Easy Southern Creamed Corn Recipe

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How to make creamed corn from scratch using just 5 ingredients. Easy creamed corn made on a stovetop not baked in an oven or made in a crock pot. Frozen corn kernels (or canned corn), butter, flour, milk, and a bit of sugar is all you need to make the best side dish recipe for dinner. This creamed corn recipe is sure to be everyone's favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Cream style corn the southern way without heavy cream, Jiffy cornbread mix, cream cheese, or parmesan cheese.
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There is no better side dish than southern style creamed corn. Ditch the canned creamed corn, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this creamed corn from scratch with this simple recipe.

Besides, we all know that homemade tastes so much better. Your family will love this southern creamed corn recipe.

Easy Cream Corn Recipe with Frozen Corn
Easy Cream Corn Recipe with Frozen Corn

How to make cream corn from scratch

I don’t know what that creamed corn stuff is in a can. It really can not be compared to this southern style creamed corn recipe at all.

I stopped buying canned corn and green beans a long time ago. Once I discovered that frozen corn, green beans, and little green peas taste so much better frozen than from a can, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the canned stuff anymore.

There are a few recipes that I still rely on canned food for like homemade chili and pizza sauce. Canned tomatoes, black beans, and kidney beans are always a staple in our pantry no matter what.

But when it comes to the flavor in this homemade creamed corn recipe, frozen corn is so much better than the canned stuff. One taste and you’ll wonder why you ever bought the canned stuff to begin with.

Creamed corn recipe with milk

This southern creamed corn recipe uses simple ingredients you might already have on hand like corn, milk, flour, butter, a bit of sugar, and seasoned with salt and pepper.

This creamed corn recipe uses milk not heavy cream. The combination of the flour, butter, and milk makes a creamy sauce that covers the corn with delicious flavor.

The type of milk doesn’t matter that much, however whole milk is preferred when making this cream style corn recipe.

Southern Creamed Corn Recipe
Southern Creamed Corn Recipe

How to make cream corn from canned corn

This cream corn recipe can be used with either fresh, frozen, or canned corn. I personally prefer to use frozen corn as it tastes a bit better than canned corn but doesn’t require any extra work to prepare like fresh corn.

If using fresh corn, be sure to cut the corn kernels away from the stalks before making this southern creamed corn recipe.

Canned corn can also be used in this side dish recipe instead of frozen corn kernels. Be sure to drain the canned corn and rinse it before using canned corn in this recipe.

Creamed corn recipe without heavy cream

Many nights when I’m not serving southern style sweet cornbread, I will serve this southern inspired creamed corn recipe instead.

Gracing my southern table right next to a big tall glass of Southern Sweet Iced Tea, creamed corn is a frequently made side dish around these parts.

I love southern style creamed corn, and have since I was a kid. This recipe is quick to make and goes well with many main dishes. One of my favorite dinners growing up would have been chicken, stovetop macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, and sweet southern cornbread. Corn and macaroni and cheese were always a favorite food combination for me growing up.

The Best Creamed Corn Recipe
The Best Creamed Corn Recipe

Cream style corn without a crock pot

I love that this recipe is super simple. You don’t need a bunch of different kitchen gadgets or clunky crock pot. Just a simple saucepan and a few measure cups, that’s all the equipment you need to recreate this recipe.

I always keep plenty of frozen corn in our freezer just for this recipe. Whenever I don’t know what side dish to make for dinner, this creamed corn recipe is easily my go-to.

Southern creamed corn recipe without cream cheese

I’ve seen other cream corn recipes using heavy cream, Jiffy cornbread mix, cream cheese, even parmesan cheese floating around the internet. This easy creamed corn recipe is easy because it uses simple ingredients. Nothing fancy here.

The simplicity of this dish is what makes it taste so good! You only need 5 ingredients to make this homemade creamed corn recipe.

Real, authentic southern creamed corn without cream cheese, heavy cream, Jiffy cornbread mix, or parmesan cheese.

Everyone’s Favorite Side Dish Recipe

I look forward to Thanksgiving when this creamed corn recipe is on the menu. It compliments all of the Thanksgiving fixings so perfectly.

This recipe is great to make for a large crowd. One can easily double or triple this creamed corn recipe to feed however many people you have at your next gathering.

This is a great make and take recipe for holiday get togethers like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, even Fourth of July. Whenever I need to make a dish and take it to a get together, this is my go to recipe because I know that I can make as little or as much as I need no matter the occasion.

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Easy Creamed Corn Recipe

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How to make creamed corn from scratch using just 5 ingredients. Easy creamed corn made on a stovetop not baked in an oven or made in a crock pot. Frozen corn kernels (or canned corn), butter, flour, milk, and a bit of sugar is all you need to make the best side dish recipe for dinner. This creamed corn recipe is sure to be everyone's favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Cream style corn the southern way without heavy cream, Jiffy cornbread mix, cream cheese, or parmesan cheese.
5 from 8 votes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Holiday, Southern, Thanksgiving
Servings 6 people


  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 cups whole kernel frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste (start with 1/2 tsp of each – adjust if needed)


  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in flour and cook for about 2-3 mins.
  • Stir in milk until combined with the flour mixture.
  • Cook the milk and flour mixture on medium heat until the milk begins to thicken, 5-10 minutes.
  • Once the milk has thickened then stir in the corn, salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir every few minutes. Cook corn for 10 mins, until corn is no longer frozen.
  • Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
Keyword Corn, Stovetop, Vegetables
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  1. Oh yum! This looks so good ? I have never had this before, will surely give your recipe a try!

  2. That looks good! We always have it for Thanksgiving. My SIL always prepares it from scratch.

  3. One of my favorite side dishes! Must make these days!

  4. I’ve never had creamed corn before but this looks amazing! I need to try out this recipe

  5. That’s a tasty looking bowl of creamed corn, I’ve always got it from the can so it would be nice to make it from scratch!!

  6. I love the twist on an american classic. This sounds so good. I would have to give it a try thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. This sounds and looks so good. My grandma used to make something like this when I was a kid, I bet I would love it!

  8. Richelle Milar says:

    Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I really love to try this recipe!

  9. Melissa Cushing says:

    I am so grateful that you shared this recipe! My grandma made the best homemade creamed corn and now I am goi g to give it a ty with your recipe! Thank you fro sharing!

  10. Your creamed corn looks out of this world delicious. That’s a great recipe to make for Thanksgiving dinner

  11. This corn looks so delicious. I need to get the ingredients and make this.

  12. That sounds really lovely. I am a big fan of sweetcorn but haven’t tried anything like this before. It sounds like something I’m going to love.

  13. This is one of my favorites. I think I’m going to try this for Thanksgiving this year.

  14. Amber Myers says:

    Yum, I know I’d be a fan of this. I just love creamed corn and it looks delicious!

  15. This recipe was so delicious. I have tried for years to duplicate my mom’s recipe, I do believe This is it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I’ve made this in the past, yum! Any thoughts about making this ahead for Thanksgiving.

    1. I do think this could be made ahead of time. From my experience it reheats just fine and is great for leftovers.

  17. This was one of my side dishes tonight for supper. I also had pinto beans with a nice piece of smoked ham hock, fried okra and a creamy cucumber, onion and tomato salad. Of course being a Southern Boy, we had to have sweet tea and cornbread. BUT this Cream Corn stole the SHOW. It was completely devoured and I was informed it could be a stable from now on!!!!

    1. Oh WOW! That is awesome. Thank you SO much for coming back and taking the time to comment. I am so glad everyone enjoyed it. Your dinner sounds delicious!

  18. Alison Palmer says:

    A dear friend of mine used to make fried corn in the summer. It was similar to, but not the same as creamed corn. Either way, I love them both!

  19. Excellent recipe! I did go ahead and skip the sugar and I did puree a little of the corn to make it more creamy. MMMMMM good!

    1. That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  20. Could you use half & half instead of milk? Or will it not thicken up enough?

    1. I’m not entirely sure as I have never tried this recipe using half & half instead of milk. I would think that it may become too thick but if it does you could thin it out with a little water.

  21. How many people can this recipe feed?

    1. About 6, maybe a little more or less depending on “serving size”.

  22. Turned out amazing, this will be my go to for HM creamed corn yay!

    1. I’m so glad it turned out great for you. Thanks for coming back and commenting!

  23. This sounds so good! Can I use fresh corn instead of frozen?

    1. I think you can.

  24. This sounds so good! I might try this for Easter as one of my sides. Thanks for posting!

  25. Amy Honious says:

    This recipe brings back soooo many memories! My grandma used to make homemade creamed corn (with cream though-no milk or flour). I have not made it in years as we have been spoiled by the frozen type available in our area. I agree about the canned-yuck. Thanks for the memories and I can’t wait till the Ohio corn comes in so that I can make this for myself :)

  26. Yum! Can’t wait to try the recipe! I’m off to share on my facebook page! :)

    1. How yummy I didn’t have any margarine or butter but maybe a half a teaspoon so I used olive oil it was A little weird because it started clumping but I kept stirring and I put a little bit more olive oil and worked out great soon as I put the milk in and started stirring it started mixing up and then I put the corn in and it looks awesome and it taste great thanks

      1. That’s awesome. Thank you for letting us know your substitute worked. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it.

  27. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love creamed corn and would love to try the homemade version! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious.

  28. I never thought to make my own, thanks for sharing!

  29. I like creamed corn, but it can definitely get boring.. Thanks for this recipe it can change it up a bit.

  30. Thanks – I loved this as a kid. I did not know it’s so easy to make!

  31. Melissa Smith says:

    My husband loves creamed corn! & this looks yummy, not to mention simple. Definitely going to make it for him soon since I have a ton of corn.

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