Creamed Corn

Creamed corn is a classic comfort food side dish that can be served year-round, or during the holidays. Rich, silky, sweet and delicious.

Creamed corn is a classic comfort food side dish that can be served year-round, or during the holidays. Rich, silky, sweet and delicious.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a helping of creamed corn with a meal. I always make sure to have some on the table for the holidays or Thanksgiving, but I’ve been known to make a batch all throughout the year.

The best part is, you can use fresh, canned or frozen corn. Just be sure that if you’re using frozen corn that you defrost it before you make this recipe. I usually opt for canned in the winter months when fresh corn isn’t abundant. It’s really sweet and delicious. And affordable.

Creamed corn is a step just having corn on the cob, but it’s just as easy. In fact, this dish takes all but 20 minutes from start to finish when pulling it together. But, unlike my corn salad recipe, it’s best served hot, not cold or room temperature.

How do you make creamed corn?

Creamed corn is so simple. I like starting with some onion and butter in a skillet. Sauteed onion adds the perfect flavor to the final product.

Then, I make a roux in the skillet before adding some sugar, salt, and pepper. I know what you’re thinking – sugar?! It’s only a little bit. And why yes, corn is sweet a couple of teaspoons of sugar really help give the dish a hint of sweet that it needs. The salt and pepper balance it out perfectly.

Then, the corn and cream go in. Be sure that your corn is drained well before you add it. We don’t want any water, just creamy goodness. You could use milk or half and half, but I love the richness of heavy cream. If you’re cooking for a special occasion, why skimp?

I know you’re going to fall in love with this classically simple recipe.


Creamed Corn

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


Creamed corn is a classic comfort food side dish that can be served year-round, or during the holidays. Rich, silky, sweet and delicious.


  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 cups corn
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Start by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, add the flour and cook for 3 minutes before adding the corn, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir everything together well.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream, stirring well. Bring the mixture to a boil, still stirring frequently, and then turn the heat to low and let the mixture thicken for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve hot!

20 Responses to “Creamed Corn”

  1. Mary Gardner — December 14, 2019 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    This looks so wonderful and would be great for a comfort food kind of dinner!

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2019 @ 9:56 am (#)

      I agree, Mary!

  2. Jaye Smith — December 7, 2019 @ 7:42 am (#)

    I love how easy it is to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 10:54 am (#)

      You’re welcome, Jaye!

  3. Sandy Klocinski — December 4, 2019 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    I love corn! I make something similar but I put jalapeno peppers in it. Spices it up a bit

    • Christine Pittman — December 5, 2019 @ 2:38 pm (#)

      Sounds great, Sandy!

  4. Tracie Cooper — December 1, 2019 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    My hubby loves corn and I would love to make this for him!

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:43 pm (#)

      Enjoy, Tracie!

  5. Sharon — November 30, 2019 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    This is such a flavorful dish, we love it! I add a bit of crumbled bacon. :)

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:38 pm (#)

      Yummy! Thanks for the feedback, Sharon!

  6. sheila ressel — November 30, 2019 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    This is a staple side dish in our home. Nothing beats homemade creamed corn!

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:37 pm (#)

      Thanks, Sheila!

  7. Judy Gregory — November 27, 2019 @ 6:25 pm (#)

    Don’t hate but, I’m from the deep south. We use bacon drippings and real bacon. Yoooo Doggie!

    • Christine Pittman — November 29, 2019 @ 10:07 am (#)

      Wow, Judy! Yum!

  8. MaryB — November 26, 2019 @ 2:14 am (#)

    I’ve been looking for a good creamed corn recipe – and this looks terrific!  Got to try it. 

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:24 pm (#)

      Thanks, Mary!

  9. Kathleen Duncan — November 26, 2019 @ 1:48 am (#)

    I’ve never made creamed corn from scratch. Looking forward to trying this.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:24 pm (#)

      It’s worth it, Kathleen! Enjoy!

  10. kristi — November 26, 2019 @ 12:08 am (#)

    i will be making a big pan of this for thanksgiving

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:20 pm (#)

      Yummy! That’s the perfect time for this, Kristi! Tag @cookthestory on Insta when you make it so we can see!

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