Best Creamed Corn (One Pot)

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Quick and easy creamed corn recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 30 minutes. Loaded with milk, cream cheese and bacon!

I remember eating this corn out of a can as a child, and thinking, “Why would anyone eat this?” Let’s just say it was not a good introduction! However, this homemade version is the complete opposite and truly the BEST! You and your whole family will be fighting over seconds. Mexican Corn Salad Recipe (One Bowl) and Grilled Corn On the Cob are also delicious corn variations. So, make sure to try them as well.

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How to make creamed corn recipe from scratch?

  1. Prepare cheese mixture– By mixing together milk, butter, cream cheese in nonstick pot.
  2. Mix in corn and seasonings- The seasonings includes sugar, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder.
  3. Cook– Until mixture is thickened.
  4. Enjoy– Garnish green onions and crumbled bacon and dig in!

What to serve with cream cheese corn?

This is a side dish that can go with almost any main dish! Serve it with beef such as: Ground Beef Quesadilla (One Pan), Ground Beef Tacos (One Pot), Instant Pot Italian Beef, BBQ Shredded Beef (One Pot), or Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich.

Chicken is another tasty choice such as: Cajun Chicken (One Pot), Bacon Ranch Chicken (One Pot), Chicken Quesadilla (One Pan) or Lemon Pepper Chicken (One Pan).

You can even serve it as a Thanksgiving side, along with Roast Turkey Breast (One Pan) and Easy Thanksgiving Turkey.

Serve it with one of these vegetarian dishes: Easy Tomato Sandwich (One Pan), Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich (One Pan) or this Portobello Mushroom Pizza.

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Freeze- In a freezer safe container or bag for up to 1 month.

Reheat– In the microwave, or on the stovetop. If reheating from frozen, you may need to add a little whole milk to help the dairy come together again.

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Variations

Make it spicy– Add crushed red chili flakes, cayenne pepper. Add jalapeno slices for a kick and Mexican twist.

Add garnishes– Such as finely chopped fresh herbs, dollop of sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, avocado slices, finely chopped tomatoes, pickled onions, crumbled bacon.

Add protein– Such as cooked shrimp, crab, sausage, chicken, or beef. Make sure whatever meat you use is diced small or shredded.

Make it vegetarian– Simply skip the bacon crumbles on top.

Add other cheese- Such as Cotija, Queso Fresco, shredded Colby jack, pepper jack, mozzarella, or feta.

Add seasonings– Such as Mexican, Cajun, or Greek seasoning.

Add beans– Such as black beans, red beams, garbanzo beans or pinto beans.

Add other vegetables– Such as chopped fresh tomatoes, cooked spinach, onions, or artichokes.

Tips and techniques for homemade creamed corn

Use full-fat ingredients– This provides the creamiest, richest, and best overall flavor.

Adjust seasoning- Add more or less, based on your personal preference.

Use a non-stick pot- Because this prevents the corn and dairy from sticking and burning on the bottom of the pot.

Should I use fresh/canned/frozen corn? I highly recommend fresh or frozen corn for the sweetest and best flavor. You can use drained canned corn, but I do not recommend it since it is very soft and tends to become “mushy” as it cooks.

Use unsalted butter- Because it prevents this dish from becoming too salty.

Can you eat “cream style corn” by itself? Yes. It’s typically enjoyed as a side dish but since it’s so rich, you can eat it on its own too.

More One Pot Corn Recipes

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One Pot Creamed Corn

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

Quick and easy creamed corn recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 30 minutes. Loaded with milk, cream cheese and bacon!

Servings: 4 People
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade creamed corn
Calories: 451 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Milk Preferably whole
  • 1/4 cup Butter Unsalted, Cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup Cream cheese Full fat
  • 5 cups Corn Fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning Optional
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 stalks Green onions Thinly sliced, For topping
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled bacon For topping, Omit if you want to keep it vegetarian

Instructions

  1. In a large nonstick pot, add milk, butter, cream cheese and cook over medium-high heat until cheese is partially melted.

  2. Add corn, sugar, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning (optional), garlic powder, onion powder and mix until combined.

  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes until mixture is thickened and corn is fully cooked.

  4. Remove from heat and top off with green onions and crumbled bacon. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Creamed Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 417mg17%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1323IU26%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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