Buttery Southern Fried Corn

Southern Corn
The Spruce
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Ratings (158)

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.

If the corn isn't super fresh and sweet, you might want to add a teaspoon of granulated sugar to sweeten it. 

Consider sauteeing 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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. In a heavy skillet, heat butter over medium-low heat until foamy.
  2. Add the fresh corn kernels; cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Lower heat if necessary to keep the butter from burning.
  4. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, and add about 1 teaspoon of sugar if desired.

Tips and Variations

  • Fiesta Corn - 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.
  • Chipotle Corn - Mince about 1/2 to one whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce and add it to the corn a few minutes before it is done cooking. 
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 70
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)