Creamy Millet with Sweet Corn and Chives ~ Savory Simple

Have you ever tried millet?  I had never cooked with it before this year and it’s now one of my favorite whole grains. The flavor and texture is similar to polenta and just like with polenta, it can be used in an assortment of dishes. Creamy millet works great as a sweetened hot breakfast porridge or as a savory side dish with extra virgin olive oil, salt and any vegetables you enjoy. Much like with risotto or quinoa, the leftovers can be used to make millet cakes.  In Japan you can actually find candied millet puffs called Awaokoshi. You can learn more about millet on Wikipedia.

So whole grains are healthy, right?  Yeah, I kind of drown out most of the health benefits in this dish with heavy cream and cheese.  I couldn’t help myself; cream and cheese are really tasty.  However, I’ve included easy substitutions at the bottom of this recipe to create a light and healthy (though not nearly as decadent) side dish.


Creamy Millet with Sweet Corn and Chives
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ear of sweet corn (approximately ¾ cup kernels)
  • ½ cup millet
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (or more as needed)
  1. Heat oil in a medium sauce pot. Add shallots and garlic and saute until translucent.
  2. Add the corn, millet, water and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cover the pot. Allow to cook for 35 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and stir in the chives, parmesan and cream. Add more cream if needed to reach the desired consistency. Add more salt if needed.
  5. Garnish with chives and serve hot.
This recipe can be easily lightened up to create a healthy side dish. Substitute soy milk or half and half in place of the heavy cream. The cheese can be cut down by half or omitted completely.


More Recipes:

101 Cookbooks – Millet Croquettes
Cookie and Kate – Stir-Fried Millet
The Healthy Apple – Creamy Pistachio Millet

  • Choc Chip Uru

    I am actually a millet virgin my friend so this looks like a delicious dish to take the dive with :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Libby @

    I don’t think I’ve had millet before but this looks like a great way to try it out for the first time… or I can substitute millet with the bag of polenta that’s been sitting in my pantry for a few months :D

  • Carolyn Chan

    That would be wonderful comfort food. I can imagine eating an entire bowl!

  • Lisa

    I love creamed corn..but usually save it for holidays since the recipe I use is so rich. I love your healthier version with much less cream and millet. It’ll be interesting to try millet for the first time..not to mention..I’d love to be able to gorge on creamed corn more than once or twice a year! ;)

  • yummychunklet

    I could take a bowlful right now!

  • Lauren @ Gourmet Veggie Mama

    Looks delicious! I haven’t had millet before, but a friend of mine swears by it, so I have been meaning to give it a whirl for a while now.

  • Pamela

    It is good to see recipes for those lesser known grains. The corn pairing sounds so delicious! Millet is going on my grocery list.

  • Valerie

    Cheese and heavy cream are The best way of drowning out healthy benefits. :D This looks scrumptious!

  • Roger Stowell

    I’ve never tried millet – time I did:)

  • Katie

    I’ve only just started loving up on Millet too, but its also one of my favorites! I love the idea of Millet Risotto!

  • Deborah

    I’ve never had millet before, but now I need to try!!

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    When I read the recipe title in my email I knew this was going to be a keeper. Totally looks and sounds YUM!! I’ve never tried millet, but I love pretty much all whole grains in general, so this will be a fun recipe to try! :)

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I’ve never had millet, but after seeing this dish, I need to change that pronto! YUM.

  • Laura Dembowski

    This looks great. I’ve never tried millet, as I don’t eat many whole grains (I probably should), but looking at that makes me really want to try it.

  • Kathryn

    What a great way to use millet, it looks so rich and comforting.

  • Mad Dog

    I have to confess that I only know it as budgie food, but your recipe does sound good ;-)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I’ve never tried millet but this looks like pure comfort in a bowl!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’ve never tried millet either but it looks incredible! Looks like I’ll be making this over the weekend! :)

  • Cassie

    This is beautiful Jen! I would make a meal out of it. Love the flavors!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    I haven’t tried millet yet either, but this sounds fantastic!

  • Patty

    All I can say is that this looks like one delicious(and pretty!) bowl of comfort food- I just love the addition of corn in your recipe:-)

  • Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

    I have never had millet before..looks yummy…and cheese always makes everything better :)

  • Baker Street

    I’m having millet today. I like your savory version with corn and chives. Will give your recipe a try next week. :)

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Nope, I’ve never tried millet (unless I eat without knowing it). Sounds good especially with sweet corn and chives. Sounds very healthy and I need to check it out!

  • Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures

    Like many of the other commenters, I don’t think I’ve ever tried millet, but this looks like pure comfort in a bowl. Sometimes decadence is worth it, but I love that you included a lighter version for an everyday side dish.

  • The Healthy Apple

    Thanks for the link love darling! oxoxxx
    This looks amazing; have a great week.