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Skillet corn

Skillet Fried Corn

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This skillet corn recipe makes incredible pan fried corn! It comes out sweet, buttery, smoky, and absolutely irresistible.


  • 4 cups corn kernels, cut from the cob (about 4 large cobs or 6 small)*
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Scant 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt*
  • 2 sage leaves (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large heavy skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the corn, garlic, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, and sage leaves, if using. Cook for 2 minutes,  stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium and cook another 3 to 5 minutes until bright yellow and tender.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Sprinkle with parsley to serve (remove the sage leaves prior to serving). 


*You can also use frozen or canned corn here. If using canned corn, use 2 15-ounce cans, drained, and start with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, adding more to taste. 

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan