Basic Corn Muffins


A simple but delicious muffin recipe that can easily be dressed up by adding cheese, jalapenos, honey, or anything else.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 muffins

Looking for a perfect Southern side dish to pair with all your favorite comfort foods? Corn muffins are always a good idea. This top-rated corn muffin recipe is incredibly easy to make, comes together quickly with pantry staples, and will be beloved by everyone at your table.

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Corn Muffin Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make the best basic corn muffins of your life:

Choose a fine or medium grain cornmeal. A medium grain will give you more texture, while a fine grain will make for a denser texture (as more liquid will be absorbed).

All-purpose flour reacts with the other ingredients to give the corn muffins structure.

White sugar adds subtle sweetness. Of course, you can adjust the amount depending on how sweet you like your corn muffins.

Baking Powder
Baking powder acts as a leavener and helps your corn muffins rise.

Just a bit of salt enhances the flavor of your corn muffins.

A whole egg adds richness, moisture, and flavor. Also, it works with the flour to add structure.

Canola oil adds moisture, ensuring your corn muffins are never dry.

You can use whole milk (or whatever alternative milk you have on hand). Some reviewers say they've had success with buttermilk.

How to Make Corn Muffins

one corn muffin

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what to expect when you make these top-rated corn muffins:

Make the batter by mixing the dry ingredients, then adding the wet ingredients. Spoon the batter into a greased or lined muffin pan. Bake in a preheated oven until the corn muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

How to Store Corn Muffins

Line an airtight container with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Arrange the corn muffins in a single layer. Seal the container and store at room temperature for up to four days.

Can You Freeze Corn Muffins?

Yes, you can freeze corn muffins for up to three months. To freeze corn muffins:

Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover, and flash freeze for at least three hours or up to overnight. When the muffins are frozen, transfer them to an airtight freezer bag labeled with the date. Freeze for up to three months and thaw at room temperature.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I added Cajun seasoning, hot pepper flakes, and some garlic powder just to give them some kick," says Leslie Hucthinson. "The recipe was moist and crumbly. Very easy and very quick!"

"Basic, but big on flavor," according to Connie Greco. "I added chopped onions, cheddar and green pepper. Gone in no time! Have to make lots more."

"Terrific," raves Dianne. "Who needs a mix when you can make it from scratch so easily? I added ½ teaspoon cinnamon and served it with maple butter. Great with beef stew or chili."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin pan or line with paper muffin liners.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, oil and milk; stir gently to combine. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 77mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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