How to Make Fried Corn

Corn on the cob
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In this traditional Southern dish, fresh corn kernels are simmered in their own milky juices with a little butter.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How

  1. Over a bowl, cut the kernels from about 8 ears of corn.
  2. Scrape the cobs to get all the milky liquid.
  3. Place the corn and liquid in a heavy cast iron skillet.
  4. Add about 2 tablespoons of butter or bacon grease to the corn.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium.
  1. Stirring constantly, cook until juices begin to thicken, or about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low (slow simmer).
  2. Simmer for about 5 more minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
  3. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.
  4. This amount will serve 4 to 6 people.


  1. Adding salt before cooking will toughen the kernels.

What You Need

  • 8 ears of corn
  • heavy skillet
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper to taste