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Easy Creamed Corn Casserole Recipe (Just Like Grandma Made It!)

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!

cream corn casserole being scooped out with a large antique spoon aka corn pudding or custard corn

Creamed Corn Casserole Like Grandma Made It

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 and Christmas meal and the first container of leftovers I grabbed from the fridge (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. Call it whatever you want, just know that this baked corn recipe is AMAZING!

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…

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!

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easy corn casserole made with just 5 ingredients in a pyrex batter bowl

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 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.

sweet corn casserole ready to bake in a white casserole dish

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, cooking time can vary by oven. Larger, shallow dishes will cook faster than 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.

corn casserole like grandma made it in a white casserole dish with royal blue napkin
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!

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cream corn casserole recipe like grandma always made it

Creamed Corn Casserole

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a sauce pan, heat the butter slowly over medium-low heat, swirling the pan until it's just melted. Set it aside while you measure out the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Whisk the flour into the melted and cooled butter until well incorporated. Then whisk in the sugar, eggs and milk.
  4. Stir the creamed corn into the butter mixture, along with the drained whole kernel corn. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour into a shallow 8x8" baking dish.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the center is set and the corn casserole is brown and caramelized on top. Let stand for 5 minutes, serve warm.

Notes

I highly recommend reading through the corn casserole recipe FAQs to achieve the best results with this recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 14.3gSaturated Fat: 8.2gCholesterol: 81.9mgSodium: 457.7mgCarbohydrates: 23.5gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 12.3gProtein: 4.5g

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favorite of all corn casserole recipes in a white casserole dish with gray silicone pot holders

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 going to add the most frequently asked questions for this baked corn casserole recipe below, and I will continue to update it as new ones come in.

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| It could be that your oven is 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 that can be picked up at Walmart and the like.

2| It could 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 skim milk and such 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 makes two batches for Thanksgiving, one for the “Big Meal” and one to reheat with the leftovers.

How to reheat corn casserole:

Warm 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!

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!

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Jamee

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Can I mix it up the night before and cook it that day

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Hi Jamee -- yes, you can! But two things to keep in mind: 1) stir it well before baking, and 2) you may need to increase the baking time if you cook it straight from the fridge.

Stefanie

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Can it be cooked before the turkey and left out and just reheated in the oven once the turkey is done? Or would I have to refrigerate it while the turkey is cooking?

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Hi Stefanie! I can tell you what my dad always does when he takes it to potlucks and such. He makes it in a casserole dish that has a glass lid. Don't cook it with the lid on, of course, but put it on as soon as it comes out of the oven. Then he wraps it up in several thick layers of newspaper, taping it all up with masking tape. It's stayed hot for several hours this way. Alternatively, you could bake it in and then transfer it to a slow cooker to keep it warm.

Cyn

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try this! Because of covid, we are not doing a family gathering so it will just be 3 of us. All of my recipes are going to be cut in half so we can still have a little bit of everything and not be inundated with too many leftovers (can’t be throwing anything away!) this seems easy enough to half, but I’m curious as to what size dish you recommend? I have a 7x5x1.5 rectangular dish. Would that be appropriate?

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 19th of November 2020

Hi Cyn! Yes, I think that sounds like it should work fine if you're halving the recipe. Hope you love it!!

sharon

Thursday 29th of October 2020

you said heavy cream and 2% milk could be used, what is the ratio of cream to 2%? half a cup of each?

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Hi Sharon! I think I would try 3/4 cup of 2% milk with 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

P.J. in Michigan

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Can you substitute gluten free flour(1-1 ratio) in place of regular flour?

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 28th of October 2020

Thanks for your question, P.J. I haven't tried using gluten free flour in this recipe, but I don't see why it shouldn't work. I'd love to get your feedback if you try it!

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