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Southern Style Creamed Corn

Creamy corn in a white bowl garnished with bacon crumbles and chives with spoons and fresh corn cobs in the background.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Southern Style Creamed Corn is nothing like its canned counterpart, using fresh sweet corn and luscious cream to become an amazing side dish. Southern Creamed Corn is indulgently decadent, perfect for the holidays, Sunday family dinners, and even your average weeknight.

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Branded image of southern style creamed corn in a cast iron skillet with fresh corn on the cob in the background.

If you love creamed corn, then grab a large skillet and make this delicious southern creamed corn recipe.

What is creamed corn?

Creamed corn is a classic side dish that often finds itself on the holiday table with other southern recipes like collard greens. But to properly explain why this is the best creamed corn, we first have to clarify between the fresh version or the can version.

The canned version is dairy free. Creamed is a process not an ingredient much like corned, as in corned beef, is a process not an ingredient. Creamed in this instance is the milky substance extract from the corn cob.

But in this southern version, it means heavy cream. Sure we’ll still extract the milky corn pulp but that’s only for flavor, not for richness or decadence.

Ingredients needed: Sweet corn, heavy cream, salt, sugar, pepper, green onions, flour, onion, butter, and milk.

Recipe ingredients:

  • Corn — Can’t use fresh summer corn, then use frozen corn or even canned corn. Drain the canned corn well. If using frozen corn, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dairy — heavy cream, milk, and butter. We recommend whole milk. We used salted butter, but using salted butter is fine.
  • Seasonings — salt, pepper, and granulated sugar (to enhance the natural sweetness of regular corn.
  • Onions — we used both a yellow onion and green onions.
  • Flour — all purpose flour is used as a thickening agent. For a gluten free dish, see adaptations and variations below.

How to make southern style creamed corn

Step 1 — Remove the husks and silks from the corn. For stability cut one end the cob so it is flat. Place it in a large bowl. Using a sharp knife, slice the kernels off the cob. Once all the kernels have been removed, use the back side of the knife and scrape the cob, releasing the pulpy, milk-like liquid. Mince the onion and cut the green onion, separating the green and white parts, set them aside.

Step 2 — Add the flour, sugar, salt, and black pepper to a small bowl. Stir it all together.

Step 3 — Stir in the seasoned flour mixture into the corn until it is all lightly coated.

Step 4 — Pour in the heavy whipping cream and milk. Stir well.

Step 5 — Put the cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the butter and sauté the onion and white parts of the green onions until softened, about 2 minutes.

Step 6 — Pour the corn mixture into the skillet and let it simmer, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes, or until the corn is cooked through and the cream has reached the desired consistency and creamy texture. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot and serve immediately!

Southern style creamed corn in a cast iron skillet ready to be served with fresh corn in the background.

Adaptations and variations for homemade creamed corn

Bacon — chop and fry bacon and add it during the final moments of cooking. Swap out the butter for the bacon grease.

Corn — Can’t use fresh summer corn, then use frozen corn or even canned corn. Drain the canned corn well.

Heat — Add a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce. Or stir in some ground cayenne or chipotle pepper.

Mix-ins — stir in some finely diced bell pepper or roasted red peppers. Parmesan cheese is also a good option for cheesy creamed corn.

Gluten free — swap out the flour and use 8 oz of cream cheese. Melt the cream cheese after sauteing the onions before adding the corn and cream. Or omit the flour and reserve about a quarter cup of heavy cream or milk and whisk in a tablespoon of cornstarch. After the corn has been simmering for 10-15 minutes, stir in the cornstarch slurry and finishing cooking.

Recipe FAQs

How long will leftovers last?

Store any leftover creamed corn in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

What is the best way to reheat leftover cream corn?

Reheat leftovers in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. It will have a thick consistency coming out of the refrigerator. As it warms, it will become creamy again. If needed, add a tablespoon or two of milk or heavy cream.

Can I freeze creamed corn?

We do not recommend freezing it. The corn would be find, but the dairy in this dish has a tendency to separate after being frozen.

Branded image of southern creamed corn in a white bowl garnished with chives and bacon crumbles.
Creamy corn in a white bowl garnished with bacon crumbles and chives with spoons and fresh corn cobs in the background.
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5 from 16 votes

Southern Style Creamed Corn

Southern Style Creamed Corn is nothing like its canned counterpart, using fresh sweet corn and luscious cream to become an amazing side dish.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Southern Creamed Corn
Servings: 8
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Ned Adams

Equipment

  • 12-inch cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 8 ears corn on the cob
  • 1 1/2 tbsp onion finely minced
  • 2 green onions chopped and separated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sugar +/- to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Instructions

  • Remove the husks and silks from the corn. For stability cut one end the cob so it is flat.
  • Place it in a large bowl. Using a sharp knife, slice the kernels off the cob.
  • Once all the kernels have been removed, use the back side of the knife and scrape the cob, releasing the pulpy, milk-like liquid.
  • Mince the onion and cut the green onion, separating the green and white parts, set them aside.
  • Add the flour, sugar, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Stir it all together.
  • Stir in the seasoned flour mixture into the corn until it is all lightly coated.
  • Pour in the heavy whipping cream and milk. Stir well.
  • Heat the skillet over medium heat and add the butter, once melted sauté the onion and white parts of the green onions until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the corn mixture to the skillet and simmer, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes, or until the corn is cooked through and the cream has reached the desired consistency.
  • Garnish with the reserved green portion of the green onions and serve.

Notes

Adaptations and variations

Bacon — chop and fry bacon and add it during the final moments of cooking. Swap out the butter for the bacon grease.
Corn — Can’t use fresh summer corn, then use frozen corn or even canned corn. Drain the canned corn well.
Heat — Add a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce. Or stir in some ground cayenne or chipotle pepper.
Mix-ins — stir in some finely diced bell pepper or roasted red peppers. Parmesan cheese is also a good option.
Gluten free — swap out the flour and use 8 oz of cream cheese. Melt the cream cheese after sauteing the onions before adding the corn and cream. Or omit the flour and reserve about a quarter cup of heavy cream or milk and whisk in a tablespoon of cornstarch. After the corn has been simmering for 10-15 minutes, stir in the cornstarch slurry and finishing cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

Dutch Oven Daddy is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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17 replies
  1. Anjali
    Anjali says:

    5 stars
    This creamed corn recipe turned out so perfectly!! It was comforting, homey, and a great side dish for our dinner tonight!

    Reply
  2. Tavo
    Tavo says:

    5 stars
    Your Southern Style Creamed Corn was a hit at my family dinner! The flavors melded together perfectly, and the texture was just right—creamy without being too heavy. You’ve got a knack for making comfort food feel gourmet. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  3. Kim
    Kim says:

    5 stars
    I recently tried Southern Style Creamed Corn, and it was a game-changer! Using fresh sweet corn and creamy goodness, it became the star of our family dinner. Indulgent, decadent, and perfect for special occasions or even a regular weeknight treat.

    Reply
  4. Alison Corey
    Alison Corey says:

    5 stars
    The use of fresh sweet corn elevates it to a whole new level. The luscious creaminess and decadent taste make it perfect for the holidays.

    Reply
  5. Kim
    Kim says:

    5 stars
    This looks so good. I’ve always wanted to make my own creamed corn. I’m taking this as a sign that it’s time to give it a try.

    Reply
  6. Kim
    Kim says:

    5 stars
    This recipe takes corn to a whole new level, using fresh, sweet corn and rich cream to create a side dish that’s indulgently decadent. It’s a taste of tradition, perfect for special occasions and everyday dinners alike. Creamy, flavorful, and utterly satisfying – it’s a Southern classic that never disappoints!

    Reply
  7. Gianne
    Gianne says:

    5 stars
    The creamy texture and the sweet corn flavor were just perfect. It’s a great side dish for any southern-inspired meal. I highly recommend it.

    Reply
  8. Nathan
    Nathan says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never made creamed corn myself, so I was pleased to find out how easy it is! This turned out perfectly and has just the right amount of sweetness. A new favorite for sure!

    Reply
  9. Angela
    Angela says:

    5 stars
    I was looking for a side dish to go with last night’s dinner and this was just perfect! We added some bacon to it and it was so creamy and wonderful. We’ll be making this again. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  10. Paula
    Paula says:

    5 stars
    I’ve only ever had creamed corn from a can! Soooo excited to try the real thing, the classic southern way! yummy!

    Reply

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