Creamy Spicy Summer Corn Salad

This summer corn salad recipe is sweet, creamy, and spicy all at once. Perfect for your summer BBQs!

This summer corn salad recipe is sweet, creamy and spicy all at once. Perfect for your summer BBQs!

Perfect Corn Salad for a BBQ

This corn salad recipe is adapted from one I observed Kevin Bevington, BBQ champ extraordinaire, making at a BBQ class. I didn’t write anything down and so I had to recreate it from memory. Memory and my own twists. I use fresh jalapenos instead of jarred, added cilantro, and way less butter and cream cheese. The result was a perfect summer BBQ side dish.

What Type of Corn Should I Use?

The recipe calls for defrosted frozen corn but if you have lots of cobs, grill them and then cut the kernels off. Such a great way to show off fresh corn.

You can also use fresh corn that has been microwaved or made in the air fryer.

Serving Summer Corn Salad

I usually serve this salad warm because the sauce is made of cream cheese and butter. If it’s cold, the butter coagulates a bit. Room temperature works too, but if you really want it fridge cold, skip the butter and use half cream cheese and half mayonnaise instead.

I’m seriously obsessed with corn in the summer.

Enjoy this Summer corn salad recipe!



Creamy Spicy Summer Corn Salad Recipe

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


This summer corn salad recipe is sweet, creamy and spicy all at once. Perfect for your summer BBQs!


  • 3 cups of corn (you can either shave it* from 34 cobs of corn or defrost some frozen)
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped red onion (green onions work too!)
  • 23 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely minced (decide how many jalapenos to use based on how spicy you like things)
  • a handful of cilantro leaves, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF, if serving warm.
  2. In a medium casserole dish, combine the corn, bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  3. Squeeze the cream cheese and butter into a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high for 20 seconds.
  4. Stir. Repeat until the butter is melted and the cream cheese is soft. Stir for a while until they are fully incorporated together and smooth (not curdled-looking at all).
  5. Pour the hot sauce over the corn mixture. Stir. Serve at room temperature or cover and bake for 25-30 minutes, until heated through.


This recipe can be made ahead and then refrigerated before baking but it will then take a little bit longer to heat through. If you leave it in your fridge and forget about it until after the steaks are ready, no worries. You can heat it in the microwave! Two minutes on high then stir. Repeat until heated through.

If you choose to use corn on the cob, cook it first and then shave the kernels off.

This post originally appeared in July 2016 and was revised and republished in July 2020.
Creamy Spicy Summer Corn Salad

28 responses to “Creamy Spicy Summer Corn Salad”

  1. Lynette says:

    You say to pre-heat oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, but if you are serving at room temp do you still bake it? Your photo doesn’t look like it is cooked.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Lynette, The instructions say to serve it at room temperature OR bake it for 25-30 minutes. If you’re planning to serve it at room temperature, don’t preheat the oven. Hope that helps :-)

  2. This looks so tasty! Perfect for a 4th of July picnic!

  3. Corn is popping up this week all around us, perfect timing for a tasty corn salad. Even better for the 4th this weekend!

  4. Renee says:

    I agree, I can’t get enough fresh corn in the summer. This is really really good!

  5. What a delicious salad Christine! I love fresh corn on the cob!!! This looks just perfect for the 4th and any other summer celebration! Headed over to read that very special blog post now….

  6. Morgan says:

    Can you serve this cold? Looking to take a dish to a pot luck and will not be able to keep warm over a long trip… Thanks!

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Hi Morgan, Sorry for the delay. Yes, you can serve it at room temperature or slightly cooler for sure. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  7. This looks fabulous. I’ve made a salad similar to this with the addition of black beans. It’s amazing how fresh corn can really make a dish. Love it!

    • Christine says:

      Thanks Mikaela! This would be great with black beans too, I think. I honestly do like frozen corn (defrosted). Or at least I always think I do throughout the winter. Then the summer corn arrives and I realize that they are two different species.

  8. The Mrs says:

    I know what tomorrow is!

    • Christine says:

      I can tell you tomorrow is not when I become the new Mango Mentor :(. That fabulous title has gone to Molly Chester of Organics Park. Oh well. She was pretty awesome. And it turns out all the finalists will be in the official mango-cutting video. Thanks for all your support and the post about me. You’re too amazing.

  9. Mango-licious! I’m going to do a shout-out on my blog for you (taking the cue from the Mrs. ). Hope it helps.

    • Christine says:

      Thanks Jane! I really appreciate that. Voting ends tonight. I have my fingers and my toes crossed.

  10. Raymund says:

    Wow this looks so yummy, the falvours in this dish are oozing! I love the combination of flavours in here.

  11. secretmenu says:

    Just this morning at the farmer’s market, my friend asked if I like corn. I said, “yeah,” but when I tried to think of a recipe I drew a blank. But not anymore.

    • Christine says:

      Maybe you drew a blank because plain old corn on the cob with butter and salt is so darned good. I have several corn recipes but when I bring home sweet cobs I almost always stick to those tasty basics. If you do try this recipe, let me know how you like it.

  12. Steve @ HPD says:

    cream cheese and butter … will have to try this one. great photography! off to check out the FB thingy … cheers!

    • Christine says:

      Thanks Steve! I think the corn would make a great side dish for your wondrous beer and maple brisket. Thanks for going to FB to vote :).

  13. Kathleen says:

    This corn looks absolutely amazing!! I’m bookmarking it and can’t wait to give it a try! ;)

  14. The Mrs says:

    Uh, there was some funky fake html in that comment about wailing…but looks like it was close enough to the real thing to get rendered as such.

    If your computer starts wailing, it’s because I commanded it to. With my made up HTML.

  15. The Mrs says:

    You, and your mango-jango-ness, are all over The Mrs today. It’s a Christine-fest, if you will.

    WHY can’t I have a kitchen in my office?

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