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Skillet Corn with Bacon

The only skillet corn recipe you will ever need! Tossed with crispy bacon bits, this yummy pan fried corn recipe is savory, sweet and loaded with amazing flavors. No heavy cream needed!

A spoon digging into corn in a skillet

Love corn? You need to check out these other yummy corn recipes on the blog! Chipotle Corn Salsa, Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob and Avocado Corn and Black Bean Salsa.

An easy and yummy Skillet Corn Recipe

There are so many reasons this recipe rocks:

  • Quick and easy – 15 minutes from start to finish!
  • Requires minimal ingredients – 4 main ingredients only! Pus salt and black pepper.
  • Perfect side for a quick dinner, or make this the no-cream corn side dish for your Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays
  • So versatile – use fresh corn, canned corn, or frozen corn. Whatever you have at hand!
  • Great flavors and textures
  • Did we mention there’s BACON in it?

Corn is one of those ingredients that brings so much flavor to a dish. This is quick and simple because not much is needed to make corn taste amazing.

So we’re going easy on these sweet and delicious corn. By simply adding some butter, bacon grease, and bacon pieces. Oh yes, all the ‘healthy’ ingredients.

And then if you want to, sprinkle some green onions on top. But not required because even without it, this Skillet Corn recipe would taste amazing.

Fresh corn is always going to be the best for this dish, but my love for corn runs all year long and even when there is no fresh corn available, I’ll get myself some canned or frozen and I still love it to pieces.

Can’t stay away from that corn for that long to make to to the next corn season…

Closeup of pan fried corn in a skillet, with bacon pieces and green onions on top

This is a great substitute to creamier, heavier corn dishes. I personally prefer this because it brings all the flavor without the heaviness.

It is especially nice during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays where most dishes are in fact creamy.

Side note: not knocking creamy holiday dishes as at because I sure love me some cheesy potatoes, gravy and casseroles.

But really, it is nice to have little variety. Something with a little crunch, a little less cheesy and creamy, but just as yummy, on the holiday table.

Let’s pan fry some corn!

Another reason why this is a nice dish for the holidays – it doesn’t require the oven!

The oven is always the most sought after kitchen appliance whenever I make a holiday meal.

When it comes to this skillet corn, we simply need 15 quick minutes and the stove top and that is pretty much it.

Fresh corn kernels in a measuring cup
Fresh corn kernels

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Corn kernels – fresh, canned or frozen.
  • Diced white or sweet onions
  • Bacon – both the bacon pieces and the grease from cooking the bacon is what gives this dish incredible flavor. We are only using 3 strips of bacon for this recipe, but you won’t believe how much flavor it will bring.
  • Salted butter – I like to use salted instead of unsalted because having the extra salt makes it super tasty.
  • Salt & black pepper – this will further open up the flavors of the dish
  • Green onions – completely optional!

Basically, everything eventually goes into the frying pan/ skillet.

Pan fry it all, remove, and feast.

Pan frying bacon on a skillet
Pan frying bacon

Short and simple. And delicious.

Uncooked corn kernels and bacon in a skillet

I keep calling this a good holiday side (excuse me but it’s October and my mind is already ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the holidays things), but this is also one of those dishes that you put together when you want a quick and easy side dish for an everyday dinner.

Fresh corn kernels, especially if you are removing it from the cob yourself, will take the longest to extricate.

If you are in a hurry, try frozen corn or canned corn. This dish will be ready in no time.

I kept going back and forth on what I want to call this: Pan Fried Corn with Bacon? Skillet Corn with Bacon? Corn Salad?

Here’s the truth: it’s a dish that I whip together when I want to eat some corn kernels that is not off the cob, and then realize I like it more than Creamed Corn and absolutely love how light, tasty and easy it is.

In other words, it’s something I’ve enjoyed and I want to share. From me to you.

A vegetable side dish that is simple and tasty that everyone should have at their hip pockets.

Another side note: if you like bacon, here are other bacon recipes that I think you will love if you think this looks amazing (yes our love for bacon runs deep around here): Bacon Deviled Eggs, Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Bacon Wrapped Dates with Pineapple, Creamy Potato Bacon Soup.

Skillet Corn with bacon and green onions on top

It’s the perfect side dish to any dinner.

Or be like me and eat it by the spoonfuls. It is quite delightful, I assure you. 💛

Tips and Tricks

  • Corn should still be crunchy at the end so do not overcook corn. It doesn’t take long to fully cook the corn kernels. Once it turns a brighter yellow color it should be close to done.
  • I used a 10-inch non-stick skillet to pan fry the corn.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make this vegetarian?

Omit the bacon and add one or two more tablespoons of butter.

Can I make this ahead?

Absolutely! This dish keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Bacon will be less crispy if it is not served fresh. Everything else should taste pretty much the same.

Can I double the recipe?

Absolutely! Use a larger skillet if you have it, but if not, just double the recipe and pan fry the corn longer until all the corn kernels are cooked.

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Scooping out pan fried corn kernels and bacon

Skillet Corn with Bacon

Easy and delicious pan fried corn recipe! Combined with bacon pieces and bacon grease for amazing flavors. A yummy vegetable side dish ready under 15 minutes!
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 106kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 3 1/2 cups corn kernels ~6 ears of corn
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp green onions chopped, optional


  • Cut bacon into small pieces. Heat skillet under medium heat and pan fry bacon.
  • Once bacon pieces are crispy, add butter and diced white onions. Stir to cook for 1 minute or until onions are soft, then add corn kernels. Stir continuously until corn kernels are completely cooked (avoid overcooking).
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir, then remove from heat. Optional: garnish with green onions
  • Serve and enjoy!


Feel free to use fresh, canned or frozen corn!


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Would you use low sodium soy sauce instead of salt?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I think salt would taste much better in this!