Brown Butter Skillet Corn


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Brown Butter Skillet Corn recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Browned butter combines with fresh corn to create an unexpected and delicious side dish. I had every intention of making Tricia’s creamed corn last night.

However, in a moment of distraction, my butter went from melting to browned. When I tasted the corn prior to making the cream sauce, it was simply perfect.

I’m looking forward to trying Tricia’s recipe in the future; for now though, I am still grinning over this corn. Yes, it was that good.

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Brown Butter Skillet Corn

Recipe inspired by Saving Room For Dessert
Servings: 3 -4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 4 ears fresh corn kernels removed from the cob
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: tiny basil leaves for garnish *


  • In a large thick bottomed (not non-stick) skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Let it cook until it foams and then a few moments past that it will turn a light brown color. Be careful not to let it overcook, as burnt butter, with light brown specks that will turn black, is not at all the same.
  • Add the corn to the skillet and stir to coat all the pieces. Sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper and stir again. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the corn is hot and still crisp. Enjoy!
  • * I'm not going to lie, I really just couldn't resist adding something green to the picture!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Tricia says

    My happy accidents don't always turn out that good! I must give this a try – thanks for the mention! I am so afraid corn will disappear soon with the drought and heat problems. I better hurry!

  2. Monet says

    What a great way to make corn a little more special. Brown butter does wonders, doesn't it? I would love to have this for dinner tomorrow night. Thank you for sharing! Now off to dream delicious dreams!

  3. Roz says

    I've discovered too, that browned butter just takes anything to another level of great taste! And for me, being from the Midwest and corn country, the more butter the better Mary! YUM! Thanks so much for stopping by with your kind comment! Roz