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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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66 Comments

  1. Sally says:

    Can this be made ahead and refrigerated-then just heated up on Thanksgiving?

    1. Natasha says:

      You bet! Reheat slowly on low heat.

    2. Alyssa says:

      This is delicious! My 11 year old daughter came across your recipe and now makes it for all family functions per their request! Do you have instructions for using this recipe in a slow cooker?
      Thank you!

      1. Natasha says:

        I’m thrilled to hear that!! Sorry – I have only tested it on the stove.

  2. Keith Boll says:

    5 stars
    Super easy to make. And takes naturally sweet and delicious. A great recipe!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Keith! 😀

  3. Lisa Allen says:

    I have recently gone gluten free. Do you think I could sub gluten free flour for regular flour?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Lisa! I haven’t ever cooked with gluten-free flour, so I am not sure. You’d have to look into if it has the same thickening properties. Let me know if you end up experimenting.

  4. Mysie Hollands says:

    Can you use canned milk?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I have only tested it as written – sorry. Do you mean evaporated milk? That could work but I’ve never made creamed corn with it. Let me know!

  5. Marilyn Padilla says:

    5 stars
    I wish I could give this more stars!! My daughter asked if we could make this every day. I needed it to be dairy free so instead of half-an-half I used a can of coconut cream.

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww thank you so much!

  6. Paul Roger says:

    5 stars
    Looking forward to trying it out that looks delicious. I have been trying to figure out what to do with those cans that I got when I ordered online for my food during the pandemic. I hate online food shopping they always sent me chicken wings instead of chicken souvlaki the same for the corn it was never creamed corn. I guess that’s enough of the old man ranting lol. I’m sure I’m gonna do great stuff with that recipe thanks a lot

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re welcome! Hope you love it!

  7. Agnes White says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this quite a few times, Natasha. I love it best when I make it in the Summer with fresh corn roasted in the oven……Heaven for us corn lovers!

    Thank you so much. Best wishes, Agnes

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!! 🙂

  8. ALY says:

    5 stars
    I have never tried one of your recipes… this is the first! But I even though I made it and it tasted A-amazing, I was more impressed with the fact that each time someone commented, you responded with a thank you or a helpful remark! That is so great to see!! Thank you for taking the time to respond to each person!!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s so sweet of you to say! Thank you! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Aly, and I always appreciate when someone makes one of my recipes so I try to let them know.

  9. Linda Bryant says:

    Looks delicious I’m gonna try that to it’s for supper

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you! Hope you like it, Linda 🙂

  10. Perri says:

    5 stars
    Yummy…. My husband wanted creamed corn and all we had was canned kernel corn

    I used heavy cream because that’s what I had on hand.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂