Best Ever Creamed Corn Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.91 from 10 reviews

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Creamed Corn is one of the easiest, most creamy and rich side dishes you can make. Ready in less than 30 minutes and goes well with chicken, beef or pork.

Side Dishes sometimes are the most exciting part of a meal. I love some good Baked Beans, buttery Mashed Potatoes or some Sweet Potatoes served with cinnamon and sugar. Another personal and reader favorite is this loaded Sweet Potato Casserole. I have finally added Creamed Corn to my collections, as its always on our holiday table.

Easy Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn is by far one of my favorite side dishes to enjoy during Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. I love absolutely everything about it, the sweet corn, the cream and obviously the parmesan cheese. This delicious side dish will be the highlight of your dinner, and it goes well with almost any main course.

This classic Southern dish is a must-try. The sweetness from the corn works so well with the savory ingredients. The best part is that you can make it in less than 30 minutes. Once you try this homemade creamed corn version, you will never get canned creamed corn.

Do you want to know my secret to a shiny and glossy cream sauce? Using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken the sauce! You see, cornstarch has no flavor and it also won’t alter the color of the sauce, so if you have some on hand, I highly recommend using it.

What is Creamed Corn?

Creamed corn is very popular in the Midwestern and Southern parts of the United States. It is a side dish made by combining corn kernels with either milk or cream and adding cheese to thicken it. This side dish is very creamy and delicious.


How do you make Creamed Corn using frozen or canned corn kernels?

I like to make my Creamed Corn using frozen corn kernels, that have been thawed. This recipe is made with simple ingredients that are very easy to find. First, let’s see what you will need to make this recipe.

Creamed Corn Ingredients:

  • Frozen corn kernels, canned corn kernels can be used too.
  • Cream and Milk. To make this side dish very rich you can use the cream only, or a combo of cream and half and half. To make it lighter, use milk.
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Flour or Cornstarch
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Thyme and Rosemary – the herbs are optional, but if you are looking to elevate, the herbs will add a nice flavor.
  • Salt & Pepper

Creamed Corn Recipe Directions:

  • Start by preparing and measuring all the ingredients.
  • If using frozen corn, thaw it. To speed this up, place the bag with corn under warm water. Drain any excess of water from the corn, using a colander.
  • If using canned corn, drain it.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the corn, sugar, cream, salt, pepper, and herbs. Stir to combine.
  • Add the milk and cornstarch mixture or milk and flour mixture and stir to combine until thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in shredded parmesan cheese. Stir until fully combined and creamy.

How do you make Creamed Corn with fresh corn kernels?

  • Measure 20 oz of fresh corn kernels for this recipe. About 6-7 corn ears.
  • After you add the butter to the skillet, add the corn and add 1/2 cup of water and 3-5 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Cook until the corn is tender.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients per recipe directions and cook until thick and creamy.
  • Add the milk and cornstarch mixture or milk and flour mixture and stir to combine until thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in shredded parmesan cheese. Stir until fully combined and creamy.

What can I substitute for cream in Creamed Corn?

You can use half and half or milk. For a dairy-free version, you can use soy milk or canned coconut milk for a creamier texture.

How do you make cream cheese Creamed Corn?

Instead of stirring in parmesan cheese at the end, you can replace it with 4 to 8 oz of room temperature, cubed cream cheese, depends on how rich you want it. Mascarpone cheese can also be used.

What do you serve Creamed Corn with?

Creamed corn goes well with a lot of dishes. It pairs well with steaks, chicken or pork. It’s very tasty served with some Pulled Pork or Barbecue Pork Ribs. Traditionally it is served during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

How to freeze Creamed Corn

  • First, let corn come to room temperature after cooking.
  • Then, using a cup or ladle, transfer the creamed corn inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • Next, press to remove any excess air and seal the bags. Lay bags flat in the freezer.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

How to reheat frozen Creamed Corn

  • If you have time, transfer the frozen bag or container of creamed corn from the freezer to the fridge to thaw overnight. Also, to speed up this process, place the bag in a casserole dish under running warm water.
  • Add the contents of the bag to a saucepan over low-medium heat and stir. If needed and more milk or cream and stir until warm. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Then, remove from heat, if needed stir in some parmesan cheese or cream cheese. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  • Also, keep in mind that the texture of the corn will be softer after freezing and thawing.

How to reheat refrigerated Creamed Corn

  • Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken once it cools off, this is normal.
  • Next, add the creamed corn to a saucepan over low-medium heat and stir. In addition, if needed and more milk or cream, a little at a time, stir to combine. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, if needed stir in some parmesan cheese or cream cheese. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.

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Best Creamed Corn Recipe

Creamed Corn is one of the easiest, most creamy and rich side dishes you can make. Ready in less than 30 minutes and goes well with chicken, beef or pork.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 mins


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Nutrition information

Calories: 190 Carbohydrates: 26 Protein: 6 Fat: 7 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 20 Sodium: 461 Potassium: 309 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 8 Vitamin A: 300 Vitamin C: 5.1 Calcium: 159 Iron: 0.5
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Cream corn is a favorite of my husband. If I am going to take time to make this dish I always use real cream. Flavors out of this world 


Vanessa Palma

This is such a favorite in my home, but I've never made it home made. This is about to change.


Melissa Chapman

I was never a big fan of creamed corn but the pictures of yours make it look so good. I love it when you can freeze something and it tastes as good thawed out.


Lori Bosworth

We always had creamed corn as a side dish when I was growing up. I wasn't crazy about it, but everyone else in my family is!



Creamed Corn is my absolute favorite way to eat corn. I don't know why I have never thought to make it myself! I bet it is a million times better then out of a can! I'm going to try this for sure.



I love creamed veggies, like creamed spinach. This sounds delicious - thanks for sharing. It would be nice to make this in the winter months or when all the good local corn is being sold in the summer months.


sara lafountain

I have never made a creamed corn for my family! I bet this would be delicious on Thanksgiving.


Its so good!



Looks like a great recipe for those who love creamed corn. I could see it being a hit at family reunions and Thanksgiving!


Jona Shares

Today is a rainy day and checking out recipes like this would be so nice to try.  Seems such a perfect creamed corn for this cold weather.



I have to say that I have never tried creamed corn before but I'm sure that my husband and daughter would love this as a side. I'm a big fan of mashed potatoes myself.


Liz Mays

This is such a helpful recipe. I wouldn't mind giving the cream cheese variation a shot. That's something we haven't tried.



That looks incredibly good! I've never seen a creamed corn recipe like this before.


janis @mommyblogexpert

Rich and hearty sides like your Creamed Corn are perfect to make in fall as the nights get colder. Your recipe sounds amazing and I must try it.


Jeni Hawkins

I've never made creamed corn before! I think I'll make this with my pot roast this weekend - great side dish for that!



I love creamed corn. I haven't had it in so long though. I can't wait to give this a try.


Brianne Manz

I never thought about making my own creamed corn. This recipe looks like something I would love to try.



Creamed corn is one of my favorite sides! I never thought of trying to make it though. It looks amazing.


Toni | Boulder Locavore

It looks so creamy! I need to give this a try!


Stephanie Pass

There is a home cooking restaurant locally that makes some amazing creamed corn, and I always love it. But, I never think to make it at home. I think next time I make chicken fried steak, this might be the side dish to pair with it. Yum!


Yes, its such a perfect and quick dish :)



I’ve always wanted to know how to make cream corn in your recipe seems so easy and doable! I can’t wait to make this tonight to go with dinner. Thanks for the recipe!



Creamed corn is one of my favorite side dishes! I don't make it often enough. Love your recipe.



What a nice recipe. Loved it!


happy that you enjoyed it!


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