Southern Corn Casserole

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Corn casserole is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish. It has a sweet, golden, bready layer and a delicious, creamy corn center. Just how it should be!
Corn casserole in a glass baking dish

Southern Corn Casserole

This corn casserole is a true Southern recipe. It was given to me by my good friend, Alyssa. Her grandmother made this recipe for their family when they were growing up and it has been a family favorite ever since. I am so glad she shared this recipe with us and it has quickly become one of my family’s favorite corn dishes.

Corn Casserole with Crackers

In this recipe, we add soda (or saltine) crackers. Some recipes call for cornbread mix but we have found that we like this version better. This version tastes less like cornbread and more like actual corn casserole.

Close up of corn pudding in a glass dish

 

Corn Casserole vs Corn Pudding

You may be wondering, what is the difference between corn casserole and corn pudding? In a couple words: not much. Some may argue that corn casserole must be cornbread based but as long as it has a bready texture, it qualifies. Same with corn pudding. Corn pudding may be slightly less done than corn casserole, making it more “pudding-like” in texture, but it uses the same ingredients. This will vary from family to family and region to region. It really depends on where your recipe is from but honestly, the biggest difference between the two is simply the name.

Spoonful of corn casserole

Tasty Variations

This recipe is delicious as-is, but if you are wanting to put a spin on it, try adding some (or all) of these ingredients:

  • crumbled bacon (also use some of the bacon grease instead of the melted butter, YUM)
  • chopped jalapeño (the kind in the can, the texture is better than using fresh)
  • diced green chiles
  • shredded cheddar cheese

More Tasty Corn Side Dishes:

Who doesn’t love sweet, crunchy corn as a side dish? It goes well with just about anything! Here are some of our favorite ways to prepare corn for dinner:

How to Make Corn Casserole

Close up of corn pudding in a glass dish

Corn Casserole

5 from 3 votes
Corn casserole is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish. It has a sweet, golden, bready layer and a delicious, creamy corn center. Just how it should be!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 9x13 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 2 15 ounce cans creamed corn
  • 1 15 ounce can whole corn drained
  • 1 cup soda (or saltine) crackers crushed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted (or bacon grease, see notes above)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well.
  • Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 glass baking dish.
  • Bake for 1 - 1 ½ hours or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
  • Tip: If you like it more bready, bake longer. It will become more like a cornbread. If you like it more like a corn pudding, bake for less time.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 253IUCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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    1. Just a note in the Tasty Variations section that says you can add bacon to this recipe and use the bacon grease instead of butter!

  1. 5 stars
    It had been years since I thought about corn casserole, I was happy to see this recipe! It was just as tasty as I remember it being!