Corn Casserole with Grits

Corn Casserole with Grits


  • Whole Milk: 4 cups
  • quick cooking grits: 1 cup
  • Whole corn: 1 can
  • Scallions or small sweet onion: 6
  • Large egg: 1
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Shredded cheddar Cheese: 1 cup


Having tried the quick cooking grits with so many of casserole dishes, I was looking forward to experimenting with them once again but was looking for the appropriate ingredients first. Regarding casseroles, till now, I had always felt that I am yet to get to my perfect recipe. I had it somewhere within my mind but just out of the reach of my fingertips. I am quite an experimenter in the kitchen so when it comes to thinking of what is that slight change that you can make to a recipe which can unlock a whole new dimension of taste, I have gotten pretty good at it over the years. What we popularly know as the secret ingredient in the recipes, I believe, is the knack that a chef or cook has perfected over the years.

A simple spice or an unusual addition to the classic recipes is not always a bad thing; it can sometimes help you rediscover the lost taste. Especially if you have any young family members, you will agree with me when I say that they do not like to eat the same thing over and over again. I have had a lot of experience on this front with my sister’s kids who get all excited when ever I visit them because they expect me to whip up a new recipe every time that I am there. So, what I do is I always give a new form, shape and taste to the old classics.

They love the new taste and the new shape helps me beautifully disguise the old classic with a few new ingredients. The corn casserole recipe that I am sharing with all of you today is not only my but my nephews’ favorite too because this is the one that he can have for a few days even after I have left. He is a growing 12 years old and loves the fact that he himself can re heat it in the microwave instead of waiting for someone to cook for him. His parents have busy lives and this is among the few tasty dishes that he gets to eat.

To avoid the corn casserole recipe from becoming too boring for him, I always introduce one or two twists to it and he just loves it. For this particular corn casserole recipe with grits, you might want to buy the ones that you can bake rather than the ones that you need to cook in a pot over the flame. This is not the best for elders who tend to accumulate fat easily but is a fun recipe for kids who are growing and their health needs are very different from grown ups. This is what makes me a favorite aunt and a lovely sister too. I am so happy to share this with all of you.

Let the magic begin.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. You will need to spray the non stick cooking spray on the bottom and slightly on the sides of the baking side so that it is ready for the mixture that you need to bake.
  2. In order to cook with grits, you will need to crank up the temperature for your oven to 375 degree F.
  3. In a separate pot, boil the whole milk and stir in the grits. Once the milk turns a little thick, remove the heat.
  4. Add to the thick milk, corn, pepper, egg and the scallions or the sweet onion (whatever you chose to cook with).
  5. Finally mix in the salt and spread the mixture into the baking dish. Bake for around 25 minutes.

Let the dish settle down for a few minutes before serving. If you plan to eat it after a few days, cover and store in refrigerator. Do not freeze. Ensure that you let the dish reach room temperature before you put it in a microwave or an oven to heat it again. It will taste as good as freshly cooked.