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.
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.
Step 1: Begin by adding the bacon fat and butter to a cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet over medium heat.
Step 2: Once the butter and bacon fat have melted, add the corn and gently stir to combine.
Step 3: Next, season with salt and pepper. Continue to gently stir the corn until it’s heated through.
Southern Skillet Fried CornPrint Recipe
- 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.