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Mom’s Skillet Corn – Also known as creamed corn or fried corn.
This easy summer side is made with sweet, fresh ears of corn cut from the cob and combined with butter, milk, and a little cornstarch for thickening.
What to look for when picking out the best corn for skillet corn:
- Firm, plump ears, no skinny minis;
- Select ears that feel heavy for their size;
- Pick corn with kernels uniform in size and in a straight line;
- Look for deep green husks; and
- the silk should be a little dry at the ends.
I learned to make Mom’s Skillet Corn while still living at home, many, many moons ago.
The process for making skillet corn is simple, cut the corn from the cobs and process quickly in the food processor.
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Fried Corn, Skillet Corn or Creamed Corn - whatever you call it, it's all good!
- 5-6 fresh ears of corn, husks and silk removed
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk, more or less as needed for desired consistency
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Cut the corn kernels from the cobs. Reserve the corn cobs. Measure out 1 cup corn kernels and set aside. Add the remaining kernels to a food processor and pulse 6-7 times or until creamy. Using a dull knife, scrape the pulp and milk from the reserved corn cobs and add to the creamed kernels.
- In a two cup measuring cup, whisk together the milk and cornstarch. Set aside.
- Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the whole corn kernels, processed corn, corn pulp, salt, pepper and sugar. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the milk and cornstarch mixture. Bring the corn to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the corn is thick and creamy. Add more milk or cornstarch if needed for desired consistency. Serve with extra butter and more ground black pepper if desired.
Here are a few more corn recipes you might enjoy:
Spicy Shrimp & Fried Corn ~ A fresh and tasty twist on classic shrimp and grits! Creamy, sweet fried corn is topped with spicy shrimp, garden fresh tomatoes and green onions for a delicious bowl of healthy comfort food!
Corn & Zucchini Casserole ~ Summer vegetables are plentiful in this crustless quiche-like casserole. Delicious for breakfast, brunch or a meatless dinner everyone will enjoy.