Easy Pan Fried Fresh Sweet Corn


4 large ears of fresh corn on the cob*

2 T butter

Salt and pepper


Remove husks and silk from corn. Remove corn kernels by knife from cob. Melt butter in skillet over medium low heat. Add corn and toss to coat the kernels. Stir occasionally. Corn is al dente in 1 1/2 to 2 minutes¹. Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Yields 4 servings


1Fresh harvested sweet corn is sweeter and less starchy tasting. It still has its husk on and is not dried out. It pan fries very fast. The corn on the cob we’ve bought husked and plastic wrapped in a four or six pack seems to be much starchier in taste and does not pan fry fast.  It can take 4-5 minutes for this corn to lose the starchy flavor. Sugar is sometimes is needed if a sweet flavor is desired.

We always had fried sweet corn in the summer when visiting my Grandmother on her farm. As Grandchildren our job was to husk the corn. She then would turn it into our favorite side dish along with her fried catfish. The corn this summer seems sweeter and more tender than her fresh off the field sweet corn.

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