12 Recipes That Start With a Bag of Frozen Corn
Fresh corn is only in season for a short window of time every summer, but frozen corn is a great option all year. Inexpensive and easy to store, frozen corn is picked at the peak of ripeness, removed from the kernel, and flash-frozen to preserve the flavor and texture of the vegetable. Frozen corn cooks quickly for a weeknight side dish or can be long simmered in soups and stews. You can even thaw it and eat it right from the bag, atop salads or in a corn dip. From chowders to salsas, this compilation of recipes that start with frozen corn will show you how to enjoy this evergreen veggie all year.
Smoky Poblano Corn Pudding
Frozen corn comes alive in this dish, which can be used either as a side or as the main event. In fact, it's such a great addition to the rotation that some, like Katheryn Bludis, have even added it to their Thanksgiving menus. "If you want a twist on a traditional corn pudding, this is a great go-to," she says. "We followed the recipe as-is, since it was the first time making, and there was nothing left after my guests made a first-pass at the buffet!"
Andouille Sausage and Corn Chowder
For a hearty, smoky, and filling take on the traditional corn chowder, try this excellent recipe, which elevates ordinary frozen corn to new heights. Allrecipes users can't say enough about it, either. "This had great, spicy flavor and was a hit with the hubby," raves ctiftick.
Cream Corn Like No Other
The ultimate comfort food comes to life in this recipe, and you don't even need fresh corn to make it. This creamy and cheesy dish pairs perfectly with a steak that's right off the grill. "This recipe is FANTASTIC. It is the best creamed corn I have ever had," LauraBela says. "My husband won't eat corn, but he actually ate this!"
Corn transforms an otherwise ordinary dish into an extraordinary dish with these southwestern-inspired egg rolls. Seasoned with cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder, you'll find it hard to stop after having just one.
Avocado Corn Salsa
This avocado corn salsa brings life to any event you serve it at. "I took this to a small dinner party, thinking that there would be WAY too much for the crowd, but there was hardly any left over at the end of the evening," says JFUCCELLA. But even if you're just a party of two, this salsa will hit it out of the park, with few ingredients and very little effort.
Chunky Chili Cornbread
A traditional cornbread recipe that's perfect for eating with chili, this bread has a subtle kick from the addition of red pepper flakes and subtle sweetness from kernels of corn.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken, green chile peppers, cilantro, and, yes, frozen corn give this "set it and forget it" soup incredible depth of flavor. It only takes about a half hour to prep, and then the slow cooker does the bulk of the work. And, as ILKAHAD says, "We live in Mexico, and this is as close to authentic as possible."
Jicama Corn Salad
Crunchy jicama adds great texture and body to this salad, but the star here is still frozen corn. Impressive on its own, this salad also makes a great accompaniment to your favorite grilled proteins. "It turned out so yummy," says txdawners. "It was the first time I had jicama this way, and my boyfriend loved it, too!"
Shrimp Stuffed Delicata Squash
A marriage of flavorful curry, plump shrimp, sweet corn, and tender squash ties this interesting and healthy dish together. The best part might be that you can have this entire meal on the table in under 40 minutes, from start to finish. "I loved this recipe that uses my favorite squash!" says Patti Henkhaus. "I liked how the curry worked so well with the squash and shrimp."
Black Bean and Corn Salad
A protein-heavy salad that can be eaten as a full meal (or as a delicious side dish), this salad hits all the right notes. "This salad is so yummy and super versatile. It's great by itself, or for a full dinner we like to grill some chicken breasts and throw it all on baked corn tortillas with lettuce for a tostada salad," says HAWAUD.
Corn and Porcini Mushroom Cornbread Dressing
This dressing is a delightfully different way to use frozen corn. "I made this and I thought it was the best stuffing I have ever ate," says Mindy Hedrick.