Summer Sweet Corn Saute Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes


  • 4 ears fresh sweet corn, shucked and kernels removed
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (yellow or white)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (for a touch of heat)
  • Optional: Squeeze of fresh lemon juice


1. Prep the Corn: Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the kernels from the corn cobs. Try to keep the kernels intact.

2. Sauté the Aromatics: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

3. Add the Corn: Add the corn kernels to the skillet. If you like a bit of spice, include the optional red pepper flakes. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

4. Cook the Corn: Cook the corn, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes, or until crisp-tender and heated through.

5. Finish and Serve: Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the chopped basil and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if desired. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately as a delicious side dish.

Tips and Variations

Bacon: For a richer flavor, start by cooking a couple of strips of chopped bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon, leaving the rendered fat in the pan. Sauté the vegetables in the bacon fat. Crumble the cooked bacon over the sauté right before serving.

Other Herbs: Substitute or combine basil with other fresh herbs like chives, thyme, or parsley.

Dairy-Free: Use olive oil instead of butter for a dairy-free option.

Make it Spicy: Add some diced jalapeño or a pinch of cayenne pepper with the garlic for a spicy kick.

Serving Suggestions

  • Perfect side for grilled meats like chicken, fish, or steak.
  • Adds vibrant flavor to rice or quinoa bowls.
  • Delicious filling for tacos or quesadillas.


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