Corn & Basil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce {Recipe}

Savory corn & basil cakes speak summer. They’re great as a side dish or the main attraction, and especially delicious when cooked on the grill.

I love corn. Especially during the summer when it’s fresh off the cob. Despite it’s bad rap, especially when it comes to high fructose corn syrup (which, for the record, is nutritionally equivalent to table sugar*), corn is a good source of fiber and antioxidants including vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and it provides the B vitamins folate and thiamin. Fresh corn is a vegetable, but did you know, dried corn – including popcorn – is a whole grain?! Farm-fresh corn is at it’s peak from mid-August to mid-September, but depending on the climate, you may still find fresh, local corn until mid-October. In fact, corn is the Whole Grain Council’s October Grain of the Month.

These savory corn & basil cakes are great as a side dish or the main attraction. Serve with my tangy Lemon Yogurt Sauce.

My family and I have been enjoying farm-fresh corn for the past couple of months. I’ve been making basic grilled corn on the cob, various corn and tomato salads, and my new favorite corn recipe, corn & basil cakes. This last recipe was inspired by Eating Well, but I doctored it up a bit to add some more vegetables and flavor. And, to top it off, in the spirit of summer I grilled the cakes too. The end result was a Nutritioulicious recipe that has become a staple of our summer meal repetoire. Although you can make these corn & basil cakes with frozen corn (which is just as nutritious as fresh), grab the last few ears of the season and make a batch before the summer feeling is completely gone!

These savory corn & basil cakes are great as a side dish or the main attraction. Serve with my tangy Lemon Yogurt Sauce.

Corn & Basil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
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These savory corn & basil cakes are great as a side dish or the main attraction. Serve with my tangy Lemon Yogurt Sauce.
Serves: 4
Corn & Basil Cakes:
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (if making in skillet, use another tbsp oil to coat the pan)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups freshly grilled corn kernels (about 2 large ears) or frozen
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sundried tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
  • 6 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
To Make Corn & Basil Cakes:
  1. Whisk flour, milk, eggs, garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, baking powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in corn, onions, sundried tomatoes, and basil.
  2. Heat grill to about 400 degrees. Coat a large piece of aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray and set on grill grates to heat up. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, spoon the batter onto the foil and cook until the edges are dry and the middle starts to bubble, about 2 to 3 minutes. Make as many cakes at a time as fit on the foil with each at least 2-inches apart. Flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter, making 12 cakes total. Reduce the heat as necessary to prevent burning.
To Make Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
  1. In a small mixing bowl, or in the yogurt container, combine the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper. Serve with the Corn & Basil Cakes.
To make the grilled corn, wrap corn with aluminum foil and grill, turning occasionally, until corn kernels begin to brown on all sides. To cut kernels, wait for corn to cool. Stand ears of corn on one end and slice kernels off with a sharp knife. The Corn & Basil Cakes recipe is adapted from Eating Well.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 3 cakes

Do you have a favorite corn recipe? 

*Disclosure: I am a consultant to the Corn Refiners Association, but all opinions are my own. 

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20 Responses to Corn & Basil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce {Recipe}

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  2. These look so easy to make – I will have to adapt a bit since I don’t have a grill, but I love all the flavors and the lemon yogurt you added to top them! How creative.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Marisa! You can easily make them on a griddle or in a frying pan like you would make regular pancakes. Hope you enjoy them!

  3. Francesca says:

    I love corn too! I think I will make these with a grilled version :)

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Francesca! I love making them grilled this time of year. Such great flavors. Enjoy!

  4. These look so yummy, and I bet my whole family would love them! Good info on corn nutrition too!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks EA! I can tell you my whole family loves them!!

  5. I don’t have a grill, but I want one so bad! This recipe looks so good. I love making patties for dinner, tonight I’m making sweet potato and quinoa cakes!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Emily! Making them on the grill is great, but you they taste almost as good on a griddle too! Sweet potato quinoa cakes sound yummy!

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  7. These look so tasty and I love hearing some sense about corn :) We are loving the fresh corn and I definitely look at it as a healthy food!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! We love summer corn too!

  8. Heather says:

    I love to make corn cakes for light summer lunches atop a bowl of mixed greens and fresh herbs. The lemony yogurt sauce and sun-dried tomatoes are a nice addition. I could even see a few avocado slices finding their way on top… Very nice, Jessica!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks heather! Avocado slices on top would be delicious. Definitely adding that next time!

  9. Chelsey says:

    Your recipe creativity is always so inspiring! These look like another winner!! On my menu for my next BBQ!

    • Jessica says:

      Aw, thanks so much! Hope you try them and love the recipe!

  10. Looks good! I love anything with corn and basil – such a delicious combo!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Amy! Summer staples for sure!

  11. Alanna says:

    These corn cakes look incredible! There’s truly nothing better than fresh corn on the cob in the summer. I have been enjoying our local corn as well. Love that you grilled these. I have to try!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Alanna! Hope you try them while corn is at it’s prime! You can make them w frozen corn too, so don’t fret!

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