If you don't find the idea of canned corn too appetizing, well, we wouldn't blame you. But the shelf-stable staple can actually be used to delicious effect! While we'd probably prefer fresh corn if we were eating it plain, canned corn can be a huge timesaver when it comes to corn-filled recipes — simply drain the water (if necessary) and go.
Check out these seven recipes that put canned corn to good use.
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1. Sechu (Ce Tiu)'s Corn Fritters
Sweet, savory, and fried, these corn fritters are sure to satisfy any craving. And they're extremely easy to make — just toss all the ingredients into a bowl, mix them up, make some patties, and fry them.
2. 6 Hummingbirds Kitchen's Corn Soup
This creamy, crunchy soup is as comforting as it gets. Its list of ingredients is very simple: two types of canned corn, milk, butter, cornstarch, and seasonings. The recipe creator notes that this soup has been made by their mother for decades.
3. Rabbit & Wolves' Vegan Jalapeño Popper Corn Salad
If you're in need of a summer cookout side dish, this is it. Enjoy roasted corn, savory "bacon" soy curls, spicy jalapeños, and creamy vegan cheese in this flavor-packed salad that "tastes just like a jalapeño popper," according to the recipe creator.
4. Immaculate Bites' Scalloped Corn
Step aside, scalloped potatoes. Scalloped corn is the new side dish in town! This easy-to-make, super cheesy recipe can even be meal-prepped and made in advance — and it freezes well if you have any leftovers. But that's a big if!
5. A Simple Pantry's One-Pot Enchilada Soup
This hearty soup has it all — canned corn, of course, but also ground beef, beans, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and crunchy tortilla strips. Best of all, it's a one-pot recipe, which makes cooking and cleanup a breeze.
6. Karly Eats' Korean Corn Cheese
Corn cheese is a surprisingly versatile Korean-American dish made from corn, mayonnaise, sugar, butter, and mozzarella cheese. It's often served as an appetizer at Korean BBQ restaurants, either as a dipping sauce for chips or bread or as a standalone dish eaten with a spoon. It pairs perfectly with soju, a Korean alcoholic beverage.
7. Food Makes Me Happy's Hash Brown Scrambled Eggs
Corn isn't often served as a breakfast food, but in this dish, it's combined with some breakfast icons: hash browns, eggs, and bacon. Everything is scrambled together in a single pan for easy cleanup.