Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon Recipe

The culinary trifecta of corn, bacon and cheese is on repeat all summer long at my house. And it doesn’t get more versatile than this Garlicky Skillet Corn that can be served hot, chilled or at room temp and made with any variety of fresh or frozen corn.

There’s just something about the combination of sweet corn and salty bacon that’s a winning combo no matter how you dish it up.

Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon Recipe

My husband and I still fall in the “corn off the cob” camp. While I’m all for gnawing off the tender kernels, we firmly believe corn tastes best when sliced off and scooped up with a spoon. The flavor seems to be magically enhanced. Sauté the kernels in a little bacon fat and we can take down this entire skillet in less time than it takes to make it (a mere 15 minutes!).

Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon Recipe

I’ve been a longtime fan of creamed corn, and while similar in flavor, this skillet variety eliminates the cream in place of sautéed peppers and crispy bacon, adding textural crunch to every bite. The cheese is an optional addition, but if your’e craving a gooey bite, stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar, parmesan or gruyere cheese.

Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon Recipe

And as long as we’re keeping things casual, there’s really no need even for a skillet. Simply fire up the flames under your trusty nonstick sauté pan, then add the bacon and get cooking.

Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon Recipe

Ready to get cooking? I’ve teamed up with Williams Sonoma and Scanpan to bring you the video below. Tune in to see me whip up this Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon, and if you’re looking for more corn-filled recipes, don’t miss Quick and Easy Corn Fritters and Cheesy Roasted Garlic Corn on the Cob!

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Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon

The culinary trifecta of corn, bacon and cheese is on repeat all summer long at my house. And it doesn't get more versatile than this Garlicky Skillet Corn that can be served hot, chilled or at room temp and made with any variety of fresh or frozen corn.
5 from 4 votes
Garlicky Skillet Corn with Bacon Recipe
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 1 cup diced green bell peppers
  • 3 1/2 cups corn kernels (See Kelly’s Notes)

Instructions 

  • Dice the bacon into 1/4-inch pieces then add it to a large skillet placed over medium-low heat. Cook the bacon, stirring, until all the fat has rendered off. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a plate and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  • Reduce the heat to low then add the minced garlic and sliced scallions and cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Add the bell peppers and corn and cook, stirring, until the corn is tender, about 5 minutes. (If the pan gets too dry at any point, add additional bacon drippings or olive oil.) Return the cooked bacon to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • Fresh corn is best, but if not in season, use frozen, thaw and drain it well.
  • For a touch of heat, dice a small jalapeño and add it to the skillet with the garlic or top off the corn with a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • For a cheesy twist, stir in ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese once the corn is tender or sprinkle the cooked corn with crumbled cotija cheese.
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Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 260mg, Potassium: 502mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 470IU, Vitamin C: 40.8mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.1mg

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  1. What kind of cheese is that on top, feta? I couldn’t understand from the video, it sounded like fontina?

  2. Was looking for corn fritters rec. came across your other yummy rec. please send recipes to my email thanks Kristin down under!

    1. Just added you to our subscription list to receive new recipes in your inbox. Thanks for your readership, Kristin!

  3. I made this for a wedding I catered and it was a huge hit. Since I was “Smokin” Beef, Pork & Chicken. In that mix of meats I had Smoked Pork Belly ready so I threw the 12 ears of corn in for about 1.5hrs and made this recipe. It was the talk of the food line. Thanks, Great recipe

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for a wedding I catered and it was a huge hit. Since I was “Smokin” Beef, Pork & Chicken I threw the 12 ears of corn in for about an hour and made this recipe. It was the talk of the food line. Thanks, Great recipe

  5. 5 stars
    I love the recipe and will make it again, but it took me far more than five minutes’ preparation to cut up the bacon into small pieces, mince the garlic, slice the scallions, dice the green peppers, get the kernels of corn off eight small ears (and prepare and chop up a jalapeno). More like an hour!