Maque Choux corn is a classic Southern side dish loaded with flavor and colors. A cross between succotash and creamed corn, this easy corn recipe is not only kid friendly but so easy to make, and everyone will love it!
Maque choux is a cajun corn recipe that is simple, flavorful, and easy to make! It is a perfect way for your family to explore cajun flavors in an easy and colorful recipe that everyone will love.
Make this as part of your “Eat Like A Princess: Tiana” family dinner date this weekend!
Make the whole “Tiana Dinner”:
Welcome to the “Eat Like A Princess” dinner series
I designed this dinner series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the Disney Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them.
And still staying within an easy weeknight dinner category. Each Princess has an entire meal centered around them – a dinner, side dish and dessert that your family can easily create together.
You can see other “Eat Like A Princess” Recipes here, like:
- Chinese Broccoli with Garlic Sauce for Mulan
- Sage Maple Roasted Vegetables for Pochahontas
- Easy Lemon Couscous Recipe for Jasmine
Cajun Maque Choux Corn
Maque choux is about to be your new favorite side dish. Easy to make, loaded with flavor, and totally addictive, your family will be begging for you to make this again and again!
According to legend (or information I found via google), this stewed corn recipe is a cajun take on the Native American dish of succotash. It was then adapted by the French settlers in the southern part of Louisiana into a similar dish with influences from the ingredients and flavors available at that time.
Cooking method for cajun corn
This side dish is seriously easy to make. It does need a good 25 minutes to cook, but its so simple you can easily fit it into your meal plan because it doesn’t require a lot of brain power. For the full recipe with directions, please scroll down to the recipe card below, but here is a general gist of how you make this dish:
- Head a large dutch oven over medium heat. A pan that is wider than it is tall works better.
- Cut the bacon into thin strips and cook, stirring frequently, until mostly cooked and starting to get crispy, about 8 minutes.
- Add the corn, peppers, onion, and cajun seasoning.
Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
- Add in the cream and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve.
Maque Choux reheats really well, so go ahead and make a double batch because its seriously that good!
How to serve maque choux to your family
This cajun corn recipe is a perfect side dish to serve to all ages! There is no need to do anything other than spoon it right on a plate!
Serve this topped with shrimp, crawfish or Andouille sausage for a truly delightful bayou meal.
How to make cajun corn kid friendly
This easy side dish is seriously kid friendly! My kids go utterly bananas over this recipe and request helping after helping! Its fun mix of colors makes it pretty to look at, and the flavors pair really well to be flavorful but not overpowering.
Read on to see how you can talk to your kids about this recipe and get them involved in cooking it. The more interested they are in what they are eating, the more likely they are to try it and like it!
Dinner conversations with kids
Dinner time is an obvious time to talk to your kids about their food! Move beyond the standard “take a bite of chicken!” to get your kids actually thinking about what they are eating and how they feel about it! Use these prompts to start you off:
Read more about how to explore the sense of taste with your kids.
Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook
Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This easy side dish recipe is great because it helps them learn about produce and they get to practice their knife skills and stirring. This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks because it is so simple! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors – which means they are more likely to eat it!
- Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash the produce.
- Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you measure the seasoning and heavy cream, and help you stir the ingredients in the skillet.
- Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help you cut the bacon and the vegetables, with supervision.
*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.
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- 4 slices bacon, sliced into thin strips
- 14.4 oz corn
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- Cut the bacon into strips and place in the skillet.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until slightly crispy, about 8 minutes.
- Add in the corn, onion, bell pepper and cajun seasoning.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetabes are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the cream and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, and let stand for 2 minutes.
- Serve and garnish with chopped parsley.
You can use fresh corn, frozen corn, or a can of rinsed and drained canned corn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 682mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g