This easy Homemade Creamed Corn is creamy, buttery, rich, and comforting, with just a hint of sweetness from the corn. It is easy and quick to make, can be made ahead, and uses simple ingredients, like butter, cream, flour, salt, and pepper. SO MUCH BETTER than the canned version!
Homemade Creamed Corn
If you don't think you're a fan of creamed corn because your only experience with it is from the can, just hear me out! This homemade creamed corn is not like that gooey sweet mess in a can.
Homemade creamed corn features whole corn kernels in a simple, buttery, creamy sauce. It is so easy to make and an absolute family favorite.
In fact, when we went on vacation this summer, my son found canned corn in the grocery store and asked my husband if they could ask me to make that "creamy corn" again. The whole family loved it!
This homemade creamed corn is so amazing that I haven't even included cheese in the recipe (which is a rare recommendation as I whole-heartedly believe cheese is the best food on earth).
What is the Difference Between Corn and Creamed Corn?
Corn can be found frozen, on the cob, or in cans. Canned cream corn is generally a pudding-like consistency with the corn ground up into the size of grits.
Homemade creamed corn has full corn kernels in a sauce made with real butter and cream and seasoned simply with salt and pepper
Do I Have to Use Frozen Corn?
No, you can substitute the same amount of either canned or fresh. If using fresh, simply cut off the cob.
Can I Use Half-and-Half or Milk Instead?
Yes and no. The recipe will work okay if you substitute the cream. However, it will not be nearly as rich or creamy. I highly recommend using cream
Homemade Creamed Corn Variations
I personally think this recipe can't get any better than it already is, but I understand the need to add some variety sometimes. Try these ideas and toppings.
- Bacon: Because bacon goes on everything.
- Jalapeno: Fresh or jarred both will work and can be adjusted based on your desired spiciness level.
- Herbs: Fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or thyme will add some pretty green color and a soft flavor.
- Cheese: Add a sprinkle of cheese such as Parmesan, Gouda, or milk cheddar.
More Corn Recipes You'll Love
- Easy Corn Fritters - fritters that are made with corn and simple ingredients and quickly pan-fried to golden crispy perfection.
- Crock Pot Corn Chowder - A perfectly soft and warm corn chowder that's creamy and packed with corn.
- Cheesy Corn Bake - a corn recipe for all of the cheese lovers out there. It doesn't get cheesier than this!
- Southern Corn Pudding - our family holiday favorite! This one is requested every holiday season!
- Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder - A creamy chowder feature lots of ham, corn, and cheese that will warm you up on all of those chilly evenings.
Homemade Creamed Corn Video
Homemade Creamed Corn
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 packages (10-ounces each) frozen whole kernel sweet corn thawed
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cream (or half-and-half)
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add corn, sugar, salt, and pepper, and saute for about 2 minutes.
- Stir in flour, and allow to heat through, about 1 minute.
- Slowly pour in cream or half-and-half until fully incorporated.
- Cook stirring constantly over medium heat until the mixture is thickened, and corn is cooked through.
- Remove from heat.
- **Optional** Use a stick blender to lightly blend some of the corn and create more corn-taste in the sauce.
- Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
- Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days. To reheat, transfer to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, and stir until heated through. If sauce is too thick, add a tablespoon or 2 of cream.
- To make this gluten free, substitute cup-for-cup gluten free flour.
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