Creamed Corn

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This delicious homemade creamed corn recipe is way better than the canned version and only takes minutes to prepare! A simple side dish that is perfect for Sunday dinner, holiday tables like Thanksgiving, Christmas, a family gathering, or any weeknight meal.    

Suitable for gluten free and vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

the finished creamed corn recipe in a serving bowl with a cloth napkin

Easy creamed corn is a simple side dish made with fresh, frozen, or canned corn. Season it well and make a creamy sauce with milk, cream, and butter.

This versatile homemade creamed corn recipe goes with just about anything, and once you learn how to make creamed corn, you’ll never buy the canned cream corn again. 

Homemade creamed corn is the perfect side dish in a pinch, can be pulled together quickly, and uses ingredients from your pantry.

This will be your new favorite side dish for any occasion. 

And if you love this then you might want to try this Scalloped Corn,

top down view of the completed creamed corn recipe

What Is Creamed Corn?

Creamed corn is a side dish of corn in a seasoned cream sauce. You can make it a bit sweeter by adding a touch of sugar, but it’s delicious without it.

Creamed corn can be made by slicing fresh corn off the cob and then grating the cobs to extract the creamy, milky pulp. But, this simple recipe saves you all that time and work and has a richer flavor than store-bought canned creamed corn

Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s simple – Transform fresh, frozen, or canned kernels into an incredible comfort food side dish in just minutes. 
  • It’s versatile – Serve creamed corn with almost any recipe. It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner but also perfect for holiday meals. 
  • It’s delicious. – Rich, creamy and velvety, creamed corn is a dish you’d be proud to serve company. It’s so good. You’ll never buy the canned stuff again.  
  • It’s Fast – The cooking time for this dish is less than 10 minutes, so it’s perfect for a quick yet flavorful addition to your family table weeknight meal. 
the completed creamed corn recipe in a white pot

Ingredient Notes

  • Butter – Choose unsalted butter to better control the saltiness of the dish. 
  • Corn Kernels – Fresh corn cut off the cob has excellent flavor and texture, but you can use canned or frozen corn. 
  • Onion Powder – Provides a hint of onion flavor without chunks of onion but feel free to add fresh sauteed onion if you prefer. 
  • Nutmeg – Nutmeg is the secret ingredient that makes cream-based dishes taste incredible. 
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked Black Pepper – Season with salt or freshly ground black pepper to taste. 
  • Cornstarch – To thicken the sauce. You can also use all-purpose flour if gluten isn’t a concern.
  • Dairy – A combination of whole milk and heavy cream is used. Feel free to use any kind of milk, although whole milk will be the creamiest. 
the ingredients for making creamed corn

Ready to make this cream corn? Gather your ingredients, and I will show you…

How To Make Creamed Corn

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet and add corn. 
  2. Cook the corn for a few minutes, then add onion powder, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. 
  3. Stir constantly for 30 seconds, then mix in cornstarch and milk, stirring until combined. Cook over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened.
  4. Stir in the heavy cream until the absolutely delicious corn mixture is warmed through.
image collage showing the steps for making creamed corn

Expert Tips 

  • If using fresh corn, shuck the corn and use a sharp knife to cut the kernels from the cob. 
  • If using canned corn, be sure to drain completely to avoid excess moisture diluting the recipe. 
  • Thaw frozen corn and drain off any excess water.
  • Cornstarch makes this recipe gluten free, but you can use all-purpose flour to thicken the sauce if you prefer. 
  • Use a small bowl to mix the cornstarch slurry before slowly pouring it into the corn. 
  • Easily double this recipe if desired. 
  • Substitute the milk and heavy cream with an equal amount of half and half
  • Use a stick blender to purée some or all of the corn kernels for a smoother texture. 
  • Be sure to season the corn well with salt and ground black pepper. 
  • If using sweet corn, you probably don’t need any added sugar.
  • This is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
  • Top with herbs like fresh parsley. 
top down view of the creamed corn in a serving dish with a spoon

Delicious Variations

  • Make It spicy – Add chopped jalapeno, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, or a pinch of red pepper flake for spicy creamed corn. 
  • Make It have a sweet flavor– Drizzle in a bit of honey or real maple syrup or add in some granulated sugar for sweetness. 
  • Add mix-In’s – Mix in diced onion, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, cream cheese and more. 

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Prepare this corn and reheat it when ready to serve. 
  • Store – Leftover creamed corn can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • Freeze – Cool completely, then freeze the corn in ziplock bags or a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat leftovers in the microwave or a small saucepan on the stovetop. 
close up view of the creamed corn with a serving spoon inside

FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Corn?

Fresh corn is preferable for making creamed corn, but you can use frozen corn or canned corn. Be sure to thaw frozen corn completely and drain frozen and canned corn well before continuing with the recipe. 

Why Is My Homemade Creamed Corn Watery?

If your corn is too watery, it could be because you failed to drain frozen or canned corn well.

The best way to remedy watery corn is to cook it for a few minutes to remove the extra liquid. If the corn still doesn’t thicken, you can whisk in additional cornstarch.

Is Creamed Corn Gluten Free?

We are thickening the recipe with a cornstarch slurry instead of flour, so it is gluten free. We always recommend that you double-check your cornstarch and choose one that is pure cornstarch. 

the finished creamed corn ready to be served

More Recipes You May Like

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Serving Suggestions

This goes well with Southern Fried Pork Chops and Gravy, or this Delicious Smothered Chicken and easy Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Another way is to serve it with Grilled Chicken Tenders or Instant Pot Chicken Tenders along with Air Fryer Green Beans.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 3 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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the finished creamed corn recipe in a serving bowl with a cloth napkin
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5 from 5 votes

Creamed Corn Recipe

A delicious and creamy corn side dish.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 8
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (656g) corn kernels fresh or frozen or canned
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup (240g) whole milk
  • ½ cup (120g) heavy cream

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in the corn kernels.
  • Cook the corn for a few minutes, then mix in onion powder, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Stir constantly for 30 seconds, then add cornstarch and milk, stirring until combined. Cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened.
  • Stir in the heavy cream until the cream corn mixture is warmed through.
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Notes

  • If using fresh corn, shuck the corn and use a sharp knife to cut the kernels from the cob. 
  • If using canned corn, be sure to drain it completely. 
  • Thaw frozen corn and drain off any excess water.
  • Cornstarch makes this recipe gluten free, but you can use all purpose flour to thicken the sauce if you prefer and gluten is not a concern. 
  • Use a small bowl to mix the cornstarch slurry before slowly pouring it into the corn. 
  • Easily double this recipe if desired. 
  • Substitute the milk and heavy cream with an equal amount of half and half. 
  • Use a stick blender to blend some or all of the corn kernels for a smoother texture. 
  • Be sure to season the corn well with salt and ground black pepper. 
  • If using sweet corn, you probably don’t need any added sugar.
  • This is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
  • Top with herbs like fresh parsley. 
  • There are 3 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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