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.
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!
How to Make Cream Jalapeno Corn
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
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!
What to Serve With Jalapeno Creamed Corn
- Air Fryer Chicken Wings With Dry Rub
- Air Fryer Pork Chops With Flour
- Ninja Foodi Steak
- Air Fryer Squash and Zucchini
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
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.
Other Side Dish Recipes You’ll Love:
- Green Bean Casserole With Cream Cheese
- Air Fryer Asparagus
- Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
- Velveeta Broccoli Casserole
- Mac and Cheese Without Milk
- Air Fryer Hush Puppies
- Air Fryer Avocado Fries
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!
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.
More Cast Iron Skillet Recipes
- Sauteed Butternut Squash
- Steak Fajitas
- Cast Iron Chicken Breast
- Shrimp Scampi Recipe Without Wine
- Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin
- Carne Asada Quesadillas
- Cheesy White Bean Tomato Bake
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.
More Corn Recipes
- Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
- Cajun Corn on the Cob
- Corn Casserole Without Sour Cream
- Air Fryer Cornbread
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Air Fryer Frozen Corn on the Cob
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g
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.