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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

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 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 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.

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, 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.

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

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!

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 on the middle oven rack 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. It can be moved to the top rack toward the end of the cook time if more caramelization is desired. 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 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

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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!

Florie Jimenez

Sunday 4th of February 2024

May I use olive oil instead of the melted butter? How much oil?

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 5th of February 2024

Hi Florie! I've never tested this recipe with olive oil, so I can't speak to how it would turn out. If you decide to try it, I'd love it if you'd come back and share them to help other readers!

Barbara Miller

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

I am making this for a funeral. I was going to 4times larger. Do you have any tips for me on how to make it?????? Our church always has a big dinner for the family. Because we are a church family. I want it to be good. Thank you Barbara

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

Hi Barbara! I've never made a batch quite this large, so I'm not sure how well it would turn out if you're looking to just use one dish. My recommendation would be to prepare two double batches. Another tip I need to add to the post is that I've noticed this casserole seems to cook more evenly when placed on a middle oven rack. You can move them to the top rack later in the cooking process if you'd like the top to get more caramelized.

Melissa

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Can you prepare the mixture a day ahead, refrigerate, then bake the next day?

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 24th of December 2023

Yes, you can! Just make sure to stir it well before baking. And obviously it will take longer to bake since you're starting with it chilled.

Deborah

Sunday 3rd of December 2023

My daughter's mother-in-law makes a corner casserole that's very similar to yours. She adds finely diced onion & bell pepper, then tops with a mixture of bread crumbs & cheese. Would this work using your recipe?

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 4th of December 2023

Hi Deborah! I can't really say without having tried it. It seems like the onions and pepper would add some additional liquid, so I would think at minimum it would need to bake longer. Also, I'd wait to add the topping until it's almost done baking.

Lisa

Friday 24th of November 2023

Love this but the last few times I’ve made it, it looks “curdled” and doesn’t hold together. It’s a gross wet mess for lack of better description. Maybe not cooking it long enough?

Sharon B.

Thursday 1st of February 2024

@Tara Kuczykowski, I don’t think it’s either of those. I had the same experience and it happened when I stirred in the eggs and milk. So it wasn’t the oven temp. I used whole milk, so it wasn’t that, either. After baking at 350 for 1 1/2 hours it was nicely caramelizad on top but when I cut into it, after allowing 10-15 minutes to cool, it was wet and curdled looking. It’s actually leaking watery liquid into the pan now that it’s been sitting for awhile. I make the Jiffy Corn Casserole all the time and it never fails.

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 24th of November 2023

Hi Lisa! Using a lower fat milk can cause this. Or it could also be that your oven is running too hot.

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