The first time I prepared a holiday dinner by myself, I broke down my biggest challenges into two main categories:
- Finding the best, easiest sides to make that everyone will like.
- Which dishes can I make in a crock pot.
Everything else about dinner planning was a breeze, but these two “problems” ended up being my sticking points. I had to make the best use of limited time and limited space in my kitchen. It was certainly harder than I imagined it would be.
Well, that is, until I discovered that I could have one of my favorite side dishes and address my two main problems at the same time.
Side dish everyone likes? Check!
Dish be made in a crock pot and still taste amazing? Double check!
So ever since that one fateful year, this crock pot creamed corn has become a holiday staple in my meal planning. I love how much time and space it saves me during an already crazy-hectic time.
And the best part? It tastes just like my favorite baked cream corn, so it doesn’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything by making this in a slow cooker while my oven handles the rest.
What is creamed corn?
Creamed corn was created by Native Americans, which traditionally calls for “pulping” corn kernels and collecting the milky residue from the corn.
This classic side dish has changed a little over time, and many modern-day variations simply mean corn that’s baked, cooked, or stewed in a creamy sauce.
The recipe featured here is more like the latter. It’s meant to have the classic creamy taste of creamed corn but made in a simple, no-hassle way.
Why make this in a crock pot?
I’m a bit of a connoisseur of creamed corn (yes, I’ll gladly claim that title) so I know just how good a baked dish of creamed corn fresh out of the oven can be.
However, I also know that oven (and kitchen) space can be limited, especially during the holiday season. So if there’s any dish I can make in a portable crock pot, I’ll gladly do it, and especially if the crock pot version rivals what I like about the classic dish.
And, you guys, this recipe hits both of those marks. This crock pot version has a very similar taste to my favorite baked cream corn while also freeing up my oven for other dishes that simply don’t cut it in a crock pot. The consistency isn’t as thick as the baked version, but that’s an easy tradeoff for the time and space this method saves me.
What to serve with creamed corn
I tend to think of this as a holiday side dish, so here are some of my absolute main courses to pair it with!
- Sweet Crock Pot Pulled Pork
- Turkey Roulade with Garlic and Herbs
- Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
- Crock Pot Cranberry BBQ Drumsticks
- Rosemary Balsamic Pork Chops
- Tangy Pineapple Glazed Ham
- Baked Crispy Chicken Drumsticks
- Super Juicy Turkey
- Cranberry Orange Chicken
- Baked Stuffed Flank Steak
Notes & tips for creamed corn
- Once this side dish is made, I highly recommend either turning the crock pot off OR transferring the creamed corn to another dish for serving. I do not recommend leaving the creamed corn in the crock pot on the “keep warm” setting for any length of time. I’ve tried this in the past and the cream always burned around the edges.
- In the recipe instructions, this recipe is cooked on HIGH. I have only ever made it this way and have not tried cooking it on the LOW setting. Usually I would say a dish can be cooked on HIGH or LOW, but due to the cream in this recipe, I’m worried that a longer cook time might make the cream burn. Please keep this in mind if you choose to cook on the LOW setting.
- I recently upgraded my crock pot to one that comes with bowls for 2.5 Quart, 4 Quart, and 6 Quart and I highly recommend it! It’s so nice to have one unit that can make fabulous dinners and heat up party dips. You can pick one up here: Choose-A-Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, 6 quart/4 quart/2 x 1.5 quart.
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How to make creamed corn
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a crock pot that's 2.5 quarts or larger, add the corn, cream cheese, butter, milk, sugar, salt, and pepper. You can skip stirring the ingredients (it’s not needed at this stage) and just cover the crock pot.
Step 2 – Cook the creamed corn, stirring halfway through.
Step 3 – Serve and enjoy!
This recipe was originally published on November 8th, 2014. It was updated with new text and photos on July 23rd, 2018.
Crock Pot Creamed Corn
If you want to make creamed corn but you've run out kitchen space, this crock pot version is the perfect solution! The sweet, creamy taste is nearly identical to baked but this no-hassle version takes a fraction of the effort.
In a 2.5 quart or larger crock pot, add corn, cream cheese, milk, butter, sugar, salt, and pepper. Don't worry about mixing at this point.
Cover crock pot and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.
Remove lid and stir ingredients until thoroughly combined. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 more hour.
Turn off crock pot and either serve directly from the crock pot or transfer to a serving bowl of your choice. Do not let the creamed corn sit in the crock pot on the "warm" setting; the cream will burn around the edges.
Recipe adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom.