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Cream Jalapeno Corn

Looking for an easy and unique side dish? You’ve found it! This cream jalapeno corn recipe is made with sweet corn and spicy jalapeno and is tossed in a creamy and cheesy sauce. 

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A bowl of jalapeno cream corn surrounded by extra ingredients.

Whenever barbecue season rolls around, I can’t help but get excited. It means more time outside with loved ones around dishes that we all love. And while hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs are definitely on the menu, I’m always looking for some quality side dishes to round out the meal.

You could go the classic route and serve pasta salad and corn on the cob, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, I can’t recommend this cream jalapeno corn enough. It’s creamy and cheesy with added bite thanks to the spicy peppers — is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is!

Make this dish when you’re craving creamed corn that packs a punch. Don’t worry, the added cream cheese and heavy cream tone down the fire of the jalapenos to create the perfect flavor combination. Jalapeno creamed corn is a must-try!

Ingredients needed to prepare cream jalapeno corn.

How to Make Cream Jalapeno Corn

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Corn and cream in a cast iron skillet.

STEP ONE: Place a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the corn, jalapenos, and salt and stir.

STEP TWO: Cook until the corn is warmed through and starts to brown slightly. 

STEP THREE: Reduce the heat to low, then stir in the cream cheese and heavy cream. Continue stirring until the cream cheese has melted.

STEP FOUR: Add the Monterey Jack cheese and stir until it melts.

STEP FIVE: Remove the cream corn with jalapeno from the stovetop and garnish with extra jalapenos and cheese if you’d like. Serve and enjoy!

Creamed corn topped with slices of jalapenos in a cast iron skillet.

What to Serve With Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Variations for CreamY Jalapeno Corn

  • Bulk it up with added protein: To keep your cream corn with jalapeno vegetarian-friendly, add black beans or pinto beans. Otherwise, chorizo or chicken would taste delish.
  • Play with the spice levels: If you love fiery foods, you can certainly use extra jalapenos. And if you don’t like things extra hot, you can use less in this corn cream cheese jalapeno side dish.
  • Replace the jalapenos with green chiles: Typically milder than jalapenos, try using green chiles in your creamy jalapeno corn instead. You could also use a combination of both!
  • Add extra veggies: Zucchini, mushrooms, summer squash, or bell peppers are all wonderful choices.
  • Create a cheesy crust: When the cream corn with jalapeno is done cooking, add 1 ½ cups of extra shredded cheese on top. Then, broil for a few minutes for even more cheesy goodness. 
A spoon holding a bite of corn in a cast iron skillet of cream jalapeno corn.

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What is The Cream in Canned Cream Corn?

This creamy jalapeno corn was inspired by classic cream corn. It’s always better homemade, but you can also find it in a can. Although you may assume that there is actual cream present, there isn’t.

The corn itself has been “creamed,” or puréed, to get that creamy consistency. My recipe features heavy cream as well as cream cheese, making it jalapeno creamed corn in the most literal sense!

A spoon in a bowl of jalapeno cream corn.

Can I Use Canned Corn For This Corn Cream Cheese Jalapeno Dish?

You could, but you need to make sure to drain it well so that the corn cream cheese jalapeno recipe isn’t overly filled with liquid. You can actually use any type of corn for this recipe.

If working with fresh corn on the cob, just remove it from the cob and follow the recipe as written. If using frozen (like me!), thaw it a bit so that the kernels are cold but not frozen solid. The type of corn that you use won’t affect the flavor of the creamy jalapeno corn.

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What is the Best Way to Thicken Cream Jalapeno Corn?

If you find that your cream jalapeno corn is too loose for your liking, simply create a cornstarch slurry.

Combine the cornstarch with a bit of water until a paste forms, then stir it into the jalapeno corn. You could also use all-purpose flour and water.

A spoon lifting a bite of jalapeno cream corn from a white bowl.

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Cream Jalapeno Corn

Samantha Erb
This jalapeno cream corn is the perfect easy side dish that you can have ready in just 20 minutes. The corn is sweet and crisp, mixed with spicy jalapeno, and tossed in an easy, creamy cheese sauce. Pair this cream corn with anything from tacos to grilled chicken or BBQ. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 300 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 bags 10 ounces each frozen sweet corn, slightly thawed*
  • 2 jalapenos minced (with or without the seeds, depending on your spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cubed and at room temperature
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup shredded monterey jack cheese


  • Melt the butter in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat (you’ll want at least a 10” skillet). Add the thawed corn, jalapenos, and salt and stir to combine.
  • Cook the corn and jalapenos, stirring occasionally, until the corn is warmed through and just beginning to brown– about 10 minutes. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the cream cheese and heavy cream to the skillet. Stir until the cream cheese is melted. 
  • Add the shredded monterey Jack cheese and stir until the cheese is fully melted. 
  • Enjoy garnished with sliced fresh or pickled jalapenos and additional cheese, if desired.


*If using fresh corn on the cob, just remove it from the cob and follow the recipe as written. You will need about 3-5 ears of corn.


Serving: 1gCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 395mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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