Southern Cornbread Recipe – Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes!

Southern Cornbread Recipe - Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

In my family, there is only one kind of cornbread served and this Southern Cornbread is it!

My Grandmother Verdie would make her cornbread to go along with a big pot of pinto beans for a simple supper or as a side with a more elaborate meal of roast beef, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, and black eyed peas.

If the whole skillet of cornbread didn’t get eaten during the meal, she’d be sure to save whatever was leftover so that Granddaddy Eual could make one of his all-time favorite snacks – cornbread crumbled in a glass of milk. I have to admit, I have enjoyed that same snack a time or two myself growing up.

Southern Cornbread Recipe

When I met Bart, I loved that his family would top their cornbread with a little bit of butter a drizzle of honey from time to time.

And you know, it reminds me the simplest things in life are the best.

I also love that this cornbread is the base of my Grandmother’s Cornbread Dressing that is an absolute must in my family for every Thanksgiving meal. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at my house without it!

Southern Cornbread Recipe - Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

But I have to admit something.

When I was first married, my cornbread just wasn’t that delicious. It was too grainy and didn’t hold together like it should.

I say when I first married, but honestly it took me a while to get my recipe just perfect. I’d strayed too far away from the original way Mama and Grandmother Verdie taught me how to make it. It finally all came back together – and stayed together – when I went back to the basics.

There’s a lot to be said for the basics.

How to Freeze

Once cooked, allow to cool completely. Portion into freezer-safe container(s), label and freeze up to 3 months.

To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat and serve.

Southern Cornbread Recipe - Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

Here’s my family’s Southern Cornbread Recipe. It is a treasure!

Southern Cornbread Recipe - Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Southern Cornbread Recipe – Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes!
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8
Course Side Dish
Calories: 264kcal
Serving Size 1slice
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425º F.
  • Coat large skillet with enough vegetable shortening or butter to coat the bottom and sides of the skillet. Place the coated oven into the oven for the butter or shortening to melt. Remove the skillet from oven once melted.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the cornmeal, flour, eggs, buttermilk and water and pour into the hot skillet. Return to the oven and bake about 25 minutes or until bread has risen and center springs to the touch.
  • Serve directly from skillet or allow to stand about 5 minutes and flip onto a plate for serving.

Notes

Make-Ahead:
Cornbread may be made in advance. Cover tightly with and store on the counter top for up to 2 days. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Southern Cornbread Recipe - Cornbread makes a classic Southern side dish. Southern cornbread is made with cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, eggs and ready in 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2010.

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103 Comments Leave a comment or review

      1. So I’m confused on this and I’m trying to figure out the difference. Martha White brand has a “Self Rising Cornmeal” AND a “Self Rising Cornmeal Mix”. The ingredients are the same except the “Mix” has flour added to it. I believe the Mix is supposed to be used for the complete dry ingredients when you’re making cornbread and not adding flour separately. My mom has always only used the Self Rising Cornmeal, not the mix, with her cornbread. Is this correct?

    1. I use a 12-inch iron skillet for my cornbread, Stacy, but you can use whatever pan you have that is close to that size. You can also bake it in two smaller pans if that is what you have.

  1. Hi Robyn! Thank you for the recipe. I will be trying it my first time for Thanksgiving. I’m not sure if this question was answered but, how many slices of bread should be used if you dont have biscuits on hand?

  2. I cant seem to find self rising cornmeal here in the PNW , Is there any suggestions for a great Buttermilk cornbread recipe with plain yellow cornmeal ? I was able to find self rising flour.

      1. Hi Robyn,
        I’m excited to try your dressing recipe this year! I too was not able to find self rising cornmeal. I found a homemade recipe for it, but theirs included some all purpose flour, where yours did not.

      2. Dalonna, I was telling Sheryl how to make self-rising cornmeal. You would use 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons of cornmeal plus the baking powder and salt just to make 1 cup of self-rising cornmeal. You would then make your cornbread according to the recipe

  3. This looks like the cornbread dressing my mom used to make. Do you know how many cups of cornbread crumbs you use in your recipe?

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