Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Skillet Fried Corn

Finally!  Another recipe from The Farmhouse Skillet!

Today I'm going to show you how I make one of my family's favorite veggie dishes - fried corn.  Now, this is a lot different than the recipes you'll find if you Google "Skillet Fried Corn"where they use bacon and bacon grease along with some cream.  Mine might not be the "right" way to do it, I really don't know.  All I know is, this is what I've been doing for years and this is how my family likes it.

Here's what you'll need:

Corn - fresh is better of course, but frozen works good too
Butter - the amount depends on how much corn you're doing, I used 4 Tbl for a half a bag of corn
Salt - to taste
 Sugar - about 1 tsp or so, depending on taste

I always make mine in a cast iron skillet and I let it get nice and hot over medium heat first.  Then I drop my butter in and let it get bubbly and sizzlin.'  Now you want to make sure your skillet is large enough that whatever amount of corn you're frying can spread out into a mostly single layer.  If the skillet gets over crowded you'll end up steaming it and it's just not the same.  (I learned this from a big family dinner where I wanted perfection.  The Lord knows how to keep me humble.)

If you're using fresh corn, cut it off the cob and scrape off some of the bits and pieces and a lil' cob "juice."  If you're using frozen just dump it in.  Sprinkle your salt and sugar over it and give it a good stir and get it all coated with butter.

Now, just let it fry giving it a stir every once in awhile.  

Previous to this I've always known when it was done just by smell, it'll start to smell like popcorn, but for the sake of you, my lovely readers, I timed it and it took about 15 minutes.

You want it to be nice and golden with bits of brown mixed in.  

You might be tempted to call it done after only 5-6 minutes because at that point it starts smelling all buttery and good and it's even tender by that point, BUT....take your grimy meat hooks off and let it keep cooking.  It might be tender and good but it ain't "fried" yet.  When you start thinkin' you're getting a whiff of popcorn and/or it gets nice and golden with a bit of brown, then you know it's skillet fried!

Hubby came home from work on this particular night and almost swooned (do men swoon?) when he saw 3 of his great loves on the same plate - BBQ pulled pork on homemade hamburger buns, oven fried potatoes, and skillet fried corn.  And sweet tea of course.  No proper Southern meal is complete without it.  So I guess that's actually 4 great loves.
(Recipe for the buns can be found {here}.  I used white bread flour instead of whole wheat.)

As always, if you try it out be sure to come back and let me know what you thought!  
I love to hear feedback.


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  1. I grew up eating fried corn it was a little different because mamma always fried it in bacon grease with bits of bacon and she added a little fresh cream, just a skooshe. yum your meal looked so good I want to reach in and get a plate.

  2. Do you have the recipe for the BBQ pulled pork? It looks delish. I pulled the recipe for the buns. So quick and easy! Gonna try the fried corn, too. My son loves corn (heck, so do I!), so it'll be a treat for us both.

    1. About once a month I make a Pork Picnic Shoulder roast for Sunday dinner and then I use the leftovers for my BBQ pork later in the week. As soon as the roast has cooled after Sunday dinner I go ahead and get it shredded and put in a container. It's SO much easier to do when it's warm than when it's cold and hard. Then when I'm ready to cook it I just dump it in a skillet and pour a good amount of BBQ sauce over it (our favorite is Sonny's Sweet BBQ Sauce) and just let it simmer on low for about 30 minutes. And that's it! :D

    2. Excellent. Sounds easy enough! Thanks, Stephanie.

  3. This looks interesting! I've never heard of skillet fried corn before but I'll have to try it now. :) Your meal looks delish! And those homemade hamburger buns look picture perfect! ~Rachel

    P.S. Were you trying to get brownie points that evening? ;)

  4. #5 - You!! Never had this but sounds yummy. I also fry leftover spaghetti noodles in butter & parsley. Crisp them up and a great side dish!

  5. You have made me hungry :) Thanks for such a easy, simple recipe. I've going to try this the next time we have corn.

  6. I plan to try this soon. Maybe tomorrow night. :)

  7. Was this the penance dinner the day after we thrift shopped all day? :)

    I need to have your hubby reenact his swooning moment. I'd like to see that. LOL!

    The food looks delish and the photos are gorgeous, as always!

  8. If I try this, you will technically have TWO happy hubbies!!! Only one will be strictly leashed in Texas ;^)
    We are starting to get fresh corn from Florida, so I will make this over the weekend! Thank you for the idea!
    Have a great weekend and lotsa' hugs to all of you,

  9. Hi Stephanie.... HOW did I miss this post????? That corn looks wonderful and your buns look gorgeous!!! :-) I was so happy to see your comment on my blog - I've missed you. How are you all doing?! ~ Dori ~


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