Corn Substitutes

Corn Substitutes

This article provides an overview of corn, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make corn substitutes.

What is Corn?

Corn is a variety of sugary maize that is grown as a vegetable for human consumption. Corns are picked when immature and therefore store poorly due to their high sugar content.

Therefore, corn must be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen, before the kernels become thick and starchy.

What does Corn taste like?

Standard corn is a fairly sweet and fresh flavor, that can be slightly nutty if roasted. Sugar-enhanced corn is much more sweeter and tender than regular corn, which only has around 6 grams of natural sugars.

Is Corn readily available in Supermarkets?

Corn should be readily available in supermarkets, where it will be found in the canned goods section, the fresh produce section, or the frozen section.

What are some alternative names for Corn?

Corn is often referred to as maize, which is the plant that produces the kernels used in cooking. Corn may also be referred to as sweet corn, sugar corn, pole corn, or corn on the cob.

What is a good substitute for Corn in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for corn. These include:

  • Shelled or frozen peas, which share similar flavors and characteristics
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Lima Beans
  • Edamame
  • If it’s being used in a sweet recipe you could consider using creamed corn which you may have in your pantry.