When sweet corn finally hits the farmers market, it truly feels like summer to me. All the stuff before — strawberries, snap peas, zucchini — seems like the buildup to this main attraction. It’s hard not to want to simply eat it on the cob, slathered with butter from now through Labor Day. But there are countless ways to prepare fresh corn beyond its most classic form, all of which taste equally as celebratory.
Here are 20 dishes, from sides like slow-cooker corn pudding and sweet corn and tomato salad to main dishes like creamy corn mac and cheese and spaghetti with corn and parsley pesto.