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 A quick and simple Savoury Muffins recipe. Packed with Cheese and Sweetcorn, these vegetarian bakes make a brilliant lunchbox filler, picnic pack up or breakfast for kids and grown ups too.

Easy savoury muffins topped with cheese and packed with corn

Never have I EVER tested a recipe as many times before posting it as I have done with these Cheese & Sweet Corn Savoury Muffins. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it, right?

I knew that they had the promise of being something wonderful. A pocket of sweet, salty, cheese goodness, waiting to be eaten warm with a hunk of butter. It took a lot of tries but HERE WE ARE MY FRIENDS. Finally, what I think, is the BEST Savoury Muffin recipe.

Let this be a lesson to us all. If at first you don’t succeed aim for more cheese.

Here’s why I think you’ll love them:

✅ Really easy to pull together batter.

✅ The freeze brilliantly, perfect to pull out for packed lunches, picnics or breakfasts.

Kids LOVE them.


Ready for the next photo..? YESSSS. Everything is better with butter.

Gourmet UK recipe for savoury muffins with butter on top

So in this recipe, I’ve kept the Savoury Muffins vegetarian and packed them with corn and cheese. There’s heaps of other options though:

Variations on the recipe:

  • Bacon and Cheese Muffins – Add pieces of fried bacon.
  • Savoury Muffins for Kids – If these are for very young children you can omit the salt. (They will be a little bland though, so do leave in if adults are eating these.)
  • Spanakopita Muffins – Use spinach and feta in place of sweetcorn and cheddar.
  • Cheese and Tomato Muffins – Add halved cherry tomatoes.

grated cheese, sweetcorn and chives in a bowl

How to make these Savoury Muffins:

Mix your dry ingredients together in one bowl, and your wet ingredients in another.

Combine it all together, mix until totally combined and scoop into an oiled muffin tray.

Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and DELICIOUS smelling.

muffin batter mixture and an ice cream scoop

What can I do with these DELICIOUS Savoury Cheese Muffins?

  • Cool them and pack into Tupperware or a sandwich bag and freeze for another day.
  • Serve in packed lunch boxes.
  • Have warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds, with a dollop of butter as an afternoon snack (my PERSONAL fave)
  • Take on a picnic instead of soggy sandwiches.
  • Serve as a breakfast on the go.

Muffin tray of savoury muffins with corn and cheese for kids

Top tips for making these muffins:

  • Do use strong cheese, it gives all of the flavour.
  • Allow the muffins to cool on a rack if you have one, it will stop them going soggy.
  • I tend to store in the fridge, as they are quite dairy heavy. They are more tasty to eat at room temperature or BEST warm, blast them for 30 seconds in the microwave if possible.
  • If you don’t have fresh chives, you can substitute in a finely chopped onion.
  • You can use muffin cases in the tin, but I find that as long as I oil and use a non stick muffin tin, they come out fine. Getting them out of paper muffin cases is much harder!

Savoury muffins topped with cheese for kids

What to use to make the Muffins:

Muffin Tin – Any 12 hole, fairly deep muffin tin (as opposed to a short, fairy cake type tin) is fine. The one in these photos is a ceramic muffin tin, which I really rate as NOTHING seems to stick to it. Here is a similar one on Amazon: Ceramic Non Stick Muffin Tray.

Ice Cream Scoop – You don’t need one, but I love using an old fashioned type ice cream scoop for muffins and cupcakes, to quickly and cleaning fill the tins. Here’s a set (ideal for cookies/muffins/cupcakes) on Amazon: 3 Ice Cream Scoops Set


Vegetarian savoury muffins with corn and cheese in a muffin tray

In need of some more packed lunch inspiration?


George definitely approves of the muffins (and al fresco snack type dinners) 😍

Boy eating a muffin

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Savoury Muffins recipe. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below!

Also, if you fancy showing me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations and try and share as many of them as I can.


4.97 from 120 votes

Savoury Muffins with Cheese and Sweetcorn

A quick and simple Savoury Muffins recipe. Packed with Cheese and Sweetcorn, these vegetarian bakes make a brilliant lunchbox filler, picnic pack up or breakfast for kids and grown ups too.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Muffins


Dry ingredients

  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 200 g Grated cheese
  • 160 g Can of Tinned Sweetcorn, Drained
  • 25 g Fresh chives, Chopped finely

Wet ingredients

  • 2 Eggs, Beaten
  • 100 ml Oil, Sunflower or vegetable
  • 250 ml Milk, Semi skimmed or whole milk


  • 1 tbsp Oil to brush the tin


  • Spring onions (green onions/scallions), red onion, cooked bacon, peppers, spinach


  • Preheat the oven to 200C.
  • Brush the inside of a muffin tin well with oil.
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Mix all of the wet ingredients in a bowl or jug, and stir until well mixed.
  • Plop the wet mixture into the dry and mix until totally combined. (Don't over mix, but do check thoroughly as there are often pockets of dry flour hiding!)
  • Scoop into the 12 muffin holes and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.


  • Be sure to use a STRONG cheese, I use an Extra Mature Cheddar. These muffins really need this to give flavour. (Parmesan would work really well too.)
  • I like to reserve a handful of cheese from the main mixture and sprinkle on top of the scooped muffins.
  • You can use muffin cases if you prefer but as these muffins don't have a huge amount of oil in the mixture, they can stick a little to the paper. 
  • Use a quite bland oil like sunflower or vegetable oil. I wouldn't recommend olive oil as the taste will be very strong.
  • Do try to buy fresh chives, they really make the taste of this. If you don't have them, you can substitute a small, finely chopped red or white onion.


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 8gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 317mgPotassium: 157mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 173mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Family Food, vegetarian
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  1. 5 stars
    This is my go-to savoury muffin recipe! So delicious and comes together so easily! I can’t remember how many times I’ve made them, it’s been that many!! Going to whip up another batch right now!

  2. 4 stars
    For anyone who doesn’t have self rising flour it’s 237,5g flour snd 12,5g baking powder (plus the teaspoon from the recipe.
    Next time I make this I will use more corn and no or little salt. The cheese must have been salty enough, because these were really pretty salty.
    I did one half of the dough with ham cubes, but liked the vegetarian version more 🙂
    Definitely making these for my birthday brunch.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made these (subbed the milk for soya milk) and added in some paprika and mixed herbs alongside a white onion and oh my goodness they’re incredible!! Will definitely be making these very often I can guarantee!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Sarah. . Love 💕 love this n super thank you for the metric and imperial options AND being able to select how many muffins is needed and having the measurements of how much ingredients is needed. This was so amazing -thank you from Cape Town, South Africa

  5. 5 stars
    These are the best ever muffins, my usually non complimentary husband thought they were great . Now making another batch for the rest of the family to try. Thank you for sharing.

  6. These were such a big hit for a quick, nutritious breakfast that I’m doubling recipe this time so I can freeze some to grab for those mornings when you’re running to get it all done!

  7. 5 stars
    I didn’t see the note regarding how olive oil is not recommended until after I completed the recipe. We just completed a taste test and it tastes extremely delicious even though we used olive oil! Phew 🙂