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This easy creamed corn recipe is perfectly rich, buttery, and uncomplicated to let the natural sweetness from the corn shine. It’s the best version you’ll try!

You may also like my Easy Creamy Corn Pasta and Creamy Corn Chowder next.

a bowl of creamed corn with a spoon

Why you’ll love it

Cream style corn is perfect for an anytime side dish. It’s equally great for the holidays or as a BBQ side during corn season. You can’t really go wrong with butter and cream, in my opinion. I kept sneaking bites of this classic side dish while it was cooking!

I prefer my method since it’s definitely the easiest I’ve tried. You don’t need fancy ingredients to make good creamed corn, and it adds a comforting and creamy pairing to pretty much any main course, much like my Creamed Spinach or Creamed Peas.

What you’ll need

  • Butter and flour – to make a quick roux for thickening it up
  • Half-and-half – for that luxurious creamy quality
  • Garlic powder – it’s a little additional savory flavor boost
  • Cayenne – Just a pinch gives it that extra something-something. It won’t make the dish spicy or anything!
  • Corn – I use frozen since it’s ultra convenient and frozen at the peak of ripeness. If using fresh corn, I’d use 8 ears or so. If using canned corn (I prefer frozen to canned), I’d try 2 (15 fluid ounce) cans or whatever’s closest to the frozen corn amount. Be sure to drain the cans well.
ingredients for cream corn in prep bowls

Helpful tips

  • The key to success with this recipe is to let the corn simmer away long enough and at a low enough heat. That gives the sauce some time to thicken up and for the corn kernels to plump up nicely.
  • If you want to add even more thickness/change up the texture a bit, take about a cup of the cooked creamed corn and blend it up, then add it back to the pot. Or use a stick blender right in the pot to blend some of it up.

How to make creamed corn

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

making a roux in a soup pot and adding in half and half and seasonings for creamed corn

Make a roux with butter and flour in a fairly large pot. Whisk in the half-and-half and seasonings until very smooth, then add in the corn and bring it to a gentle boil.

adding in corn to a soup pot and stirring to make creamed corn

Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to your liking and the corn is plump. Season generously with salt & pepper to bring out the flavors.

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • I used a Le Creuset Dutch oven to make this recipe.
  • Use a wire whisk to make sure everything is perfectly smooth.
  • This is my favorite cooking spoon for stirring it up. It won’t scratch your pans.

Substitutions and variations

  • Want it spicy? Add more than a pinch of cayenne, or chop up some jalapenos and add them.
  • Some recipes for creamed corn add in some extra sugar. I don’t do this. If you do like your creamed corn even sweeter, feel free to add a teaspoon or so, but I really don’t find it necessary.
  • You may use heavy cream instead of half-and-half. It’ll likely thicken up faster, so you may need to adjust the heat and cooking time a bit (but this dish is best cooked low and slow, so keep that in mind). 

What to serve with creamed corn

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftover creamed corn in the fridge for a few days in a covered container.
  • For reheating this recipe, reheat it on the stove on low heat, stirring occasionally, or in the microwave in 30-second increments (stir in between). 
  • I don’t recommend freezing it.
closeup of creamed corn with a spoon

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a bowl of creamed corn with a spoon
5 from 24 votes

Easy Creamed Corn

This easy creamed corn recipe is perfectly rich, buttery, and uncomplicated to let the natural sweetness from the corn shine. It's the best version you'll try!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups frozen corn
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Melt the butter in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook it for a minute or so, stirring nearly constantly. 
  • Whisk in the half-and-half, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Make sure that there's no lumps.
  • Stir in the corn. After about 10 minutes, it should start to bubble. Once it's bubbling, turn the heat down so it's simmering gently.  
  • Cook the corn for another 15-20 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and the corn is nice and plump. Keep an eye on it, and stir it occasionally.
  • Add salt & pepper as needed (I'm pretty generous with the salt). 

Notes

  • Here in Canada I buy a (750g/26.5 oz.) bag of frozen corn for this recipe (it equals 5 cups). If using less corn, add a bit less half-and-half (this recipe is pretty forgiving!).

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 73mg, Potassium: 513mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 408IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on February 4, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!


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70 Comments

  1. Pansy says:

    I’m in Canada a 750ml bag is just over 3 cups .. .not sure I understand your version

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I physically measured it out when I was developing this recipe. It’s 750 grams, not ml. Indeed if it was liquid it would be 3 cups but it’s not liquid. The volume of corn takes up more space. Just like if it was 750g of something larger than corn like bowtie pasta, for example, it would be even more than 5 cups.

  2. Aryanna Wells says:

    I tried making this with dinner tonight, absolutely terrible!🤢🤮🖕

    1. Natasha says:

      What did you not like about it?