Creamed Corn Recipe

Skip the can and make delicious, flavorful creamed corn at home! Made with crispy bacon, onion and a parmesan cream sauce! Trust me, you’ll never go back to the pre-made stuff after you try this recipe! It’s perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table!

homemade creamed corn

Creamed corn is an American staple. Many of us have fond memories of enjoying the canned version of this dish as a kid, but like it often is with nostalgia, when we try it again as an adult, the spark is gone. This is what motivated me to make a homemade version of this childhood favorite. Let’s fall in love with creamed corn all over again!

Many folks default to the canned stuff thinking it’s the quickest way to make it, but this recipe proves you can make your own creamed corn from scratch in just 10-15 minutes from start to finish!

This side dish is perfect for family dinners, holiday meals, or a quick weeknight spread. However you serve it, you’re sure to love it!

What you’ll need:

  • Fresh corn shucked off the cob or frozen kernels. 5 cups will do the trick! See my Tips below to learn how to best use fresh corn for this recipe.
  • Bacon because it makes everything better and adds so much flavor to the whole entire dish!
  • A small diced onion adds a punch of flavor to this dish that compliments the corn perfectly.
  • All purpose flour helps thicken the creamed corn
  • Whole milk is best for this recipe, but you can use 2%. Avoid skim if possible.
  • Parmesan cheese adds a layer of savory, nutty, cheesiness that works so well with the bacon, corn, and onion.

How To Make Homemade Creamed Corn

  • Cook bacon over medium heat until golden brown and crispy in a large skillet. Remove the bacon from the pan, transfer to a paper towel lined plate, and chop into bite-sized pieces once cooled. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.

cooking bacon in large skillet

  • Sauté onions in reserved bacon grease over medium high heat until golden brown tender, about four minutes.
  • Add flour and cook for one minute, stirring continuously.

pouring milk into skillet to make roux

  • Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer, stirring continuously. Remove from heat when the sauce comes to a simmer. Stir in parmesan cheese.

adding grated parmesan cheese to cream sauce

  • Return the pan back to the stove over medium heat. Stir in corn and cook until warmed through, about 2-3 minutes.

adding corn to cheese sauce

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately with crumbled bacon and chives. Enjoy!

creamed corn topped with bacon, parmesan cheese and chives


  • Make sure to “milk” the cob if you opt for fresh corn, like Silver Queen, by running the flat side of your knife against it to release that liquid. It adds ton of fresh corn flavor! Learn more here.
  • Use a bundt pan to help slice your corn and collect the kernels. Just place the hard knob on the end of the ear of corn in the center hole of a bundt pan, then slice the kernels off and let them fall into the dish. This keeps kernels from flying every which way.
  • Swap the milk for full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk for a nondairy or vegan option.
  • Swap the bacon for pancetta if you’re feeling extra fancy.

homemade creamed corn in large skillet topped with bacon and chives

What to Serve with This Homemade Creamed Corn

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating

  • Store leftover creamed corn in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove over medium low heat until desired temperature is reached.
  • We have not tested freezing this creamed corn recipe simply because there are rarely leftovers, and if there are, they don’t last long enough to make it to the freezer. But if you do try freezing and reheating, make sure to let it thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat on the stovetop. Be warned, though, that the texture of the corn may be funky, especially if you used frozen corn initially.

creamed corn in skillet with wooden spoon

More Side Dish Recipes To Try

If you like this homemade creamed corn, then you’ll love these side dishes:

Creamed Corn Recipe

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Skip the can and make delicious, flavorful creamed corn at home with a few pantry staples. Trust me, you'll never go back to the pre-made stuff after you try this recipe! It's perfect for weeknight dinners or holiday meals.


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 5 cups corn, no need to thaw
  • salt and pepper
  • chives for garnish, if desired


  • In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until golden brown and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. When the bacon has cooled chop it into bite size pieces.
  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan and add in onions. Saute over medium high heat until golden brown and tender, 4 minutes.
  • Add in flour and continue to cook stirring continuously for one minute.
  • Slowly whisk in milk and bring to a simmer stirring continuously. When sauce comes to a simmer take off of the heat.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese.
  • Return the pan back to the stove and heat over medium heat. Stir in corn and cook until warmed through 2-3 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately with crumbled bacon and chives for serving!
Nutrition Facts
Creamed Corn Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 342mg10%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 401IU8%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamed Corn, Holiday Recipes, Thanksgiving recipes

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    • Hi Daria,

      You could use 2 (10 ounce) packages of frozen corn which equals about 5 cups. Typically one ear of corn will give you about 3/4 cup of kernels.

      Hope this helps! Thanks!


  • Yamil

    Some people look for the best key lime pie recipe Im always trying to find the best creamed corn, well the search is over!!! Fell in love with how simple and delicious this one is and my family truly loved it! Thank you for sharing it

  • Kim

    I made this last night for an office potluck, and I really like it and plan on making it again!
    I felt like it needed just a bit of something extra, so in addition to the regular salt and pepper, I added some Kinders Buttery Steakhouse seasoning and it was perfect! I did stray from the recipe a bit and added heavy cream and butter (super naughty!) and I probably added a bit more parm cheese than called for, because…why not! Thanks for posting this, I loved it and my officemates thank you too!



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