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Southern Skillet Fried Corn

Try this farmhouse style old fashioned Southern Skillet Fried Corn for a sweet and savory side dish the whole family will love.

This basic corn dish fried in a cast iron skillet is a Southern favorite. Southern cooks love to create vegetable dishes that are savory. This is what folks go looking for when in search of soul food.

While sweet corn is delicious all on it’s own, we love to serve it up a variety of ways. Corn is used is salads, boiled with milk, grilled, creamed, made into casseroles or fried to name a few.

You may also hear this recipe lovingly called “greasy corn” and for good reason. Bacon grease is an important ingredient of this dish.

In my neck of the woods, you’ll find this delicious, savory greasy corn side dish at favorite restaurants being served up on Sunday menus.

The popular type of places everyone rushes to beat all of the other churches to before lines get too long. If the preacher’s closing prayer goes on a bit long brows begin to sweat hoping to beat the crowds.

The recipe I’m sharing is for the basic skillet fried corn. You’ll find similar versions with extra ingredients and some even a creamed type dish.

Soul Food Fried Corn

Classic fried corn recipe

Southern Fried Corn

Southern farmers produce a lot of corn during the long hot summers. Corn is everywhere and readily available. This recipe can be made either with fresh corn cut off of the cob or frozen.

Fun Facts About Corn

  • Corn always has an even number of rows on the cob, averaging 800 kernels.
  • Each strand of corn silk represents a kernel, if pollinated.

Cast Iron Skillet Corn

Southern fried corn in a cast iron skillet

Step 1: Begin by adding the bacon fat and butter to a cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet over medium heat.

Bacon grease and butter melting for fried corn

Step 2: Once the butter and bacon fat have melted, add the corn and gently stir to combine.

Country Greasy Corn in a Iron Skillet

How to make fried corn in a cast iron skillet

Step 3: Next, season with salt and pepper. Continue to gently stir the corn until it’s heated through.

Southern Skillet Fried Corn is an old fashioned favorite side dish. The sweetness of the corn and savory flavor of bacon fat and butter make this a popular vegetable recipe. #corn #soulfood #vegetable #easyrecipe #sidedish
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Southern Skillet Fried Corn

Old Fashioned Fried Corn - Southern Skillet Corn

Classic Southern fried skillet corn, a delicious sweet and savory vegetable side dish recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1.5 tbs Bacon Fat Drippings
  • 2 tbs Butter
  • 28 oz Frozen Sweet Kernel Corn (If using fresh: 5-6 ears with kernels cut off of the cob)
  • Pinch of Salt and Black Pepper, to taste


Begin by melting the bacon fat and butter together in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Next, add the corn kernels and gently stir to combine.

Next, season with salt and pepper.

Continue to gently stir the corn until it is heated through.

Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

This recipe was shared at Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday 

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Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Saturday 21st of July 2018

Bacon fat and butter...always a good start to a recipe!!!

Julia Jordan

Saturday 21st of July 2018

It sure is ;)


Saturday 21st of July 2018

Wow, can I just tell you that your pictures jump right off of the page and make me want some corn right now! This recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing at Friday Frenzy.

Julia Jordan

Saturday 21st of July 2018

Amy, Thank you so much for your kind words!

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