A side dish: buttered corn and carrots

When my kids ask for fried chicken — and they do about once a month — I try to vary the side dish that I served with the chicken. The same rule applies with grilled or roast pork or even fried fish. Grilled or fried meat or seafood is always better when there is a side dish for variety in texture and flavor. Mashed potatoes, mashed kalabasa and potatoes, cole slaw, a salad of fruits and vegetables; sometimes, even with cheese. One of the easiest, and also one of the most kid-friendly, side vegetable dish you can prepare at home is buttered corn and carrots. Not only does it go well with chicken, it’s great with grilled pork and fish as well.

casaveneracion.com buttered corn and carrots served with oven grilled chicken

I don’t know exactly why carrots and corn are attractive to children. Perhaps, it’s the bright yellow and orange that look even more wonderful when thrown together. Perhaps, it’s the association with Kenny Roger’s where buttered corn and carrots are among the side dishes you can choose to go with your chicken or baby back ribs. Whatever the reason, kids like this side dish. So, if you’re looking for something that won’t end up as dog feed, try this very easy to prepare buttered corn and carrots.

To serve five, peel and cut two medium-sized carrots into 1/2 by 1/2 inch cubes. Melt 2 tablespoonfuls of butter in a frying pan. Add the carrot cubes and cook over medium heat for about a minute and a half. Add a coarsely chopped onion and the contents of two cans of sweet corn kernels (very well drained). Add a pinch or two of salt to enhance the natural sweetness of the carrots and corn then add some freshly ground pepper. Cook just until the corn is heated through.

And if you want to really make it interesting, add half a teaspoonful of finely chopped cilantro.

casaveneracion.com buttered corn and carrots served with fish steak

You can enjoy the same side dish with fish steaks. If you’re cooking for only two persons, use only half of the ingredients given above and you can enjoy a generous serving of buttered corn and carrots.


  1. joey says

    uy isa sa paborito kong side dishes — yung isa mashed potatoes!
    palagi ko to ginagawa. bumibili na lang ako ng frozen na ganito kaya less the chopping of the carrots.
    minsan kinukuha ko yung may halong green peas.
    sarap sarap lagi neto! minsan hinahalo ko sa pag-fried rice ko hehe.

  2. says

    Man has evolved to favorably look upon orange and red and associate it with food, which is a side effect of his discovery and utilization of fire. Orange and red are the colors of fire.

    Now this primal desire is easier seen in children. Ever wonder why the McDonald’s logo was done in red and yellow, and Jollibee’s in orange? Ever noticed that most restaurant logos has a red element on it?

  3. leah says

    wow, thanks for that trivial info Jon Limjap. HI Ms Connie,i found it,hehehe….Grabe, na-eexcite akong itry yung mga recipes mo. I hope, it would taste as good as the others were making it. I’ll try ur braised chicken. Sana, it would taste good. Thank you thank you!!!!

  4. leah says

    I forgot to tell you, coz I believe, I made this perfectly tasty. And that’s all bec of you w/ the help of this blog. And Im gonna serve this over and over. More power! I’ll wait for other updates and recipes. -ur avid fan (“,) hehe..

  5. Abby says

    always busy kaya like joey, i buy the frozen vegetables and cook it the same way. my husband and son loves this side dish so much. galing ng trivia ni Jon Limjap. More power ms. connie