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Take a Can of Creamed Corn …

October 23, 2007

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My husband, hungry_hobbit for those who need reminding, never tried *gasp* fresh asparagus until he was all growns up, or in my mind, till he met me. His mom fed him canned asparagus (I am told she still prefers canned to fresh to this very day.) He’d probably never eaten so much of this spindly vegetable all in a row, either, till he met me–we ate asparagus almost every day for a week when I was doing an assignment on this elegant spear. We had green, purple, and white asparagus; stir fried, made into mousse, pureed into a potage …. Anyway, I digress.

What I’m trying to say is that I’m not usually one for canned vegetables. I like my veggies perky and fresh, sometimes with their roots attached, perhaps coated with a fine sprinkling of dirt and tasting robustly of the land. (Yes, I do have a vegetable garden although it’s looking a little sparse this year without my dad’s assistance.)

I have to make one exception: canned corn.

Somehow or another, corn kernels manage to stay sunshiney–both in color and disposition–sweet, and crisp under cover of anodized tin, a far cry from its mushy and dingy-looking carrot and green pea counterparts. And if you’ve never had canned rutabaga, otherwise known as swede in England where I first had it … ugh …don’t.

And get ready for this, I love cream-style corn! I guess it’s like durian, I grew up eating it and it’s one of my all time favorite things to eat. With the addition of a little water and starch, cut corn is transformed into a batch of creamy goodness. When I was growing up, my mum turned canned creamed corn into two simple dishes: corn soup and corn fritters.

I was surfing the internet for fun nuggets on cream-style corn and I found this 11-page document published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “United States standards for grades of canned cream style corn. Effective July 1, 1957.” The document’s chapters go into great detail about identity, colors, rating factors, consistency, flavor, and tenderness, among other things. I never knew that canned corn, or canned anything for that matter, was held to such high standards. Take note, you only want U. S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy.

I’ll never look at canned creamed corn the same again.

Corn fritters

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These corn fritters can be eaten as a snack or as part of a meal with rice. My mum likes to add finely chopped kaffir lime leaf to add fragrance and flavor. I didn’t in this recipe but for those who don’t make it to the Asian grocery store often enough, snip lemon verbena leaves instead for a similar citrusy scent and savor.

Time: 1 hour

Makes: 10-12 fritters

1 (14 oz) can cream style corn

1 large egg

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 oz cooked shrimp

1 stalk green onion, cut into ‘O’s

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

1 cup of oil for frying

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except oil. Mix well until no large lumps are left. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat until shimmering. Fill a 1/4 measuring cup slightly less than full of batter and slowly dribble into hot oil to form a mound about 2.5″ in diameter. The patties will not be totally submerged.

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Cook until golden brown ruffles form around edges. About 5 minutes. Flip with tongs or spatula and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until cooked through.

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Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.

Easy-peasy creamy corn soup

This soup is perfect for a cold, dreary day and anytime you want an easy light lunch. My basic recipe comprises only two ingredients: one can of cream-style corn and an egg. But if you want to get a little fancier, just like at the local Cantonese restaurant, you can add chopped crab meat, ham or chicken, and a dash of Chinese wine or sherry.

Time: 10 minutes

Makes: One Pat-sized serving

1 (14 oz) can cream style corn

7 oz water or chicken broth

1 egg, lightly beaten

Salt and white pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon sesame oil, or to taste (optional)

1/2 stalk green onion, finely chopped for garnish (optional)

In a medium saucepan, combine cream-style corn and water or broth (no need to pull out the measuring cups, just fill half the can with liquid). Bring to boil over medium heat. About 3 minutes. Stir in the salt and white pepper (now’s also the time to add wine or cooked meat if using). Turn down heat to low and pour egg into soup in a steady stream, and quickly stir in one direction until skinny ribbons form. Remove from heat. Drizzle with sesame oil and garnish with green onions.

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  3. Ian permalink
    October 7, 2013 4:04 am

    soup was fantastic! exactly how it is in those chinese restaurants but without the MSG. recommend putting the chinese wine in – makes for a wonderful fragrance.

  4. Tiffany permalink
    September 18, 2013 4:04 pm

    Fritters were good! added a tbsp of sugar for a sweet/salty affect

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  10. Mirella permalink
    November 16, 2012 3:25 am

    Thanks for this fantastic lazy rainy afternoon soup!! Yummo and so versatile by all the other ingredients you can add. The whole family love it!! Again thanks

    • November 27, 2012 5:40 pm

      You are most welcome, Mirella. I love this easy corn soup recipe for so many reasons too. Glad everyone liked it!

  11. danny permalink
    December 5, 2011 6:53 am

    This was exactly what i made with my canned cream corn! Haha, i was looking for some recipes after i made my soup, and was wondering what in the world else could have been done with it!

  12. October 20, 2011 2:51 pm

    Wow, thanks for posting that creamy corn recipe! I really appreciate simplicity and minimalism when it comes to cooking and this is exactly what I was looking for. It really was easy-peasy! Thanks, again :)

    • October 23, 2011 8:12 pm

      Hi Carrie, I’m glad you like the corn soup. It was my favorite growing up and still is a fall-back dish for a lazy lunch for one. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Colleen permalink
    September 12, 2011 3:35 pm

    Loved the fritters!

    • September 17, 2011 8:45 pm

      Glad you like them. Try varying the herbs and/or spices you add for interest.

    • October 5, 2011 1:07 pm

      Thx, Colleen!

  14. July 17, 2011 10:36 pm

    I’m in New Zealand where canned, creamed corn is extremely popular but I find it very sweet; obviously the cannery adds as LOT of sugar :-( However, I bought some to make chicken and sweetcorn soup and I have half a can left – I am going to try the fritters and perhaps add a few jalapeno peppers and maybe soy, as an antidote to that sweetness:-)

    • October 5, 2011 1:13 pm

      Hi Lynda,
      I hope the fritters turned out yummy!

  15. Rick permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:39 pm

    …and also an Asian Grandfather….

  16. Rick permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:36 pm

    When I was young, for dinner on Fridays I would occasionally have a simple cream corn & egg chowder that my Mom would make. It just took a little butter in a saucepan for taste, one 14+ oz. can of cream corn, heat over a low-med burner to where it just starts bubbling, drop in two or three eggs, and stir frequently while the eggs cook and it slowly turns into a thick chowder. The last time I’d cooked this at home I was 15 years old. Tonight since it’s Friday and I didn’t want to eat cheese pizza again, I decided to make a bowl of that cream corn & egg chowder for dinner the same way that I did before. It was just as good and filling as it was when I last made it. BTW…I’m 61 years old now.

  17. September 8, 2010 10:06 am

    I just happened to have a can of creamed corn in the pantry and googled for recipes and I found yours. It’s a cold dreary cloudy but beautiful day in Seattle and I just finished the corn soup…Fabulous! I added some chopped green onions and sesame oil like you suggested and a chopped red bird chili. I feel restored. I will try the fritters for sure. Thank you for your wonderful site and thank your Grandmother too!

  18. May 19, 2009 2:12 am

    My mom often served canned cream corn, just heated up and dished into a bowl with lots of black pepper, as a side dish for, oh, meatloaf. Yes I did grow up in the 70s (we did however eat only fresh asparagus). :-)

  19. March 18, 2009 10:42 pm

    I bookmarked your site and will be back here soon. Good luck with it all.

  20. Becca permalink
    March 5, 2009 4:40 pm

    i added some stir-fry veggies an extra egg and soy sauce yummy. the soup is great

    • March 22, 2009 1:44 pm

      Becca, that’s the beauty of homecooking eh? Improvisation!

  21. beth permalink
    November 27, 2007 7:07 pm

    I just made the corn fritters for a group of people tonight–it went over really well! I love creamed corn but didn’t know if others would like it, so I wanted to do something exciting with the creamed corn. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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  23. October 24, 2007 4:35 am

    Mmm…the corn fritters look good! Never thought of using creamed corn – I followed another recipe using canned corn kernels and Spam! It was great!

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