Quick and Easy Blackened Corn Skillet Recipe

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Make blackened corn in 15 minutes using a skillet instead of a grill. This easy three-ingredient side dish will become your go-to side dish! Perfect as a side dish, in salads, empanadas, burrito bowls, tacos and quesadillas.

Up close picture of blackened corn in a wooden bowl.
Close-up garnished corn from this recipe.

Blacked Corn Cliff Notes

EASE:  Super easy!
CUISINE: American
COURSE: Side dish
TIME: 15 minutes

Blackened corn is an easy side dish to make on your stovetop. Melt butter in a skillet, add blackened seasonings and corn kernels, and sauté until charred. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

But why stop at a side dish? Blackened corn has a deep and spicy flavor that can enhance many dishes. I love tossing it with avocado, tomatoes, and feta cheese to make a refreshing corn salad. Another favorite way to enjoy blackened corn is as a salsa or relish, mixing it with jalapeno, red onion, and lime. This combination is perfect for burrito bowls, tacos, and quesadillas.

A cast iron skillet filled with blackened corn.

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Frozen Sweet Corn Kernels – You can use fresh, frozen, or canned corn. I prefer frozen, except in summer when fresh corn peaks and the flavor is amazing.
  • Blackened Seasoning – Use the blackened seasoning of your choice. I use a premade mix. If you prefer your combination, I have included a recipe below. It is super easy.
  • Butter – Two tablespoons of the butter or plant-based butter of your choice.
  • Skillet – Use a cast iron skillet if you have one. If not, it’s okay; you can still make this recipe in a traditional pan!
My Best Tips

How to Achieve the Perfect Skillet Char

  • Use High Heat: Preheat your skillet over high heat before adding the corn to achieve the perfect char. High heat helps to caramelize the corn’s sugars quickly, giving it that delicious blackened flavor and crispy texture.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Skillet: Spread the corn kernels in an even layer and avoid overcrowding the skillet. Overcrowding can cause the corn to steam instead of char, resulting in a less crispy texture.
  • Dry the Corn Thoroughly: If you’re using frozen corn, thaw and dry it thoroughly with paper towels before adding it to the skillet. Excess moisture can cause steaming instead of charing.
My Favorite Pairings

Perfect Pairings

  • Blacking the corn and enjoying it as part of my Corn Avocado Pasta Salad.
  • Empanadas stuffed with blackened corn, cotija cheese, and black beans.
  • On top of pizza or baked potatoes.
  • Add freshly chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and lime juice to elevate the flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place the corn in a hot skillet for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until warmed through. Avoid microwaving, as it can make the corn mushy.

Yes, you can! This recipe tastes great with any type of corn: fresh, frozen, or canned. Pat the corn dry before cooking to ensure proper charring instead of steaming.”

Up close picture of blackened corn in a wooden bowl.

Quick and Easy Blackened Corn Skillet Recipe

Make blackened corn in 15 minutes using a skillet instead of a grill. This easy three-ingredient side dish will become your go-to side dish! It's perfect as a side dish, in salads, empanadas, burrito bowls, tacos and quesadillas.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Cast iron skillet or skillet
  • 1 Wooden spoon or spatula

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter/plant-based butter
  • 2 tablespoons blackened seasoning
  • 4 cups frozen corn kernals

Instructions

Step One: Prep

  • Preheat a skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Melt the butter or plant-based butter in the hot skillet.
  • Sprinkle the blackened seasoning over the melted butter and stir. Let the spices simmer for one minute.

Step Two: Cook

  • Add the frozen corn kernels to the skillet and toss to evenly coat each kernel in the seasoned butter.
  • Cook the corn undisturbed for 3-5 minutes. Stir and repeat until the corn is golden brown and charred.
  • Remove the charred corn from the skillet and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Thawing Corn: If you have time, thaw the frozen corn before cooking. Pat the corn dry to avoid excess moisture in the skillet.
  • Storage: Let the corn completely cool. Place in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.  
  • Reheating: To reheat, place the corn in a hot skillet for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until warmed through. Avoid microwaving, as it can make the corn mushy.
  • Garnishes: Add freshly chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and a squeeze of lime juice before serving.

Safety Tips

  • Hot Skillet: Use oven mitts when working with a hot skillet to prevent burns.
  • Ventilation: The high heat can cause smoke.  Use your hood or open a window so that your kitchen is ventilated. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Blackened Corn Skillet Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
152
Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
542
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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