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Chef John’s Creamy Corn Custard

Chef John’s Creamy Corn Custard

Have you ever tasted a dish that is so rich and velvety, it feels like a comforting hug for your taste buds? Well, Chef John’s Creamy Corn Custard is just that! This delectable dish is a harmonious blend of sweet corn, creamy custard, and savory flavors that will leave you craving for more.

The Magic of Corn Custard

Imagine the sweetness of fresh corn kernels, mixed with the smoothness of custard, and baked to perfection. The result is a dish that is both comforting and indulgent. The custard adds a creamy texture that complements the natural sweetness of the corn, creating a symphony of flavors in every bite.

Just like a well-crafted symphony, this corn custard requires a few key ingredients to create the perfect harmony. Fresh corn is the star of the show, providing the sweet and vibrant flavors that make this dish so special. Eggs and cream bring the custard to life, adding richness and depth. And of course, a touch of seasoning, such as salt, pepper, and herbs, enhance the flavors and create a well-balanced dish.

The Art of Making Corn Custard

Creating this culinary masterpiece requires a little bit of patience and precision. The first step is to remove the kernels from the fresh corn cobs. This can be done by using a sharp knife or a corn stripper. Once you have the kernels, they are gently cooked in butter until they become tender and release their sweet juices.

While the corn is cooking, the custard mixture is prepared by whisking together eggs, cream, and the desired seasonings. The cooked corn is then mixed into the custard, creating a luscious mixture that is poured into a baking dish. The dish is then placed in a hot water bath and baked in the oven until the custard is set and golden brown.

When the corn custard is fully cooked, it is like a work of art that is ready to be enjoyed. The custard is creamy and smooth, with bursts of sweet corn in every bite. It pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, such as grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or even enjoyed on its own as a comforting side dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use frozen corn instead of fresh corn?

Absolutely! While fresh corn is ideal for this recipe, you can still achieve delicious results using frozen corn. Just make sure to thaw and drain the frozen corn before cooking.

2. Can I make this corn custard ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the corn custard ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake. Just make sure to adjust the baking time accordingly, as the custard may take a little longer to set if it’s chilled.

3. Can I use milk instead of cream?

While cream adds richness to the custard, you can substitute it with milk if you prefer a lighter version. However, keep in mind that the custard may not be as creamy and luxurious.

4. Can I add other ingredients to the corn custard?

Absolutely! This recipe provides a basic foundation for corn custard, but you can get creative and add other ingredients to customize it to your liking. Consider adding cooked bacon, sautéed onions, or even cheese for an extra layer of flavor.

5. Can I make this corn custard vegan?

Yes, you can make a vegan version of this corn custard by substituting the eggs and cream with plant-based alternatives. Use a vegan egg replacer and a non-dairy creamer to achieve a similar texture and taste.

6. Can I freeze the corn custard?

While it’s possible to freeze the corn custard, the texture may change slightly upon thawing. It’s best to enjoy the custard fresh for the best flavor and consistency.

7. Can I use different herbs in the custard?

Certainly! Feel free to experiment with different herbs to add a unique twist to the custard. Fresh herbs like thyme, basil, or chives work particularly well with the flavors of corn.

8. Can I serve the corn custard cold?

While the corn custard is traditionally served warm or at room temperature, you can certainly enjoy it cold if you prefer. It can be a refreshing and creamy addition to a summer picnic or a light lunch.

In Conclusion

Chef John’s Creamy Corn Custard is a delightful dish that showcases the natural sweetness of corn in a velvety and indulgent way. With its creamy texture, bursts of corn flavor, and versatility, it’s a dish that will surely become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. So go ahead, gather the ingredients, and let the magic of corn custard unfold in your kitchen!

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Chef John's Creamy Corn Custard

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Vegetable Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 tbsp of butter , divided (or more if desired)
  • 2 cups of corn
  • 1 ½ cups of heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ tsp of salt
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup of cold milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Grease six 6-ounce glass or ceramic ramekins with butter.
  • Place the ramekins into a 2-inch deep baking dish.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the corn, cream, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir well.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and then remove it from the heat.
  • Stir in the milk.
  • Transfer the corn mixture to a blender and pulse several times to get it moving.
  • Blend the mixture on high speed until it becomes smooth and creamy.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and whole eggs until smooth.
  • Slowly whisk about 1/4 cup of the hot corn mixture into the eggs, incorporating it well.
  • Repeat this process several times until all of the corn mixture is combined with the eggs.
  • Divide the corn mixture equally among the 6 ramekins.
  • Pour hot tap water into the baking dish, filling it about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake the custards in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until they are just set.
  • Allow the custards to cool for approximately 10 minutes before serving them in the ramekins or unmolding them onto serving plates.
  • To unmold the custards, gently insert a
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