This easy Southern-style fried corn is made with fresh corn kernels, butter, optional sugar, and seasonings. Add a little bacon grease for extra flavor.
Consider sautéing some finely chopped onions and sweet bell pepper in the butter before adding the corn. It makes a delicious and colorful side dish. Alternatively, add a small amount of finely minced jalapeno pepper or chipotle pepper for some heat. A dash of cayenne pepper would be good as well.
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears)
- 2 tablespoons butter (or use part bacon drippings)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Optional: sugar
Gather the ingredients.
In a heavy skillet, heat butter over medium-low heat until foamy.
Add the fresh corn kernels; cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
Lower heat if necessary to keep the butter from burning.
Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, and add about 1 teaspoon of sugar if desired.
- These days, corn is bred to be sweeter than in the past, but it will still lose some of its sweetness over time. If your corn isn't very sweet, add a dash of sugar or a bit of honey to sweeten up the dish.
- Add color and flavor to the corn with some minced onion and bell pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of finely minced onion and 2 tablespoons of finely minced green and/or red bell pepper. Cook in the skillet for 2 minutes before you add the corn.
- For some smoky spice, mince about 1/2 to one whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce and add it to the corn a few minutes before it is finished cooking.