Frying pan Sweet Corn Souffle

Hmmm, I need lunch. What’ve I got that needs using? A hunk of two-day old bread and a cup of leftover sweet corn.  I bet I could make a quick Lenten lunch from that and a few odds and ends….

After eating the not so pretty (but still yummy) results of my impromptu souffle, I’ve worked up a recipe that does turn out pretty and could easily be doubled and still done on the stove top. More than that and you might as well go the whole hog and do a proper baked souffle in the oven.

Makes enough for a one-dish meal for one very hungry person or mains for two people, or sides for 3 or more.


2-3 slices’ worth Stale bread, chopped up roughly. Crumbled bread will give a smoother souffle. I made mine chunky.
1 cup Sweet corn off the cob; frozen or canned is fine. May use creamed corn, which will give a smoother souffle
1/2 cup Shredded cheese–anything that melts well, and colour is good.  I recommend Red Leicester (UK) or medium-sharp cheddar (USA). Use more for binding if you’re short on eggs.
Some Onion and/or garlic (to taste); chopped fine.
Shy 1/4 cup Vegetable oil. (You could use milk, but the texture will be different, and the souffle might burn/stick to the pan.)
1 large or 2 small Egg(s). More eggs will provide more binding, but too many eggs will give a result that is closer to omelette than souffle.
1 Tablespoon Plain yogurt (increases puff)
Some Savoury herbs and spices as desired. I used rosemary.
Generous tablespoon Butter or oil for greasing


  1. Mix bread, corn, onion/garlic and cheese in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in oil. If the bread is very dry, allow this mixture to stand for a few minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with yogurt and seasonings. Beat well if you want any puffing souffle effect!
  4. Gently fold egg mixture into corn/bread of mixed ingredients
  5. Prepare the smallest frying pan that your mixture will fit into: Melt/heat butter over fairly high heat (not so high that it smokes).
  6. Spoon mixture into hot buttery pan. Cover as well as you can.
  7. Reduce heat to medium high. Cook for 5-10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes to see how well the centre of your souffle is doing. You may need to reduce the heat further to prevent scorching.

    photo of half-cooked souffle

    It’s cooking, but still looks pretty liquid in the middle.

  8. Particularly if your souffle doesn’t seem to want to cook in the middle, but is at risk of burning on the bottom, pre-heat grill/broiler. Place your whole uncovered pan carefully under the grill for a pretty finish.

    photo of frying pan under grill

    My pan handle isn’t fire-proof, so it stays outside the grill space.

  9. Slide souffle out of pan onto a heated plate to of fully cooked souffle

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2 comments on “Frying pan Sweet Corn Souffle
  1. Laura says:

    Looks interesting.
    On another note: I just froze some asparagus. I blanched it and then spread it out on some aluminum foil on a sheet pan.Put it in the freezer for 2 days, then put it in a gallon zip bag. Hope it tastes great when we go to Yellowstone.


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