Homemade Cornbread

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Homemade Cornbread is delicious and versatile.

So flavorful, moist, and incredibly simple to make. Perfect on its own for a midday snack, or as accompaniment to chili, beef stew, or as part of a classic dish such as Thanksgiving dressing. And it comes together in about 30 minutes!

A spatula rising out of a cast iron skillet of homemade cornbread.


We make cornbread from scratch all the time, one, because it’s so darn delicious. But also, because it’s so dang easy!

All you need are a few basic ingredients, a pan or oven-ready skillet (cast iron!), and an oven!

Watch us show you how easy it is to make Homemade Cornbread!


You’ve probably noticed there are a multitude of options when it comes to purchasing cornmeal.

Cornmeal is simply dried, ground field corn, which is not the same as the sweet corn we love to eat off the cob. You can choose texture (fine, medium, or coarse), and you can select yellow or white.

EXPERT TIP: For that classic cornbread look and feel, go with fine or medium ground yellow cornmeal. Stay clear of coarse, it takes longer to cook and the texture is too tough. White cornmeal is perfectly fine, too, you just won’t get the deep yellow color that comes with traditional cornbread.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

A hand using a whisk to combine cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder in a large glass bowl.


Melted butter, buttermilk and an egg ensure the homemade cornbread will be moist and so flavorful.

Use a nice large wooden spoon to mix the dry with the wet ingredients until just combined.

EXPERT TIP: Over-mixing the batter is not good, which is why mixing by hand is recommended. Stir until just combined. It’s okay, and actually good, if the batter is a bit ‘lumpy.’ As the bread bakes, these lumps will hydrate and form the ideal cornbread texture.

A hand using a wooden spoon to mix together batter for homemade cornbread.


We love to use our 9-inch cast iron skillet for baking cornbread.

You can certainly use an 8″x8″ baking dish, too. You’ll need to grease the vessel you choose to bake in.

If using a cast iron skillet, simply heat it over medium heat on the stove and add the 1 tbsp of butter and melt, swirling around to cover the base of the skillet. If using a baking dish, grease with softened butter, or cooking spray.

EXPERT TIP: Use the back of wooden spoon, or your fingers, to gently spread and smooth the batter. Don’t worry if it’s not completely smooth, it will even out when baking.

Cornbread batter being poured into a cast iron skillet from a glass bowl and a wooden spoon.

Homemade cornbread is best served the day it is prepared.

However, if you’re making cornbread for dressing/stuffing, it’s best to make it 1 to 3 days ahead of time.

If preparing this for dressing, you can leave it in the pan or dish until ready to use, or crumble and keep in a baggie until ready to use.

Homemade cornbread in a cast iron skillet with two patterned napkins nearby.


  • What type of cornmeal should I use: Medium to fine yellow cornbread is our favorite. White cornmeal is great, too. Stay clear of coarse cornmeal.
  • Will this recipe work as corn muffins? Absolutely! Grease your muffin tins, or line with paper cups. If you have any unused tins, fill them with partially with water. The moisture will improve the muffins, the tins will heat more evenly.
  • Is it possible to omit the flour? Yes, double the amount of cornmeal and increase the eggs to 3 medium, or 2 large.
  • Can this be made in advance? The cornbread will begin to dry out after a day, which is ideal for dressing/stuffing, definitely. If serving as a side to a dish, they are best fresh from the oven, or within an hour or two of baking.
  • Can the cornbread be frozen? Yes, for up to 6 weeks.

Homemade cornbread is great when serving with stew or chili, or by itself, fresh out of the oven, with a pad of butter on top. Mmmmm….

A slice of homemade cornbread with a pad of butter on top next to a skillet of cornbread.

Ready to make the best cornbread in town? Go for it! It’s so EASY!

And when you make it, be sure to take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and #howtofeedaloon!

A slice of homemade cornbread being raised out of a skillet with a spatula.

Homemade Cornbread

This homemade cornbread is so flavorful and the texture is perfect. It's best served shortly after baking, unless using for dressing, then make it up to 3 days in advance. This is traditional Southern cornbread with just enough sweetness to make it cornbread perfection.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Amercian, Southern, U.S.
Keyword: cornbread from scratch, Homemade cornbread, Southern cornbread, traditional cornbread recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 264kcal


  • 8" or 9" cast iron skillet, or 8"x8" baking dish


  • 1 cup cornmeal fine or medium, yellow
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • cup unsalted butter melted, plus more for greasing the dish
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten


  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the butter, buttermilk, and egg and use a wooden spoon to mix together until just combined. The batter will be very thick and lumpy. Don't over mix!
  • Melt 1 tbsp in a 8" or 9" cast iron skillet, and swirl around to cover the bottom of the pan. Or, grease an 8"x8" baking dish with softened butter or cooking spray.
  • Transfer the batter into the skillet, or dish, and use the back of a wooden spoon (or your fingers) to evenly spread.
  • Bake until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes.



Use fine or medium yellow (or white) cornmeal. Don't use coarse cornmeal, polenta, or masa harina. 
If you like your cornbread extra sweet, increase the sugar to 1/2 cup.
To make this without flour, omit it and increase the cornmeal to 2 cups, and add an extra egg.
The batter will be thick and lumpy. This is good. Don't worry if the batter isn't completely smooth on the surface after you transfer it into the pan or dish.  It will smooth when baking. 
The cornbread is best when served immediately or within a few hours. Wrap leftovers in plastic wrap. If using for dressing/stuffing, make the dressing 1 to 3 days before assembling.
Baked cornbread can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.  


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • 5 stars
    I use this recipe except I don’t add the sugar. Also, I’ve always use a little oil (app. 1/4 cup)to the recipe. Would it be better without the added oil? I also add oil to my hot Griswald iron skillet (I only use it for cornbread) Thank you! This is the best recipe!

    • Hi Lisa! Sure, the addition of a little oil is just fine. It would probably make the cornbread a little more dense, but, there’s nothing wrong with that! So glad you are enjoying the recipe and thank you so so much for sharing and for the wonderful review. That means so much to us! Please stay in touch!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Gentlemen….we are currently making this AGAIN; the first time was last night…with the Brunswick Stew…and its already gone. That should tell you how much we loved it!. Or how much Bart did….

    ..for breakfast and lunch the following day…but I digress…

  • Hi!

    Thank you for this recipe, I’m excited to try it after the last one I used didn’t turn out great.

    I see in the instructions for omitting the flour, that you should increase the egg to 2 medium eggs or 3 large eggs. Is this a typo? 3 large eggs is significantly more than 2 medium eggs so I wondered if this is meant to read 3 medium eggs or 2 large?

    Would love to know what you recommend, as I want this bread to turn out well!

    Many thanks!!

    • Hi Sinéad! Sorry for the delayed response! You are correct, sorry about that! If omitting the flour, increase the eggs to 3 medium or 2 large! And double the amount of cornbread. Hope this helps!! Keep us posted!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Another Winner!! I almost ate the whole pan by myself but had to share with the hubby! I now have on my radar your cornbread dressing with sausage and cranberries for Thanksgiving! Can’t wait! Thank y’all for all these amazing recipes!

    • Hi there, Kristy! We love you! We are so so happy you loved the cornbread, and we completely understand…when it’s just sitting there, how can you NOT eat the whole dang thing! LOL! We hope you love the cornbread dressing…we think you will! Thank you so much, as always, for your love and support and great reviews! It just means so so much to us!

    • Woo hoo!!!! That is so awesome! Sounds like you had a FEAST!!!! YUM!!!! Thanks for letting us know and for the awesome review! We honestly appreciate that so very much!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Diana!! That is wonderful!! Nothing better than a nice batch of homemade cornbread. So glad you love the recipe and thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review. Means so much to us!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • I’ve only got a 10.5 inch cast iron skillet, can i scale this recipe to work with that?

    Cornbread rookie here.

    • Hi Gary! Yes! A 10.5-inch skillet will still work just fine. You’ll have slightly thicker cornbread, which isn’t a bad thing at all! Be sure to do the toothpick test to ensure doneness. Let us know how it turns out! Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Lisa! Absolutely! Instead of using 1/3 cup of sugar, substitute 1/4 cup of honey. Honey is sweeter than granulated sugar, so less goes further. It will be delicious! We substitute honey for sugar all the time! Let us know how it turns out. Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Patti!! That is AWESOME!! So glad you had success with the recipe, and we love a combo of medium and fine, too. PERFECT! Thanks SO MUCH for the great review and letting us know. That means the world to us!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    My oh my!! I followed your directions to a t and this cornbread is better than my mama’s! Thanks again Chris and Wesley!

  • Hi guys! I recently bought a bag of cornmeal mix. Can you convert your measurements using the mix or do I have to buy a bag of cornmeal?

    Recently, I unearthed my grandmother’s cast iron skillet (from the 30’s!!) and can’t wait to use it.

    • Hi Paula, this time we’d recommend getting a bag of cornmeal. The mix already would have the baking powder and other ingredients in it, so not sure how the bread would turn out if you follow our recipe and used the mix in place of cornmeal. It would probably be fine, but maybe not. Fortunately, cornmeal is inexpensive. Let us know if you make it and what you think, or let us know if you have any other questions!! Best, Kris & Wesley

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