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Southern Cornbread Recipe

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Cornbread is one of the things I miss most from living in Alabama. I grew up loving cornbread more than just about anything. It was always extra crispy and my grandaddy and I would cut the bottom crust off and eat it slathered in butter. I’m lying. We ate it slathered in Parkay. But don’t do that because…..ick. Use butter. Trust me. How did I manage to grow up without knowing our Southern cornbread recipe?

I digress.

I figured it out. I make a pan of cornbread every time I make soup. There are few things more delicious than a bowl of soup and a slice of cornbread on a cool fall or winter evening. YUM!

Plus you can use it to make delicious cornbread stuffing (or as we called it, dressing) for Thanksgiving. For the longest time, I couldn’t make cornbread without using cornbread mix. Since you can’t get that in Calgary, eventually I had to bite the bullet and learn how to make it without a mix. This recipe is adapted from Pioneer Woman’s Skillet Cornbread recipe.

Contrary to popular belief, Southern cornbread is generally not sweet. Some are but most are not. This Southern cornbread recipe is NOT sweet at all. I also much prefer to make it with white cornmeal though yellow will work.

Just remember, whatever you do, leave your sugar for your coffee. Just don’t do it.

Skillet Cornbread out of the oven

And one more thing… MUST make this in a cast iron skillet. If you try to make it in a different kind of pan it will be awful and you will blame me. Cast iron is awesome and it makes the best cornbread. Afraid it will rust? Read my post about re-seasoning cast iron. But BE CAREFUL. Cast Iron gets HOT. Make sure you have a pot holder or oven mitts handy to keep your hands from getting burned.

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Southern Cornbread
Yield: 8

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

There's nothing more southern than cornbread. Whip up this Southern Cornbread recipe to serve with your favourite soup. You will not be disappointed.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cornmeal, white or yellow
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, or 1 Tbsp vinegar + enough milk to make up 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pour oil in cast iron skillet and place in oven to preheat with the oven. Preheat Oil in Skillet
  3. Combine cornmeal, all purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Mix flour, cornmeal and baking powder
  4. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, and egg. Once mixed, add baking soda and stir. Mix liquid ingredients
  5. Pour milk and egg mixture into cornmeal mixture. Stir until just mixed. Mix wet and dry ingredients together
  6. Remove preheated pan and oil from the oven. Pour oil into batter and stir (be very careful...oil is HOT).
  7. Pour mixed batter into hot pan and place into hot oven.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top of the cornbread is golden brown. Skillet Cornbread out of the oven
  9. Remove from oven and turn cornbread out top down on a plate. Cut into wedges and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

Hope you enjoy it and remember…..BUTTER.

Southern Skillet Cornbread


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Angela W Broyles

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Super recipe! I used 1 and 1/2 times the recipe in a 12" cast iron... used less than 1/4 cup oil- came out perfect!


Sunday 1st of November 2020

What size skillet did you use!

Merry Kuchle

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Mine is a 12 inch.


Saturday 17th of October 2020

how much do you stir when you pour the batter in?

Merry Kuchle

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Just until mixed. You don’t stir when you pour it in the pan.


Saturday 13th of July 2019

Greetings from Germany!

I looked for an easy cornbread recipe to start with and sweet cornbread just... is maybe a bit too weird for me (yet) it turned out great :) I used butter instead of oil for the taste and it is really nice. doesn't even need a side dish imo.


Thursday 13th of June 2019

Thank you! I live in Oregon and my husbands employer hired a temporary crew from Alabama. My husband bragged about my cooking skills and they asked would I make some cornbread 😬 ...I searched the internet and yours was the 2nd I recipe I tried..(the first was a fail) It’s amazing! I didn’t think I’d like cornbread that wasn’t sweet but I couldn’t stop eating it! Perfect recipe as is! 👌

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Thank you so much for letting me know! Tell my fellow Alabamians hello! I grew up there before moving to Canada.

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