How To Make Canned Cream Corn Better

How to Make Canned Cream Corn Better: Simple Tricks

Last Updated on July 18, 2024 by Shari Mason

Are you tired of the bland and repetitive canned cream corn you’re accustomed to? I still remember the letdown I experienced when I tried it for the first time; it didn’t meet my standards for deliciousness.

But fear not. There are some easy ways on how to make canned creamed corn taste way better. 

Today, I’ll share some simple tips on how to take your canned cream corn from ordinary to extraordinary. Keep reading. 

A Simple Guide To Cook Canned Cream Corn Better

Cooking Canned Cream Corn


  • 1 large can of corn kernels or 2 packages of frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Half a cup of whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Parmesan cheese (for extra flavor)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Combine the Ingredients: Gather all the necessary ingredients: a can of corn kernels or frozen corn, heavy cream, whole milk [1], butter, salt, sugar, black pepper, all-purpose flour, and Parmesan cheese.
  2. Heat and Stir: Place a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add the corn kernels, heavy cream, sugar, butter, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir occasionally and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes, ensuring the butter melts and the flavors meld together.
  3. Prepare Milk Mixture: While cooking corn, take a small bowl and combine the whole milk with all-purpose flour. Whisk them together until you achieve a smooth, creamy mixture.
  4. Thicken the Sauce: Pour the milk and flour mixture into the skillet with the corn. Keep stirring continuously while the sauce thickens and the corn fully cooks. This process typically takes around 4 minutes.
  5. Add Parmesan Cheese: Remove it from the heat once your creamed corn has the desired texture and thickness. Now, it’s time for the secret ingredient – Parmesan cheese! Stir it until it’s fully melted and blends seamlessly into the dish.
  6. Serve Hot: Your enhanced canned cream corn is now ready to be served. Dish it out while it’s still hot to enjoy the rich and delicious flavors you’ve created.

“Nature gives man corn but he must grind it; God gives man a will but he must make the right choices.”

Fulton J. Sheen, American Bishop

Nutritional Information Guide: Canned Cream Corn 

If you’re curious about the nutritional content of your improved canned cream corn, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect in one serving:

NutrientAmount Per Serving
Total Fat17g
Total Carbohydrate25g
Dietary Fiber2g
Total Sugars7g

What Dishes Can You Make With Creamed Corn?

  • Cornbread: Incorporating creamed corn into your cornbread recipe can add extra moisture and a delightful creaminess to the classic side dish. It elevates the flavor and makes it even more satisfying.
  • Pudding or Casserole: Creamed corn is a fantastic base for creating savory puddings or casseroles. Combine it with cheese, herbs, and spices to craft a comforting and flavorful dish perfect for family gatherings.
  • Homemade Ice Cream: Believe it or not, creamed corn can be a clever shortcut when making homemade ice cream. Its creamy consistency blends seamlessly with other ice cream ingredients, offering a unique and indulgent twist to your frozen treats.

Check out these tips to freeze cream corn here.

Is There A Distinction Between Creamed Corn & Cream-Style Corn?

Cream Corn on a Bowl

There must be a distinction between creamed and cream-style corn since the terms are often interchangeable. 

Creamed corn, sometimes called cream-style sweet corn, is made by blending whole sweetcorn kernels with a milky liquid. 

“Cooking is an art, and canned cream corn is your medium. The better you make it, the more delicious your masterpiece becomes.”

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This liquid is created from the residue of immature pulped corn kernels scraped from the cob. The result is a creamy, semi-liquid consistency with pieces of sweetcorn. 

Find out why you should add sugar to boil corn on the cob here.

What Nutritional Benefits Does Creamed Corn Offer?

Creamed corn, despite its indulgent taste, does offer some nutritional benefits. Firstly, it contains soluble fiber, which can help you feel satisfied after a meal and support a healthy gut.

Moreover, creamed corn provides vitamin C and various B vitamins [2]. 

The B vitamins are essential for immune health and skin support, and Vitamin C is essential in energy metabolism and overall well-being.

Surprisingly, creamed corn is also a source of plant-based protein, adding to your daily protein intake, especially if you want to incorporate more plant-based options into your diet.

Also Read: How Can You Keep Corn On The Cob Warm?


Does the thickness of creamed corn change when it cools?

Yes, the thickness of creamed corn does change as it cools. 

This is a natural result of the cooling process, and it’s important to keep in mind when serving or reheating creamed corn to achieve the desired consistency.

But what meat should you cook with corn on the cob?

How long until creamed corn thickens?

Creamed corn typically thickens in about 4 minutes. 

This quick thickening occurs when you combine the milk and flour mixture with the corn and cook it over medium heat, resulting in the creamy and thick texture that makes creamed corn delicious.

How do you thicken creamed corn if cornstarch is not available?

If you don’t have cornstarch to thicken creamed corn, you can use rice flour as an alternative. 

Add a tablespoon of rice flour directly into the runny mixture and stir to combine. This should help thicken the creamed corn and achieve the desired consistency.

On A Final Note

Making canned cream corn better is a simple process that you can do in your kitchen. Following the above steps, you can elevate this pantry staple into a delicious side dish. 

From adding creaminess to cornbread, creating savory puddings or casseroles, to even experimenting with homemade ice cream, canned creamed corn offers versatility and taste-enhancing qualities. 

Lastly, exploring the nutritional aspects, I’ve shared that it provides soluble fiber, vitamins C and B, and surprising plant protein content. 


Shari Mason

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