Ditch that box of Jiffy corn muffin mix and make your very own creamy corn pudding recipe! With 10 minutes of prep and 3 simple steps, this delectable homemade corn pudding is as easy as can be.
This creamy corn pudding is classic comfort food just like grandma used to make. Sweet and custard-like, it pairs perfectly with BBQ, chicken wings, turkey, glazed ham, and more.
It’s slightly crispy on the outside and light & fluffy on the inside. It’s so creamy and addictive, no one can say no to it.
Serve this at your next get-together and don’t be surprised when people beg you for the recipe!
What is Corn Pudding?
Corn pudding is a classic Southern dish primarily made of, as you may have guessed, corn. Some people confuse it with corn casserole, but it’s slightly different as it’s much smoother and creamier. Because it uses five eggs and cornstarch, it’s more like a custard than a casserole.
Corn Pudding Ingredients
This recipe is made with just 7 simple ingredients. Many of them are probably already in your kitchen!
- Eggs. Take them out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before making the dish. Room temperature eggs will make the dish light and fluffy.
- Melted butter. Gives the dish that rich flavor. Margarine works fine as well.
- White sugar. This recipe calls for a quarter cup, but if you don’t want the dish to be too sweet, feel free to use less.
- Milk. You can use either whole, 1%, or 2% milk.
- Cornstarch. It’s the thickening agent that will give the dish that custard-like texture.
- Canned whole kernel corn. You can also use fresh or frozen corn if you prefer.
- Canned cream-style corn. The “secret” ingredient that makes this recipe so deliciously creamy.
How to Make Corn Pudding
This creamy corn pudding is so good, people will think you’re an expert who knows your way around the kitchen. But really, the recipe is so simple, even the kids can help make it! Here’s how:
- Lightly beat eggs in a bowl.
- Add sugar, milk, and melted butter.
- Add the cornstarch and whisk until fully incorporated.
- Add corn and creamed corn. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish.
- Pop it in the oven for one hour at 400 Degrees Fahrenheit.
- Serve either hot or cold.
And there you have it, a rich and creamy holiday dish that your guests will devour in a matter of minutes.
Tips & Tricks
- No cornstarch? No problem! You can use half a cup of flour instead.
- Use frozen corn instead of canned corn. Just remember to add a teaspoon of salt to the mixture.
- Here’s a neat trick to incorporate cornstarch easily into the dish. Combine it with cold milk, whisk the lumps away, and then add it to the mixture.
- Want your corn pudding to contain a little less liquid? Simply drain the liquid out of the canned kernel corn. Don’t drain the creamed corn, though!
- Double the ingredients to make more. This works well if you’re serving a large crowd. Bake it in two dishes to ensure it cooks all the way through.
- Cut back on the cholesterol. Use a liquid egg substitute instead of eggs.
- You can use either a 2-quart casserole dish, a glass baking dish, or an aluminum pan to bake the dish. Whatever you use, don’t forget to grease it with cooking spray. Use fat-free to minimize the guilt!
Corn Pudding Variations
- Want a more savory corn pudding? Easy – just skip the sugar!
- Want to add some Tex-Mex flair to the dish? Add some green chili and loads of shredded cheese to the mixture before baking.
- Give the dish a smoky flavor. Top it with crunchy bacon bits.
- Spice it up! Add some jalapenos and pepper jack cheese.
Do You Eat Corn Pudding Hot or Cold?
Fortunately, you can eat creamy corn pudding however you like! I like it best when it’s fresh from the oven and still piping hot.
However, it also tastes incredible at room temperature or even cold.
Can Corn Pudding Be Made Ahead of Time?
Since you can serve corn pudding either hot or cold, you can either make it on the day of your party or a few days in advance.
Just assemble the mixture ahead of time and refrigerate for 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for up to two months. And when you’re ready to serve the dish, either let it set to room temperature first or bake right away. If you do the latter, just add 30 to 45 minutes to the original cooking time.
What to Serve with Corn Pudding
Creamy corn pudding is the perfect side dish to complement the star of your dinner table. Whether it’s turkey, beef, ham, or chicken, this traditional sweet and savory dish will elevate any meal to the next level.
Whether you’re celebrating a special holiday or having a simple dinner with the family, corn pudding will surely be a wonderful addition to your meal. Here are several amazing dishes that taste great with corn pudding:
- BBQ. For the perfect combination of savory and sweet.
- Turkey. For a traditional Thanksgiving party.
- Glazed Ham. For that simple Easter celebration.
- Pork Chops. For a fun lunch with friends.
- Corned Beef. For the St. Patty’s festivities.
- Roast Chicken. For that special weekend dinner with the whole family.
- Meatloaf. For the perfect winter comfort food.
- Chili. For absolutely any occasion!
How to Store
Stored properly, creamy corn pudding will keep well for up to 3 to 4 days.
Cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap or transfer the dish into an airtight container.
Reheat the corn pudding in the microwave until warmed through.
Can You Freeze Corn Pudding?
As this recipe uses dairy, I don’t recommend freezing it. While technically safe, the custard will have an undesirable, grainy texture after thawing.
If you don’t mind the texture changes, though, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
Wrap the leftovers in a double layer of aluminum foil. Then, add the date and pop the container into the freezer.
When you’re ready to serve it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat it the next day in the microwave or oven.
Still, I suggest freezing corn pudding before baking it instead of freezing leftovers. The texture won’t degrade as much that way.
This easy corn pudding is rich, creamy, and bursting with sweet juicy corn kernels with every bite. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, it’s a must-add to your holiday menu.
This isn’t your usual shortcut recipe that call for Jiffy corn muffin mix. It’ll teach you how to make corn pudding from scratch.
The result is a far superior corn pudding, but it’s not as hard to make as you think.
Even without Jiffy mix, this pudding comes together almost effortlessly, with just 10 minutes of prep and 3 easy steps.
So don’t be afraid to ditch the Jiffy and make your own homemade corn pudding! I’ve got you covered.
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