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Fresh Corn Sauté with Red Pepper and Onions

Make the most of fresh summer corn with this colorful, quick and delicious side dish.

One of my favorite parts of summer is having lots and lots of deliciously sweet fresh corn. I grew up in Indiana, so it’s pretty much destiny that I love it so much.

This side dish was one of the first recipes I bookmarked in the latest issue of Cooking Light. It’s perfect for summer – fresh, simple and not at all time consuming.

Fresh Corn Sauté with Red Pepper and Onions

I used corn and green onions that I picked up from the Farmer’s Market that morning. So fresh!

I served this alongside Pork Medallions with Scallions and Magic Green Sauce from the same issue as my in-laws’ birthday dinner. It was a big hit!

This recipe is easily made vegan by substituting the butter for a non-dairy variety. Delicious!

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Fresh Corn Sauté with Red Pepper and Onions in a skillet.

Fresh Corn Sauté with Red Pepper and Onions

  • Author: Cooking Light
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings (about 1/2 cup per serving) 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Make the most of fresh summer corn with this colorful, quick and delicious side dish.


Units Scale
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add corn to pan; sauté 2 minutes.
  3. Add green onions, bell pepper, salt, and pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.



  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 157.5 mg
  • Fat: 2.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.5 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.1 mg

Keywords: fresh corn, sweet corn, summer side dish, corn salad

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Kirsten

    Living on the East coast I was not inundated with fresh corn like I am here in Ohio. Wagons sell corn in the corners of parking lots around here! Amazing. This side dish looks delicious–thanks!

  • Lynda M.

    My parents share their garden goodness with me so we have fresh corn often during the summer. Your dish looks delicious! I’ll have to try your recipe soon!

    • BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      It was super easy and delicious. There are several variations in the article in Cooking Light that I can’t wait to try, too.

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