Chilli Creamed Corn

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Traditionally this recipe calls for mountains of butter and cheese.  Balance Box has created a version which packs as much of a taste punch, but is kinder to your health.


Serves 2

Prep Time:  5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno (from a jar) drained and sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 340g tin of sweetcorn kernels, drained
  • 50ml water
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche

To Serve 

  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped coriander
  • Wedges of lemon/ lime


Jennifers Tips

It’s tempting to use a tin of ready-creamed corn for this dish, but most varieties are packed with sugar and salt. So much better for you to cream it yourself!

Pairs With:
Mains: Creole Crab Cakes; Jerk Chicken; Blue Cheese Burgers
Vegetable Sides: Sukuma Wiki; Broccoli with garlic and lemon; Braised Fennel

Photo and recipe taken from The Balance Diet Cookbook.

  • Heat the olive oil and onion in a small non-stick pan over a medium heat.  Cook until soft – about 3 minutes.
  • Add the red pepper, jalapeno pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper.  Stir well, reduce the heat slightly, and leave to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add the sweet corn and water. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 3 minutes.  Transfer the mixture to a blender, and blend to your preferred consistency, making sure that at least half of the mixture is completely smooth.
  • Stir in the cream cheese and crème fraiche, mixing well.



Reserve some of the corn mix before you blend it and add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, for a wonderful salsa.  This will instantly create a tasty lunch once added to plain grilled chicken or fish, or heaped into a corn wrap with grilled haloumi.

To Serve

Serve either on individual plates, or in a warmed serving bowl.  Sprinkle the servings with coriander, and serve with a wedge of lemon or lime.