Creamed Corn with Bacon

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:


  • 5 ears of corn—shucked, kernels cut off (5 cups) and cobs reserved
  • 0.5 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 0.5 cup sour cream
  • 0.25 Pound thickly sliced bacon, cut into 1/4-inch-thick lardons
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seed
  • 0.5 onion, cut into 4 wedges, plus 1 cup minced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, 1 minced
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime


  1. In a pot, combine the corn cobs, whole garlic cloves, onion wedges, coriander seeds, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and simmer briskly until the liquid is reduced to 2 cups, 30 minutes. Strain the corn stock and discard the solids; keep the corn stock warm.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the minced onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the corn kernels and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the warm corn stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until the stock is reduced to 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the sour cream and simmer until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime zest. Season the corn with salt and serve warm.

MAKE AHEAD: The corn stock can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Image Credit: Chris Court
Recipe Courtesy of: Michael Symon

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