Perfect Southern Cornbread Recipe

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3 minutes
February 13, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Southern Cornbread is tender and savory, not sweet like cake. This easy southern cornbread recipe is perfect with beans, BBQ, or soup!

Perfect Southern Cornbread is savory, not sweet. You'll love this easy recipe that bakes up easy in about 20 minutes!

How do you like your cornbread? I grew up in Mississippi where cornbread is savory, not sweet. Maybe it’s because we drink our tea so sweet down there that we don’t need sugar in our cornbread too :) Once I moved away from the south, I did grow a taste for sweet corn muffins, but those are a whole different animal. Sweet cornbread tastes like cake or a breakfast muffin to me, and it’s much more crumbly than this version.

When we went home to the Gulf Coast for Thanksgiving had lunch at a really good soul food restaurant. I got pork chops with rice and gravy, turnip greens, and green beans. (It’s a pleasure to eat vegetables in the south because they are all generously seasoned with bacon!) Of course my meal included a big square of southern cornbread. It reminded me how much I love this recipe!

Southern Cornbread is tender and savory, not sweet like cake. This easy southern cornbread recipe is perfect with beans, BBQ, or soup!

If you have a wheat intolerance or allergy like I do, you can still make this cornbread recipe! Just substitute spelt or gluten-free flour (whichever you prefer) for the all-purpose flour. It’s also super easy to make a bigger batch. The recipe instructions say to use a 10″ iron skillet, but you can use a 13 x 9″ pan using the same method if you want to double the recipe.

This southern cornbread recipe calls for buttermilk, but do you know that it’s super easy to make “faux” buttermilk?? Just add a teaspoon of lemon juice per cup of milk, and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes. You’ll see the milk start to curdle. Stir it up, and voila! Buttermilk!

Perfect Southern Cornbread is savory, not sweet. You'll love this easy recipe that bakes up easy in about 20 minutes!

This cornbread pairs perfectly with Pan-Fried Fish and Greens or Southern Lima Beans. It’s also the base of some of my favorite recipes like Chili Cornbread Pot Pie and Slow Cooker Cornbread Dressing. Let me know what you serve it with, or upload a photo of your version on Instagram and tag me @wearychef! I always love to see what you are cooking :)

Perfect Southern Cornbread is savory, not sweet. You'll love this easy recipe that bakes up easy in about 20 minutes!
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Southern Cornbread is tender and savory, not sweet like cake. This easy southern cornbread recipe is perfect with beans, BBQ, or soup!

Perfect Southern Cornbread Recipe

Perfect Southern Cornbread is savory, not sweet. You’ll love this easy recipe that bakes up easy in about 20 minutes!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place shortening in a 10″ iron skillet (or 8″ square baking dish) and place in oven to melt.
  2. Combine corn meal, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and pepper (if desired) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat buttermilk and egg together in a measuring cup, then stir into dry ingredients.
  4. Carefully remove skillet with melted shortening from oven, and pour cornbread batter into pan. Use a spoon to gently swirl the shortening over the top of the batter, trying to avoid scraping the bottom of the pan. Return to oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Notes

Adapted from allrecipes.com

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 17

Need an iron skillet? This is the one I use every day! (affiliate link)

Lodge 10.25" Pre-seasoned Iron Skillet
Lodge 10.25″ Pre-seasoned Iron Skillet

Andi Gleeson

7 comments

Judith
1 year ago

My Southern-raised husband is grateful that I found this recipe. Delicious!
Thank you for sharing it.

Rosie
1 year ago

Great! Thanks for the compliment Judith! How about sharing a photo of your Perfect Southern Cornbread?

Suzanne
5 years ago

I have been looking for a great corn bread recipe and this is it. I made a small modification. I added bacon grease too the mix and too the pan.

Diane McGill
6 years ago

Just made this, and it’s very good. I wanted a non-sweet cornbread, and this fits the bill.

Sharon
7 years ago

I use bacon grease in place of shortening!

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

Sounds good to me! I don’t always have bacon grease handy, but I do have some in the fridge now. I’ll try it your way next time :) Thanks, Sharon!

Annie
7 years ago

It isn’t a good southern meal without cornbread, that is for sure!

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