The BEST Paula Deen's Corn Casserole Recipe (2023)

Corn casserole, a recipe also known as corn pudding, is a beloved Southern dish.

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This corn casserole recipe is made with Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. The same family-owned business has been making Jiffy Mix since 1901 when founder Harmon Holmes established a flour mill named the Chelsea Milling Company. When the Great Depression first started, Holmes’ daughter-in-law wanted to find a way for the family to help the local community.

Mabel Holmes noticed that a single father was serving flat biscuits to his little boys, and Mabel got the idea to create a mix that would produce fluffier muffins that would help the man make biscuits more easily. With her husband’s help, Jiffy Mix was born.

The best corn casserole is crispy around the edges and tender and moist on the inside.

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What does corn casserole taste like? Think of it as a marriage between a casserole and a pan of homemade corn bread.

This easy corn casserole recipe is the perfect holiday side dish, and when you double the recipe, you can feed a crowd.

All About Paula Deen Corn Casserole

Paula Deen is an American chef, TV personality, and cookbook author who lives in Savannah, Georgia.

In her career as a chef, Paula Deen has published 15 cookbooks and she’s widely known as the queen of delicious Southern cooking.

Since she first appeared on the Food Network in 1999, Paula has been a household name. In fact, some of her recipes have become legendary.

One of Paula’s most popular recipes is her recipe for corn casserole (sometimes called Paula Deen corn pudding).

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What’s so special about this delicious Jiffy Mix corn casserole? Well, besides being incredibly yummy and full of umami, this casserole side dish has only six ingredients.

Corn casserole is also called corn pudding, creamed corn casserole, or spoon bread. Whatever you call it, there’s no question that this dish is beloved by almost everyone who has ever tasted it.

When it comes to comfort food, this casserole is perfect. Tender, sweet, buttery, and creamy, corn casserole is sure to become one of your family’s favorite dishes.

You can pair this corn casserole with nearly any type of meat or main dish, including beef, chicken, pork, and soup. It’s also delicious with a baked potato.

Paula Deen Corn Casserole Ingredients

Home cooks and chefs love that Paula Deen’s corn casserole has only six common ingredients. Even better, most home cooks already have most of these ingredients in their fridge and pantry.

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Let’s go over all of the ingredients in this yummy corn casserole.

Corn Muffin Mix

For this recipe, you can mix up your own homemade corn muffin mix or cornbread mix using flour, corn meal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and oil. Alternatively, you can use Jiffy Mix.

However, using a store-bought mix makes your corn pudding come together so easily. Also, these little boxes of corn muffin mix are very inexpensive.

We like Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, but you can use any similar product.

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Whole Kernel Corn

When Paula Deen makes her corn casserole, she uses fresh corn right off the cob. However, you can use canned or frozen whole kernel corn to make your own corn casserole if that’s easier for you.

Trust us on this: you won’t notice any difference in taste if you use canned whole kernel corn or frozen whole kernel corn.

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Cream Style Corn

Have you ever accidentally bought canned cream-style corn instead of whole kernel corn? It’s happened to most of us.

Well, the good news is that you now have a recipe to use up that cream-style corn.

Cream-style corn is purred corn, and it’s this corn that gives your corn pudding recipe the delightfully moist consistency that you love.

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Sour Cream

Paula Deen’s corn casserole is delightfully creamy and that is in large part because of the sour cream in the recipe.

Can you use light sour cream to make this corn casserole? Absolutely! In terms of consistency, light sour cream is very similar to regular sour cream, so it can be substituted in most recipes.

Cutting calories and fat? No problem! You can also substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream in this corn casserole recipe.

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Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Shredded cheese that comes pre-shredded at the grocery store has a coating to keep it from sticking together. For this reason, it’s always best to shred your own cheese.

Shredded cheese that’s made in your own kitchen always has the best flavor and meltiness.

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Melted Butter

The melted butter gives this corn casserole so much flavor.

This is an important issue to note. Some of the popular recipe websites have a discrepancy in the amount of butter to use. These websites list the amount of butter to be used in the recipe at half a stick of butter (1/4 cup) instead of the correct amount, which is a whole stick of butter (1/2 cup).

For best results, use an entire stick of butter (1/2 cup) as listed on Paula Deen’s website.

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Tips for Making the Best Corn Casserole

Below are a few best practices for making the perfect corn casserole recipe.

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  • Stir the sour cream and cans of corn together before adding them to the corn muffin mix. This will help to ensure that your corn casserole stays beautifully tender and moist.
  • Don’t over stir your ingredients. The key is to stir them together just until all of the ingredients are combined well.
  • To make your corn casserole even fluffier, beat a teaspoon of cornstarch and two eggs into your ingredients.
  • Shred your cheese yourself to get an even creamier and meltier cheese for your corn casserole.
  • Want some tanginess? Stir in some cream cheese to replace half of the sour cream.
  • Jazz up the flavor of your corn casserole with add-ins like bacon, jalapenos, green chilies, bell pepper, green onions, and different cheeses.
  • For a spicy kick, stir in a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Bake your corn casserole in a round dish to have tons of perfectly brown and crispy edges.
  • To store in the fridge, keep your corn casserole in an airtight container. It will keep for up to four days.
  • For the first 20 minutes that your casserole is in the oven, cover it to keep it from over-browning.
  • Your casserole is done when the top is golden brown. It will probably still be somewhat jiggly at the center, and that’s normal.
  • Reheat your leftover corn casserole in the microwave or in a skillet.
  • Serve your corn casserole for breakfast with an egg.
  • Be sure to drain your canned whole kernel corn. Do not drain the cream-style corn.

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Corn Casserole: Sweet or Savory?

If you use a Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, your corn casserole will definitely have a very slight sweetness to it. To make your corn casserole even sweeter, you can add 1/4 cup or more of granulated white sugar to your dry ingredients.

If you prefer a savory corn casserole, that’s totally OK. Just use a corn muffin mix that doesn’t have sugar or make your own cornbread or corn muffin mix.

A little bit of sweetness enhances the corn’s flavor.

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Making Paula Deen Corn Casserole in Advance

Paula Deen’s corn casserole tastes even better when it’s made in advance. You can make your corn casserole as much as 48 hours in advance.

To make this corn casserole recipe in advance, follow these instructions.

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the cheese.
  2. Place the ingredients in a greased baking pan. You can even mix the ingredients up right there in your baking dish to make cleanup a breeze.
  3. Cover the dish with your ingredients with plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate the casserole until you’re ready to pop it into the oven.
  5. To bake your casserole directly from the fridge, bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Freezing Corn Casserole

You can also freeze your casserole after cooking it. To freeze, wrap your completely cooled cooked corn casserole in a container that’s designed for the freezer, and freeze your casserole for up to two months.

Note that the texture of your frozen corn casserole will be different after freezing, but it will be just as flavorful.

Can You Cook Paul Deen’s Corn Casserole in a Slow Cooker?

You absolutely can cook your corn casserole in a slow cooker. To do this, follow these instructions.

  1. Grease your slow cooker or Crock Pot with cooking spray and add all of the ingredients except the cheese.
  2. Cook on low for four hours or on high for two to three hours.
  3. In the last 20 minutes of cooking time, sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  4. Continue cooking (covered) for 20 more minutes.

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Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 50 mins

Total Time 1 hr

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Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 10

Calories 277 kcal


  • Whole kernel sweet corn 15.25 ounces, drained
  • Cream-style corn 14.75 ounces
  • One box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • Sour cream 8 ounces
  • 1 stick butter melted (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Melt butter.

  • Stir cans of corn, melted butter, and sour cream together. Make sure you drain your can of whole kernel corn. Do not drain the creamed corn.

  • Combine Jiffy Mix and other ingredients except for cheddar cheese in a large mixing bowl.

  • Pour mixed ingredients into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, a 9×13-inch casserole dish, 11×7-inch casserole dish, or a 9×9 baking dish.

  • Cover and bake for 20 minutes.

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  • After 20 minutes, remove the lid and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the casserole’s top is golden brown.

  • Remove from oven and top the casserole with your shredded cheddar cheese.

  • Return the casserole dish to the oven and cook until cheese is fully melted, about five minutes.


Calories: 277kcal

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Can you double Paula Deen's corn casserole recipe? ›

Can Paula Deen's corn casserole be doubled? Yes, it can! Double the amounts, use a 4-quart casserole dish or two cast iron skillets. If baking in one 4-quart dish, you'll need to extend the bake time and bake for around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

How many people does Paula Deen's corn casserole serve? ›

This recipe for corn casserole makes about 6 side-dish-sized servings. So, depending on how many other dishes you're serving, you may end up with some leftovers. If so, you're in luck. This copycat Paula Deen creamed corn casserole recipe tastes incredible for days after you make it.

Why is my corn casserole runny? ›

If your corn casserole is runny, it could be because of the extra moisture that was in your corn kernels. If you want to try baking it longer to see if it thickens, make sure to cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, not to burn the top.

Can Paula Deen's corn casserole be frozen? ›

You can freeze this Paula Deen corn casserole recipe in its entirety, or portion out your leftovers. Make sure your corn casserole is thoroughly chilled, then either wrap it in the casserole dish or portion it out. You'll get about three months out of it in the freezer!

What happens if you add an extra egg to cornbread? ›

Eggs are responsible for giving baked goods structure, which means the amount you use directly affects the resulting texture. Using too few eggs will make your desserts dense, but using too many will make them rubbery. The explanation for this lies in the fact that eggs are made up of protein.

Why do people add milk when cooking corn on the cob? ›

Why People Boil Corn in Milk. Boiling corn on the cob brings out its natural sweetness. But if you want an even juicier and sweeter crisp-tender bite, swap out some of the water for milk. The milk enhances the flavor and texture.

How to make Paula Deen's corn casserole? ›

In a large bowl, stir together the two cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream and butter. Pour into a greased casserole. Bake at 350 °F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with generous amount of cheddar cheese and return to oven for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

How do you know corn casserole is done? ›

You can tell your corn casserole is done when it's lightly brown on top and the center is set and doesn't jiggle. *Once it's done, I like to turn my oven off and crack open the oven door and leave it in there for about 5 to 7 more minutes.

What to serve with corn casserole? ›

Veggies: If you want to cut through the creamy goodness of this casserole, this simple green salad is your zippy ticket, or these delicious roasted carrots. Other sides: Some classic mashed potatoes, equally classic green bean casserole, or sweet potato casserole because the holidays are all about those casseroles.

How do you make a casserole less watery? ›

Cornstarch thickens any watery dish. Cornstarch: Prepare a solution by adding cornstarch. Take a little water from the dish and mix it with the cornstarch and put it back to the dish. Cornstarch thickens the watery element in the dish.

What can I substitute for creamed corn in corn casserole? ›


If you can't get canned creamed corn, use this as a substitute (we tried it and it's near perfect): Use 1 can of corn kernels. Put all the corn + 1/3 of the liquid in the can + 1 tbsp flour into a bowl.

How do you make a casserole not soggy? ›

Whisk together equal parts cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl. Use one tablespoon of cornstarch per cup of liquid you would like to thicken. Stir out all the lumps. A few minutes before your casserole is done, add it a little at a time until you are happy with the thickness.

Can I leave corn casserole out overnight? ›

Leftover creamy corn casserole stays moist and delicious for up to week, making it perfect for easy heat-and-eat dinners! To properly store leftovers, first allow the casserole to cool completely to room temperature; however, do not leave the dish out for more than 2 hours at room temperature!

Can I substitute frozen corn for canned corn in corn casserole? ›

Yes, bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Can I use fresh or frozen corn rather than canned corn? To substitute the canned corn kernels, you can use fresh or frozen corn.

Why is my frozen corn mushy? ›

This is because the process of blanching destroys enzymes that can change the flavor, texture, and even the color of vegetables, including corn, during their time in the freezer. Corn that has not been blanched before freezing can become chewy (and sometimes downright mushy) once it's thawed.

What is the secret to moist cornbread? ›

To make a moist and tender cornbread, we use a combination of butter (adds fat and flavor), buttermilk (adds tang and moisture), and eggs (helps hold the bread together). Also be sure to bake it just until a toothpick comes out clean and no longer. Overbaked cornbread = dry cornbread.

Can I use sour cream instead of eggs in cornbread? ›

Sour cream is the last option on our list, and it can also be used to substitute eggs in cornbread mixtures. What is this? While sour cream is higher in fat than mayonnaise, it has more calcium and protein. It will help thicken your cornbread mixture while adding a little bit of extra flavor to the dish.

Why do people put cornstarch in eggs? ›

Adding a small amount of a starchy slurry to scrambled eggs — a technique learned from Mandy Lee of the food blog Lady & Pups — prevents them from setting up too firmly, resulting in eggs that stay tender and moist, whether you like them soft-, medium- or hard-scrambled.

Why do you put sugar in corn on the cob? ›

Juicy fresh corn on the cob gets an extra boost of sweetness when it's cooked in slightly sweetened water. You can use as much or as little sugar as you like. Try it several ways to figure out what level of sweetness you like best.

Why do people put sugar in corn? ›

Boiling corn in milk gives it a sweet flavor; adding sugar brings out even more sweetness.

Does boiling corn on the cob and milk make it sweeter? ›

Adding milk to the water might seem strange but it helps bring out the natural sweetness of corn on the cob. Once you try this method you'll never look back!

How do you thicken up Cream Style Corn? ›

Thicken it up.

Use a cornstarch slurry: for every 2 cups of creamed corn, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Mix in a separate bowl, then add to the creamed corn. Use rice flour: sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of rice flour evenly over the top of the creamed corn and stir.

What is the best cooking technique for corn? ›

  1. Fill a large pot about halfway with water.
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Add milk and butter. Add corn and reduce heat.
  4. Simmer corn for 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Remove corn from cooking liquid and its ready to serve.

Should you cook canned corn? ›

Canned corn is fully cooked, so it is safe to eat without further cooking. Canned vegetables are great to keep on hand. Look for “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label, or rinse canned vegetables to reduce their sodium (salt) content.

Do you cook corn covered or uncovered? ›

Step 2: Place corn in boiling water

Once your pot of water is boiling, add the cobs. Cover the pan and let the water return to a boil. Editor's Tip: Never boil your corn in salted water!

Do you cook corn with the lid on or off? ›

Drop the corn into a large pot filled with boiling salted water. Cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered.

How do you not overcook corn? ›

While the best corn on the cob recipes gives you crunchy and sweet corn to sink your teeth into, a batch of overcooked corn will be more mushy. But as long as you turn the water off after bringing it back to a boil, the corn can sit in the hot water for up to half an hour without overcooking.

How long is corn casserole good for in the fridge? ›

How long will corn casserole stay fresh? In an airtight container in the fridge, any leftovers you have of this casserole will stay fresh for up to 5 days. Reheat it in the microwave with a little extra butter for a real treat!

Where did corn casserole originate? ›

Origin of corn casserole

It's believed that the dish originated with Native Americans, who cooked corn and water together to create corn pone. Native Americans likely introduced corn to English settlers, who put their own spin on corn pone by adding milk, eggs, and butter.

Can I double krusteaz cornbread mix? ›

A: Krusteaz says on its website that you can indeed combine two boxes to bake in a 9 1/2 x 13 pan. Increase baking time by up to 5 minutes.

Can you bake two pans of cornbread at the same time? ›

Yes, you can cook two things in the oven at the same time. Just make sure to pay attention to temperature and cooking times for both items.

Is corn casserole supposed to be wet? ›

Corn casserole has a “pudding” consistency, so you want it to be moist on the inside. You can tell your corn casserole is done when it's lightly brown on top and the center is set and doesn't jiggle.

What can I add to canned cream corn to make it taste better? ›

Variations and additions you can add to this base recipe
  1. A dash of cajun seasoning.
  2. A couple of cloves of crushed garlic.
  3. Chopped fresh herbs like parsley.
  4. Several grinds of fresh black pepper.
  5. Three or four tablespoons of heavy cream added at the end of cooking.
  6. A little heat with some diced fresh jalapenos.

Should cornbread mix be thick or thin? ›

The batter should be thick, but still pourable. Add more milk or buttermilk if necessary. Remove the skillet from the oven and tilt the pan so the butter coats the bottom and sides of pan.

Can I use half and half instead of milk for Jiffy cornbread? ›

Half and Half Milk or Cream

A ratio of 3:2 cream to water or 1:1 half and half should be used as a milk replacement in cornbread. The cream is denser than half and half. Thus, you should thin it with water to maintain the cornbread's consistency.

Can I substitute water for milk in Jiffy cornbread mix? ›

“JIFFY” mixes can also be prepared with water or plant-based milk alternatives like soy, almond or coconut milk. Pineapple or orange juice may be substituted for flavor variation in the corn and fruit muffins. Feel free to experiment with other options and let us know if you find something else that works well.

Is it better to bake cornbread in a glass or metal pan? ›

Metal pans are better heat conductors than glass pans, meaning the food inside cooks more evenly.

Should you let cornbread batter rest before baking? ›

Why does cornbread batter need to rest? By letting the batter rest you're doing two big things: 1) the cornmeal is absorbing the moisture of the egg and buttermilk. This helps it become tender! And 2) It gives the baking powder and soda a bit of time to work.

Should I let cornbread cool before removing from cast iron? ›

Should I let my cornbread cool before removing from cast iron? Yes, you need to allow the cornbread to cool for a few reasons. First, a cast iron skillet is extremely hot when removed from an oven and handling such a hot piece of equipment is not safe. Second, the center of the cornbread will still be slightly soft.

What goes well with corn casserole? ›

Serve this super yummy creamy corn casserole with your favorite beef roasts, grilled meats, meatloaf and so much more. We paired ours with homemade meatloaf and glazed carrots. I'll link a few of my favorite main courses to serve with this recipe for you below! This recipe serves about 6-8 people as a side dish.

How do you keep a casserole from drying out? ›

Cover the casserole tightly with a cover or aluminum foil to help retain moisture. Simply reheat, not recook the casserole. Most casseroles require at least 20 minutes to reach a temp of 165 in the center.

How do you doctor up canned cream corn? ›

More Spices to Make Canned Corn Taste Better
  1. Dried or fresh thyme.
  2. Chili powder.
  3. Other canned veggies.
  4. Green chilies.
  5. Brown butter.
  6. Sugar.
  7. Ground cayenne pepper.
  8. Pinch of red pepper flakes.
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Which canned corn is best? ›

Firm, crispy, and naturally sweet, Del Monte corn is best canned corn in the biz. Green Valley is a good, healthy option because it has less sugar and salt than Del Monte without sacrificing too much in the way of flavor and texture.

What cream is good for corn? ›

Look for a moisturizing lotion or cream with salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, or urea. These ingredients will help gradually soften hard corns and calluses.


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