Homemade Creamed Corn

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Creamed Corn is the perfect comforting side dish recipe; sweet tender corn kernels in a velvety cream sauce. This easy recipe uses fresh ingredients you likely have on hand already to create the most delicious dish.

Simply season homemade creamed corn with salt and pepper or top with your favorites from crispy bacon to diced jalapeno for a side that you’ll go back to again and again!

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Homemade Creamed Corn

Who doesn’t love corn? Whether it’s served on the cob, as cornbread or a corn chowder, it is so versatile because of its sweet delicate flavor. You can make creamed corn from canned corn, with fresh corn or even frozen.

This creamed corn recipe lends itself perfectly as a side dish to almost any meal from tenter Pork Tenderloin to Oven Baked Chicken Breasts. It tastes better than anything you’d ever get in a can and is as simple to make as it is satisfying!

With just a few ingredients that you likely have on hand already, this homemade cream corn recipe will be a family favorite all year long!

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What is Creamed Corn?

In my family, we make creamed corn by cooking corn kernels in a seasoned creamy sauce, so good (very similar to creamed peas)! We blend a portion of the kernels and cream to add thickness to this creamed corn recipe.

Like all recipes, there are of course different ways to make it! Creamed corn dishes include scraping out the milky pulp of the corn cob kernels, pureeing a portion of the corn, or even using a grater to remove the kernels from the cob (instead of a knife). Often cream is added to the corn (but not always) and it is seasoned with butter. As I most often make creamed corn in the winter (Thanksgiving dinner or Baked Chicken Breasts with a this warm cozy side) so I do not scrape the pulp from the cobs (but I do love to blend a portion of it).

Most canned cream style corn recipes contain whole kernels of corn mixed with pureed corn and added sugar, salt and starch. They don’t tend to have cream and I find canned cream corn to often be bland, pale and way too sweet. (Although canned creamed corn is great for adding to recipes like Corn Casserole)

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How to Make Creamed Corn

What makes this the best creamed corn recipe? Using fresh ingredients and making sure it’s well seasoned!

Since you likely have all of the ingredients you need to make it, this creamed corn recipe comes together in a snap! Leftovers reheat well as a side dish or make a great thickener for Baked Potato Soup or Chicken Stew!

  1. Soften onion in butter (or bacon grease).  Add flour to make a roux.
  2. Add corn and mix well.
  3. Stir in heavy cream and milk along with just a pinch of thyme.
  4. Simmer until thickened. Blend 1 cup of corn and add back to the pan. Season and serve!

Don’t forget to season before serving, salt is vital to this recipe! You can make creamed corn ahead of time and simply reheat on low on the stove. This recipe can easily be scaled up or down to increase/decrease the servings.

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This homemade creamed corn is the most delicious and luscious side. This version uses real butter, milk and cream along with a few seasonings for a dash of savory elegance. Add in crispy bacon bits, ground beef or broccoli! Top this with jalapeno slices and sundried tomatoes for a festive and portable party side dish that everyone will love!

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Review Recipe

Homemade Creamed Corn

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Sweet buttery corn in a creamy base seasoned to perfection.


  • 4 cups corn kernels drained if canned
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried

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  • Combine onion and butter and cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add flour, salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes while stirring. Add corn and mix well.
  • Add in milk, cream, sugar and thyme. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.  Allow to boil 1 minute while stirring.
  • Remove 1 cup of the corn mixture and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Stir back into the creamed corn.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

You can blend more than 1 cup of the corn mixture if you prefer a smoother creamed corn.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 211, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 215mg, Potassium: 205mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 580IU, Vitamin C: 2.9mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 0.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Tweaked it a bit, used my food processor to finely chop the onion and sauted with pressed garlic. Had to use frozen corn but I can hardly wait to make it again next summer right off the cob.5 stars

  2. Made this to use in corn casserole, SO SO GOOD! Way more flavor than the canned stuff, by a mile. Quick question: can creamed corn be frozen? I know it has lots of dairy in it, but since it’s higher fat I thought maybe leftovers could be frozen with decent success? Thanks in advance!5 stars

    1. Hi Claire, we haven’t tried freezing this casserole but I think it would work well. I would store it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to a few months.

  3. Yep. Best creamed corn I’ve ever had. So good. I made it ahead of time for tomorrow (creamed corn is a controversial thanksgiving side, but we love it). And I’m having a realllllll hard time not eating like half of this right now thanks so much!5 stars

  4. Hi! I live overseas in Russia where we do not have canned cream corn, like in the states. I am trying to replicate Corn Casserole so we can eat something familiar for Thanksgiving. Do you think this recipe would work for substituting one can of creamed corn for this recipe? Thanks!

    1. This recipe will make more than the equivalent of one can of cream corn but I think it should work well as a substitute. You will have to let us know how it turns out, Lori!

  5. Very good recipe and very easy to follow! I added extra sugar because that’s the way my great aunt always makes it (noticeably sweet that is), but other than that I had no notes! I halved the recipe because I only wanted two servings and it was easier that way. Half of the recipe ended up filling an average size soup bowl to the brim for a better understanding of the size of this recipe!5 stars

  6. First time making homemade creamed corn. This recipe is easy to follow and is simply delicious, I only added 1 more tea spoon of sugar and it was awesome my husband loved it and so did I yum .5 stars

  7. I almost went with another recipe. This is amazing! Only thing I did different was add only one cup of milk. Highly recommended!5 stars

  8. My Shepard’s Pie has always had creamed corn in it. The grocery store had NONE! I mean NOT ONE CAN! I came home, googled a recipe, got yours, and cooked it. It was so easy and it came out absolutely delicious! I mean so good that I will NEVER buy the canned one again! Thank you.5 stars

    1. Oh Mary, that made my day! So happy that this creamed corn recipe worked so perfectly for you!

  9. This is by far a household favorite now. My son and my husband both love it. The only thing we can’t figure out is the blending part. So we don’t have an actual blender, we have a bullet. But on the bullet it says not to do hot things in it. So I have no way to blend it. I’ve tried using a hand mixer but its not great. Do you have any suggestions?5 stars

    1. I think it would work if you blended the corn with the cold milk before adding it as well. Let us know how it goes!