12 Corn Recipes for Leftover Corn on the Cob That Will Surprise You

 One of our family’s favorite summer foods is fresh corn on the cob. Once we start seeing fresh corn in the markets we buy it weekly. Well, sometimes we buy too much at a time, especially if there is a deal like 8 for $2.

Corn Recipes for leftover corn on the cob.  These recipes include cooked corn and uncooked corn. 

Leftover corn can be a versatile ingredient that can be repurposed in various ways, minimizing food waste and adding flavor to your meals.

Corn recipes for leftover

It is inevitable that we will have leftover corn on the cob and honestly, I never knew what to use it for and usually ended up throwing it away. Don’t throw away those cooked or uncooked ears of corn, keep reading for some great uses for leftover corn on the cob.

Uses for Leftover Corn on the Cob

Corn Salsa:

Leftover corn can be a key ingredient in a vibrant and flavorful corn salsa. Combine the corn with diced tomatoes, red onions, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. This salsa pairs well with tortilla chips, as a topping for tacos, or as a side for grilled meats and fish.

a bowl of corn for corn salsa

One of the most popular and easy corn recipes you can put together is a Black bean and corn salsa. Doesn’t this black bean and corn salsa in the picture look delightful!  We grilled the corn for a different flavor profile. 

corn and black bean salsa

Heck if you are already making the corn for a meal, why not make a few extra ears for salsa the next day. 

We made a black bean salad with Corn we cut off the cob and kept in the fridge until we were ready to make this.  The prepared salad can sit in the fridge for a few days too. 

We asked some fellow food bloggers what to do with leftover corn.  I am sure you will find plenty you are excited to try this summer season.  


If you have leftover cooked corn and want to save it for later use, here’s how you can store it properly:

  1. Cool the corn: Allow the cooked corn to cool down completely at room temperature before storing it. This helps prevent the growth of bacteria.
  2. Remove from the cob (optional): If the corn is still on the cob, you can remove the kernels by using a sharp knife. Hold the cob vertically and carefully cut down the length of the cob to remove the kernels.
  3. Choose a storage container: Select an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag that is suitable for storing food. Make sure it is clean and dry.
  4. Portion and pack: If you plan to use the corn in smaller portions, divide it into meal-sized portions before storing. This makes it easier to thaw or use the required amount later without having to defrost the entire batch.
  5. Seal the container: Place the cooked corn into the chosen container, seal it tightly, and make sure there are no air pockets inside. If using a plastic bag, squeeze out any excess air before sealing it.
  6. Label and date: Write the date on the container or bag so you can keep track of its freshness. This is particularly helpful if you have multiple containers of leftover corn in the freezer.



Freezing the corn: Cut off the kernels and place in a freezer Ziploc Bag.  If the corn is not cooled, allow the kernels to cool in the fridge overnight and package, about 2 -3 cups per bag, in bags for the freezer.

Place the container or bag of cooked corn in the freezer. Ensure that it is placed in a flat position so that it freezes evenly and takes up less space. If using a plastic bag, you can lay it flat and stack multiple bags on top of each other.



When you’re ready to use the frozen cooked corn, remove the desired portion from the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.

Alternatively, you can add the frozen corn directly to soups, stews, or other hot dishes during cooking.


Can you freeze corn on the cob without cooking it first?

While it might sound easier to freeze uncooked corn on the cob, it’s not recommended. The process of boiling and blanching the corn first is the absolute best way to prepare your corn for the freezer.
uncooked corn
That’s because this method will preserve the bright color and sweet flavor


12 Corn Recipes for Leftover Corn

12 Leftover Corn on the Cob recipes

Corn Recipes for Leftover Corn on the Cob

Made too much corn on the cob? No worries, here are some quick and easy corn recipes for to use up that corn. Learn how You can freeze corn too.




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