Country-Fried Skillet Corn

May 14, 2024 - Country Cooking

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.

Type of Corn To Use

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.

What To Serve Country-Fried Skillet Corn With

This cream corn dish goes well with so many southern foods. I especially love it with fried chicken or Southern Fried Pork Chops. It also goes well with Southern Baked Chicken or Pulled Pork.

Other Ingredients

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.

Cast Iron Skillet

This recipe is best made in a cast iron skillet. There are so many things to love about cast iron. Not only does it conduct heat really well, it will last for generations so it is a great investment.

Recipe Tips

Corn can vary quite a bit in sweetness. If your corn isn’t that sweet, add extra sugar. This corn recipe should be pretty sweet. It’s what makes it hard to stop eating.

For extra richness, add a splash of heavy cream at the end.

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Country-Fried Corn

Sweet, salty, and creamy. There’s maybe no better way to enjoy fresh summer corn than Country-Fried Corn. It makes a great side dish for any southern meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword corn, summer
Prep Time 10 minutes minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes minutes
Total Time 20 minutes minutes
Servings 5
Calories 188kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig



6 ears corn3 slices bacon2/3 cup water1 tablespoon sugar2 teaspoons cornstarch1/4 cup milk1 tablespoon butter1/4 teaspoon black pepperPinch red pepper flakes, optionalsalt 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.

Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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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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Originally posted Jully 22, 2015.

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