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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




  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.


Adapted from

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