Creamed Cornbread Casserole

This from-scratch Creamed Cornbread Casserole is a Southern classic and a decadent casserole for the holiday table. Combine creamed corn with a homemade sweet cornbread batter and a jalapeño to make a great side dish that’s perfect for sharing. Makes 6-8 servings.

Looking for more holiday sides to serve for this year? Don’t miss Fresh Green Bean Casserole from Scratch and Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole!

Creamed Cornbread Casserole lifted out of the dish with a silver spoon

Creamed Cornbread Casserole was my absolute favorite side dish as a kid. It’s sometimes called Corn Pudding. Other folks call it Jiffy Corn Casserole because the original recipe calls for Jiffy corn muffin mix.

Something about it was and is so wonderfully comforting.

Creamed Cornbread Casserole is a classic side dish for a decadent meal like Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner or even New Year’s Eve.

And yes, before you ask, you can absolutely make this for a weeknight dinner, too.

There’s a reason why this recipe is one of the traditional favorites.

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    Why I love this recipe:

    The recipe my mom made for us years ago is essentially the Jiffy Cornbread Casserole. I wanted to try my hand at making this creamy cornbread from scratch because that’s how I roll.

    I tinkered with the original recipe a bit, as well. I added a jalapeño for a little heat, as well as melted butter for something extra.

    And when this beauty came out of the oven, it was just the way I remembered it.

    It tasted just as delicious, except it had a lovely zing of heat to it.

    Other holiday favorite side dishes at our house: Spinach Madeline | Cranberry Feta Brussels Sprout Salad with Candied Pecans and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette | Creamed Kale | Brioche Bread Stuffing Recipe | Green Bean Bacon Bundles

    Need side dish inspiration, but don’t know where to turn? Check out these Side Dish Recipes.

    Cornmeal, flour, sour cream, butter, eggs, jalapeno and more in bowls on top of marble before the casserole is mixed

    What do I need to make homemade creamed corn casserole?

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Normally, a creamed cornbread casserole calls for cornbread mix (like Jiffy cornbread mix). Since we’re making this from scratch, we need extra ingredients.

    I know—it’s a little extra work, but it’s absolutely worthwhile to me since this recipe doesn’t have any weird additives that boxed mixes do.

    Here’s what you need:

    • A can of creamed corn—this is sometimes labeled as cream corn or cream-style corn. This is not the same thing as canned corn, kernel corn or sweet corn. It’s different and has a creaminess you don’t get with just the whole corn kernels.
    • Unsalted butter
    • Eggs—these help bind the casserole together, as well as give it a little bit of rise.
    • Milk—we keep whole milk in our house, so that’s what we use in this recipe. However, you could use 2%, 1% or nonfat milk in place of it if that’s what you have.
    • Sour cream
    • Jalapeño pepper—you could use some roasted green chile peppers in place if you want a smokier flavor!
    • All-purpose flour—we keep unbleached AP flour at our house, but the regular kind works, too! We have not tried making this recipe gluten free, and I do not recommend it at this time.
    • Yellow cornmeal—be sure to read your label since some bag of cornmeal look exactly like bags of cornbread mix. We’ve made this mistake before, and the corn bread casserole won’t turn out the same.
    • Granulated sugar—also known as white sugar. I do not suggest using turbinado or brown sugar in this recipe.
    • Baking powder—this helps our casserole rise. Make sure yours is fresh!
    • Kosher salt—I like a medium grain kosher salt. If you’re using finely ground salt, consider using less so your casserole doesn’t get too salty.

    If you want to try variations on this recipe, here are a few ideas:

    • Mexican Cornbread Casserole: Swap the jalapeño for a 4 oz. can of green chile peppers. Add in a tablespoon of Homemade Taco Seasoning and toss in 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese (like cheddar Monterrey Jack or Pepperjack), too. Garnish with green onions. You could also cook up some ground beef in taco seasoning to make this a main dish.
    • Bacon Cornbread with Cream Corn: Love bacon? Cook up 4-5 slices of your favorite, crumble them and throw them into the cornbread batter before baking. You can also add shredded sharp cheddar cheese, too.
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    How to Make Creamed Cornbread Casserole

    First and foremost, preheat your oven, and spray a baking dish with nonstick baking spray. (You could also butter the dish if you don’t keep baking spray on hand.) Set that aside for later.

    Now, in a large bowl, you’re going to combine your can of creamed corn with the melted butter and milk. Stir them together really well—you can use a whisk, a rubber spatula or even your hand mixer for this step.

    Next, measure in the sour cream.

    Crack the eggs in a small bowl.

    Pour the eggs into the mixture, along with the jalapeño, and mix until combined.

    In another bowl, measure in the dry ingredients, which are the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk them together to distribute the ingredients evenly.

    Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir just until smooth.

    Do not overmix this batter because the moment the baking powder hits the wet ingredients, it begins creating bubbles. We want this to happen in the oven to help the casserole rise.

    Immediately pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven.

    When the casserole is done, it should be golden brown on top but still be slightly soft to touch.

    Serve the creamed corn casserole warm.

    Enjoy with your favorite holiday dishes, like Garlicky Spagetti Squash, Roasted Green Beans, Citrus Cranberry Sangria and Browned Butter Sage Turkey.

    Collage showing Cornbread Casserole before and after baking

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I make this savory side dish dairy free?

    Look. This cornbread casserole is loaded with dairy. As much as I’d like to tell you that it can be made dairy free, I have never tried it.

    As a rule, I am comfortable swapping 1-2 ingredients to make it dairy free. However, swapping multiple ingredients is more risky.

    If you want to give this a go as a dairy free casserole, let me know how it goes! But if it doesn’t work out, please don’t hold it against me because you will have to make a lot of substitutions.

    Can you make corn casserole without creamed corn?

    No. The creamed corn is integral to this recipe. Please don’t try to substitute it with something else because it will not turn out the way it is intended.

    Can corn casserole be made ahead?

    Yes! You can make this easy side dish up to a few days ahead of time and store covered in the fridge. (You can wrap it in plastic wrap or foil.)

    Reheat in a 300F oven for about 20-30 minutes or until warmed through.

    What dishes pair well with cornbread?

    There are so many dishes you can pair with this corn pudding casserole. It all depends on what you’re serving and when you’re making this.

    For a holiday, this recipe pairs beautifully with Honey Ham, Mediterranean Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin and Browned Butter Sage Turkey. I’ve listed out some of my favorite sides in Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes if you need more inspiration!

    You could also pair it with something like these Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops if you want to make this as a fancier weeknight meal.

    Can I substitute Jiffy Mix for cornmeal?

    You can… but it’s not quite as easy as that since Jiffy Mix is a combination of cornmeal with other ingredients.

    I do not suggest substituting it here in this recipe for the cornmeal because of this.

    A white plate holds a scoop of Creamed Cornbread Casserole

    In short, Creamy Corn Casserole is where it’s at for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner or any holiday meal on any holiday table.

    It’s also fabulous for a fancier-feeling weeknight meal.

    Here’s how you make it:

    Close up of a scoop of creamy cornbread casserole on a white pottery plate with forks and other plates behind it
    Yield: 6 servings

    Creamed Cornbread Casserole

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

    This from-scratch Creamed Cornbread Casserole is a Southern classic and a decadent casserole for the holiday table. Combine cream corn with a homemade sweet cornbread and a jalapeño to delightful side dish that's perfect for sharing.

    Ingredients

    • 14.75 oz. creamed corn (1 can)
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 8 oz. sour cream
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 jalapeño pepper, small, seeded and minced
    • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick baking spray. You can also butter the dish or use a little bit of oil and smear it all over the surface, if you don't have the spray.) Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the can of creamed corn, melted butter and milk. Stir until mixed with a whisk, spoon or hand mixer.
    3. Add the sour cream and eggs to the wet ingredients. Add the chopped jalapeño pepper, too. Whisk these wet ingredients together until well combined.
    4. In another bowl, measure in the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. These are your dry ingredients. Whisk together to ensure that these ingredients are evenly spread out in your dish.
    5. Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir until everything is incorporated and smooth. Do not overmix.
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish immediately, and bake for 1 hour, or until the casserole has browned on top and is slightly soft to the touch.
    7. Serve warm, and enjoy.

    Notes

    Not a heat fan? Leave out the jalapeño pepper or just add in a pinch of cayenne instead.

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6 servings

    Serving Size:

    1 serving

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 7g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    This Creamed Cornbread Casserole recipe was originally published November 11, 2015. The post and images were updated and republished in October 2020.

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    11 Comments

      1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who digs cornbread with creamed corn in it! I’m sorry that you won’t be able to make this on Thanksgiving Day due to your travel, but I hope you can add it to some meal you make in the near future. It’s perfect for this time of year.

    1. You rocked my cornbread loving world with this one! I couldn’t wait until the holidays, and we had it yesterday with BBQ ribs!! SO GOOD! Not a morsel left!

    2. I was so happy to see this on instagram! It is hands down the BEST corn casserole I have ever made or eaten!

    3. I didn’t grow up southern, but this is exactly like the creamed corn casseroles my family made during the holidays! And I think this recipe works year round, great with Ham and spectacular during the summer potluck months!

    4. it states that you need a can of creamed corn and a can of sweet whole corn kernels in the description above but then when reading actual recipe it only says to use creamed corn so i was not sure if that was a mistake? do i need the two cans of corn?
      i’m making this for the first time i just want to get it right!
      thank you! can’t wait to try it!!

      1. Hi Emma! I’m so sorry about that confusion. You should only need a can of creamed corn, and I’ve fixed it in the post to clarify. I hope this turns out wonderfully for you!

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