Posted by / Monday, August 20, 2012

Sweet Corn in a Sage Butter

Corn season is not finished yet although it is slowing down. You can make the corn recipe I'm sharing today with frozen corn but nothing beats cutting the kernels right off the cob. 

My sage has gone crazy this year and I have been trying to keep up by incorporating this herb in as many dishes as possible. This recipe is ridiculously simple you could almost follow the images and make it without any instructions from me. I have used sage in several recipes this year including a few you might remember — tender young carrots in a sage butter  and sweet potato and turnip mash with a sage butter.

  • 5-6 fresh ears of corn (shave the kernels off and reserve)
  • 8-10 sage leaves cut in ribbons
  • 2-3T butter
  • 1/4 cup of cream or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter in a saucepan and once melted, add ribbons of sage. Stir, combining, and until you can smell the essence of sage in the butter. Stir in the kernels of corn to combine. Once the corn starts to warm, add the cream or half and half, again stirring to combine. 

Heat thoroughly then add the salt and pepper to taste and enjoy immediately. 

Trust me, there will be no leftovers. Like I mentioned before, it really doesn't get any easier than this. What are some of the ways you are using sage in your dishes. Ideas welcome as it continues to come in!

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. I love this kind of simply prepared vegetable--obviously it's all about the intense corn and sage flavors! :)

  2. Leave sage leaves whole and fry in butter, preferably in a cast iron skillet, until crisp. Sprinkle with some salt. They are good straight up or as a garnish to just about anything you can imagine.

  3. I'm making this tonight! Only with a bit of basil I think, since I don't have sage. :)

    1. Love to hear how you like it. Although Basil will definitely give it a different flavor than sage. Not bad just different.

  4. Had this for dinner. Perfect.

    1. Willow, this had made my night! Such an easy tasty recipe! Thanks for giving it a go!


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An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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