Macque Choux

Macque Choux

Macque Choux (pronounced “mock shoe”) is a Cajun corn and vegetable sauté. Here we eschew the traditional bacon fat or butter for heart-healthy olive oil. Try it at your next backyard barbecue.

From EatingWell: July/August 2008
Yield: 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each
Active Time: 25
Total Time: 25


  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 4 ears corn, kernels cut from cob (see Tip)
  6. 1/4 cup water
  7. 1 medium tomato, chopped
  8. 3 scallions, sliced
  9. 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  10. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add corn kernels and water and cook, stirring, until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in tomato, scallions, thyme, paprika, salt and cayenne.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To remove kernels, stand a cob on its stem end in a bowl and slice them off with a sharp, thin-bladed knife.


Nutrition Per Serving: 105 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 209 mg sodium; 333 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Vitamin A (18% dv).

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat