Coconut Creamed Corn

Coconut Creamed Corn. Photo © Molly Watson
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
491 Calories
27g Fat
64g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 491
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 22g 111%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 11g
Calcium 101mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Using coconut milk instead of making a cream sauce makes quick and easy work of homemade creamed corn. Ditch the can of creamed corn and grab the can of coconut milk!

Note: Tempting as it may be to use "light" coconut milk, know that the chances of it curdling on you increase exponentially.


  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 jalapeno chile
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 4 ears sweet corn
  • Dash sea salt to taste
  • Optional garnish: chives

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the coconut milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. As it heats, peel the garlic and cut the lemongrass stalk into 3-inch pieces, crush everything lightly and add it to the coconut milk. Cut the chile into thick rings; peel and mince or grate the ginger and add them, too. Increase heat to maintain a gentle simmer until flavors meld, 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, shuck the corn, cut off the kernels into a large bowl, and then use a large hole grater to grate the remaining juice and kernel from the cob.

  3. Fish out and discard the garlic clove and pieces of lemongrass and chile from the coconut milk.

  4. Add corn and stir to combine. Cook, stirring now and again until corn is cooked to taste, 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how you like your corn.

  5. Meanwhile, mince the chives, if using.

  6. Add salt to taste and garnish with chives, if you like.