Creamed Corn

| September 22, 2014 | 23 Comments

Creamed Corn recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this old Southern Classic recipe. You’ll love the taste of this corn dish, made with fresh shucked corn. It’s called creamed corn, but we don’t use any cream to make ours. Creamed Corn is a super easy side dish that all the family will enjoy. Printable recipe included.


Creamed Corn, slider.
Southern Creamed Corn recipe.

It’s a little late in the season here in my part of the world for a fresh corn recipe. Locally fresh corn, is generally available mid-June through mid-August here in North Carolina, and it’s almost the end of September already. I’m still seeing corn in some of the Farmers Markets though, so hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to try out our recipe with some great locally grown fresh corn.

Mama always loved the Silver Queen corn, a very sweet, white corn that has remained popular throughout our state. Whether or not we’re actually getting Silver Queen corn, is another subject and one for debate. All signs that say Silver Queen, apparently aren’t the real thing any longer.

Folks just came to love the old Silver Queen corn because of it’s sweetness, and they always look and call for it when shopping for fresh corn. And, let’s not even start with the GMO (genetically modified organism) discussion, or we could be here all day. Although, in my humble opinion, it certainly needs to be discussed. It’s frightening what is happening to our fruits, vegetables and meats these days.

But, back to the recipe.

Growing up Gordon, we planted corn a foot or so apart, in long rows. At harvest time, each stalk of corn would produce several ears of delicious corn. Most of the time, when you’d pull back the shucks at the top, you’d probably find a worm or two. It was just “common” it seems. That’s why they spray corn so much these days, to keep the bugs and worms from eating it all up.

My older brother and I have traveled through North and South Carolina quite a bit these past couple of years. We love to watch the trees start to turn green, and see the big tractors out in the field preparing for a new growing season. Later on, we’ll see corn growing so close together, so thick, that no one could possibly go down the rows and pick the corn. It’s not done the way we remember it any longer.

One farmer we talked with, told us he could get a couple hundred bushels of corn from each acre. He also said that all they really hoped for was ONE ear of corn per stalk. My how times have changed… and tastes. Another point of discussion for us, is how food no longer tastes like it did when we were younger. It’s almost sad to think that my younger niece and nephews have never known the old tastes of food that we grew up with. Wait, I’m off subject again. Sorry.

Sunday dinners around Mama’s big oval table almost always included a bowl of sweet corn. She worked hard through the summer, shucking and freezing corn so we could enjoy it throughout the winter. I probably just liked it because it was sweet and wasn’t “green.” (See my Collards recipe for more explanation.)

After daddy passed away, and we no longer kept a garden or two, Mama would have me drive her over to a local farm or garden, to get a load of corn. We’d fill up the boot of the car with corn. Boot being trunk of the car of course. The old timers called it a boot.

I wasn’t any help once we got back home. Mama would shuck the corn pretty much by herself, unless my older sister was visiting. Then, she’d work the rest of the day, preparing all that corn for the freezer. If only I could just hug her neck and tell her Thank You for all she did for us, it makes my eyes water to just type this and think about it again.

Older brother never really liked Creamed Corn he said. It was too sweet for his personal tastes. I liked it though.

My late wife always loved Roasted Corn-on-the-Cob. Every time we visited the North Carolina State Fair, she would make a bee line for the place that sold it. We would often just boil corn on the cob at home, and slather it with butter.

So, I guess this really isn’t all that much about Creamed Corn… is it? I can’t seem to stay on subject tonight for some reason. But, I did enjoy this old Southern Classic when I brought home some ears of corn recently. I might even have a bit in my own freezer.

I purchased this at the Farmers Market over at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, in the Greensboro area a couple of weeks back. It had rained hard almost all day as I recall. Only a handful of local farmers had showed up with fresh vegetables. The lady that I bought this corn from had a sign on it that said “3 ears for $1.00, no charge for the worms.” I knew I had to try it. Without those worms of course.

So, now that I’ve enticed you with this recipe, (sorry about the mention of worms) are you ready to give it a try? Alright then, let’s get shucking, and Let’s Get Cooking!


Creamed Corn, ingredients you'll need.
Creamed Corn: You’ll need these ingredients.


Creamed Corn, remove the ends.
Remove the tip end from the corn.

You’ll need a really sharp knife for this part. Be VERY CAREFUL when cutting off the tip. The cobs in fresh corn can be very hard and difficult to cut through sometimes, so be careful as you do this part. One wrong slip of the knife, and you’ll be in a mess. Just saying.


Creamed Corn, remove shucks.
Remove the shucks.

Grab the shucks from the tip end, and strip them back and away from the ear of corn. Most of the silks will come away with the shuck, leaving just a few to pick away. Once you shuck the corn back, you can usually just snap the shucks away from the ear of corn with a quick flick of the wrist.


Creamed Corn, remove silks and rinse.
Pick away any remaining silks from the corn. You could also use a vegetable brush to help remove them if needed. Rinse the ears of corn under cool running water and let drain.

If you’ll look closely at the photo above, you’ll see where I had to cut off a section of corn from one of the ears on the right side of the photo. This corn was grown without being sprayed with insecticides and contained a couple of bad spots that needed to be cut away. I did find one worm in one one of the ears, but nothing more than that.

I wish I had snapped a photo of the sign on the table where I purchased this corn from. It stated that the corn was “3 ears for $1.00, No charge for the worms.”

Growing up, it was fairly common to find worms in an ear of corn when you shucked it. Now days, they spray corn with insecticides to keep them away. The lady that sold me this, said they would have to spray the corn almost daily to prevent them, and she just was going to do that. Something I was glad to hear for sure.


Creamed Corn, cut kernels.
This part can be a bit tricky at first. You need to stand the corn up on one end in a plate or shallow bowl. Using a sharp knife, slide the knife down the ear, slicing half way through each kernel of corn. You don’t want to cut the kernel completely away from the cob, just half of it.


Creamed Corn, scrape the remaining part of the kernel.
Using the BACK side of the knife, scrape down the cut kernels to remove the remaining part of the kernels of corn. This will get the juice out of the other half of the kernel of corn and makes the “creamy” portion of the recipe.


Creamed Corn, slippery.
It gets a bit slippery, and a bit messy.

I wanted to use the plate so I could give you a good photo of what I was doing here, but the ear of corn just kept slipping all over the plate. I added a Styrofoam plate to try to keep it from moving around so much. Wouldn’t want that knife to slip and cut a finger, now would we?


Creamed Corn, messy.
Did I mention it can get a bit messy as well? And all the ladies just said, “typical male in the kitchen.” (Smile)

I admit, I get a bit messy sometimes, but I’m just having fun. Repeat the process with each ear of corn, until you’ve got it all cut and scraped clean. Place all the cut corn and juices in a bowl and clean up the mess you just made.

I wanted to save those corn cobs and make some Corn Cob Jelly out of them. I did place them in the refrigerator for a day or two, but realized I wasn’t going to be able to make the Jelly, so I had to toss them. Wait, you’ve never heard of Corn Cob Jelly? Southerners don’t waste anything. The cobs were often used to make jelly, which was very similar to honey and quite tasty. Maybe we can make it at another time for you.


Creamed Corn, ready to cook.
Here’s my corn, all ready for the skillet. It’s good enough to eat with a spoon as it is.


Creamed Corn,
To cook the corn: Place a skillet over medium heat on your stove top. Add the Butter and let it melt, being careful that the skillet doesn’t get too hot and start to burn the butter.


Creamed Corn, add the corn.
Once the butter is about all melted, add the corn.


Creamed Corn, add a little sugar.
Add a little Sugar.

Yes, it’s sweet corn, but as I’ve mentioned before, Mama always added a little sugar to just about everything she cooked. It just makes everything taste better.


Creamed Corn, add the salt.
Add the Salt.


Creamed Corn, add the black pepper.
Add the Black Pepper.

Now, stir everything together and let the corn cook for a few minutes, or until it tastes done. It’s not going to take long for it to cook and for the flavors to meld together. Just keep an eye on it and stir it often so it doesn’t stick to the skillet and burn. Cook it until it reaches a taste that you like, adding more seasoning if needed. Make it your own.


Creamed Corn, add the slurry to thicken.
Once the corn tastes “done,” we’ll thicken it up a bit with our slurry of flour and water.

In a small cup or bowl, mix the 2 Tablespoons of Flour with 2 Tablespoons of COLD water. Stir it together until it makes a watery paste, adding a bit more water if needed. Then, pour this into the skillet and stir it in with the cooked corn. The flour works just like corn starch, to help thicken the corn. You can use Self-Rising, or All-Purpose Flour to do this, shouldn’t matter either way.


Creamed Corn, cook a few minutes more.
Continue to stir the corn, and let this cook for a couple of more minutes.

You’ll need to let it cook enough for the flour taste to cook out of it. It will only take a couple of minutes to do this. Just keep an eye on it while it cooks. If it’s just really dry, and not creamy, you could add a bit more water to it for a more creamy texture. You could also add a bit of heavy cream if desired, but I prefer the more natural taste of the corn as it is… without adding the milk.


Creamed Corn, serve warm and enjoy.
Serve warm and Enjoy!


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Creamed Corn recipe, as seen on Taste of Printable recipe, and step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe.

Creamed Corn

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this old Southern Classic recipe. You’ll love the taste of this corn dish, made with fresh shucked corn. It’s called creamed corn, but we don’t use any cream to make ours. Creamed Corn is a super easy side dish that all the family will enjoy.



  • 12 Ears of Corn
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Remove shucks, clean and silk the corn as needed.
  2. Stand ear of corn on end inside a large bowl.
  3. Cut halfway through the kernels of corn, slicing off with a sharp knife.
  4. Using the back of knife, scrape out the remaining corn from each ear of corn.
  5. Place butter in a skillet, over medium heat on your stove top.
  6. Add corn.
  7. Add sugar.
  8. Add Salt.
  9. Add Black Pepper, to taste.
  10. Stir and let cook until corn tastes done.
  11. Mix 2 Tablespoons flour with 2 Tablespoons of water.
  12. Pour flour-water mixture into corn.
  13. Let cook for several minutes, until mixture thickens.
  14. Serve warm and Enjoy!


If fresh corn isn’t available, you can certainly make this with frozen corn, or even canned corn. You might need to mash up about half of the corn, in order to get the “cream” out of some of the kernels.

Keywords: Creamed Corn Recipe, made from scratch, fresh corn, southern recipes, easy, old fashioned


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  1. Mary says:

    ***** Have had a hankering for creamed corn. and so decided to give your a recipe a try. I am not a purist and so took some liberties. Instead of butter I used bacon fat and included the bacon, two thick slices, cut into small chunks. Added half an onion diced and proceeded with the recipe as indicated. It was delicious and I will definitely use it again. 😉

  2. April says:

    Hello Steve! Thanks for a stroll down memory lane! I remember my mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and the others canning food from their gardens. I have lived my whole life wanting to live in the country and follow in their foot steps. I am finally here! Reading your story brought back so many memories. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Dorothy Berry says:

    Hello Steve
    I’ve yet to try this recipe, but I’ve recently bought two different gadgets which are said to make cutting corn kernels off the cob a breeze (I do still suspect that you’d have to get going with the knife afterwards though). A German friend who was brought up in South West Africa – now Namibia and once a German colony – introduced us to one of their traditional ways with sweet corn. Was it ever used in the southern USA? You cut the yellow corn cob into about four pieces, put them in a dish and slather them with butter and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice and ground black pepper (or at a pinch you could use readymade lemon pepper). Microwave for a few minutes and you have a delicious hand-held snack. As we say “lekker”!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Dorothy, I’ve microwaved whole ears of corn. That’s the corn still on the cob and in the shucks. Takes about 3 minutes at high heat and you’re done. Then we remove the shucks and add some salt and butter. I’m not sure if you were saying you cut the corn cobs that have already had the corn removed or if you’re talking about corn still on the cob. Clear this up for me. Can’t imagine cooking just a corn cob and eating it, but I learn new things every day. I appreciate your visits. Stop by to see us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Dorothy Berry says:

        Yes Steve, it’s the corn still on the cob. I’ve recently noticed that some supermarkets are selling them ready-cut and labelling them as “coblets”. The shucks have already been removed. I have found that when you cut your own the best is to use a meat cleaver and give them a hefty whack. No, I can’t imagine eating the bare cob, but I’ve heard that they can be used to make a jelly, though no one I know has actually tried it out.

  4. Jan Francis says:

    Thank you! I wanted a simple recipe like this one to replicate the way that Daddy prepared creamed corn, without a recipe. This is it. It brought back childhood memories of him standing by the kitchen counter, scraping corn.

  5. Jan Francis says:

    I have fond childhood memories of watching my father at the kitchen counter scraping the corn off the cobs to make creamed corn. I saw other, fancier recipes for creamed corn, but wanted to make it more closely to the way he did it. This was perfect, although I don’t know if he added the flour and water. It was a special moment of “connection” to him when I made it myself, many years after he was gone.

  6. Amy Snyder says:

    I just found your recipe in the nick of time! I have been so hungry for southern creamed corn that I bought the ingredients and was going to wing it. My recipe was jotted on a scrap of paper years ago and was so brief I couldn’t understand it. Yours filled in all the blanks. It was delicious and just the way I remembered it. A tip I learned from an old Alton Brown episode was to invert a smaller bowl in the bottom of the bowl in which you cut the corn. Stand the corn on the small bowl as you cut and it won’t be so messy (I still had to wash my eyeglasses when I finished)!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Amy, I’m thankful you found the recipe and happy to hear you liked it. Thank you for the tip. I’ve heard of that, but I think it will just always be a bit on the messy side to scrape corn off the cob. I appreciate you sharing the tip though. I also appreciate your visit and trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Brittany Ann Coleman says:

    I’ve been trying to find an authentic creamed corn recipe without any milk or cream and now I’ve finally found it. Thank you for the recipe!

  8. Elicia Summerville says:

    Thank you….this is how my grandma used to make it and I have been going out of my mind trying to remember since no one can find the recipe for me. Making it tonight.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Elicia, I do hope it was close to what you remember your Grandmother making. Please let me know how it turned out for you. I appreciate you giving the recipe a try and I appreciate your visit. Be sure to stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  9. Diane says:

    I’ve made this twice now as I’m trying to replicate an in laws recipe who is from Tennessee. She said once how did it and it sounded so similar to this. Now I just need to get the right mixture of mashed corn to real corn as I’m using frozen and not fresh.

  10. My Momma always used bacon drippings, not butter. It makes the corn SO GOOD! Otherwise, your recipe is just how she did it. Thank you!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Vivian, I use bacon grease in a lot of my recipes, I just didn’t have any the day I did the Creamed Corn I guess. You’re totally right, it makes a dish so very very good. Thank you for sharing your comments. I do appreciate your visit and hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. Lita Watson says:

    Actually, you can mix the butter on the corn while it was cooking on the stove but put it on medium-low heat so that the butter won’t burn

  12. anmlcrkr says:

    My goodness, that corn is already “dented”. I believe it is too old and mature for eating as sweet corn.
    We process sweet corn every year for the freezer using a cutter that “creams” while cutting. That is, it cuts the top off the kernel, much as you did with your knife, but then it has a scraper built in to scrape all the innards out of the kernel too. There has to be some “milk” left in the kernel or we dont keep that.
    Dented corn is for the chickens.
    Thanks for your post

  13. Anne says:

    My Canadian grandma used to make this for her family growing up in Detroit back in the 1930’s. So this is a Canadian recipe, too!

  14. Jenn Lord says:

    20 years n NC from NH, and now were in TN with grandchildren! How we miss the Farmer’s Market in Greensboro, so close to Burlington where we were.
    Now we visit the Amish markets in TN and KY to supplement our own gardens (very tough season!)
    Okra and tomatoes, along with dill and plenty of fresh cucumbers and eggs were the only saving grace! Beans and squash never made t to harvest. Now we are growing mosquitoes!
    Oh, I was drifting as well …..
    I like to add a little nutmeg or allspice to our creamed corn.Once the (10 lbs.of) butter hits it, well, you are done for!
    Have a terrific day!

  15. This is so funny my first husband was from Missouri and they made this with field corn which i came to love but they called it fried corn from what i can remember they did add some cream to it but oh my it was so good ty for the memories and i am going to try this when corn is in season but live in Illinois and do not know where to buy field corn lol so guess will have to try it with sweet corn your ideals seem to all look great thank you

  16. Greg A says:

    Like Maxine, I enjoy your musings about the past and the way we used to eat ALL the time. Being from north Florida/south Georgia growing up and a 20 year resident in Virginia, I truly miss those real southern dishes.

    A dinner of fried pork chops, creamed corn, fresh field peas, fried okra, cornbread and iced tea would be my idea of the perfect “last meal”.

    Next time you do the creamed corn, omit the sugar and flour, add a tablespoon of corn starch and a teaspoon of bacon drippings along with the butter. Thanks for maintaining this web site!

  17. maxine says:

    I really enjoy your recipes and stories about your travels and incidentals. My mom and dad are from North Carolina. My mom makes several of the same recipes and yes, she does always use a cast iron skillet. Your writing reminds me of my childhood and makes wish that I had appreciated how we farmed and how my mom cared for us. My dad always planted way more than we needed – he enjoyed bring a truck load of produce back from the farm to share with our neighbors. Thanks.

  18. Steve Crawford says:

    Can’t wait for the Corn Cob Jelly recipe.

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