The Best Cornbread Recipe

The best cornbread recipe that is sweet, fluffy, and perfect every time – a recipe that I’ve had for years using no special ingredients.

The other day on Instagram a fellow blogger friend asked if anyone had a good cornbread recipe and I replied quickly that I had the BEST cornbread recipe. She asked me for a link to the recipe and I laughed because I didn’t have one to give her. I have been making this recipes for year – years! And I haven’t shared it with you. I’m here to remedy that problem and share with you the cornbread recipe that I make over and over again and that turns out great, every single time.

What I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t have any special ingredients. You don’t need to have buttermilk on hand or creamed corn and you can make it in whatever pan you have. You can make it in a 9-inch round cake pan, square baking dish, or 9-inch cast iron skillet. Bonus! You can also make these into muffins or double the recipe and toss it in a 9×13-inch baking pan.

I have made this recipe no less than 1,000 times, and I love it. It’s sweet but not too sweet, soft without being cakey, and crumbly without being a mess. Just an all around tried-and-true cornbread recipe that you are going to print off, make a million times, and pass it down to your grandchildren one day.

Last plug for this recipe – it only takes 5 minutes to stir together and another 20 minutes to bake. That means in less than a half hour you can have a hot bread side dish on the table. It’s so quick and easy! I love to have cornbread ready when I make things like soups and chilis. It rounds out the meal and it’s a good option for kids who don’t love what you made (tell me I’m not the only one who has a kid who doesn’t love chili as much as you do!?).

Tips and Tricks to Making the Best Cornbread Recipe

  • You can make it in a 9-inch round cake pan, square baking dish, or 9-inch cast iron skillet. Bonus! You can also make these into muffins or double the recipe and toss it in a 9×13-inch baking pan. You’ll just need to adjust the baking time if you are making muffins or doubling the batch. Muffins take around 15 minutes to bake and a doubled recipe takes 35-40 minutes to bake.
  • Use yellow cornmeal in this recipe. White works fine, but it just doesn’t look the same. Golden yellow cornbread is a must. Also, don’t try to sub any of the cornmeals used for making tamales – they are a different grind and the texture doesn’t come out the same.
  • This recipe is great with a drizzle of honey, butter, honey butter, or just as it is. I like to serve it with lentil chili, vegetarian chili (made in the Instant Pot!), or next to simple baked chicken legs with some roasted veggies or a salad on the side. It goes well with lots of things.
  • How fun is it cooked in the cast iron pan? I just grease it and cook it in cast iron like you would any other pan. I think you need one.
  • I have made this recipe gluten free by simple swapping out the all purpose flour for a gluten free baking blend and it worked perfectly.

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The Best Cornbread Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8-10
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The best cornbread recipe that is sweet, fluffy, and perfect every time – a recipe that I’ve had for years, using no special ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil or melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan or cast iron skillet well and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine well.
  3. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add your oil or butter, milk, and egg. Stir just until the mixture comes together and there are only a few lumps remaining.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Serve hot.

Notes

  • You can make it it in a 9-inch round cake pan, square baking dish, or 9-inch cast iron skillet. Bonus! You can also make these into muffins or double the recipe and toss it in a 9×13-inch baking pan. You’ll just need to adjust the baking time if you are making muffins or doubling the batch. Muffins take around 15 minutes to bake and a doubled recipe takes 35-40 minutes to bake.
  • Use yellow cornmeal in this recipe. White works fine, but it just doesn’t look the same. Golden yellow cornbread is a must. Also, don’t try to sub any of the cornmeals used for making tamales – they are a different grind and the texture doesn’t come out the same.

Keywords: best cornbread recipe, easy cornbread recipe, skillet cornbread, thanksgiving side dish, sweet cornbread

Seriously, your next bowl of chili needs this cornbread recipe.  Your family will cheer your name.

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Enjoy from my kitchen to yours, Friends; it’s a good one.

The best cornbread recipe that is sweet, fluffy, and perfect every time from a recipe that I've had for years using no special ingredients.
The best cornbread recipe that is sweet, fluffy, and perfect every time from a recipe that I've had for years using no special ingredients.
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35 Responses
  1. Belinda

    One egg is listed twice. But step #3 notes “egg.” Is it two eggs or perhaps a typo? Just trying to clarify before I make this recipe. Looks too good to pass up!

    1. Melissa

      I’m so glad you asked, it wad a typo on my part. You just need one egg and I had written it twice in the instructions on accident, all fixed and THANK YOU!

      1. Rob

        If I use butter milk instead of whole milk, will the cornbread be even more moist. I had bad experience with other recipes which it came out dry.

    1. Melissa

      Mine container just says cornmeal, I assume a more fine cornmeal would be better. And yes, I have made it with skim milk with great success.

  2. Shannon H.

    Awesome recipe. I added a few ingredients to my taste profile and was very happy with the results. I put a cup of frozen corn in my blender with the recomended oil from the recipe, I then added about five tablespoons of cream cheese, and the allotted milk from the recipe and blended until liquefied. I combined this mixture with the rest of the recipe ingredients plus one additional egg and stired for about a minute. I then added around a cup of mild cheddar cheese and some jalapenos with a bit of the brine from the jar and stired about a minute. I recommend cooking on the top shelf for 25 minutes. So good. I enjoyed mine with a roasted chicken and pork fricassee. To make the fricassee sauce combine in order, two cans cream of mushroom soup, milk, three dollops of sour cream, five tablespoons of cream cheese, about a cup of chicken stock, and the drippings from the prepared roasted meat. I added one yellow onion, mushrooms, and corn to the sauce to taste and cooked together. Roast meat, carrots, and potatoes together, but seperate from the sauce until the end, leaving vegetables thickly cut for equal cooking time . After the meat, carrots, and potatoes are done, stir in the drippings from the pan to the fricassee sauce. Last, add the meat, potatoes, and carrots to sauce and simmer or slow cook for 30-60 minutes. Best fricassee and cornbread that I’ve ever had.

    1. Melissa

      So glad you liked it! I can’t wait to try your recipe too, thanks so much for sharing it with the rest of us, sounds delicious!

      1. Shannon H.

        Very happy to share good recipes. Hope it’s one you and your family can enjoy for many years. It’s a variation of one I learned in culinary school. Even better with a nice garden salad. Good eating everyone.

  3. D

    This is basically the same recipe I’ve made for the last 50 years, but with less sugar. Tomorrow some friends are getting together for a chili lunch & I was asked to bring cornbread. I used butter flavored coconut oil for the fat. I drained the liquid from a can of whole kernel corn into a measuring topped it up with almond milk, added the corn in with the milk. Halved the sugar. I used an 8 inch pan, had a bit extra batter, put in a greased coffee cup & put in microwave oven for a minute & a half, it was really good. Had it with supper. Try adding some choppeed pickled jalapenos, it will zing it up nicely.

  4. Gregg Allen

    Hello,
    Lucked up and found your site on a google search for cornbread.
    I’ve been trying different cornbread recipes for years and I’ve always encountered and after taste whether it be from scratch from the cornmeal recipe on the package or the boxed mix.
    I tried this recipe with good vibes from the photo’s and the comments and your recipe was ‘spot on’ delicious, It is now my all time favorite for taste, texture and ease of baking.
    Thank you for this. Looking forward to trying out some of your other recipes on the site,

  5. Pam

    Really good except too sweet for me. Will cut the sugar in half next time. Thanks for a great recipe and perfect for my 10-inch skillet!

    1. Melissa

      And it’s so fool-proof! It’s one you’ll be making over and over again for years to come because it just works out great. THANK YOU for leaving a comment!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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