Corn Pudding

Most simply described, Corn Pudding is a custard to which fresh or canned corn is added, creating a savory side dish that goes with almost anything! Corn Pudding has been a popular staple in Southern communities for many years, especially at large gatherings, potluck dinners, church suppers and holiday meals. Corn Pudding is a down-home comfort food!

Corn Pudding is the offspring of the marriage of traditional native American foods and a variation of English savory custard puddings, thickened with the natural starch of the corn.

A Brief Background

Corn played an important part in the early history of our country. Completely native to the Americas, corn was grown by native Americans long before Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World. The early American settlers might have died if native Americans hadn’t introduced them to corn and shared with them ways to prepare corn.

The native American name for corn was mahiz, which the early settlers called maize. Mahiz means “that which sustains us.” Columbus traded with the Indians in the West Indies and took corn back to Spain. From Spain, corn spread to western Europe and then the rest of the world.

The first governor of Plymouth Colony, Governor William Bradford, is quoted as saying “And sure it was God’s good providence that we found this corn for we know not how else we should have done.” Corn was so important that it was even used as a form of money to trade for meat and furs.

Corn is the largest crop grown in the United States today, with Iowa earning the title of number 1 in corn production.

The Recipe

Southern Corn Pudding
Serves 6
A delicious blend of corn, eggs, and half 'n half that bakes into a delicious savory pudding!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. 1 (15-oz.) Can Cream-Style Corn
  2. 1 (15-oz.) Can Whole Grain Corn, drained well
  3. 2 whole Eggs
  4. 1 tablespoon Sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons Flour
  6. 1 teaspoon Salt
  7. Dash Black Pepper
  8. 2 tablespoons melted Butter
  9. 1 cup Half 'n Half (cream or evaporated milk may also be used)
  1. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together until well-blended.
  3. Pour corn mixture into casserole.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes until top is lightly browned.
  1. Variations: Add chopped pimentos, chopped mild green chilies, chopped mild onion. Top with crumbled bacon and/or cheese.

The Methodology

Southern Corn Pudding is quick and easy to prepare! Assemble all the ingredients together.

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together until well-blended.

Pour the corn mixture into a prepared 2-quart casserole dish.

Bake Corn Pudding at 375°F. for 45 minutes, or until top is set and lightly browned.

Parting Comments

In the summer months, cut fresh corn off the cob to use in Southern Corn Pudding! This recipe is pretty basic so if you’d like to “kick it up a notch” you can add more flavor by adding chopped mild onions (like  Vidalias), chopped pimentos, or chopped mild green chilies. If you enjoy more heat, add some hotter peppers. If you’re a bacon-lover, add some cooked crumbled bacon when serving the Corn Pudding. If you’d like, add some grated cheese to the top when the Corn Pudding comes out of the oven and let it melt before serving.

Try some Southern Corn Pudding soon and continue an American tradition with corn!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Quick and Easy Southern Corn Pudding — 48 Comments

  1. I adore custard-like dishes like this! So comforting, and so lish!

  2. Hi Ginger, I like custards too, especially flan! Southern Corn Pudding would fall into the comfort food category for me. Thanks for your comments and for visiting! Blessings, Janet

  3. Oh I love corn and this is perfect for an easy meal. Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon Link Up.

  4. I have never heard of corn pudding, it looks lovely. I will definitely have to try this one

  5. Hi Sue, Thanks for your kind comments and for hosting Over the Moon Link Party! Hope you enjoy the Corn Pudding! Blessings, Janet

  6. Hi Alison, Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments! I hope you enjoy the Corn Pudding soon! Blessings, Janet

  7. Thanks for sharing this at Dream Create and Inspire!delicious corn pudding beautiful job, its a pleasure you stop if you hop over and visit me at just finished my one room challenge.

    Its a pleasure

  8. This looks and sounds so good! I’ve never had corn pudding before, but I love corn so I plan on trying this!

  9. Growing up in Alabama my grandma made homemade corn pudding every so often, and I always loved it! And now I make it for my family ? Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  10. Corn pudding is one of my all-time favorite foods. Actually, I love corn any way it’s fixed. ?
    Your recipe sounds delicious…going to make it with dinner tonight..will let you know how it turns out..
    Here from Full Plate…come over when you can and have a slice of White Chocolate and Apricot bread (and…I cheated…I buy it in the bakery and it is to die for)…..
    xo bj

  11. I’ve heard about this corn pudding before, but never had a chance to try it. Maybe it’s time! ?

  12. Hi Teresa, Hope you enjoy the corn pudding – it’s fast and easy to make. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  13. Hi Danita, Glad to hear you like Corn Pudding! Thanks for stopping by and for hosting #SmallVictories! Blessings, Janet

  14. Hi BJ, I hope your Corn Pudding turned out well! I’ll have to check out your White Chocolate and Apricot Bread. Thanks for the kind comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  15. Hi CJ, Hope you get a chance to try the Corn Pudding – it’s quick and easy to make, all in one bowl. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  16. I made corn pudding last year for our Memorial Day picnic and I remember it being a smash! Everyone loved it. I’ll have to try your version this year.

  17. Your recipe is very similar to my southern MIL’s recipe. Rich and delicious. Happy Fiesta Friday.

  18. This looks like something I need to try! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  19. Hi Karly, Hope you get to try Southern Corn Pudding real soon! Thanks for hosting What’s Cookin’ Wednesday and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  20. Hi Angela, If they like corn, they should love this! It’s soft and easy for everyone to chew, young or old! Thanks for visiting! Blessings, Janet

  21. I’ve actually never tried anything like this before, even though I’m from the south. It sounds delish though! Thanks for sharing your recipe at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  22. I have never heard of this before, but it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  23. Yumm I cant wait to try this with fresh corn! I like your mini lesson on how corn came to America too it reminds me of this food archeology course I took in my university years. History of food is such an interesting thing to study. Thank you for sharing this savory pudding with me on FF and it really reminds me of this Vietnamese coconut corn dessert soup I tried a while back.

  24. Hi Lisa, I’ll hope you’ll try the Corn Pudding soon. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! See you at Share the Wealth Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  25. Hi Cynthia, I enjoyed your comments. I bet your food archaeology course was really interesting! I’d like to take that class! I hope you enjoy the Corn Pudding when you make it with fresh corn. Hope you’ll visit again soon. Blessings, Janet

  26. I have never tried corn pudding but I am a fan of corn so this would be something new for me to try. Pinning and hopefully trying it very soon. Thank you for sharing with us over at Sweet Inspiration.

  27. Growing up on the West Coast, I’d never heard of corn pudding until I moved to Virginia! Now it’s a dish I look forward to at Thanksgiving every year. Thanks so much for sharing with us at You Link It, We Make it!

  28. Hi Kim, Corn Pudding’s definitely a “southern” thing! I’m so glad you like it & hope you’ll have a chance to try this one since it’s so quick and easy! Thanks for visiting! Blessings, Janet

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  30. Hi Abby, Thanks for featuring Southern Corn Pudding on The Alder Collective Link Up this week – I appreciate it so much! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

  31. Hi Adelina, You’ll have to try it – it goes well with most meats. Thanks for hosting Weekend Bites! Blessings, Janet

  32. Hi April, Hope you’ll try Southern Corn Pudding soon! Thanks for stopping by and for pinning the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  33. This looks like comfort food at its finest, but then again lots of Southern food fits that category! Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party.
    Blessings, Leigh

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