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Fried corn topped with bacon and chives in a pan.

Fried Corn with Bacon

This fried corn is cooked with bacon and chives until golden brown and caramelized. The ultimate easy summer side dish that pairs well with grilled meats, fish and hamburgers. A Southern classic that never goes out of style!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword fried corn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 184kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1/3 cup onion finely diced
  • 4 cups corn kernels fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chives sliced


  • Place the bacon in a large pan. Cook over medium high heat until browned and crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set on a paper towel to drain.
  • Drain grease off pan until approximately 1 tablespoon remains.
  • Add the onion to the bacon grease. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add the corn, sugar, salt and pepper to the pan.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until corn starts to caramelize and brown on the edges.
  • Stir the bacon back into the corn. Top with chives and serve.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.7mg