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Homemade Easy Southern Creamed Corn

This Homemade Easy Southern Creamed Corn is made from scratch using fresh or frozen corn. This creamy dish is served sweet or savory, or even with a combination of both!

homemade creamed corn in a white bowl

Once you have tried this recipe you will never go back to canned cream corn. Like most Southern style recipes this dish is also flavored with bacon. But check out my notes below if you don’t want to use it.

whole corn, salt, pepper, bacon, flour, and heavy cream in separate bowls

What Type of Corn to Use

I love to use frozen corn because it’s easy to find and is available year round. We often serve this dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

You can also use fresh ears of corn. You can use 4 ears of corn. You will have to peel and remove the husks and then slice the corn from the cob.

You can also use the same amount of drained, canned corn.

slices of bacon in a pan

How Does it Taste

I love to serve this sweetened, but with a savory kick! The flavor is totally up to you. I combine Creole seasoning, sweetener, salt, and pepper. A lot of people just like for their creamed corn to be sweet. If that’s the case omit the Creole seasoning and just use sweetener or sugar.

cooked bacon in a skillet

How to Make Southern Creamed Corn

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook both sides until crisp.
  2. Remove the bacon and drain excess grease from the pan.
  3. Add in corn and stir. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Adjust the heat to Medium. Sprinkle in the flour and stir.
  5. Add in heavy cream, sugar or sweetener, salt, and pepper, and stir.
  6. Crumble the slices of bacon into smaller bits and spinkle it over the corn.
  7. Continue to stir until the corn thickens.
collage photo showing how to make creamed corn with bacon

Do You Have to Use Bacon?

No, you can saute the corn in butter or olive oil if you wish. The bacon is use for Southern flavor.

How to Store it/Can You Make it Ahead

This is such an easy and quick dish to whip together, serving it fresh is always best. It can be stored in the fridge, tightly sealed for 3-4 days.

homemade creamed corn in a pink skillet

Freezer Tips

You can freeze this, but it won’t yield the best results when you reheat it. The dairy will separate, but the flavor will remain.

Pair With these Main Dishes

Baked Turkey Wings
Smothered Turkey Wings
Cajun Roasted Turkey
Smothered Chicken
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Air Fryer Honey Glazed Ham

Southern Baked Ham With Pineapple

homemade creamed corn in a pink skillet

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Southern Mustard Greens

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Southern Style Green Beans
Southern Baked Beans
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Homemade Blueberry Cornbread
Homemade Southern Cornbread
Cornbread Muffins
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Scalloped Corn
Cornbread Casserole
Southern Black Eyed Peas
Seafood Mac and Cheese
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

homemade creamed corn in a white bowl

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Homemade Easy Southern Creamed Corn

This Homemade Easy Southern Creamed Corn is made from scratch using fresh or frozen corn. This creamy dish is served sweet or savory, or even with a combination of both!
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine southern
Keyword homemade creamed corn, Southern creamed corn, sweet creamed corn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 178kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 30 oz frozen whole kernel corn See notes for canned
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener or sugar Adjust to your taste. Start with a teaspoon and build it up, if it's your first time.
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning Optional for more of a savory kick
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook both sides until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon and drain excess grease from the pan, but reserve about a tablespoon of grease. Do not drain if this is all you have.
  • Add in the corn and stir. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the corn is fully thawed and cooked through. Drain any excess water if necessary.
  • Adjust the heat to Medium. Sprinkle in the flour and stir.
  • Add in the heavy cream, sugar or sweetener, salt, and pepper, and stir.
    Add an additional 1/2 tablespoon of flour if you run into issues with thickening the dish.
  • Crumble the slices of bacon into smaller bits and spinkle it over the corn.
  • Continue to stir until the corn thickens.
  • Taste repeatedly and adjust sweetener, salt, and pepper as needed.

Video

Notes

  • I love to use frozen corn because it’s easy to find and is available year round. We often serve this dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
  • You can also use fresh ears of corn. You can use 4 ears of corn. You will have to peel and remove the husks and then slice the corn from the cob.
  • I love to serve this sweetened, but with a savory kick! The flavor is totally up to you. I combine Creole seasoning, sweetener, salt, and pepper. A lot of people just like for their creamed corn to be sweet. If that’s the case omit the Creole seasoning and just use sweetener or sugar.
     
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g
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