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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

End of Summer Fried Corn

This is a great way to put end-of-summer fresh corn to use!  I could actually eat this every day but no, I don’t. 

I told you a couple of days ago about how when we lived on the farm Mom and Grandma made fried corn in the summer.  They had it easy ~ no going out to the farmer’s market to buy some; just send the kids out to the corn field to pick some!  Grandma then fried it up in lard; Mom used bacon grease or butter. 

Fried corn is a breeze to make.  Just stand the ear of corn on end on a cutting board and cut down it with a sharp knife.  When all the corn is cut off the cob, run the knife blade back over it, extracting the pulp and milky liquid.  The corn has been so sweet all summer so sugar is not needed in this recipe, unless you want the addition.  And, a cast iron skillet is best!  Canned or frozen corn can be used also.

This will probably be the last week for sweet corn at our farmer’s market.  What a sad thing…   That means fall is here with ice, snow and bitter winds right behind it…

Fried corn is at its best when served hot.  It’s a great side dish but, I could make it the main course!

End of Summer Fried Corn


6 ears sweet corn (about 5 cups)
2 tablespoons bacon grease
2 tablespoons corn meal
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup milk
Sugar, optional


Cut corn off of ears with sharp knife on a cutting board or in a bowl. 
Go back and scrape ears using the back of the knife, removing pulp and milky liquid.
Add bacon grease to skillet on high heat.
Add corn and remaining ingredients, except milk. 
Cook on high for a minute or two.
Turn down to medium-high, add milk and cook until browning begins.
Stir often to keep from burning.
Cook until mixture is thick and corn is tender, about 15 minutes. 
Serve immediately.


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  1. I've never heard of fried corn, but it looks fantastic. I bet I could eat it every day too!

  2. Now how could this not be good? Fried + corn + bacon grease = Yum!!!

  3. Danelle, it is fantastic! Hope you try it someday!

    Jenn, you said it! that's my kind of thinking.

  4. This sounds like a super good side dish with a huge piece of steak on the side....yums!

  5. I've never had it that way, and it sure sounds good!

  6. What a good idea, must remember this for next time I have corn in the house. Diane

  7. I have never heard of this...looks great though! We must try it!

  8. Me encantan este tipo de recetas, que bueno tiene que quedar esto.


  9. Jeannie, all the way with you on this and the steak!

    Lyndsey, it's really delicious!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, great! Hope you like it, Diane!

    Clements Family, hope you try it! Have a good day!

    jose manuel, el maiz es deliciouso! Espero que usted lo cocina.

  10. That looks way too tempting! :-) Thanks for visiting Cranberry Morning and commenting on the Watergate incident! :-)

  11. I have some corn forgotten in my fridge. This is an excellent idea to use it.

  12. What a great way to use the tail end of the summer's corn. This sounds delicious Pam. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. This recipe involves two of my daughters favorite food groups..bacon and corn. It certainly seems easy to make..thanks for this recipe.

  14. As it happens I've made a version of this dish off and on for years. Sometimes in the winter I get a hankering for corn and use frozen. It works pretty well, especially if you thaw it and dry it in a low oven before frying. Thanks for the reminder of this succulent dish.

  15. I've never had fried corn before, but I mean to change that now. It looks so tasty.

  16. This is a must try for me, thanks for sharing - never hear of this!

  17. Dear Pam I am so glad that you visited my blog and I am pround to follow your site....

    LOved the recipes you posted earlier...mainly the baked dishes....loved this corn dish too....

  18. Muy rico nunca lo comí preparado así y me gustaría probarlo.
    Un beso

  19. I love reading your reciepes!!! they truly are helping me lOL!

    Can see this being a family fav. THANKS!

    -Happy wednesday!!!

  20. I hope I can still find some corn at the market to give this a try. I've never had fried corn before but it sounds wonderful!

  21. Pam, I love corn! I ate corn sauteed in butter at least three times a week this summer. So good! =)

  22. I sure and learning lots of new foods and recipes on your blog; another discovery for me; fried corn; wow.

  23. Awesome to use corn often in my kitchen..
    I am glad to follow you..

    Pushpa @

  24. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my photo at Tomatoes on the Vine this morning. :-) Your corn dish looks amazing!! Love that color. :-)

  25. Fried corn? This is a first one for me! Never stop learning!! Thank you for sharing Pam :-)

  26. Mmmmm. Never tried that before. Sounds great!

  27. How could I have never heard of such a brilliant idea? This sounds just perfect, and I'm eager to give it a try over the weekend. Thank you for sharing it with me!

  28. Haven't made this before but it sounds delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.

  29. Cranberry Morning, it is temptation for me!

    Katerina, good and I hope you enjoy it.

    Mary, thanks! Hope you have a good evening!

    black eyed susans kitchen, your daughter's know what's good for sure!

    StephenC, I will remember that this winter when I use frozen corn! Thanks!

    Mimi, it's sooo good, love it!

    Jennifurla, great! I'm thinking you won't be disappointed!

    Silence Sings, thanks so much! I'm so glad you stopped by!

    Annie, bueno! El maíz es delicioso. Un beso

    BusyB, great! I'm so glad they help. Have a good evening!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, Hope your market will have some. The corn season is about over here.

    Ree, me too! Your way sounds great to me!

    Rita, that's the wonderful thing about these blogs, always something new to consider.

    Pushpa, thank you! That's great! I will be visiting you soon.

    RamblingTart, thanks! Have a good evening.

    Alessandra, it's surprising all the new dishes we find on the blogs! Love it!

    Alwayzbakin, thank you! It is!

    Monet, I'm so happy you will be making it. If you like corn, you'll like this.

    Kat, it's sort of different but really delicious!

  30. My family's favourite. We usually steam it over here and then mix in the butter and salt while it is still hot. Yummy! Your addition of corn meal is interesting!

  31. Hello Pam,

    It has been a while since I left you a comment, but I have been reading your blog. This looks like a really great recipe and one that I have never heard of before!


  32. Chalk me up as another one who has never had fried corn, but it looks absolutely delicious.

  33. I've been thinking all summer, "I need a good fried corn recipe" and here it is! Thanks for visiting ButtermilkCottage today and hope you'll come back often!

  34. It's so sad that corn season is almost over. This does look like a perfect way to prepare the last few ears of summer though. Sounds delicious!

  35. looks great! I can eat that as it is :)

  36. So simple and delicious, the best type of recipe! Can't wait to get some corn to try this.

  37. So simple and delicious, the best type of recipe! Can't wait to get some corn to try this.

  38. Pam, I've never heard of this before. I love the twist though! Would really try this one out once I get hold of some fresh corn.

  39. Sigh. I'm going to miss sweet corn as well. I guess summer is truly over...

    What a delicious recipe! I'm bookmarking it for next summer!

  40. I'd never had fried corn until I moved south and married a local gal - now it may be my favorite way to eat corn.

  41. kitchen flavours, I've never thought of steaming it but it sounds great!

    3 hungry tummies, thanks and have a good day!

    Jane, glad to hear from you and thanks for stopping by!

    Mags, it's really good!

    Days at Buttermilk Cottage, thanks! Hope you try it!

    scrambledhenfruit, yes! Fresh corn is just one of the great things about summer!

    Peanutts, me too! Thanks for the visit!

    OohLookBel, hope you like it! Have a great day!

    Rylan, it's delicious and worth a try!

    Joanne, you're so right!

    Big Dude, I wonder if this is a southern or midwest thing. Whichever, it's great!

    Jess @ Bakericious, thank you! It is!!!

  42. I so wish I could eat corn. That looks scrumptious!!!

  43. Corn fried in bacon grease...divine! Such fantastic flavors.

  44. Anything with bacon grease has got to be good! It looks awesome!

  45. ive never heard of fried corn! Sounds amazing!



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