Creamed Corn

8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Creamed Corn is the ultimate, comforting side dish for any occasion, made with yellow corn, butter, heavy cream, and a little bit of sugar.

Creamed Corn is a traditional American Side Dish that you can serve with your favorite family dinners for a filling, flavorful vegetable dish. For another cooking option, try this Slow Cooker Creamed Corn recipe.

About Our Creamed Corn Recipe

Creamed Corn is made by combining flavorful corn kernels with a rich, seasoned cream sauce. You can make it easily on the stovetop in less than 20 minutes! With such a quick cook time and the simple ingredients, it is totally worth it to make this yourself, rather than using the canned stuff. The minute you taste it, you will agree.

This corn recipe makes a delicious addition to anything from holiday meals to weeknight dinners. Easy-to-make cream-style corn is the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavor, all cooked into a rich, creamy consistency. This homemade version will bring more flavor and more texture too, as you can achieve a creamy consistency while still maintaining more of the full corn kernels.

“Can Creamed Corn be made ahead?”

Even though this recipe takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, it might be helpful to make it the night before to free up your time on the day you serve it. Luckily, making Creamed Corn ahead of time is a breeze! Just prepare the recipe and let it cool completely. Refrigerate it in an airtight container, and when you’re ready to serve it, just heat it up over the stove on medium heat. 

Creamed Corn Ingredients

  • 6 cups yellow corn: Sweet yellow corn is the perfect base for this recipe. It absorbs some of the creaminess and sweet flavor from the ingredients surrounding it. However, the kernels still maintain their shape, giving the dish a wonderful consistency.
  • ½ yellow onion: The onion balances out the sweet ingredients to give the Creamed Corn a slightly more savory flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper: You’ll use salt and pepper to build up the savory flavor from the onion.
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter: Use 4 tablespoons butter to cook the onion and corn before adding the creamy ingredients. Unsalted butter will help you control the salt content in the Creamed Corn. If you only have regular butter, you can decrease the kosher salt by half.
  • Cream mixture: ½ cup heavy cream and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar form a creamy sauce to set Creamed Corn apart from more savory vegetable dishes. As you cook, the cream thickens, and the sugar blends with the naturally sweet flavor of the corn, so the whole dish has a cohesive blend of sweet and savory flavors.
Creamed Corn ingredients

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Cutting Board: Use a cutting board to cut your corn and keep all the kernels right where you want them so you can easily add them to the skillet
  • Sharp Knife: Use the knife to chop your onions and slice the corn kernels off of the cob. 
  • Large Skillet: Grab your favorite skillet for this dish, and you’ll only need one to combine all the ingredients into creamy goodness.
  • Spoon or Spatula: A spoon or spatula is needed to consistently stir your creamed corn mixture.

How to Make Creamed Corn

Time needed: 18 minutes.

  1. Cut the Onions

    Finely chop half of a yellow onion. Creamed Corn slicing onion on cutting board

  2. Shuck the Corn

    If you’re using fresh sweet corn, shuck them clean.Creamed Corn ear of corn in husk

  3. Cut the Kernels

    Slice the kernels off the cob.Creamed Corn removing kernels from cob

  4. Cook Onions and Corn in Butter

    Add the onion, corn, and ¼ cup butter to a large skillet. Then cook them over medium heat until the onions are translucent. This should only take you 6-8 minutes. Creamed Corn chopped onion on cutting board

  5. Make the Cream Sauce

    Then mix the sugar, heavy cream, salt, and pepper into the corn mixture. Continue the cooking time for another 7-8 minutes while stirring. Creamed Corn adding cream mixture to cooking pan

  6. Thicken and Serve

    The Creamed Corn is ready to go when the mixture has thickened. Then remove it from heat and enjoy.Creamed Corn with spoon in cooking pan

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Creamed Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 299mg13%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

You’ll be wowed by how easy this is to make, and you’ll wow everyone else when you achieve perfect Creamed Corn by following these tips.

  1. Cut Kernels with Ease
    • Trim the corn kernels off the cob with ease. Use a bundt pan, turn it right side up and place the cob in the center hole. It will serve as a holder for the corn and will keep it nicely in place while cutting lengthwise to release the kernels. Then the bundt pan will hold the kernels as they fall off the cob.
  2. Avoid Scorching the Cream
    • It is important that you stir your corn mixture consistently as the cream can scorch and burn on the bottom of your skillet.
  3. Achieve a Creamy Texture
    • To get a rich, creamy texture you want to watch the thickness of your cream sauce as it cooks. If it looks too thin for proper creamed corn, keep cooking and stirring until it thickens. Make sure it doesn’t become too thick and sticky while stirring it. You can always add a tablespoon of cream if needed.

What to Pair With Creamed Corn

The mixture of heavy cream and delicious corn kernels gives Creamed Corn a delightful and unique texture. You can make it as a Thanksgiving side dish along with classic dishes like Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry Sauce.

Creamed Corn is also a delicious BBQ side that you can enjoy during the summer. Often, Creamed Corn is considered a summer dish because that’s the season when it’s easy to get fresh corn. It’s an excellent way to change things up from classic corn on the cob. Serve it up with Pulled Pork, Hamburgers, or hot dogs for the perfect, crowd-pleasing cookout meal.

How to Store Creamed Corn

  • Serve: Due to the cream, you don’t want to leave this corn recipe at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: If you have leftover Creamed Corn, you can transfer it to an airtight container to store in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can reheat the corn on the stovetop over medium-low heat before serving.
  • Freeze: Unfortunately, the ingredients in Creamed Corn don’t freeze well. It’s better to enjoy it fresh or eat the leftovers within a few days.

Ideas to Serve Creamed Corn

A big bowl of Creamed Corn will look so inviting on your Thanksgiving table, at a potluck, or any dinner gathering. However, due to the creamy nature of this dish, you could give everyone their own serving of Corn in individual ramekins or small bowls. That way, the corn won’t spread around the plate, which can be problematic for those who don’t like their food to touch!

Alternative Creamed Corn Cooking Techniques

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

To make Crock Pot Creamed Corn, add 2 pounds of frozen sweet yellow corn, ½ cup milk, 4 tablespoons butter, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt to your slow cooker or crock pot. Top with 8 ounces of cream cheese. Cook it on low for 4 hours or cook on high for 2 hours. Stir the mixture and  then cook and additional 15-20 minutes with the lid off. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

FAQs for Creamed Corn

Should I use canned, fresh, or frozen Corn?

Fresh corn kernels are the best choice for this recipe. The fresh corn flavor just can’t be beaten. However, the recipe also works with canned corn and frozen corn. Since the corn is cooked with butter, cream, and so many other delicious flavors, you probably won’t notice much of a difference. Plus, if you don’t have time to shuck fresh corn, canned or frozen is an excellent option to speed up the recipe.

How is Creamed Corn different from Corn Pudding?

Corn Pudding is another popular side dish used at Thanksgiving, or at barbecues. However, Corn Pudding contains ingredients like cornstarch, and eggs that make it a thicker consistency similar to rice pudding or bread pudding. It also contains a lot more sugar and has an overall sweeter taste than this Creamed version.

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Recipe Card

Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn is the ultimate, comforting side dish for any occasion, made with yellow corn, butter, heavy cream, and a little bit of sugar.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 onion , finely chopped
  • 6 cups sweet corn , yellow
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


  • Add the onion, corn, and butter to a large skillet and cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add in the sugar, heavy cream, salt, and pepper and stir.
  • Cook uncovered, stirring, for 7-8 minutes until the mixture is thickened.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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Creamed Corn Variations

Cream Cheese Corn: You can make Creamed Corn with cream cheese for an even richer side dish. To make the Cream Cheese Corn, you can replace the heavy cream with 1 cup milk and ½ a package of cream cheese. Cut the cream cheese into chunks so that it can quickly melt into the milk in the creamy corn dish.

Flavor Additions: To give the recipes some different flavors, mix in additional seasonings like garlic salt or minced garlic cloves, onion powder, or a dash of cayenne pepper. Add in diced jalapeños for a spicy, creamy corn side.

Bacon: Creamed Corn tastes excellent with crispy bacon bits mixed in. Start by cooking the bacon strips in a large skillet. Then slice the crisped bacon, and add them to the corn mixture before serving. You can also sprinkle some over the top so everyone knows it contains delicious bacon.

Cheese: Before serving, you can top off the Creamed Corn with shredded parmesan, cheddar, provolone, or Pepper Jack cheese. Then mix so that the cheese melts into the corn.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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