4 Ingredient Dairy-Free Corn Pudding


When traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving, it can be impractical to bake your dairy-free goodies ahead of time and nestle them by your feet in the sleigh. Or in the minivan or plane. Never mind getting them through security. I still remember the time the homemade cookies I made fused together into on large, lumpy cookie during a seven-hour car ride. Good times. This dairy-free corn pudding will save the holiday because it’s made from just four ingredients you can find in almost any store and can quickly whip up in anyone’s kitchen.

Easy 4-Ingredient Corn Pudding that can be made in almost anyone's kitchen! A perfect dairy-free side dish recipe for Thanksgiving

This dairy-free corn pudding is based on a recipe from our town library’s fund-raising cookbook from several years ago. Speaking of our small town, we have three local grocery stores, and you can find eggs, creamed corn, and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in each and every one of them. Dairy-free margarine is available in only one of the stores. Luckily this recipe is forgiving. If the only dairy-free margarine Grandmother’s store carries is one of the more watery varieties, ie. Smart Balance Light or Blue Bonnet Light, the pudding will still turn out just fine. This is also a great kids can cook recipe your children can make to impress their relatives.

Easy 4-Ingredient Corn Pudding that can be made in almost anyone's kitchen! A perfect dairy-free side dish recipe for Thanksgiving

Even better, if there are any leftovers, they can be made into corn cakes for the next morning’s breakfast.

Easy Breakfast Corn Cakes Dairy-Free Recipe - A Thanksgiving Leftovers Tradition!

Special Diet Notes & Options: Dairy-Free Corn Pudding

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free. Be sure to check your muffin mix ingredients for allergen concerns (many brands contain milk – Jiffy does not, but it is not vegetarian).

If you want to make your own corn muffin mix, there are several copycat recipes online, like this one. Or you can use another brand – though I recommend  adjusting the amount of mix to 8 ounces.

For gluten-free, Pamela’s, Hodgson Mill and Gluten-Free Pantry offer cornbread mixes that are both gluten-free and dairy-free, and also made with all-natural ingredients. Adjust the quantity as noted above.

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4-Ingredient Dairy-Free Corn Pudding
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Believe it or not, canned creamed corn (now often labeled as "cream style corn") is typically dairy free!
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 (14.75-ounce) cans of creamed corn
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) container of dairy-free corn muffin mix, such as Jiffy (or equivalent)
  • ½ cup melted dairy-free margarine (I like Earth Balance, which is non-hydrogenated)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour into a greased two-quart casserole dish.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. Her previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at Travelago.com, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Sarah was a 'mom blogger' for many years but now mostly hangs out on Go Dairy Free and Instagram.


  1. Just made this for Thanksgiving dinner; had 2 requests for the recipe! I used 1/2 box of Krusteaz gluten free honey cornbread & muffin mix. So easy to mix during a brief lull in all the prep Th morning as I prepared for a crowd of 19. Thanks for including such an easy fix.

    • I’m not sure, Molly. The corn pudding is very moist, even when baked uncovered in the oven. I worry that a slow cooker might retain too much moisture. The pudding does keep well if made the day before, if you’re looking to free up space and time on the day you serve it. If you do decide to try it in a slow cooker, please report back!

  2. If I make this ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator, what is the best way to reheat so it doesn’t dry out?

    • Hi, Jessica, I would cover it with foil or a lid and reheat it at a low temperature in the oven. It doesn’t have to be served piping hot. It’s fine at room temperature, which makes it a great Thanksgiving side dish. It’s always a challenge to get everything in and out of the oven on schedule!

  3. You do know that creamed corn has milk or cream in it, yes?
    Unless you’ve used a dairy free cream corn (which o have yet to find), this recipe is not dairy free.

    • You are in luck Jess – most brands of creamed corn / cream-style corn (in the can) are actually dairy free! Creamed corn gets it’s creaminess from the actual corn when cooked with sugar. Many recipes for creamed corn online use dairy, but this is calling for the store-bought creamed corn in a can. Maybe you can let me know what brands of creamed corn you are finding that contain dairy? Because I’ve never seen one of those!

  4. Stephanie Puleo on

    Wondering if anyone has tried using the egg replacer in this recipe and how it has turned out. Would love to make it for my grandson who has a dairy and egg allergy. Thank you so much

  5. 🙁 i have a total mammal allergy since jiffy has animal lard and white sugar i cant use it! i happy to see the instead of jiffy mix! i can replace the processed white sugar for unfiltered raw sugar 🙂 and it calls for olive oil instead of lard 🙂 but im not sure how i will replace the creamed corn since i think it has dairy in it!

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  7. Naomi Schwartz on

    “By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free.”

    “I like Earth Balance, which is non-hydrogenated”

    Just for those with soy intolerance, unfortunately, Earth Balance contains soy protein (my son is soy, dairy and gluten intolerant so we’ve checked all the labels). For a good alternative, use coconut oil (it’s practically solid at room temperature and makes for a rich creamy alternative to butter/margerine)

  8. Funny–I’ve found that most cream-style corn does NOT have dairy in it. That’s a misnomer . . . but, yes, check the label.

    We make ours dairy- AND egg-free:
    1 can cream-style corn
    1 can yellow corn, drained
    ¾ c. sour “milk” (about 1 t. vinegar + your choice of milk alternative)
    1 box Jiffy corn bread/muffin mix
    2 T. flour
    2 T. cornmeal
    Ener-G egg replacer equal to 2 eggs
    ¼ c. melted DF margarine or veg. oil

    It usually has to bake longer, but I found making it a 9″x13″ pan helps.

    Now, I just need to figure out a gluten-free version . . . 🙂

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  10. most creamed corn has dairy in it so I would double check the label. I use regular canned sweet corn, jiffy, egg, butter (blue bonnett light or parkay squeeze butter is dairy free). Mix all together add salt and pepper and bake. The whole family loves this recipe and it is safe for my milk/dairy severe allergic child.

    • Yes, always read the label! Thanks for pointing that out sonya! Fortunately, most brands of canned cream corn are actually dairy-free. On the contrary, homemade recipes for creamed corn usually call for dairy.

      • I am alarmed at the number of people coming on here to tell you that creamed corn has dairy in it. First off, no it doesn’t. The creamed refers not only to the texture but also the ‘cream’ comes from scraping the cobs if you’ve ever made it from scratch. Second, you are a dairy-free site. It blows my mind that people think you would make a whole recipe and oh whoopsie one of the main ingredients has dairy! Shakin’ my head.

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