Southern Fried Corn

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling!

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com

This recipe was originally seen on Real Housemoms, where I am a contributor.

Southern Fried Corn is a southern classic. Of course everyone’s Nana and Momma have their own spin on to put on it, but overall, it isn’t even actually “fried,” it is caramelized. The base is of course, corn.

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com

Depending on who you ask will depend on the answer of what type of corn you have to use. I typically use frozen corn, which would make those who swear by their local fresh corn gasp.

Others use canned corn. Any cooked corn will do; white, yellow, sweet, not sweet. I find using frozen corn saves me the time I will need to really let me corn caramelize. While it is a simple process, it does take a little while to get the right results. Think of it as low and slow…

To add onion or to not add onion, that is the question. There is no right answer for Southern Fried Corn. Some do, some don’t. If you do, your fried corn will not have that onion-y taste because the onion, too, will be caramelized and sweet. While some insist that sweet, or Vidalia Onion, must be used, I prefer to use a red onion for color contrast. Any onion that is caramelized will be sweet even if it isn’t a sweet onion.

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com

The last big fried corn debate is the sugar added. Some will tell you to just leave it and use the natural sugars. Others add granulated white sugar, maple syrup or honey. I personally like using an amber agave nectar. It has a slightly different flavor, but natural and rich. If you don’t have agave nectar, you can substitute honey. Or a tablespoon of white sugar.

Some recipes also add heavy cream, but I find this to be unnecessary. It makes a sweet creamed corn and that isn’t my ultimate goal. I want sticky kernels.

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com

 If you like this Southern Fried Corn recipe, you’ll love these easy side dishes!

 Tools for making Southern Fried Corn:

  • Heavy Bottom Frying Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range.
  • Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
  • Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
5 from 3 votes
Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com
Southern Fried Corn
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion finely chopped or minced
  • 16 ounces frozen corn defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons amber agave nectar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in a large, heavy bottom skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion, allowing to sweat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add corn, continue to cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to cook evenly. Corn and onions should start to lightly brown and caramelize.
  3. Before serving, add agave nectar and salt, mixing to combine. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Fried Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 688mg 29%
Potassium 373mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 12.4%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Southern Fried Corn is a simple southern recipe caramelizing corn and onions for a sweet side dish or taco filling! #friedcorn #cornrecipes #easysidedishes www.savoryexperiments.com

Comments

Kaitie

Ummmmm yea!!! This sounds wonderful! The flavours sound like they come together nicely making this a delicious side! It is going on the menu!

Alyssa

This is a new to me recipe and I love how easy it is, and I typically have everything on hand. Great side dish for when I’m in a weeknight pinch!

Natalie

What a delicious side dish! I love corn so much and this looks absolutely yummy! Can’t wait to try it real soon!

David @ Cooking Chat

Yum, I can imagine the caramelized onions would go very well with the corn!

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