Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Southern Cornbread Dressing makes a comforting, classic dish for the holidays! Moist and delicious, cornbread dressing makes the perfect side dish!

Southern Cornbread Dressing makes a comforting, classic dish for the holidays! Moist and delicious, cornbread dressing makes the perfect side dish! //


Cornbread dressing could easily take center stage at my family’s table during the holidays, especially at Thanksgiving.  On that special day, the cornbread dressing really rivals the turkey for attention.


There’s just one rule.

No stuffing in this house, and no funny stuff in our dressing. I think I’d no longer be allowed to make it for my family if I “messed” with this traditional family recipe.

But you know, every family makes their recipes a little bit differently, and that’s what makes family recipes so special, I think! The special touches to suit your family’s taste preferences lets you know that those recipes were made with tons of love and care for each person who would gather at the table to enjoy them.

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Southern Cornbread Dressing makes a comforting, classic dish for the holidays! Moist and delicious, cornbread dressing makes the perfect side dish! //


For our dressing, we use my Grandmother Verdie’s recipe that she got from her own mother. It starts with a skillet of my  southern buttermilk cornbread. You can prepare it the day ahead and cover tightly, if you’d like.

Likewise, we use leftover biscuits from the day before, but you can also use sliced white bread like my Grandmother showed me one day when Granddaddy had grabbed the last couple of biscuits she’d stashed away for her dressing as a “snack.” The bread works perfectly, too!

How to Make Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Crumble up your cornbread in a large bowl. Go ahead and use the largest bowl you have. You’ll want to really mix this up well. If you don’t have a really large bowl, grab a stockpot. It works perfectly for when you need to mix large amounts but don’t have a bowl big enough! Now, you’ll crumble your leftover biscuits or bread into the cornbread crumbles. This is a good thing to get the kids to help you do. Making crumbles was always one of my favorite things to do to help for Thanksgiving. That and taste testing! Ha.

For the cream of chicken soup, I prefer to use my homemade recipe. If you’d rather use canned cream of chicken soup, by all means it works great as well.

Another tip is to make sure you use plenty of Chicken stock when you make your dressing. It makes for the most moist and tender dressing. If you don’t use enough, you’ll have dry dressing and nobody likes dry dressing. Well, at least no one that I know, anyway!

This recipe yields two 9×13 dishes of cornbread dressing and you may think that sounds like way too much dressing. But, since my sister doesn’t care for onions, I always make one pan with and one without the onions.

Here’s the recipe for my family’s Southern Cornbread Dressing. I sure hope you love it as much as we do. We always like to finish it off with a drizzle of giblet gravy.

Yield: 12
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread dressing, cornbread dressing recipe, easy cornbread dressing, southern cornbread dressing, thanksgiving dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Total Time 1 hour
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cornbread Dressing is a classic southern dish served especially during the holiday season. Moist and delicious, cornbread dressing makes the perfect side dish!
4.91 from 20 votes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Crumble all of the cornbread and biscuits (or white bread slices) into a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, eggs, onion, celery, butter, cream of chicken soup, and chicken stock. Stir until well-combined.
  3. Pour dressing into two 9x13 baking dishes and bake until lightly browned, about 30 - 45 minutes. To test doneness, shake casserole dish lightly. If the center of the dressing moves, then the dressing is not cooked through in the center. Continue to bake until the dressing is set throughout.


You can pour dressing into two smaller casserole dishes to reduce cooking time to about 35 minutes. I like to do this for one pan with onions and the other without for those who do not like onions.

Nutrition Facts
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 1077mg 45%
Potassium 222mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch


Make-ahead tips:
– Make cornbread for your dressing the day before. Wrap it up tightly until ready to mix your dressing.
– Mix up all of your dressing up to two days ahead of the big day. Wrap it up tightly and place in your refrigerator.
– Freezer-Friendly – prepare without baking up to two weeks in advance, wrap tightly and freeze. Thaw in refrigerator two days in advance and bake on Thanksgiving Day.

Day of tips:
– Bake your dressing early in the morning and then place in the refrigerator. While your turkey is resting, place your dressing back in the oven to thoroughly reheat.

Robyn xo

Southern Cornbread Dressing - Southern Cornbread Dressing makes a comforting, classic dish for the holidays! Moist and delicious, cornbread dressing makes the perfect side dish! //


From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2010.

201 comments on “Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe”

  1. The celery and onions are added raw will they soften mainly the celery enough during the baking process so they are not crunchy?

    • Hi Loyce,
      They do soften as they bake in the recipe, but if you would like them softer, you may consider sautéing them in about a tablespoon of butter until softened. This would take about 3 to 5 minutes. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Much like my dressing but I boil a chicken breast or two and shred them into the dressing.making sure the water the chicken was boiled in is ample for enough liquid for mixing the dressing. It contains wonderful chicken flavor and also fat from the chicken. I really like onions so we enjoy them only half cooked in the final dish;

  2. I tried this recipe and each time it was entirely to soupy!???????? I think 4 to 5 cups of stock next time! But the potential is awesome!

  3. How much cornbread do you use ? Is it one regular size iron skillet

  4. Hello! I used this recipe and it was absolutely amazing! It’s been years since I have had good dressing! It was a hit! My entire family loved it! Thank you!

  5. This dressing was delicious!! I have struggled to find the right one. This is it. The texture and flavor are perfect. Thank You so much for sharing.

  6. Do you cover with foil while baking or leave uncovered.

  7. I made your dressing recipe for Thanksgiving 2017.  I waited until now to review because I froze one pan of dressing (without the egg) for Christmas.  Since this would be a longer period than you had suggested, I was concerned the quality of the dressing could be degraded.  I was so wrong.  I added to eggs to the thawed dressing and put in the oven.  It was just as moist and delicious as it had been at Thanksgiving.  I followed your instructions to the letter for the dressing.  It was the most moist, delicious dressing I have ever eaten.  

    Thank you so much for the recipe.

  8. The rating should be 5 stars for the dressing.  I did not notice before I posted.

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed it Karylan! Isn’t it incredible? My Grandmother Verdie was known for this delicious dressing and I’m so glad she passed her recipe (and tricks to keep it moist) on to me! 🙂 And I definitely love that I can make it ahead and freeze it and it still comes out just as delicious when I serve it! I’m so glad you had the same results! xo

  9. DO you place the eggs in raw or boil them?

  10. I would use can chicken soup,do you delute it or use it right out of the can?

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