Southern Creamed Corn

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Southern Creamed Corn is a staple in just about every household down south. It's not summer unless a big skillet of creamy, sweet corn is sizzling on the stove. Using fresh corn in this recipe is the southern way!

creamed corn in a black cast iron skillet with a crumble of bacon on top
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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • made with fresh ingredients
  • will remind you of Grandma's recipe
  • tastes great with all types of entrees and sides

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips cooked and chopped
  • 4 cobs of fresh corn
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ tsp. garlic minced
  • 1 cup half & half
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper ad

How to Make Creamed Corn

Cook the bacon in a skillet and drain on paper towels. Let cool, then chop into small pieces.

Shuck 4 cobs of corn and cut the corn off the cob into a large bowl. (yields around 4 cups). Put 2 cups of corn into a blender and pulse several times to break it up. Pour back into bowl.

In a skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Saute' onion and garlic in butter for 2 minutes. Add all of the corn from the bowl to the skillet.

Pour half & half into skillet and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until cream starts to thicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix well and serve hot from the skillet.

creamed corn with crumbled bacon on top in a cast iron skillet

Why This Recipe Is Special

The aroma of creamed corn cooking in a cast iron skillet (ad) takes me back to my grandmother's house in the country. Granny Mac raised six children by herself in a two bedroom, one bath home.

Can you imagine? It couldn't have been easy, but she always found a way to make ends meet.

By the look of the spread on her dining room table, you'd never suspect that money was scarce. Granny always planted a huge garden, and corn was high on her list.

Many dinners consisted of greasy cut-short beans, garden tomatoes, creamed corn, and boiled potatoes. Cat head biscuits or cornbread rounded out the meal. It was plenty....and it was delicious.

Tips and Tricks

I have fond memories of Granny cutting fresh corn off the cob and mixing it with cream over her little stove. She knew that the best creamed corn only needs a few simple ingredients. She never added cornstarch, flour or sugar.

That's how Granny Mac made it...straight from her garden. She added a little butter, cream, salt and cracked black pepper (ad), and the golden goodness was ready to serve.

I like my creamed corn made as simple as possible. But, I also like to jazz it up from time to time. The only ingredients I added to my grandmother's recipe were onions, bacon and garlic.

If you don't like those extras, feel free to leave them out. But, if you'd like to take your creamed corn to another dimension, give my recipe a try.

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creamed corn in a cast iron skillet on a blue napkin

Creamed Corn

The best Creamed Corn only has a few simple ingredients. Try this recipe if you want to 'southernize' your meals and give your family a taste of the garden! 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Sides
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 209kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips cooked and chopped
  • 4 cobs of fresh corn
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ tsp. garlic minced
  • 1 cup half & half
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper ad

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in a skillet and drain on paper towels.  Let cool, then chop into small pieces.
  • Shuck 4 cobs of corn and cut the corn off the cob into a large bowl. (yields around 4 cups).
  • Put 2 cups of corn into a blender and pulse several times to break it up.  Pour back into bowl.
  • In a skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat.  Saute' onion and garlic in butter for 2 minutes.
  • Add all of the corn from the bowl to the skillet.
  • Add half & half and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until cream starts to thicken. 
  • Add salt and pepper.  Mix well.
  • Serve hot from the skillet.

Notes

  • Garnish with extra fried bacon if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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17 Comments

  1. Pinning, Pinning, Pinning!!! Creamed/fried Corn alllways reminds me of my Grandmother who passed away in 2019 at the age of 93, and is terribly missed. I also just started Following you on Pinterest! Be Blessed Debi!

    1. Awesome! Our grandmothers really knew how to cook didn't they? 🙂 Mine loved making creamed corn.

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