Country-Fried Skillet Corn

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Sweet, salty, and creamy. There’s maybe no better way to enjoy fresh summer corn than Country-Fried Corn. It’s the perfect accompaniment to fried chicken or pork chops and has long been a southern favorite.

Country Fried Skillet Corn with bacon.


The secret to this delicious side dish is to cut the kernels from the cob and then scrape all that milk and pulp off the cob. It helps flavor and thicken the fried corn.

Of course, bacon doesn’t hurt either.

Country Fried Skillet Corn with bacon.


Once you cut the kernels off, you’ll go back over the cobs multiple times with a knife scraping all that you can off the cob. No waste here.

I typically use a sweet white corn like the fan favorite Silver Queen. But any corn can be used. The fresher the better though.

Country-Fried Corn with bacon.


This recipe is based off of Miss Mary Bobo’s recipe found in Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Cookbook: A Celebration of Traditional Southern Dishes that Made Miss Mary Bobo’s an American Legend. Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House has been serving up delicious homestyle southern food in Lynchburg Tennessee for over 100 years. This cookbook is one I turn to again and again for the simple southern comfort food that I grew up eating.

Country-Fried Skillet Corn with bacon.


Country Fried Corn is cooked in hot bacon drippings with a little sugar, milk, cornstarch, butter, and black pepper. I like to add a few red pepper flakes too.

Just plain simple ingredients is really all you need to turn fresh produce into mouthwatering food.

Country-Fried Skillet Corn with bacon.

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Country-Fried Skillet Corn with bacon.

Country-Fried Corn

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Sweet, salty, and creamy. There's maybe no better way to enjoy fresh summer corn than Country-Fried Corn.
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  • 6 ears corn
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • salt to taste


  • Use a sharp knife to cut off the tips of the kernels (cut about halfway down the kernel.)
  • Then cut the bottom part of the kernels off. Place all corn kernels in a large bowl.
  • With the back of a knife scrape the cobs to get all of the "milk". Place in bowl with kernels.
  • In a heavy skillet (9 to 10-inch works well and preferably cast iron) cook bacon until crisp. Remove cooked bacon from skillet and place on paper towels.
  • Add all corn kernels to the bacon fat and cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Add water and sugar and stir continuously until mixture begins to thicken. (May take about 5 minutes.)
  • Place cornstarch in a small bowl, and gradually stir in milk.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to corn. Continue to cook until thickened.
  • Stir in butter, both peppers, and salt to taste. Crumble bacon and sprinkle on top.


Corn varies greatly in sweetness. Start with 1 tablespoon of sugar, but if your corn is not very sweet you may want to add another half to full tablespoon.


Calories: 160kcal

Recipe slightly adapted from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Cookbook: A Celebration of Traditional Southern Dishes that Made Miss Mary Bobo’s an American Legend

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24 thoughts on “Country-Fried Skillet Corn

  1. My family in Texas consider this dish one of the world’s treats, but we only make it with Field Corn (Dent Corn), which differs greatly from sweet corn. This is the corn grown for live stock feed and is usually grown and left in the fields to dry out, however in the two weeks when it first ripens and in plump with starchy liquid, it is very edible. It has no self-life and must be shucked and cut soon after being picked. The final dish will not be sweet, but starchy and crispy at the same time. We make ours with butter, but bacon fat would be good too.

    The trick is finding fresh field corn the first two weeks in June here in Texas.

  2. Hey there !! So I’ll be trying this this afternoon after work , because I’m from the south and I’ve never in my life heard of this dish !! I mean NC is pretty southern right ? I’m so serious though I found this recipe first on another blog , the other lady in my opinion, was throwing off on the way southern people cook!! She was an Italian Lady from up north , I don’t think that I cook with the mind frame , more is better like , if one stick of butter does the trick I don’t feel the need to add two ! Was basically the comment that was made,! Any how it’s neither here nor there but I’ll be trying your recipe for dinner tonight , I’ll let ya know how it goes !!! Everything else , I’ve ever made from your blog has been amazing !!! I have no doubt this will also be !!! Thanks for listening to my vent !!! Have a great one !!

  3. My mother always used salt pork instead of bacon and lots of pepper.And this is the way we were raised. Add fried okra and fresh peas. Nothing better.
    Tastes awesome

  4. Fried corn has been a family favorite for many years. I have never added bacon to mine but I am sure it would be good. With or without it makes a yummy dish with fried potatoes, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and onion in vinegar. Totally country!!

  5. Thank you! So cool to see this recipe!! It was a family favorite at my house growing up. I was always the first to get a bowl of corn and it was always served with a slice of juicy tomato and hungry jack butter biscuits!!

  6. I love fresh corn this time of year! This looks like a delicious way to make it. Butter and bacon make everything better, so I can’t imagine this wouldn’t be great!

  7. The sweet corn is just now ready here in South Dakota, and I’m ready to eat it! I’ve made fried corn once, but it didn’t look nearly as creamy and delicious as yours does. I’ll have to try it again very soon!

  8. I am **so** with you on scraping corn off the cob. There is just something that is extra creamy about doing that, and I think it tastes fresher. I know that makes no sense 🙂 maybe it is the addition of butter (oh, and bacon!!!), but it tastes so good. Pinned!

    1. I was introduced to this wonderful dish by my Oklahoman mother-in-law . I was a young bride (1960) & loved it. We always tried to serve it at Thanksgivng thru the years since, almost sixty yrs. Yum yum.

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