How To Make Fried Corn – Here Are 3 Alternatives

Corn! Fried corn, anyone? Corn is loved all over the world. There are so many ways to prepare it, so let’s blast off with the most common recipe that has delighted everyone since time immemorial – fried corn!

Get ready to learn to master these simple, yet perfect ways to prepare this yummy treat. Stick with me and you’ll be delighted with yourself, or your loved ones, in no time!


How To Make Fried Corn

Here are a few alternatives for you to try:

Traditional Fried Corn In A Skillet

Let’s start with the basics! This first alternative is both simple to do and easy to remember. Like all modern moms nowadays, you want super quick meals, so frying corn straight from the can is the usual option.

Frozen corn is also available (although you still need to thaw it). I tried it once but was hard to chew, so I am sticking to corn in a can (you’ll find various brands in the market).

Total time needed to finish this recipe: 23 minutes.

This makes 4 servings.

Here Is What You Will Need

  • Skillet.
  • Spatula (it’s better to use a wooden one if your skillet is the non-stick type).
  • Fryer (you can use one, mine is electric).
  • Bowl.


  • 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • 4 cups of corn kernels.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Pour the corn kernels into a bowl (I drain the water from the can first) and then set them aside.
  2. Set the fryer to a medium-high heat.
  3. When the heated skillet is ready (about 330 degrees), put the butter in there until it melts.
  4. Add the corn kernels and sauté for about 10 minutes. Cook it until it reaches the desired tenderness. You can wait longer if you would like the mixture to be a little thicker (it depends on how thick you like it to be)
  5. Sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper. Mix well, just to let the seasoning settle in and then serve.

What, do you want a little twist? Cooking adventures are fun, so let’s give it a try!

Garnish with green chopped onions to add color. You can do this when the corn is about to be done. The attractive color catches the eye and the wonderful smell makes it so irresistible. You can add some red bell peppers and onions too.

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This is how to make fried corn Southern Style, they say. Bacon fat makes the dish far more delicious compared to just butter.

Image Credit to The Saucy Southerner

Here Is What You Need To Do:

  • Crisp the bacon tidbits into the pan.
  • Once done, set the bacons aside and drain. Do not take out the bacon fat from the skillet, since it as a replacement for the butter.
  • Proceed with traditional frying by adding the corn kernels to the pan.
  • Season, but test the saltiness of the bacon before adding salt and pepper.
  • Lastly, add the bacon back to the skillet and mix it well. (It is no secret that the bacon dripping makes it tasty). Serve hot!


  • If the fried corn seems dry, it is okay to add a little bit of water or milk until you reach the consistency you desire.
  • There are lots of ways to drain the bacon but using paper towels is the most convenient and fastest method, and it also means less work.

Sweet Fried Corn

So how did you find the old-fashioned way of frying corn? Let’s now try and make it both creamy and sweet. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this fried corn recipe is for you!

Total time needed to finish this recipe: 23 minutes.

Makes 2 servings.

Here Is What You Will Need

  • Skillet.
  • Spatula (it’s better to use a wooden one if your skillet is non-stick type).
  • Fryer (you can use any, mine is electric).
  • Bowl.


  • 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • 1 can of corn kernels, drained.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (some prefer honey).
  • 1/3 of a cup of heavy cream.
  • Salt.
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Melt the butter on a medium-high heat until it starts to bubble and appear frothy.
  2. Add the corn kernels. Stir them in the skillet for about a minute, making sure they are well coated with butter.
  3. Add the sugar (or honey if you like) and heat for a minute or two.
  4. Change the heat to high and pour in the heavy cream. Continue stirring the corn with the cream (there is a tendency for the corn to stick if you stop stirring) until it has reached the consistency you desire.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for about 4-5 minutes until all the cream is completely soaked up.
  6. Remove from the heat, put it in a bowl and serve hot!


  • If you want a creamier, tastier sweet fried corn, sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese upon serving or you mix this in while cooking. Yummy!

Deep Fried Corn On The Cob

Deep fried corn is a very common sight on street food stalls. It is not only practical and cheap, but also nutritious and delicious. Using a deep fat fryer when making fried corn ensures the job is really quick!

Total time needed to finish this recipe: 5 minutes.

Here Is What You Will Need

  • Deep fat fryer.
  • Egg whisk (a fork will do).
  • Kitchen tongs.
  • Bowl.
  • Plate.
  • Paper towel.


  • 4 corn on the cobs.
  • ½ cup of buttermilk.
  • 2 eggs.
  • ½ cup of cornmeal.
  • ½ cup of flour.
  • ¾ tsp of baking powder.
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt (optional).
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Put the oil in the fryer for about 4-6 inches and heat it (190 degrees C).
  2. Crack the eggs into the bowl and whisk them until they are ready.
  3. Mix the buttermilk with the egg and put it in the cornmeal. Continue whisking. If you think the batter is not thick enough, put more cornmeal in (it actually depends on how thick you want it to be). Then, set it aside for later.
  4. Get another bowl and mix together the rest of the dry ingredients (the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper). Scatter and spread the mixture evenly on the plate.
  5. Pick up one corn using tongs and dip it into the buttermilk batter. Make sure to coat it well before rolling it in the flour mixture. Coat it evenly. Do the same to the other corn cobs (this saves time).
  6. Start to dip one of the corn cobs into the fryer. I use a large fryer, so all 4 fit in. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until they are the desired golden brown color.

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  • You can always add whatever you like to make it tastier, including cheese powder (kids love cheese flavor) or chili powder (for those who want it super hot). Then, mix it together with your flour mixture.
  • Use paper towels to drain the oil and serve it sizzling hot!


  • Cut the cobs into small portions to make them easier for the kids to pick up. The more, the better!
  • Make sure the oil is really hot. The corn cooks real fast when you use hot oil as it leaves little time to absorb the oil (who likes greasy food?).
  • The easy way to know if the oil is hot enough (without using a thermometer!) is to sprinkle a drop of water into the skillet or fryer. When you hear the familiar popping sound, it is hot enough and ready for frying.

So corn lovers, these are the 3 alternatives for you in this article on how to make fried corn. Which of them is your favorite?

Related Skills You Might Find It Interesting To Learn

Here is a bonus friends, if you really want your corn to be super fresh, you need to learn how to husk it. Here is a link to an article with detailed steps to help you master husking.

How to Husk Corn

To be able to get corn off the cob, try to check this out. 

3 Mess-Free Ways to Cut Corn off the Cob

  • 3 Mess-Free Ways to Cut Corn off the Cob

Corny, yet sweet and creamy! Just a little twist will help you to get the best taste. So how was it? Did you enjoy our little frying escapade? As a staple food for most people, it is important that you should learn at least 2 or 3 ways of making corn.

Now that you are beginning to master the art of how to make fried corn, it is your turn to share the tips with friends. Fried corn is perfect for group gatherings, so let them know you can make it!

If you have any fried corn recipe secrets, please share them and we will keep them. Feel free to comment. Till next time!