10 ways to garnish corn on the cob

It's not easy to improve on a summer classic, but slathering on any of these flavourful butters and spreads will add to the fun of trying

1. Mediterranean medley
Finely chop oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes and mince garlic, then stir into butter.

2. New Orleans hot
Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over butter, then stir in along with a good dash of Tabasco.

3. Asian touch
Blend wasabi paste into butter, then add thinly sliced green onion.

4. Colourful Italian
Stir chopped capers, roasted red peppers, minced garlic and chopped fresh basil into butter.

5. Pesto butter
Flavour butter with a dab of pesto and freshly grated Parmesan.

6. Provencal style
Stir butter or spreadable cream cheese with finely chopped shallots and fresh or dried tarragon or herbes de Provence.

7. Curried up
Mix a little curry paste into butter along with chopped cilantro.

8. Divine ginger
Finely chop pickled ginger and stir into butter with sliced chives or green onions.

9. Savoury spread
Chop fresh rosemary and stir into butter with pinches of poultry seasoning.

10. Kid-pleasing
Mix a little dab of honey and a pinch of cinnamon into butter.