Easy Southern Cornbread

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Easy Southern Cornbread

Cornbread is one of those recipes that sometimes I feel is better made from a mix or at least I use to. This easy southern cornbread recipe has those mixes beat! It takes almost no time to put together and only requires ingredients stocked in your pantry (always a plus for me).

Easy Cornbread Recipe

When Do You Eat Cornbread?

Cornbread for me is usually a winter recipe. I think of sitting down to eat a piece with a big bowl of warm chili, dressed all warm and cozy. Then I remember I live in Arizona–a very WARM winter state. Winter clothes don’t exist and if you do try to wear them you are reminded immediately why you hide all your winter clothes. Okay–back to cornbread. It normally is paired with chili or warm soups (like Creamy Potato Bacon Soup) but I was recently introduced to it as a breakfast food…do you eat it for breakfast? I have to admit it wasn’t as bad as I thought, as a matter of fact it was delicious.

Southern Cornbread Recipe

You can never go wrong though with hot cornbread smothered with butter and honey or homemade maple syrup drizzled on it. So amazing. Random information–I’m not usually a fan of flavored honey and I stick with the same brand of honey I’ve always used, so venturing out and trying new ones especially flavored is a big deal for me. With this being said, my husband brought this berry honey back from one of his trips to Minnesota and it is amazing! Minnesota knows how to do its honey. If you are ever out there pick up a bottle. Rachel is in Utah and loves Cox’s Creamed Honey, it’s a little easier to find and also amazing. Cox just does creamed honey right and it will rock your world. (there is my 80’s upbringing coming through right there)

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An Easy Southern Cornbread Recipe Is Just the Start

This recipe is great as a base if you want to add to it as well. I know a lot of people like to add green chilies, jalapenos, cheese or corn kernels and this recipe has worked great for me when I do add things. Although, my family prefers the classic way. Plain. Boring I know!

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Quick Southern Cornbread Recipe


4.9 from 8 reviews
Easy Southern Cornbread
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Serves: 9
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup honey (or sugar)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Put in greased 8x8 pan (or double batch for a 9x13)
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 22 minutes

49 Responses

  1. Can I just leave the sugar/honey out? We don’t like sweet cornbread.

    • I don’t see why not. We haven’t ever tried it but it should still work. Let us know if you try it and what you think.

  2. This was very good. Thank you for posting the recipe. I used 2 eggs because even with the jiffy mix I prefer it with 2 eggs.

  3. Can I use olive oil?

    • Karissa

      Yes you can. It will change the flavor a little bit but should still taste great.

  4. Lucille

    Very moist and flavorful cornbread, will definitely make again!

  5. Patricia

    Is there a taste preference to using honey vs sugar??

    • Karissa

      I definitely prefer the richness of honey and I also feel it makes it a bit healthier. My kids are a bit sensitive to sugar but the honey doesn’t bother them one bit.

  6. If I double the recipe how long should I bake it in 9X13 pan?

    • Karissa

      I actually have never doubled it so I would start off with the same baking time and just check it. It may need to go a little longer but it should be close to the same baking time

    • I just made this recipe yesterday and doubled it. I checked it after 22 minutes and it was basically done…just a TINY bit stuck to my toothpick. I stuck it in for another 3 minutes just to be sure. Came out great. It’s a really easy and good recipe!


    • There was just something about the recipes from a couple generations ago. So glad you could find it! We hope you find other favorites here too.

  8. Just stopping by to tell you we’ve made this recipe more than a few times now. It’s so good! I also shared it with family & they loved it. Delicious & easy!

    • We are so glad you like it as much as we do! Easy is what we are about (most of the time)!

  9. Just put this in oven, I used the honey in place of sugar as you suggested and swapped out the oil for applesauce…. Will let you know outcome thanks for the recipe!

    • Karissa

      I hope it was a hit! I love natural ingredients whenever possible!

  10. What kind of oil? Vegetable? Canola?

    • I usually use Canola but you can really use any oil you want. I know I had someone tell me they tried it with coconut and loved it because of the hint of coconut it gave. I personally like the canola.

  11. Looking forward to making this tonight. Sounds delish!!!!

  12. Love this recipe! It is a keeper for sure. I’ve made it 4 times now this winter. I’ve used coconut oil and it adds a nice flavor. My brother was over for dinner and he kept saying “Why is this so good!?” I just smiled and took another bite!

    • Karissa

      This is probably one of my favorite comments. Thank you for the feedback and you just keep letting your brother wonder 🙂

  13. elaine castellano

    I have to defrost some corn for another recipe. Can I put some corn in the batter?

    • Karissa

      I’ve never tried it but I’m sure you could. It actually sounds really good.

    • I add some leftover steamed corn to mine (about 1 cup) and it was delicious.

  14. Caroline

    I used coconut oil.

  15. Adriana

    Can i freeze it?

    • Karissa

      I have never tried (it is always gone that day.) 🙂 It may be a bit more dry by freezing it but I would think the taste would be the same.

  16. Paula!!

    Thank you so much for your recipe!! I had to turn it gluten free by using rice flour instead of regular and adding 1 tsp of xanthan gum as i usually do, an it came out great!!

    • Karissa

      Oh I’m so glad to hear it worked doing it gluten free. And especially glad you liked it!!

  17. Tina Kilfoil

    I bought stone ground whole grain corn flour do i still have to but corn meal in?

    • Karissa

      I’ve never tried it but I would assume you wouldn’t need to? Just a guess though. If you try it let us know how it works out!!

  18. Thanks for the recipe, this was amazing!! So simple to make too. Y-u-m 🙂

  19. Patsi Klein

    What kind of meal do you use and is it yellow cornmeal?

    • I’ve used several brands…usually just whatever the store has. I prefer the yellow cornmeal because I like the traditional color and flavor.

  20. There are many kinds of cornmeal which one do I have to use?

    • There are…and I honestly think any of them will work. I usually have the yellow (because to me cornbread should be yellow) and I like the Martha White brand because that is what is easiest to find around where I live. This probably doesn’t help much—go with a yellow cornmeal and I think they all are about the same from my experience. 🙂

  21. Deanna Bushman

    I’ve been trying out different recipes for corn bread and of the ones I’ve tried, yours is my favorite so far. I made it with blue corn meal and coconut oil and baked it in my cast iron skillet. I like that this recipe had less sugar than others I’ve tried. Thanks!

    • Karissa

      I’m so glad you like it. That is one of the main reasons we love this recipe!!

  22. Can i cook this in a cast iron skillet?

    • Karissa

      I have never tried it but we have talked about doing this. Did you try it?

  23. So, so, so good!!!!! SO good!!!! I made a double batch, used sugar instead of honey, doubled the amount of eggs and baked for about 25 mins and it was perfect! So light and fluffy! So thick and delicious!! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!!

    • Karissa

      You are so welcome! It doesn’t last long in our house!

  24. Do you know if the cornmeal you use is fine or medium coarseness?

    • Karissa

      Hi! I have used fine and medium coarseness! I like the medium best! Good Luck