Cream of the Crop: 11 Creamed Corn Substitutes


If you’re looking for a delicious, creamy side dish to add to your meal but don’t want to make creamed corn, never fear!

There are plenty of other options out there that will fit the bill. Here are 11 of the best-creamed corn substitutes to try.

11 Creamed Corn Substitutes 

Here are my top picks for substituting Creamed Corn. 

1. Frozen Corn

Creamed corn is ideally made from fresh corn kernels. But frozen corn makes a close substitute for fresh corn once combined with milk and butter. 

One small thing to consider when using frozen corn is that unless they are thawed well, they remain tough to chew. 

How to substitute

Frozen corn kernels and fresh corn can be substituted for equal amounts of each other in a 1:1 proportion.

Easy creamed corn with frozen corn.

2. Canned Corn

Canned corns are often the most used alternative to creamed corns. They can be used for endless dishes, from appetizers to main dishes that need corns. 

When using canned corns, it is essential to notice and abide by the packaging date mentioned on the can to ensure safe consumption. 

How to substitute

One cup of canned corns can easily be substituted for equal quantities of fresh creamed corns.

Try these 4 delicious recipes with canned corn.

3. Cream Sauce

The cream sauce is a smooth mix of milk, sour cream, and any choice of aromatic herbs, blended till it has reached the desired creamy consistency. 

Remember that being a sauce, the cream sauce does not contain any crunchy or chewable element and is often served as a dipping sauce. 

How to substitute

Equal quantities of milk and sour cream would give as much quantity of creamed corn as mentioned.

Cream sauce with mushroom.

4. Fresh Corn

Fresh corn kernels are the easiest to find in most stores near you in the freshest form. The corn pulp is what gives the dish its known creamy texture. 

It is necessary to cook the corn kernels longer than all other ingredients to make sure they are all equally soft and cooked throughout. 

How to substitute

The same quantity of fresh corns and frozen/ canned corns is to be used to substitute for each other.

Try these quick and easy ways to enjoy fresh corn.

5. Cream Soup

Cream soup is canned condensed soup with a much thicker texture that needs to be combined with milk or water to complement the dish at hand. 

When using canned cream soup, it is important to choose from different flavors such as chicken, mushroom, celery, and more to match the dish that it is served along. 

How to substitute

Canned cream soup and creamed corn should be substituted in a 1:2 ratio. Additional milk or water is needed to balance the cream soup.

Italian garlic cream soup with croutons.

6. Whipped Creamed Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the best ways to add a creamy and delicious element to any recipe. Mashed potato combined with whipped cream and corn is a unique alternative. 

Do remember that when using mashed potatoes, it only substitutes for the cream in the recipe. Everything else remains the same. 

How to substitute

The same quantity of cream and finely mashed potato is used to substitute for each other.

Cream of potato soup.

7. Corn Soup

Store-bought or homemade corn soups are one of the best ways to substitute cream corn as an appetizer. Corn soups have the same corn-like flavor with a lighter consistency. 

When using corn soup as an alternative to creamed corn, do remember that store-bought corn soups usually have added sodium that some may not prefer. 

How to substitute

Equal quantities of creamed corn and corn soup can substitute for each other.

Try this comforting corn soup.

8. Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel sauce makes an efficient substitute when one is allergic or not too fond of corns.

It is a simple combination of butter, flour, milk, salt, and additional herbs. 

Do remember that béchamel sauce is usually used as the base for pasta or other main dishes or as a dipping sauce with other seasonings. 

How to substitute

The quantity of béchamel sauce would depend on all other platters that accompany this appetizer when substituting for creamed corn.

The easiest way to enjoy this white Bechamel sauce.

9. Mexicorn

Mexicorn or Mexicali corn is a delicious and refreshing dry-corn dish that can efficiently substitute for creamed corn. 

A small note: Mexicorn cannot be bought at a store and needs to be prepared at home. It needs 2 cans of corn, minced bell peppers, minced onions, butter, and seasoning. 

How to substitute

Mexicorn and creamed corn can be substituted for each other in an equal 1:1 proportion with additional changes if necessary.

Mexicorn dipping sauce.

10. Creamed Corn Without Cream

An important element in creamed corn is its texture and pleasant aroma. Without the cream, herbs become the key to making a great corn-based appetizer. 

However, when making creamed corn without cream, do keep in mind that the dish would be dry apart from the additional butter. 

How to substitute

Equal amounts of creamed corn and fresh corn kernels are required to substitute for each other.

Here’s how to make creamed corn without cream.

11. Homemade Creamed Corn

When all other options fail, it is best to make it on your own with the simple ingredients of frozen corn, butter, heavy cream, whole milk, all-purpose flour, and a choice of herbs. 

It is important to cook the frozen corn before adding the rest of the ingredients to make sure that all are cooked thoroughly. 

How to substitute

Equal amounts of fresh/frozen corn and canned corn can be substituted for each other when making creamed corn at home.

Try this easy homemade creamed corn recipe.


What Is The Best Substitute For Creamed Corn?

The closest and easiest creamed corn substitutes are corn soup and whipped creamed potatoes. Both dishes are served as appetizers and contain corns, either fresh or canned or frozen. 

Other corn-less ways to enjoy a creamy appetizer is with cram soup or cream sauce.

Can You Make Creamed Corn Without Cream? 

Creamed corn without additional cream is easy to make. It requires husked corns, unsalted butter, minced shallots, and minced fresh herbs like sage, thyme, chives, and salt to taste. 

Half the quantity of corns is to be blended till they are smooth. This smooth base is then combined with all other ingredients and lastly, topped with the remaining corns.

What is the Difference Between Canned Corn And Creamed Corn? 

Canned corn is simply pre-packed corn kernels that can be added to nearly any dish and need to be cooked before they are consumed. There is no added cream in it. 

Creamed corn, on the other hand, is a side dish or appetizer made with corns, heavy cream, milk, and other seasonings. It can also be made with blended corns without the cream.

How To Make Creamed Corn At Home? 

Creamed corn is one of the easiest and tastiest appetizers to make at home with thawed canned corns, butter, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, black pepper, granulated sugar, and cayenne pepper, and whole milk. 

All dry ingredients should be sautéed in butter before milk and flour mix is added. Lastly, the corn kernels should be added and cooked till the desired consistency is achieved.

Bottom Line

I hope you found this article helpful in your search for creamed corn substitutes.

If you have any experience with other substitutes that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below.

And be sure to share this article with your friends and family who might be looking for creamed corn substitutes of their own.

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.