Cornbread Pudding Recipe

Barbara Curry
by Barbara Curry
12 servings
1 hr

A creamy corn pudding recipe is the ultimate comfort food. A custardy pudding with toasted cornbread added for your new favorite side dish. A must for Thanksgiving or a potluck but also should be enjoyed as a side for any meal.

A blue casserole dish with corn pudding.

Corn pudding is one of my favorite side dishes, reserved for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It’s the ultimate Southern comfort food and can always be found at any Southern Thanksgiving table, it’s just not Thanksgiving without it.

At our house when there’s just the four of us, we each get to pick a side for Thanksgiving, and mine is always corn pudding either this version or a more traditional corn pudding recipe. So for dinner, I experimented with a new corn pudding recipe with cornbread and boy was it a hit. I’ve made it several times since and everyone begs for the left-overs.

What makes this different from traditional homemade corn pudding is toasting cubes of cornbread first and adding them to your mixture of cream, eggs and corn. It’s a cross between bread pudding and corn pudding.

A spoonful of cornbread corn pudding.

I love it so much that I make it throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving. Try serving it with braised short ribs or pork marsala to change things up.

Why you’ll love this Cornbread Casserole Recipe

  • Corn pudding is a Southern classic for good reason
  • It’s important to have a comfort food that will compliment your traditional ham or turkey and this dish fits the criteria
  • The recipe makes a large portion which is great if you’re feeding a crowd and it freezes and reheats without affecting the texture.
  • If you enjoy making cornbread for your family, you can make a double batch. Enjoy one to go along with a bowl of chili and then freeze the second until you’re ready to make this side dish recipe.

Cornbread Pudding Ingredients

Ingredients for cornbread corn pudding.
  • Cornbread – I generally buy it pre-made from the grocery but you can make your own. My favorite is Browned Butter Cornbread, just leave out the corn. Have it prepared and cooled. You will need 6 cups.
  • Corn – fresh is best but if you don’t have it available, which I don’t in November, frozen will work
  • Cheese – cheddar and parmesan cheese are the perfect finishing touches to this dish
  • Pantry staples – cream, milk, butter, eggs, and sugar.

Now you can see why it is so delicious!

I use pre-made cornbread from Fresh Market or Whole Foods to save some time in putting mine together.

How to make Corn Bread Pudding

Step 1

Cut the prepared cornbread into cubes and toast them in the oven for about 20 minutes until all sides are golden brown.

A baking sheet of toasted cornbread cubes.

Step 2:

Sauté the corn in a skillet until tender, about 5 minutes.

A skillet of cooked corn.

Step 3:

Whisk together cream, milk, eggs and sugar.

Step 4:

Combine the toasted cornbread and cooked corn in a casserole dish and pour the custard over the cornbread mixture and if you want, you can top with grated cheese. I like it both ways. Sometimes I go half and half to please my non cheese lovers.

Corn bread over cooked corn in a casserole dish.
Egg and milk mixture poured over the cornbread mixture.

Step 5:

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the custard is set and the top is golden.

A baked corn pudding in a casserole dish.

You still get the custard you expect from creamy corn pudding but with a flavor boost from the toasted cornbread.

What to serve with this Cornbread Pudding Recipe

Of course you shouldn’t save this just for Thanksgiving, it’s a great side to serve for any gathering. Try serving it with Steak Marsala, or with Mustard Drumsticks with Peach Glaze. It’s also great with Slow Cooker Ribs or Carnitas.

Corn pudding in a casserole dish with a serving spoon.

Corn Bread Casserole Recipe Tips

  • To form the creamy custard you need cream and whole milk, you could get by with half-and half- but anything less, and you won’t get the custard texture.
  • To save time, purchase cornbread or cornbread muffins, homemade cornbread isn’t needed for this recipe.
  • If you’re using a deep casserole dish, it will take longer for the custard to set, so choose a 9 x 13 or something similar rather than a deep baking dish.
  • You can toast the cornbread ahead of time but the rest you will need to assemble right before baking so the cornbread doesn’t dissolve.

What to serve for Thanksgiving with corn pudding

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Broccoli Salad

Homemade Yeast Dinner Rolls

Apple Blackberry Crumble

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Cornbread Pudding Recipe
Recipe details
  • 12  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • ▢ 1 batch cornbread cooked and cooled; about 6 cups.
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons butter
  • ▢ 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ▢ 3 1/2 cups corn fresh if possible; about 4 cobs
  • ▢ 10 eggs
  • ▢ 2 cups heavy cream
  • ▢ 2 cups milk
  • ▢ 1/4 cup sugar
  • ▢ 2 cups cheddar cheese grated (optional)
  • ▢ 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated (optional)
  • ▢ course salt

Preheat oven to 375º.
Cut cornbread into 1 ½ inch cubes and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast until browned and crisp, turning occasional to brown all sides, about 20 minutes.
In a medium sauce pan, add butter, corn, salt and pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, and sugar.
Combine toasted cornbread and corn and place into a large casserole dish. Pour the custard over the cornbread mixture and top with grated cheese or leave it off.
Bake until the custard sets and the top browns, about 40-45 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes before serving or serve at room temperature.
  • You will need about 6 cups of corn bread.
  • If you can’t find fresh corn, frozen will work.
  • Don’t make this the night before, the cornbread will get mushy.
  • You can toast the cornbread a day ahead and assemble before baking.
  • Adding cheese to the top is totally optional.
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