Panfried Corn with Tomatoes

Panfried Corn with Tomatoes

Panfried Corn with Tomatoes

6 ears corn, shucked and silked

2 very ripe tomatoes

2 T. vegetable oil

1 onion, finely diced

Kosher salt

2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced

1 T. unsalted butter

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


If you have a gas stovetop, turn a burner to high. If not, heat a grill or grill pan to high. Put the corn over the fire to char, turning occasionally, until blackened in spots. When the corn is cool enough to handle, cut off the kernels and reserve. Hold a cob over a large dish and use the dull edge of the knife blade to scrape off any remaining pulp and the corn’s juices. Repeat with the remaining cobs. Reserve the juices and pulp; discard the cobs. Cut the tomatoes in half through their equators. If they are so ripe that they’re wobbly, squeeze them by hand over a bowl to release all the juices, seeds, and fruity pulp. If they are too stiff to squeeze, grate the cut sides against the large holes of a box grater set over a bowl. Reserve the juicy stuff; discard the skins. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the corn pulp and juices and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until thickened and starting to stick to the skillet, about 1 minute. Add the tomato pulp and juices and 1/2 C. water. Cook, stirring and scraping up bits from the skillet. Once the liquid is simmering, add the butter and cayenne. Stir until the butter melts. Add the reserved corn kernels and stir until heated through. Serve hot.

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