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

This custardy cream 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

Cream Corn Casserole Like Grandma Made It

I’m not really sure where this cream 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 creamed 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

Cream Corn Casserole

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

This custardy cream 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

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 (15.25-oz.) can whole kernel sweet corn, drained
  • 1 (14.75-oz.) can cream-style sweet corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

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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Theresa Noble

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Because of coronavirus I am using the canned goods I have at home. I have two cans of creamed corn. How do I need to adjust the recipe? Thank you for your help!

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Theresa! I really wish I could help out more, but I've never made this with two cans of creamed corn. I think I would just prepare it as is and assume that it will probably need to bake longer with the additional bit of liquid.

Kate

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Help! Because of Coronavirus, I cannot find canned cream corn anywhere...can I substitute canned kernel corn instead and do I add in some heavy cream maybe in addition to the whole milk recipe calls for???

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Hi Kate! I'm so sorry that you can't find canned creamed corn right now. I have not personally tried this, but I did a quick search and found this substitute recipe: "Put fresh or frozen corn in a food processor first, giving it a whirl or two to break up the kernels. Then add 1/2 cup of milk and 1 tsp. of cornstarch. The cornstarch will thicken the juices released from the corn and the milk." I hope it turns out for you!

Susan

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Do I grease the casserole dish??

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Good question! Nope, it’s not necessary.

Laurie

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

Can I prepare this casserole the day before? Just refrigerate it uncooked and cook next day?

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

Hi Laurie! Yes, you can, but I wouldn't pour it into the baking dish you're planning to bake it in. Keep it in the bowl to make it easier to mix it up really well before pouring into your baking dish and baking. Also, keep in mind that it will take longer to bake from chilled. Enjoy!

Sandra

Monday 28th of October 2019

Does the corn casserole need to be cooked before freezing? If so, does it need to be thawed before cooking or can it go directly from freezer to oven? If it does need to be cooked, should it be thawed before reheating?

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 28th of October 2019

Hi Sandra! Check the FAQs section above for complete instructions, but the short answer is it should be baked before freezing, and you can reheat it from frozen.

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