Holiday Corn

This creamy holiday corn is perfect for the season! Simple to make and filled with celery, carrots and herbs! A great make ahead dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

A white bowl filled with Holiday Corn and fresh parsley to the side.

This holiday corn was originally posted in November 2012. The post has been updated as of December 14, 2017 with new photos, text and improved recipe instructions (including a dairy free / vegan option).

Today I bring you a recipe that at first glance may seem, well, kinda boring and just not very exciting. BUT. Wait right there!

Because looks can absolutely be deceiving and I promise you that this holiday corn is completely worthy of your time. It’s outrageously easy and simple and basic but OH SO GOOD.

Now, if you have been with me since the very very beginning, you may recognize this dish – or as I was originally calling it “company corn.” <— I mean seriously, what was that? Such a weird name.

So I hereby re-christen it to holiday corn, because at least that makes a wee bit more sense and isn’t quite so corny.

It’s classic, it’s creamy, it’s filled with flavor. And yet it’s still light enough that it doesn’t feel overly rich and heavy.

Making it a most excellent side for company your holiday table!

Chopped onion, carrot and celery on crinkled parchment paper.

Tips & Tricks For This Holiday Corn

  1. This is a FANTASTIC make ahead dish for the holidays. You can make the entire thing in advance. Let it cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the fridge. All you’ll need to do is reheat on Thanksgiving / Christmas / whenever.
  2. I tend to stick with the listed fresh parsley when making this corn, but I think some minced fresh rosemary or even fresh thyme (instead of the dried) would be delightful. Really, this is a great base for just about any fresh herb.
  3. And finally, I’ve only ever made this dish with frozen corn since I tend to make it during cooler weather. But! If you are making this during the summer I think it would be fantastic with fresh. You’ll want to cook the fresh corn until tender and then just proceed with the recipe.

A white bowl filled with Company Corn with a serving spoon in the dish.

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Holiday Corn

Holiday Corn

Yield: about 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This creamy holiday corn is perfect for the season! Simple to make and filled with celery, carrots and herbs! A great make ahead dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.


  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen corn
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or non dairy butter*
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large rib celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or dairy free sour cream**


  1. Cook the frozen corn until tender according to the package directions (don’t add any salt when cooking). Drain then set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, add the butter to a large skillet set over medium heat. When melted and warmed, add in the onion, celery and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6 to 8 minutes, until tender.
  3. Turn the heat down to low, then stir in the drained corn, parsley, salt, pepper, thyme and sour cream. Mix until well combined, then remove from the heat.
  4. Taste and season with additional salt / pepper as desired. Serve!


*You can also use olive oil in place of the butter.

**If you are like me and can't find dairy free sour cream in your local stores, make your own instead! I love this cashew sour cream recipe from Oh She Glows. If you are using the cashew sour cream, be sure to plan ahead to allow time for the cashews to soak AND for the finished cream to chill / thicken up in the fridge before using in this dish.

Adapted from Taste of Home

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.