Corn, Green Beans and Bacon

A favorite summer side dish
35 minutes Total Time
15 minutes to prep
20 minutes to cook
4 servings
I adapted this recipe from Everyday Foods magazine many years ago. The original recipe had more bacon and no green beans. One or two pieces of bacon can add a lot of flavor, and the green beans let me get a serving of vegetables in a delicious dish. The amounts of all the ingredients are completely flexible. Use whatever you have, and change it to suit your tastes.
This recipe is easily doubled, but you might want to cook the green beans and corn separately and combine them at the end. I have even cooked the green beans in water and added them at the end. The corn stripper that I love from OXO does not seem to be available anymore. Amazon has a product from Norpro that looks similar. (Norpro 5399 Corn Stripper). If you don’t have a corn stripper you can use a chef’s knife. Doing it inside a large bowl helps contain flying kernels. I always use more green beans than I call for here, but I love green beans. Most people prefer to have them just be an accent to the corn.



  • Gather and prep ingredients.
    Step 0
  • Cut the kernels off the cob. See note.
    Step 1
  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When it is browned to the way you like it, remove bacon to paper towel lined plate.
    Step 2
  • If there is a lot of fat in the pan, soak some it up with a paper towel to discard. I like to have a thin layer of fat on the pan, about 1 tablespoon. Keep or remove as much as you like.
    Step 3
  • Add green beans to the pan and saute for about 4 minutes.
    Step 4
  • Add corn kernels, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Cook about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until corn and green beans are tender and slightly charred.
    Step 5
  • Add sliced scallions and cooked bacon and stir to combine. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
    Step 6
  • Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
    Step 7
  • Leftovers are best reheated in a skillet.
    Step 8

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