Delicious Southern Fried Corn – A Classic Recipe

The southern fried corn – a dish that has its roots in the south and has been passed down from generations to generations. This dish is a staple at any southern dining table, where you will find crispy corn kernels sweet and salty, infused with bacon flavor and creamy richness of heavy cream.

When it comes to the best southern fried corn recipe, nothing compares to my family’s version – Southern Fried Corn II Recipe. Trust me; it’s not like those other bland canned corn or frozen corn recipes. This recipe uses fresh corn kernels right off the cob, cooked in a cast-iron skillet with bacon grease and butter until they’re golden brown and crispy.

It’s the perfect side dish for your next barbecue party, Thanksgiving dinner or for any occasion that calls for a hearty and flavorful meal. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

In this recipe article, I will walk you through how to make the perfect southern fried corn step by step. So go grab some fresh ears of corn at your local farmer’s market, put on an apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Fried Corn II
Southern Fried Corn II

Listen up my friends, because I have got some good news for all of you! I introduce to you, the mouth-watering Southern Fried Corn II Recipe. This recipe is unlike anything you have ever tasted before, trust me. It’s a perfect balance of crispy and creamy texture with just the right amount of seasoning.

Now, let me tell you why this recipe is so amazing. First off, it’s incredibly easy to make. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at your local grocery store. Plus, it only takes a few steps to make it happen in your kitchen.

Secondly, let’s talk about the taste. Imagine biting into a juicy corn kernel that’s been perfectly browned in bacon fat and butter? The combination of fresh corn kernels, creamy heavy cream, and savory bacon will make your taste buds dance with joy. You’ll feel like the world has slowed down as you savor each bite of this culinary masterpiece.

Lastly, fried corn can be paired with almost any entrée or served as an amazing side dish. Whether you’re serving it at your next dinner party or making it for your family during a weeknight meal, this southern classic will leave everyone wanting more.

So what are you waiting for? Try out the Southern Fried Corn II recipe today and let the flavors speak for themselves. I guarantee it will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

Ingredient List

 Fresh corn kernels dredged in a crispy coating of spices and flour.
Fresh corn kernels dredged in a crispy coating of spices and flour.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this Southern Fried Corn II Recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 ears fresh corn, cut kernels from the cob
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

These recipe ingredients are pretty simple and straightforward. You will need fresh corn kernels cut from the cob for that authentic Southern Fried Corn experience. However, if fresh corn is not available, you can use canned or frozen corn as well. The recipe also calls for butter and bacon drippings which add a rich flavor to the dish. Fresh vegetables like onions and bell peppers add texture and color to the dish. Finally, don’t forget about the seasoning! Salt and freshly ground black pepper are key ingredients that bring all the flavors together perfectly.

The Recipe How-To

 Bite-sized pieces of sunshine, fried to golden perfection.
Bite-sized pieces of sunshine, fried to golden perfection.

Now, let’s dive into the How-To of this Southern Fried Corn recipe. With this recipe, I can guarantee that you’ll have the crispiest and most flavorful corn you’ve ever tasted, and you’ll impress all of your dinner guests.


To begin with, you should gather all of your recipe ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 fresh ears of corn
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)

Be sure to clean and shuck the corn kernels from the cob before cooking them.


  1. Start by heating up your cast iron skillet to medium heat. While it heats up, chop up your peppers and onion.

  2. Next, melt two tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet. Once melted, add the chopped peppers and onions to sauté for about two to three minutes until they start to soften.

  3. Add in your fresh corn kernels, salt, black pepper, and sugar. Stir everything well so the ingredients are well distributed throughout the mix.

  4. Continue cooking on medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the corn is cooked through but still has a nice crunch to it.

  5. Add in the heavy cream or milk along with another two tablespoons of butter to further enhance the flavor and richness of this dish.

  6. Cook for another five to ten minutes until the mixture is creamy and bubbly.

  7. Lastly, remove from heat and serve hot as a delicious side dish, paired with your favorite meat or solo.

And there you have it, folks. Easy and delicious Southern Fried Corn in few simple steps. I bet you’ll love every bite of this beautifully seasoned corn, and your family and friends will ask for more.

Substitutions and Variations

 Southern-style corn, bursting with a feast of flavors.
Southern-style corn, bursting with a feast of flavors.

Just like most recipes, this Southern Fried Corn II Recipe can be customized based on your preference. This recipe is already delicious and comforting as it is, but if you want to tweak it a little bit, here are some variations and substitutions that you may apply:

– Bacon: The bacon adds a savory flavor to the dish. If you prefer a different type of meat or no meat at all, you can substitute with sausage or omit it altogether for a vegetarian version of the dish.

– Fresh Corn Kernels: For convenience, you may opt to use canned or frozen corn kernels. However, nothing beats the sweet and juicy flavor of fresh corn kernels straight from the cob.

– Bell Peppers: The green and red bell peppers provide color and crunch to the dish. Though feel free to use other types of peppers like poblano or jalapeno for an extra spicy kick.

– Heavy Cream: This ingredient adds richness to the recipe. If you want to lighten things up a bit, feel free to substitute it with milk or half-and-half instead.

– Butter: Instead of butter, you can use bacon grease for added flavor or vegetable oil as a healthier alternative.

– Seasonings: This recipe calls for sugar, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. You can experiment with different herbs and spices of your choice such as cumin, paprika, or garlic powder to suit your taste.

– Cast Iron Skillet: If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, any frying pan would do. You can also use an oven-safe dish if you wish to bake it.

With these substitutions and variations, you can create your own spin on this classic Southern dish.

Serving and Pairing

 A sizzling skillet of crispy, sweet corn like grandma used to make.
A sizzling skillet of crispy, sweet corn like grandma used to make.

Ah, serving and pairing. It’s the moment of truth – the moment when your southern fried corn will be consumed in all its crispy, buttery glory. But how do you make sure everything else sitting beside it is up to par?

First off, let’s talk about serving. Southern fried corn is a side dish that begs to be paired with something equally comforting and delicious. I recommend serving it alongside dishes such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and collard greens. The beauty of southern cuisine is how well it all meshes together – one bite of southern fried corn with a crispy piece of chicken will transport you straight to heaven.

Now let’s talk about how to pair your dish with drinks. There are a lot of different ways you can play around with the flavors of your meal by pairing drinks with it. One foolproof option is sweet iced tea – it’s always a winner in the South, and it complements the sweetness of the corn perfectly.

If you’re looking for something a bit stronger, you could try pairing your southern fried corn with a bourbon or a whiskey. The caramel notes in these liquors play well off the sweetness of the corn.

But what if you’re not in the mood for something quite so heavy? Don’t worry – there are plenty of lighter options that still pair nicely with southern fried corn. A crisp white wine or an ice-cold beer work great as palate cleansers between bites.

At the end of the day, though, what truly matters is that your southern fried corn is cooked to perfection and sitting pretty on your plate. After that, everything else is just icing on the cake (or butter on the corn cob, if you will).

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A side dish with a crunch, perfect to accompany any southern meal.
A side dish with a crunch, perfect to accompany any southern meal.

You want your southern fried corn to be buttery and crispy, so you need to be careful if you plan to make it ahead of time. This recipe is best served fresh, but if you need to make it ahead, I suggest cooking the corn and then setting it aside before frying.

To store leftovers, let the corn cool down completely before placing it into an airtight container. You can refrigerate it for up to three days. Reheating can be done in a skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of butter or bacon grease for additional flavor.

If you have any leftover corn that has already been fried, try reheating it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and spread the fried corn out on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until heated through. This should help restore some of the crispy texture.

Please note that frozen or canned corn won’t give you the same results as fresh corn kernels, but you can still use them in this recipe if that is all you have on hand.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Juicy bites of corn nestled in a crispy, savory crust.
Juicy bites of corn nestled in a crispy, savory crust.

Frying corn can be tricky, but not impossible. A perfectly flavored crispy corn made right in your kitchen is a great addition to any meal. Here are some tips and tricks to get those coveted crispy bits of corn and taking your southern fried corn to the next level.

Firstly, always use fresh corn kernels. While frozen or canned may seem convenient, they will lack that sweet flavor and crunchy texture that make the dish stand out. When selecting ears of fresh corn, the best ones will have green husks and firm tassels.

The key to getting crispy corn without burning it is to maintain your heat levels. If you choose too low of a heat setting, the moisture in the corn will evaporate slowly, making it remain mushy. On the other hand, too high of heat will burn the kernels before they are cooked through.

Another essential step for perfect results is to use a cast-iron skillet or frying pan when cooking. Cast iron distributes heat evenly and can withstand high temperatures better than other pans.

For flavoring, bacon fat is highly recommended because it provides a smoky taste that complements the sweetness of fresh corn kernels perfectly. Avoid using oil or vegetable shortening because they do not impart as much flavor.

Lastly, don’t rush to add sugar unless you’re sure the kernels aren’t sweet enough on their own. Scrutinize what you’re working with before adding any sugar or spices that can overpower the dish’s perfect balance.

Following these techniques and pairing with your favorite main entree will take your southern comfort meal experience up a notch!


Now that we’ve covered everything you need to know about this southern-style recipe, it’s time to address some of the most common questions that may arise during the cooking process. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Southern Fried Corn II Recipe.

How to make the best tasting corn?

To achieve the most delicious corn on the cob, boiling it in a mixture of sweetened water and tangy lemon juice is the way to go.

What is crispy corn made of?

One popular snack called crispy corn is made by frying corn kernels and seasoning them with spices. Restaurants and fast food centers prepare crispy corn using various methods, ranging from thin to extremely thick coatings made with cornflour, and occasionally egg white powder or egg.

How does Martha Stewart cook corn on the cob?

First things first, grab a large, sturdy pot and fill it up with a couple of quarts of water. Bring that water to a boiling point and add some sugar to give our corn a touch of sweetness. Once the sugar dissolves, go ahead and toss in the corn and let it cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. After that, it’s time for the final touches. Slather some butter on that bad boy, add a dash of salt, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to get the party started. Voila, southern-style corn in all its glory!

What are the different ways to cook corn?

There are various methods available to turn raw kernels into soft and delicious bites. These techniques include boiling, steaming, pressure cooking, oven roasting, grilling, and even microwaving.

How do you prepare corn from a can?

First things first, we need to get that can of corn open and drain out the excess liquid. Once that’s done, grab a skillet or saucepan and pour the kernels in. To add some extra flavor, I recommend adding a small amount of water, butter, and a pinch of salt. Place the skillet over medium heat and let the ingredients come to a nice simmer. Take the heat down a notch and continue to let the corn cook for a few minutes until it’s warmed through to perfection.

Bottom Line


After trying this recipe for Southern Fried Corn II, I’m confident you will be hooked! It’s the perfect side dish to serve at your next family gathering, barbecue or dinner party. With its crispy corn kernels sweetened with sugar and mixed with savory bacon and onions, it’s hard not to love.

By taking advantage of some of the variations and substitutions listed here, you can customize the recipe to suit your tastes and preferences. Whether you prefer to use canned corn or fresh corn kernels, whole kernel or frozen corn, there are different ways to make this recipe work for you.

So why not try this classic southern fried corn recipe today? With the help of these detailed instructions, tips and recommendations, you’ll be well on your way to mastering this iconic dish. Whether you’re cooking for friends or family, it’s sure to please everyone around the table. Happy cooking!

Southern Fried Corn II

Southern Fried Corn II Recipe

From Hallmark Magazine November/December 2006. I'm considering using fresh corn that has been grilled or roasted next time I prepare this...thought processes in motion...
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 132.2 kcal


  • 1 lb fresh corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 slices bacon, cut up into small pieces
  • 1 cup vidalia onion, diced (or any regional variety of sweet onion)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Place the corn kernels in a bowl and pour the heavy cream over the corn. Allow to sit while you fry the bacon and vegetables.
  • Cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add the onions, bell pepper and jalapeno. Cook until onion is translucent; about 4-5 minutes.
  • Now add the corn/heavy cream mixture to the pot, stirring until ingredients are mixed well.
  • Stir in the salt, black pepper and sugar.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve hot.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 86gCalories: 132.2kcalCarbohydrates: 11.6gProtein: 3gFat: 9.1gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 22.5mgSodium: 203.8mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 2.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Corn, Easy, Summer, Vegetable
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