This custardy creamed corn casserole recipe is SO good you’ll want to scrape the dish clean to get every last bit of caramelized goodness… My favorite of all the corn casserole recipes I’ve tried, just like my grandma made it!
Creamed Corn Casserole Like Grandma Made
I’m not really sure where this creamed corn casserole recipe originated, but I can’t recall a single holiday dinner growing up where it wasn’t served…
It was the first dish on the buffet that I’d hit at every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meal. And it was the first container of leftovers I grabbed from the fridge — that is IF there were any.
Though I’m not certain where it came from, it’s always been my Dad’s specialty. So my best guess is it was passed on by my Grandma Russell. She called it custard corn (which is a pretty good description of it), but I’ve also heard people refer to it as corn pudding casserole and a corn soufflé recipe.
The texture and level of sweetness is VERY different from this Jiffy corn casserole or this Mexican corn cake recipe… Call it whatever you want, just know that this baked corn recipe is AMAZING!
Why is this baked cream corn casserole dish such a staple side dish? Partially because it’s so darn easy to make, even in large quantities. But mainly because it’s absolutely delicious whether it’s hot, warm, or cold!
Seriously, my kids have been known to scrape the dish completely clean, getting every last bit of caramelized goodness from the corners. AND whether you’re making a deep fried turkey or an Instant Pot ham, it’s the perfect complement!
Easy Corn Casserole Recipe Ingredients
Chances are you already have all of the ingredients for this creamed corn casserole recipe in your pantry right now!
It’s comprised of just 6 staple ingredients: canned whole kernel corn, canned creamed corn, sugar, flour, eggs, and butter, plus a touch of salt and pepper.
I’ll warn you ahead of time that this recipe does contain a good amount of sugar… Please keep in mind: this is an heirloom recipe that’s been passed down through my family. I always prepare it exactly as written, because it’s a special occasion side dish.
Yes, it’s a little decadent, and I’m perfectly okay with that — because “everything in moderation.” Ya know?! But if you’re truly concerned, decreasing the sugar shouldn’t hurt the outcome.
How To Double Corn Casserole
There is a high probability that you’ll want to double, or even triple, this corn casserole recipe at some point. The good news is, YES, you absolutely can! Just use a larger baking dish, and keep in mind that you’ll need to increase your baking time slightly.
I should add that even when you’re not increasing the recipe, the cooking time can vary by oven and/or the casserole dish you choose. Larger, shallow dishes will cook faster than smaller, deeper dishes.
The corn casserole is done when the center is set and the top has that great caramelized appearance. If it seems set but isn’t caramelizing, you can just pop it under the broiler for a couple minutes to finish it off.
Go-To Side Dish Recipe
This sweet corn casserole is still on the menu for every single family gathering we host today. If it’s potluck style, I can almost guarantee that the first question I get is: “Who’s bringing the corn casserole?” followed by, “Who’s bringing the pickles?”
If you don’t know what pickles I’m referring to, check out these pickle wraps ASAP! Oh, and also this yummy layered cranberry salad if we’re talking Thanksgiving…
Give this easy corn casserole recipe a try at your next family gathering. It just might become your go-to side dish recipe, as well!
Baked Corn Casserole FAQs
I’ve received a TON of questions about how to make corn casserole over the years. Though I’ve answered them all in the comments, it’s getting to be quite a bit to wade through.
So I’m adding the most frequently asked questions for this baked corn casserole recipe below, and I will continue to update it with any new questions.
What type of baking dish do you use for this corn casserole?
I generally use a shallow 8×8″ baking dish when I make this recipe. If I’m doubling or tripling it for a potluck or cookout, I’ll size up to this 9×13″ baking dish.
If you need to go even larger, I’d recommend something like this large roasting pan.
Note that I do not recommend using those large disposable aluminum trays. Aluminum is not a great conductor of heat, so it takes significantly longer to bake this recipe in them. And you probably won’t achieve the same amount of caramelization — which is totally the best part!
Help, my corn casserole seems curdled! Where did I go wrong?
After many readers experienced this, I did some extensive research on what could be causing the custard-like quality of the corn casserole to break. It seems a couple of things could be happening:
1| Your oven may be running a little hot… This could cause the corn casserole to cook too fast, in turn causing the custard consistency to “break”. You can check this with an inexpensive oven thermometer.
2| It may be your milk… I’ve always purchased whole milk, so it never occurred to me that it could affect the consistency. But apparently the lower fat percentage in low fat and skim milk can also cause a custard to break.
Do I *need* to use whole milk?
As I mentioned above, you do need the fat in the milk for a successful custard. That said, readers have reported using heavy cream and 2% milk successfully.
Can corn casserole be made ahead of time?
While it’s best freshly made, you can definitely refrigerate it after baking and just warm it up again in the oven before serving. I typically make two batches for Thanksgiving, one for the “Big Meal” and one to reheat with the leftovers.
How to reheat corn casserole:
Warm the casserole in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through. I do not recommend microwaving it.
Can corn casserole be frozen?
Again, freshly made is always best, but you can make it ahead and freeze if you’d like. After baking, let the corn casserole cool completely. Then wrap it tightly with aluminum foil, label, and freeze up to one month.
To reheat, bake covered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
If you have further questions, please ask in the comments below!
More Easy Casserole Recipes To Try
If you like this corn casserole recipe, you might also enjoy these other delicious casserole recipes:
- Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Casserole Recipe
- Tuna Casserole With Egg Noodles
- 3-Ingredient Easy Green Bean Casserole
- 5-Ingredient Cheesy Meatball Casserole
- Baked Macaroni And Cheese Casserole
I’d love to see how your corn casserole turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check them out. Enjoy!
Tuesday 23rd of May 2023
I'm about to tweak your recipe, and add some cream cheese and rotel....oooooo
Saturday 8th of April 2023
What if all you have is fresh cooked corn? I have no creamed corn.
Tuesday 23rd of May 2023
@Kaye, girrrrl....add a can of regular corn to the blender with a dash of milk-cream- or half n half. Tah daaaaah...(salt pepper n a Lil sugar too)
Tuesday 11th of April 2023
Hi Kaye -- you can find a substitute for creamed corn in the comments section.
Friday 7th of April 2023
Can you use oat milk in place of regular milk?
Friday 7th of April 2023
Hi Melanie -- I haven't tested this recipe with a plant-based milk. If you give it a try, I'd love to hear how it turns out!
Wednesday 22nd of March 2023
I didn't have any creamed corn so I made some from one the cans of regular corn using a recipe I found online. Several recipes for the casseroles called for sour cream so I used it to make the creamed corn along with a little butter and a tablespoon of sugar. Let it come to a slow boil than take it off the heat and let it cool for an hour until you're ready to make the main dish.
When it came to that, I had an old recipe from my mother that called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites until they formed stiff peak. put all the other ingredients together and add the egg whites last, stirred in slowly. This makes it more of a souffle and not as dense. Also makes more volume so best done in a 9x13 Pyrex dish for 40-45 minutes.
Thursday 26th of January 2023
Is it possible to use 1/2 the amount of sugar?
Tuesday 31st of January 2023
Yes, you can halve the sugar if you'd like!