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Honey Butter Skillet Corn

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close up shot of corn in a skillet and a spoonful on a large wooden spoon
This honey butter skillet corn is quick weeknight side dish smothered in a creamy and sweet sauce that you will want to add to your dinner rotation. Inspired by: Together as Family
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Table of Contents
  1. Honey Butter Skillet Corn Ingredients
  2. SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MAKING THIS HONEY SKILLET CORN
  3. How to Make This Skillet Corn Recipe
  4. Ways To Serve this Honey Butter Corn
  5. Storage for Honey Creamed Corn
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This honey butter skillet corn is the perfect side dish when you are a looking for something with a little bit of sweetness. You will love the creamy honey butter sauce that the corn is cooked in, giving you a tasty alternative to good old peas and carrots.

close up shot of corn in a skillet and a spoonful on a large wooden spoon

Honey Butter Skillet Corn Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (adjust depending on desired sweetness)
  • 16 ounces frozen corn (use a combo of white and yellow corn for nice color variety)
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

PRO TIP:

I love the color variety using white and sweet yellow corn. Sometimes you can find a combo bag. You can also simply use half a bag of yellow and half a bag of white corn.

SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MAKING THIS HONEY SKILLET CORN

FRESH CORN: You can also use fresh corn for this easy recipe. Cut raw corn kernels from the cob and cook accordingly. Be sure the corn cooks through.

How to Make This Skillet Corn Recipe

STEP ONE: In a 10-inch skillet pan over medium heat, melt together the butter and honey, about 2 minutes.

PRO TIP:

This is a creamy, buttery, and sweet corn side dish. The salt and pepper add a savory touch to this honey-sweetened corn in a skillet. For a less sweet dish, use just 1 tablespoon of honey.

butter and honey being melted and combined in a skillet

STEP TWO: Add the frozen corn to the skillet and cook, occasionally stirring until heated through, about 10 minutes.

corn added to the honey and butter in the skillet

STEP THREE: Add the cream cheese, salt, and pepper and stir over medium heat until the cream cheese has melted completely and the sauce is evenly combined.

cream cheese, salt, and pepper added to the skillet of cooked corn

STEP FOUR: Remove from the heat; season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

cooked corn seasoned with additional salt and pepper in a skillet

STEP FIVE: Serve immediately.

Ways To Serve this Honey Butter Corn

This perfect sweet corn side dish can be served alongside our oven baked chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and dinner rolls to mop up all of the creamy honey sauce.

If you are a fan of corn side dishes, check out our corn casserole and creamed corn for more options.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This corn dish does not make a large quantity. I would recommend doubling it for more than just four people eating this as a small portion side dish. 

Storage for Honey Creamed Corn

IN THE FRIDGE: Store sweet honey butter corn in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can keep leftovers of this creamy corn in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months.

close up shot of a bowl of corn with honey being drizzled on top

A handful of simple ingredients will dress up your corn in such a delicious way to make an easy side dish. The creamy sauce sweetened with honey is just the perfect combination with the natural sweetness of the corn.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use fresh sweet corn instead of frozen corn in this recipe?

This simple recipe will taste delicious using either fresh or frozen corn.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

You can prepare this honey butter creamy skillet corn dish for up to two days in advance and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

Can I freeze this recipe?

You can freeze this creamy honey butter skillet corn for up to three months in an airtight container.

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Honey Butter Skillet Corn

5 from 36 votes
This honey butter skillet corn is quick weeknight side dish smothered in a creamy and sweet sauce that you will want to add to your dinner rotation. 
Inspired by: Together as Family
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, adjust depending on desired sweetness
  • 16 ounces frozen corn, use a combo of white and yellow corn for nice color variety
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, melt together butter and honey, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the frozen corn to the skillet and cook, occasionally stirring until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cream cheese, salt, and pepper and stir over medium heat until the cream cheese has melted completely and the sauce is evenly combined.
  • Remove from the heat; season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • I love the color variety using white and sweet yellow corn. Sometimes you can find a combo bag. You can also simply use half a bag of yellow and half a bag of white corn.
  • This corn dish does not make a large quantity. I would recommend doubling it for more than just four people eating this as a small portion side dish.
  • This is a creamy, buttery, and sweet corn side dish. The salt and pepper add a savory touch to this honey-sweetened corn. For a less sweet dish, use just 1 tablespoon of honey.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Laura Nott says

    5 stars
    Can’t get enough of corn!
    A little paprika with some garlic flacks is also amazinng in this recipe.

  2. Michelle Cervantes says

    5 stars
    I have never made skillet corn before! I’ve always wanted to try it, thanks for the recipe! I will try the recipe chicken(I love that you have the option to 1x, 2x, 3x) .

  3. Azure Hensley says

    5 stars
    This is a really good side dish! For a little kick I like to add red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit!

  4. Stephanie says

    5 stars
    I have never ever made skillet corn before but I so much look forward to making this recipe as corn is one of my favourite vegetables 😋😋😋

  5. Cayce Groves says

    5 stars
    I am happy to see this variation and plan to use it with the boring frozen corn I love the sweet idea thanks

  6. Lori Pennington says

    5 stars
    I have never made honey butter skillet corn before but it’s sounds like something my hubby would love 💘

  7. Cathy says

    5 stars
    thank you for all of the great corn options – It is in season and I love it!!!! Cannot wait to try this one!

  8. Samantha says

    5 stars
    I enjoyed making this. I made a spicy batch and a mild one. Found my kids putting Tajín on it really made a difference! Spicy is great!

  9. Betty betty kolb says

    5 stars
    I would definitely make this recipe, I think it would really be good with a little heat from a small amount of crushed red pepper..love all the recipes you post.

  10. Linda Browb says

    I have never had this kind of corn before. I think I would add some spice to it and use fresh corn

  11. Lisa Searle says

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I have made skillet corn with milk and sugar. Am anxious to try this with cream cheese and honey. I also love that it uses frozen corn so I can make it anytime of the year.

  12. Andrea Akers says

    5 stars
    I would use fresh corn for this recipe! I have some in the fridge so I’ll be trying it tonight. 🙂

  13. Amy says

    This looks delicious! I’ve never made skillet corn before, but I think my kids would love this. It needs some fresh bread to help sop up that yummy looking honey sauce.

  14. Brianna says

    This looks so yummy!! I think I’d opt to use fresh corn. Never tried it before though. Adding it my recipes to try soon 🌽🤤

  15. Sandra Gebbia says

    I would make it sweet.I would suggest a homemade bowl of 3 alarm 🌶 spicy chili , to go with it and some mashed potatoes on side of that. There u have it… sweet n spicy

  16. Meredith says

    5 stars
    I made this wonderful recipe with fresh corn and served it with baked chicken thighs and a side salad.

  17. Ailene says

    5 stars
    -Would I make this spicy? I might try a little Tajin seasoning in the recipe.
    -Would I use fresh corn? Yes!
    -What would I serve with it? Black Bean Chicken and Rice might be good.
    -Have I ever made skillet corn before? Actually I have! I like to cut fresh corn from the cob and sauté it in butter in a skillet. Sometimes adding chopped bell peppers. To take it to the next level I sometimes add cooked, crumbled bacon.

  18. RHONDA PERFETTI says

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this recipe and I definitely will use my local farmers excellent fresh corn on the cob in it.

  19. Jan Barrett says

    5 stars
    Sounds and looks delicious and easy to make. I would serve this with meatloaf or grilled pork steaks and a baked potato. Knowing me, I put the corn right over the top of the baked potato and use as a condiment for the potato.

  20. Becky M says

    5 stars
    I would make this as written for something like Thanksgiving. But, if we were having fried turkey, I would spice it up with some Slap Ya Mama! This would be so good any time of the year. Corn is so versatile & goes with so many different proteins!

  21. Loralee says

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I’m going to try it with fresh corn on the cob after grilling. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Victoria says

    I will definitely have to try this! Frozen corn is convenient, but I think using fresh corn would make it soooo much better!

  23. Cyndi Pace says

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this 🌽 recipe. It’s so sweet and delicious 😋. Keep the recipes coming.
    Please and thank you.
    Cyndi Pace

  24. nancy kuszpa says

    5 stars
    yes I would use fresh corn and I would add fresh cherry tomatoes cut in half. No not a fan I wouldnt make it spicy