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Easy Side Dish: Corn, Tomato and Basil Saute

by Aggies Kitchen on April 25, 2013


A few ingredients is all it really takes to put together a great side dish during the week. This past week, I had mini turkey meatloaves on the menu (inspired by my friend Liz who always has great healthy dinner ideas) and wanted to use what I had on hand as far as our side vegetable was concerned. You can pretty much always count on finding some frozen veggies in my freezer so when I saw that I had corn, I knew exactly how I was going to prepare it. We had just picked a small bowl of fresh ripe cherry tomatoes from our little garden days before, and I knew my basil was starting to come in. I had half of an onion leftover from the Mini Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins I was making so with all those ingredients, this delicious little side dish was created. The kids gobbled it up and my son declared the meal “the best ever”. Add a little side salad for some extra green and you are set.

Dig in.

Easy Side Dish: Corn, Basil and Tomato Saute | Aggie's Kitchen


Easy Side Dish: Corn, Tomato and Basil Saute

Frozen vegetables are such a great staple to have in your kitchen. Pair them up with a few fresh ingredients for flavorful and easy side dishes.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 cups frozen corn (or fresh and cooked if you have it!)
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • handful of fresh basil, julienned or torn
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat your olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions soft.
  2. Add corn and stir. Saute for 5 minutes, until corn is cooked through.
  3. Add tomatoes and fresh basil and gently toss. Turn off heat. Tomatoes will continue to cook and soften over the next couple of minutes.
  4. Taste for salt and pepper, adjust. Serve warm.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

JulieD April 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I’m totally making this soon! We usually do just plain corn but this looks way better!


Cassie | Bake Your Day April 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Loving this, Aggie! I would eat this with chips as a salsa too. Perfection!


Erica April 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

YUM! What a healthy, easy side! I don’t give my side dishes enough attention…


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Super easy! I love corn as a side!


Angie April 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Love this! Looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!


Marly April 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Keeping it simple can result in some of the best recipes, especially when veggies are involved. Love this!


Tracey April 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I love to keep frozen corn on hand for quick and easy sides like this! Love the flavor combo – so simple and fresh!


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective April 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Simple and delicious – the perfect side! :)


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles April 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

My family loves a good corn side dish, I know they’d agree with this one!


Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen April 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

We concentrate so much on collecting main dish and dessert recipes that sometimes we forget about the side! This looks just perfect Aggie.


Julia April 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Love this fresh, healthy and most importantly easy side!


Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Easy and delicious…just my speed! And my kids love corn. Will totally be making this soon!


Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm

This looks like a great summer side, and I bet it’s tasty both warm and at room temp too.


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I love simple, fresh summer side dishes like this! Lovely recipe!


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 27, 2013 at 12:06 am

What a fabulous combination!


Nutmeg Nanny April 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Yum :) this look simply wonderful!


Deborah April 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

I must be craving some veggies because this looks so good right now!!


Bree {Skinny Mommy} April 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Easy and delicious= perfect combination!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

This sounds like the perfect side dish to me–I love corn!


Ellen June 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

Hi Aggie, this sounds so good! I have a similar recipe using green beans & never even thought of trying it with corn!
Replace the corn with either fresh (are better) or frozen green beans. Sauté until desired doneness. Then add 1 clove of pressed or minced garlic. You will love it!


Aggies Kitchen July 1, 2014 at 10:54 am

I love love love fresh green beans and will try this! Thanks for the comment and for the suggestion! Have a great week!


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