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Nothing says home like this scalloped corn casserole recipe with crushed saltine crackers. This makes an easy side dish that pairs with almost any main dish.
I was looking through my recipe box as we were cleaning out our kitchen last week and stumbled across my mom’s scalloped corn recipe. This is the corn casserole I grew up on. I love old, handwritten recipes.
This one I had just scribbled on scrap paper. It didn’t even have a name, but I knew as soon as I looked at it what it was. This easy scalloped corn is quick and makes a great side dish for holidays such as Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just any week night.
About this Scalloped Corn Recipe:
Flavor: The flavor is very corn centered. You’ll have a slight hint of egg and butter. And the slight amount of sugar enhances the flavor of corn.
Texture: This casserole does not have the bread texture that other cornbread casseroles have. Instead, the filling between the corn is slightly custard like thanks to the milk and eggs. It’s more like a cream style corn. The top is lightly crisp.
Why is it called scalloped corn?
This dish most likely became popular in New England. Many dishes have the term “scalloped”, such as scalloped potatoes, and it generally refers to a dish baked in cream.
Corn Casserole with Crackers
Our Jiffy mix corn casserole is one of our most popular recipes. This recipe doesn’t call for Jiffy mix, however. Instead, it uses saltine crackers to help give the casserole texture.
I remember my mom using saltine crackers because that’s generally the crackers we had on hand, but if you’d like a little more of a buttery flavor, use Ritz crackers or butter crackers. Mmmmm.
How do you make scalloped corn?
This recipe is quite straightforward.
Add milk and cracker crumbs.
Add drained corn (yes…be sure to drain the corn!).
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Pour the corn mixture in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. The casserole will “puff up” a little bit and the center will be set.
A note about the salt…
Everyone likes just a little bit of a different amount of salt in their recipes. We found ourselves adding a touch of salt to the casserole as we ate it, but I decided to leave the amount in the recipe alone in case someone didn’t like as much salt.
If you find yourself shaking salt on over your helping of scalloped corn, make a note on the recipe to add a touch more to the casserole mix next time.
Can I use frozen corn?
If you have frozen corn from your summer garden or just from the grocery store, you can use it in this recipe. Just be sure to thaw the corn and drain off any liquid before adding it to the casserole.
Slow Cooker Scalloped Corn
Can you make scalloped corn in the crockpot? Yes, you can. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray so the casserole doesn’t stick as much. Then add the mixed ingredients and set the slow cooker to high and cook for 2-3 hours.
Be sure to watch if closely. I have 3 slow cookers and each one heats just a little differently. Check your casserole often and make sure the sides aren’t getting too brown. If they are, you can turn the slow cooker to low for the remaining time. The casserole should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160º Fahrenheit since it contains eggs.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until they are broken up.
Add the milk and crushed crackers. Mix well.
Add the drained corn, melted butter, salt, pepper, sugar and minced onion. Stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake for 40 minutes or until the center of the casserole is set.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The calories shown are based on the recipe being cut into 8 pieces, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the scalloped corn. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**
I use creamed corn and regular corn, and chicken in a biscuit crackers !
This recipe is very close to what my Midwestern grandmother made and was much loved at meals along with all of her other cooking! I made it for my international guests here in Frankfurt, Germany where I now live for a small Thanksgiving celebration and it was an absolute hit! My guests all wanted the recipe afterwards! Despite other Americans telling me in the days leading up to my dinner that it was very old-fashioned and that it might not go over with guests from India, Spain and the UK, it was very popular indeed!
Lost my mom’s recipe for scalloped corn with saltine crackers but thankfully found yours! Thank you so much for sharing your mom’s recipe. ‘Will be serving this tomorrow for Thanksgiving dinner. Can’t wait as I haven’t had this in years! Great mom’s must cook alike as this is the same recipe my mom used!!!!
Instead of using sugar I use syrup. Like u would put on pancakes. I think it tastes so much better. I also do not use any butter. The syrup itself covers that as well.
Do you know if I could make this the night before and bake it in the morning?
love this so much. Was looking for this.
I love that this meal can be made without butter, cheese or milk! Nothing is more economic/healthy then whole wheat saltines, eggs, and corn mixed together and baked low and slow. (Well and the spices, onion, sugar etc if i have them on hand) I highly reccomend using syrup over sugar. It gives a much more satisfying deep flavor when this meal is already on the blander side. I love having a big casserole using pretty much 3 ingredients that tastes SO good to me and being cheap enough I add it to my beans/rice rotation of cheap/semihealthy dishes when… Read more »
I added some mild green chilies just to jazz it a little. It is fantastic! I think the sugar is the magic ingredient. My mamas old recipe uses cream style corn, but I am not a fan, so thanks for sharing this. It is a perfect base recipe for this dish!
I do believe this may be my great great grandmothers recipe. Will make it for our 2023 family Easter Dinner!
I want to prepare day ahead and cook in crock pot. Is this doable!
Can I use frozen corn instead of canned corn?
I have been looking for a scalloped corn recipe that was like my mom’s. I helped her make it once, but she had never written it down – it was just handed down from her mom to her by “sight”. This comes as close as I can find to what she fixed. Just grateful. Will be making this soon, and may have to experiment to get it right. But this is a great start. Thank you!
If I double the recipe how much longer should I cook it ?
Can you substitute one of the whole kernel corn for creamed kernel corn? and then I see that you said you can double the recipe but can you double it for the regular one instead of a Crock-Pot?….. and you ever use anything other than Saltines? Like a different type of cracker or even Corn Flakes?….
I need to change the amount of ingredients to make for 25 (our family is large) I saw in the answers below that you can do it in the crockpot, but how long would I cook it for that size?