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Skillet Corn with Parmesan Cheese

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This creamy savory corn side dish is quick and easy to make and it goes with just about anything. Make it a regular addition to your dinner menu.

bowl of creamy parmesan corn with shredded cheese on top ready to be served.

Coming up with interesting side dishes is always the most challenging part of planning a menu. This skillet corn has the perfect amount of creaminess with a hint of Parmesan cheese to up the savory value.

It is perfect alongside almost any entrée and comes together in a jiffy. It’s a great way to get your family to ask for seconds of the vegetable!

Dinner is always more fun and interesting when there is a wide variety in the menu. It keeps everyone more excited when it is always something different on their plate.

For me, keeping a variety of entrees on the menu is easy. I always have more ideas than I do time to make them.

Pouring milk mixture over corn in cast iron skillet.

It’s the side dishes that I struggle with.  I am less likely to plan them out ahead of time and more likely to go to a boring standby.

With super soft, delicious homemade Hawaiian rolls baking in the oven and braised pork chops cooking in the electric skillet, I knew I needed to come up with a vegetable. I’ll admit it was tempting to just warm up a frozen veggie in the microwave and call it a day.

cast iron skillet filled with creamy corn mixture and a spatula.

But it was going to be served with such delicious items, I wanted something a little more special.  I like making varieties of skillet corn and that seemed like a perfect accompaniment for what seemed like such a cozy meal.

So I quickly whipped up a batch of creamy corn. Instead of adding a pinch of sugar to accentuate the sweet of the corn, I decided to give it a more savory spin.

Adding a little Parmesan cheese adds such depth of flavor. It’s that salty umami that takes the dish to the next level.

skillet corn with pork chop and hawaiian roll.

I wrote the recipe with butter because that is something most people have. If you keep a jar of bacon grease, try using that instead!

Either way you will end up with a fabulous side dish that your family will be happy to eat. So much so they won’t even mind if you start making it on repeat!

If your family loves corn as much as we do, you should check out my slow cooker creamy corn. It is another fun and easy side dish.

Or try slow cooker corny macaroni and cheese.  It combines the veggie and pasta into one dish that is perfect with burgers or bbq.

    What are your favorite side dishes? I’m always looking for new ideas!

bowl of creamy parmesan corn with shredded cheese on top ready to be served.

Skillet Corn with Parmesan Cheese

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
This creamy savory corn side dish is quick and easy to make and it goes with just about anything. Make it a regular addition to your dinner menu.
4.62 from 13 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 16 ounces frozen corn
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. 
    3 Tablespoons butter
  • Add corn, salt and pepper and toss to coat. 
    16 ounces frozen corn, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pour water over corn and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    ½ cup water
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir flour into milk and pour over corn.  Cook, stirring frequently until thickened.
    1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour, ¼ cup milk
  • Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. 
    3 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 212mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 12th of March 2020

Mmmm... I think with spring knocking, I've been craving corn like crazy. What a great recipe to change it up!


Thursday 19th of March 2020

I am definitely ready for more fresh veggies, we've been going through the seed catalogs deciding what to plant this year. I hope you enjoy this corn!

Julie Ann

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Thanks for sharing. Sides are always an afterthought in my house! My go to side lately is fried "candied" green beans. I fry frozen green beans in butter and peanut oil until they get nice and brown. Then I dissolve brown sugar in a little beef or chicken broth (or water if I don't have any open broth). I turn down the heat and add the brown sugar solution. Heat and stir until the sugar solution is incorporated onto the beans. My husband and son fight over who gets to finish these off. Sometimes I throw in some onions and/or bacon with the beans while I am frying them for a little extra flavor


Thursday 19th of March 2020

I can see why they fight over those green beans, that sounds soooooooo good!


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

I love corn any way I can get it and this looks like such a delicious recipe!


Thursday 19th of March 2020

Corn is a favorite here too, so it's nice to have some ways to mix it up!