This easy corn pudding is a light and fluffy mixture of cornbread mix, corn kernels, creamed corn and sour cream. It’s a traditional side dish that takes just minutes to put together and is always a hit! 

When it comes to holiday side dishes, we always have the classics on our table like sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, loaded mashed potato casserole, and this delicious corn pudding. Corn casserole is a must-have for Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other family gathering.

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A pan of corn pudding with a serving spoon in it.

Corn pudding is one of those recipes that never goes out of style. The slightly crisp exterior gives way to a fluffy and creamy center with plenty of corn flavor. It’s kind of like the ultimate cornbread! My kids request corn pudding for every special occasion and I’m always happy to oblige. This recipe pairs perfectly with a tender and juicy dry brined turkey for Thanksgiving.

How do you make corn pudding?

For this recipe, you’ll need a box of cornbread mix, corn kernels, creamed corn, butter, eggs, sugar and sour cream. Everything goes into a big bowl to get mixed together to create the batter.  Place your corn pudding in the oven, bake until golden brown, then enjoy!

Corn kernels, creamed corn and cornbread mix in a bowl.

Tips for corn pudding

  • This dish can be assembled up to one day before you plan to bake it. Simply cover your baking dish with foil and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook. You may need to add a few more minutes to the baking time because you’re starting with a cold casserole.
  • If you’re looking to save a few calories, you can use light sour cream and reduce the amount of butter by 2 tablespoons.
  • This dish is best served fresh from the oven. If you need to reheat it, cut it into slices and microwave until warm.
  • You can use fresh or frozen corn instead of canned if you prefer.

A bowl of corn pudding batter.

Corn pudding variations

  • Mexican Corn Pudding: Add a can of diced green chiles and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bacon Corn Pudding: Add 3/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon.
  • Sweet Corn Pudding: Increase the amount of sugar to 3 tablespoons.
  • Spicy Corn Pudding: Add 1 cup of pepper jack cheese and 1/4 cup diced pickled jalapenos.

Corn pudding batter spread into a baking dish.

Looking to make corn pudding for a crowd? You can easily double this recipe and bake it in a 9″ x 13″ dish to serve more people. You will need to increase the bake time a bit, so keep a close eye on your casserole.

A casserole dish of corn pudding topped with chives.

I like to serve corn pudding with a sprinkling of fresh herbs for garnish. I’ve used chives here, but other great options are dill, parsley or green onions.

A serving of corn pudding on a plate, garnished with chives.

Corn pudding is the perfect side dish to serve alongside ham, turkey, chicken or beef. It’s a welcome addition to any menu and best of all, it only takes about 5 minutes to prep! How can you go wrong with that?

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Corn Pudding

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of corn pudding with a serving spoon in it.
This easy corn pudding is a light and fluffy mixture of cornbread mix, corn kernels, creamed corn and sour cream. It's a traditional side dish that takes just minutes to put together and is always a hit! 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Serves 8


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 1/2 ounce box cornbread mix such as Jiffy
  • 15 ounce can corn kernels drained
  • 14 3/4 ounce can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • cooking spray
  • fresh herbs such as chives for garnish optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 inch square pan or 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place the butter, eggs, cornbread mix, corn kernels, creamed corn, sour cream and sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until top is lightly browned. 
  • Let cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chives if desired, then serve.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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  1. This is by far my favorite side dish to a baked ham. I learned of the recipe at a work potluck and have been in love with it since.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. Cooked it in the smoker to save oven room, and it cooked evenly without issues. Not too wet not to dry, this was absolutely amazing!
    Great recipe!!!! Will definitely add this to my annual Thanksgiving Day dish, as well as for other holidays. Thanks you!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Easy and yummy! I change it up with with the bacon and cheese sometimes for variety. No matter how I make it , its always inhaled by my kids!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday exact to the recipe – FANTASTIC!! We loved it, great taste, perfectly sweet, perfect texture, fluffy, yummy!! This is my new corn pudding recipe, can’t wait to make it again!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi – I made a double batch and put it in 2 separate pans, but only baked one. Could I freeze the second pan, then bake when I want to? thank you

  5. Hi,
    I am looking forward to making this. instead of cooking spray can I use oil or butter? thank you for the receipt.

  6. 5 stars
    My boyfriend is a country boy who loves his corn. His eyes roll back in his head when I make this, and so do mine. I put a bit more sugar to make it more of a savory-sweet thing. And I have noticed that this takes much, much longer to cook, like 20 mins at least. The edges get crunchy and the middle remains creamy. Out of this world! Good enough for dessert if you up the sugar to a quarter cup. Try it with some jam or powdered sugar. We have even refrigerated it over night and then cut the cold pudding into slabs, fried them up in butter in a non-stick, and eaten them with maple syrup.

  7. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe for corn pudding/corn casserole I have made. I didn’t change a thing. The ingredient ratios are perfect. Other recipes I have tried call for different quantities of the same ingredients and none of them have come out nearly as creamy. This one is a keeper to serve during the holidays and as a side to chili.

  8. This was very easy make and was great for Thanksgiving. I added some shredded cheddar cheese for a little . Very ,very good.