Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables: Corn

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Paula says, “When sweet summer corn is at it’s peak, I don’t even use butter!”

Summertime is in full swing! Getting outside with family and friends for a BBQ or picnic is one of the most precious gifts of the season. Delicious homemade food, conversation and the smoky scent of the grill as it cooks your dishes are what make summertime picnics memorable. Of the myriad of summer vegetables, sweet corn is tops!

The earliest ears of corn originated in Mexico hundreds of years ago. You wouldn’t recognize these ears of corn because they were so small (only a few inches long). Centuries of breeding have resulted in the bigger, fuller ears of corn that we know today. Sweet corn is what we eat on the cob and is named “sweet” corn because it’s higher sugar content compared to other varieties of corn. Although corn originated in Mexico, today it is grown almost everywhere in the world making it one of the most produced vegetables.

For the freshest corn, look for bright green and slightly moist husks. It is also a good idea to pull down the husk a bit to inspect the actual kernels. Press on a kernel with your thumb; it should be plump yet firm and brightly colored. Luckily, many grocery stores in the South allow you to clean the corn right there in the produce section!

Paula has so many delicious corn recipes to choose from. At a picnic her Grilled Corn and Watermelon Salad is sure to be a hit. Back home try Paula’s Corn Casserole, Corn Fritters or Mama’s Fried Corn for a perfect side dish. Or just throw a few ears on the grill and call it dinner…no butter necessary!

More corn recipes you’ll love:
Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad
Bubba’s Corn Muffins
Bacon Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob
Corn and Asparagus Salad
Cheese on the Cob

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thank you for sharing your recipies.I also like your sons beer chili...mmm

By chevy ethridge on July 25, 2014


Paula, Love you, your family and your shows. Just looking over the corn recipes you have listed on your website and will try some of them 'cause they look delicious. Recently learned a quick microwave method of cooking corn on the cob via an email from my sister showing a gentleman cooking it on a YouTube video. You may already have seen it or know about it. But wanted to share it with you so here goes... For 1 ear of corn (husks and all) cook in the microwave oven for 4 minutes, 2 ears of corn for 8 minutes. No more than 2 at a time. Take out & cut the stem end off, then hold top of ear and the cob comes out cooked, free of silks & ready for butter & eating. Love & Blessings to you.

By Trish Giesen on September 03, 2012




well a blackberry cobbler sounds wounderful to make but were make some thing with apples so my mother in law makes fryed apple pie with real apples their sooooooooo delisious

By sherrismith on September 21, 2010

I joined the Newsletter but i want to add Recipes to the Recipes box and i can’t seem to find the log in place to log in.Can you help me.Please.I love to watch her and her sons.And use her Recipes .

By Brenda Cook on August 18, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm