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.
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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.
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