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Korean Corn Cheese, also known as “콘치즈” (pronounced as “kon chiz”),  or Korean Cheese Corn, is a mouthwatering dish that has gained immense popularity in Korean BBQ restaurants and bars across South Korea. It’s an amazing dish to introduce to your kids too…

This creamy and gooey delight is often served as a side dish or appetizer, perfectly complementing the main course or enjoyed as a snack with tortilla chips and a cold Korean beer. We’ll check out the origins of Korean Corn Cheese, its delightful taste, and how you can easily recreate this delectable dish at home with the simplicity of the ingredients needed. 

The Origins of Korean Corn Cheese

Although the exact origins of Korean Corn Cheese are unclear, it has become an integral part of Korean cuisine and is widely enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Some believe that it gained popularity during the Korean War when American soldiers introduced canned corn to the locals. Over time, Koreans added their own twist to the dish by incorporating local ingredients and flavors, creating the very popular side dish we know today.

The Perfect Side Dish for Every Occasion

Korean Corn Cheese is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various settings. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ party, looking for a tasty side dish to accompany your grilled meats, or simply craving a comforting snack, this delightful corn cheese is sure to impress.

The rich texture of the melted cheese combined with the sweetness of the corn creates a heavenly combination that will leave your taste buds craving for more. The dish pairs perfectly with freshly grilled meats, adding a touch of indulgence to your meal. You can also serve it as an appetizer, allowing your guests to dip tortilla chips into the warm and goodness.

A Recipe for Success

To make your Korean Corn Cheese truly exceptional, here are a few tips and tricks:

  • Use fresh corn if available, as it will provide the best flavor and texture. However, canned or frozen corn can also be used as a convenient alternative. Most if not all Corn Cheese I’ve eaten was from a can.
  • If using canned corn, make sure to drain the kernels thoroughly to remove any excess water. You can also omit the sugar in the recipe, as canned corn tends to have a naturally sweet brine.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese to add your own twist to the dish. While mozzarella cheese is commonly used, you can also try using low-moisture mozzarella, fontina, or even gouda for a unique flavor profile.
  • Garnish your Korean Corn Cheese with additional green onions or bell peppers for added freshness and visual appeal. You can also chop up sausages as well or anything you want, that’s the best part!

The Enduring Popularity of Korean Corn Cheese

Korean Corn Cheese has become a beloved dish not only in South Korea but also among international food enthusiasts. Its creamy and comforting qualities, combined with the simplicity of its ingredients, make it a crowd-pleaser that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

For me, as a French Canadian living in Korea for 23 years, Korean Corn Cheese holds a special place in my heart. It is a dish that I love to share with my son. 

So, whether you’re gathering with friends for a BBQ, hosting a dinner party, or simply craving a savory cheese snack, give Korean Corn Cheese a try. Its golden brown yumminess and the sweet crunch of corn will surely leave you wanting more.

Easy Peasy Recipe:

Short Recipe for Korean Corn Cheese

Simple Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sweet corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Large spring onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine corn kernels, mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, sugar, green onions, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Transfer the corn mixture into a lightly greased small cast iron skillet or baking dish.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts and the dish is heated through.
  5. Optional: Broil the dish for 2 minutes to achieve a golden brown top.
  6. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and serve.

++Tip: You can easily use a non-stick frying pan instead of a skillet. Also, my wife usually browns a few chopped garlic cloves before putting the corn mixture in the skillet. Try it out!

Enjoy it as a side dish, appetizer, or snack. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a cocktail party or simply craving a comforting treat. Bon appétit!

Corn Cheese
Image by Ashely C.

Yummy Ending…

Korean Corn Cheese has captured the hearts and taste buds of many with its irresistible combination of sweet corn, creamy mayonnaise, and melted cheese. Whether you’re enjoying it at a Korean BBQ restaurant, in the comfort of your own home, or even in the bustling streets of South Korea, this dish is a true crowd-pleaser.

So, gather your loved ones, fire up your cast iron pan, and indulge in this delicious side dish. Its simplicity, versatility, and delicious flavors make it a perfect addition to any meal or gathering. Whether you’re a fan of Korean cuisine or simply looking to try something new, this hot dish is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.

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