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.
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!).
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.
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.
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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- 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)
- 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.
- 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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