for dinner.Well have BF do it but I think we need to have corn tonight!

  20. #
    Gary — June 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    My current corn cob fave has been mayo, garlic, tabasco and grill seasoning. I’ll have to throw some bacon or maybe spicy sausage in there next time. Thanks!

  21. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    These all look AMAZING, but your cheddar and bacon looks especially good to me! Great recipes, Rachel!

  22. #
    nessa — June 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    These all look so goood!

  23. #
    Marcie — June 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I love corn and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Yum to all of them!

  24. #
    ashley - baker by nature — June 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    It was a yucky few days of NON STOP rain here too! Dang rain messes everything up! Although I sure wouldn’t mind being rained in with all 4 of these corns!!! They look amazing and you are so creative.

  25. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    seriously LOVE this. i’m obsessed with corn on the cob and i’ve only really had it with butter. i’m dying to try the Mexican corn, though. it’s one of the popular street foods they have and it’s really intriguing!!

  26. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Ooo, I love a good taste test and these are such great flavors!

  27. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 13, 2013 at 12:11 am

    It’s been crumby up here in WA, too! WTF Summer? I need a BBQ and corn all of these ways. I mean Cheddar BACON? Fo’ real.

  28. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — June 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I haven’t checked Hulu for SYTYCD yet this year, but to me, the earliest episodes are always the most boring. Feel good stories about people who can’t dance, or worse, making fun of people who can’t dance. You have to stick with it to see the truly amazing choreography once all the mediocre dancers get weeded out. Though it just hasn’t been the same since Melanie won.

  29. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 13, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Cinnamon sugar corn? I need to do that…like, tomorrow! And all your other versions, too! You made me crave corn!

  30. #
    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 13, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Love these ideas for corn on the cob- I love eating a cob of corn in the hot summer sun!

  31. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I love the mexican one- but I totally need to try the cinnamon sugar!

  32. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The Mexican version is by far my fave. It’s probably one of the very few times I “do” mayo. I saw Rachael Ray do it a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now if it ever actually stops raining and turns to summer maybe I can eat some!

  33. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — June 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Cinnamon and sugar? Now that sounds like something I have to try with my corn on the cob!

  34. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    My husband and I love love love corn on the cob any and every way! These look amazing :)

  35. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I love this!! You reminded me to get creative. Sometimes I just brush a little BBQ sauce on it and it really is so good and simple.

    • #
      Rachel — June 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

      OMG why have I never thought of that?! I need to try it with bbq sauce now.

  36. #
    Shelby — May 30, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I would have to eat every way! I love fresh corn on the cob!

    • #
      Rachel — May 30, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Trying them all is a must! :)

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