Best Skillet Corn Recipe

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This easy skillet corn is the best Thanksgiving corn recipe. Crispy, chewy, buttery corn cooked to perfection! This corn side dish recipe is simple to make and so delicious.

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This skillet corn is perfect for Thanksgiving!

This is hands down the best Thanksgiving corn recipe and a tradition in our home. Give it a try this year!

Today I’m sharing my very favorite way to make corn for Thanksgiving. I’m pretty confident when I say that this skillet corn will change the way that you make corn forever!

This recipe is one of the best corn recipes along with Slow Cooker Creamed Corn, Honey Butter Skillet Corn, Creamed Corn, and Frozen Roasted Corn.

I’m also sharing it just in time for your Thanksgiving recipe planning. This will be one of your new favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! I have been making this recipe for years and years and it always gets rave reviews.

Ingredients Needed

  • frozen corn kernels
  • butter: can substitute dairy free if needed
  • salt & pepper: to taste
taking a spoonful of corn from the skillet

The texture is key here, so it’s all in the method! Trust me when I say, those crispy delicious edges are worth every minute of cook time.

how to make skillet corn

Step 1: Melt your butter in a large nonstick pan or skillet over medium high heat.

Tip: if you are vegan or dairy free, you can use vegan butter.

taking a spoonful of corn from the skillet

Step 2: Once the butter is melted in the skillet, add in the frozen corn, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Cook the corn over medium high heat, stirring often, for 30 – 40 minutes.

Yes, this does take time, but most likely you are already cooking other parts of dinner, and will hardly notice the time going by.

If you are making it for Thanksgiving, just give it a stir in between working on your other dishes. Just stir every few minutes and it’s a low maintenance delicious side dish!

easy corn side dish

tips for making the best skillet corn

Tips for making the best skillet corn

  • What to look for: You can tell that the corn is cooking how you want it by listening for “popping” almost like the sound of popcorn. When the corn starts popping, it’s going to start browning soon.
  • When to stir: Allow a few minutes to cook, then stir again. Just be sure that the corn isn’t burning, we just want to keep it on that high heat long enough to brown before turning.
  • Repeat: keep repeating the process until it’s done on all sides

The key to big flavor is that we want to cook the corn until it starts to get chewy/crispy. Chewy really isn’t the best word to describe it, but basically we want the corn to get crispier edges without burning.

corn topped with parsley

You can tell the skillet corn is finished when it has shrunken in size and has caramelized edges. Taste as you go and stop once the corn is to your desired liking.

For me, it’s usually at least 35 minutes or more, as I love my corn to get nice and cooked down.

taking a spoonful of corn from the skillet
taking a spoonful of corn from the skillet
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4.55 from 170 votes

Skillet Corn Recipe

By: Joy Shull
This buttery skillet corn makes a great side dish that is perfect for any occasion or holiday!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 30 oz frozen corn
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet or jumbo cooker
  • Add the frozen corn, salt, and pepper (see notes)
  • Cook the corn over medium high heat for 30 – 40 minutes, stirring often, until caramelized and browned. Listen for "popping" to know that the corn is cooking high enough. Stir after every few minutes of popping to avoid burning. The skillet corn should be browned and chewy, but not burnt. 
  • Serve hot and garnish with fresh parsley on top

Notes

  1. I added 1 ½ teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. If you want to wait and taste, you can start with a little salt and add more at the end

To make this recipe dairy free

  1. To make this recipe dairy free/vegan, simply use vegan butter

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 97mg, Potassium: 420mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 0.01g, Vitamin A: 356IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. I made this w/garlic butter w/ Parmesan cheese churned in the butter.. & bacon grease, & next time I’m adding bacon crumbles, I’m Texan & we flavor a lot of our food w/bacon grease, not too much, a t is perfect.

  2. This. Was. Amazing! I used 25 oz of frozen corn, 4 T butter, ~2 T duck fat. Near the end I mixed in 1 t garlic powder and 1/4 c grated Parmesan. It accompanied duck leg confit and roasted fingerling potatoes. It was delicious, and it was E-Z!