The Best Cornbread Recipe

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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 1x

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.


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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.
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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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153 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

            There’s not gluten in cornmeal so I think that you’d end up with super crumbly cornbread that wouldn’t be at all what you were hoping for. I don’t think it’ll work with no white flour in it though I have made this recipe with gluten free baking flour and it works great just FYI.

          2. I like that I have the gluten free option. I may need to replace the sugar with monkfruit because I can’t have sugar…

    2. Tracie

      I have actually tried several homemade cornbread recipes, they were ok, some were better than other’s, but my search is officially over, because this is the best recipe I have tried hands down. Melissa, don’t know if this was your grandma’s cornbread recipe but either way thank you sooo much for sharing.

    3. Corrine

      I found this recipe easy to put together. I used butter and added corn in the mix. It came out very good from my cast iron skillet. My family loved it and expect it again! I did turn it out unto a dish as my skillet retains so much heat.

    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.

        1. Bayann

          Hi, love this recipe.
          What is the weight (roughly) for a slice in grams? That way I can calculate the points for WW.

          Thanks

  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!

  6. Barrie P.

    I loved this easy cornbread recipe. The only changes I made were to heat my cast iron to get a crunchy bottom and throw in a handful of frozen corn.

    1. Melissa

      Sounds like wonderful additions, thank you for sharing! Did you need to cook it any longer to account for the frozen corn? I’d love to try it!

  7. L.Stevens

    I love sweet cornbread and this recipe is great! I baked in a cast iron skillet. Also it freezes well….just as good when I unthawed 3 weeks after freezing. Great with mustard greens, cabbage, beans, and I am sure, everything else.
    The next time I make dressing I will use less sugar as I prefer less sweet cornbread for my dressing.

  8. This was great—comes together very fast! I halved the sugar, but I’m planning to halve it again next time I make this, no more than 1/8 cup.

    For anyone wondering, you can substitute almond, soy, or any other nondairy milk 1:1 for regular milk. And you can add a dash of vinegar to the milk before you start the first step to make a buttermilk substitute that will be ready by the time you need to add it to the flour (5-10 mins).

  9. Brittany

    My 7 year old made this (with my assistance in putting it in/taking it out of the oven of course) and I have to say it was delicious. My kids almost ate half of it by themselves, and the hubby agreed it was delicious and the recipe is a keeper! Moist, fluffy, and with just enough sweetness.

    1. Melissa

      I love that! Congrats on getting your kids in the kitchen mama! This is one that my kids like to make as well. I’m so glad you all liked it as much as we do.

  10. Kim

    I made this recipe tonight for my husband. It’s amazing! I added honey to the batter and baked it in my cast iron skillet. It turned out perfectly!! Thank you, will be making it again!!

  11. Richard Langellotti

    Really good, the texture is great. I know it’s one of the better cornbreads since I keep circling back to the kitchen to have another little piece!

    1. Melissa

      Hoooooorrraayyyy! This is the kind of great comment that keeps me going! Thank you for taking the time to leave it, that means to much to me.

  12. Douglas Beliakoff

    Hi! I’ve made this cornbread twice in the last month and it has been a huge hit. Tonight we had it with our favorite Brunswick Stew and the combination was amazing. Thanks so much! I look forward to learning more about your recipes and newsletter. Look for that mention on Instagram. ~~ Douglas

    1. Melissa

      That sounds so delicious and I’m so glad that you love it. If you share, I’d love to get that Brunswick stew recipe from you!

  13. Christy

    I made this – gluten free – for Thanksgiving. It was a HUGE hit! My entire family requested the recipe, and asked me to make it for Christmas. Thank you so much! This one’s a keeper. 😊

  14. Amy Murray

    Mmm mm mmmm!! This cornbread is sooo delicious! My husband said it’s the BEST he has ever eaten! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will definitely use it from now on.

    1. Melissa

      Thank you for sharing the recipe with others and coming back to leave a 5-star review, that means so much to me! Happy baking Amy!

    1. Melissa

      Yes, I do think it’ll work great. It might be a bit creamier as in thicker so just watch your cooking time (might need a few extra minutes) but I think it should work pretty well. You might also consider doing half evaporated milk and half water. I think both options would work great. Will you let me know what you do and how it turns out!? I’d love to share with others if we have a success!

  15. Julia Pomeroy

    I am English and have often wondered what corn bread was. I live in Cyprus so the challenge would be the corn meal. The lady assured me that, although it was called corn flour, it was actually corn meal and it was definitely yellow so I took a chance.
    Wow, it is gorgeous, I only put in half the sugar as we English do not like our baking to be quite as sweet as you Americans like it but I made some veggie soup and served it with the hot corn bread. Why have I waited so long to try this yummy bread. The two of us have already eaten half of it, we finished our meal with a slice each on which we spread some butter and blackcurrant jam. We will finish the other half tomorrow with the rest of the soup.
    And I have to add it was so incredibly easy to make, it did indeed take no time at all. Even at the age of 75 I am still game for new recipes and new ideas, thank you.

    1. Melissa

      This comment made my night! Thank you, I even read it out loud to my husband because it was so fun to come across my inbox. Hello from across the pond and thank you for coming back to leave a great review and introduce yourself. I hope you find many more recipes to try here on Bless this Mess! And if you ever make it to Southern Utah you are invited over for dinner.

  16. Angelica

    Hi Melissa, this recipe looks great. I wanted to try it but I also want to add some corn (whole or maybe creamed). However, I am not very good at adapting recipes I’ve never tried before. Can you recommend an adjustment that would allow me to make the recipe but add corn without changing the original too much. Thank you

    1. Melissa

      I think you could stir in about 1 cup of whole kernel corn (canned or frozen, but if it’s frozen run it under a little hot water for a minute to warm it up a bit) at the very and and it should work out great. I’d love to know if you try it!

  17. I made this but I think I misread the baking soda amount.Three 1/2 teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) or 3.5 teaspoons. I did the later and the result left a bitter aftertaste. Thanks for clarifying!

    1. Melissa

      It’s 3.5 teaspoons but it’s baking powder and not baking soda. The soda will definitely leave you with a bitter taste. Try it again with the baking powder and I promise you’ll love it! GOOD LUCK!

    2. Melissa

      PS. I make a whole batch of biscuits once with so much baking soda instead of baking powder and they were INEDIBLE. LOL, you are not alone!

  18. Hi!

    Thanks for this great recipe!

    I discovered I had no all purpose flour so used only cornmeal, plus I added a little grated cheese for interest, and it turned out perfect!

    1. Melissa

      That’s so great to know! Thank you for the tip, I’ve had other people ask and I didn’t think it would turn out well. Your feedback is appreciated!

  19. My Dad always said, “Do not change recipe until you try it first.” I did…It was great….Thanks…. Being curious I will try warming skillet and less sugar, but I do not think it will change my mind. It was so like my New Yorker grandmother who originated from Canada.

    1. Melissa

      I’m so glad that you liked it! You’ll have great luck warming the skillet first (sometimes I’ll warm it with a pat of butter in it), and you’ll get a crispier crust on the bottom and I know that people have had good luck reducing the sugar to meet their tastes too. It’s a pretty simple recipe that adapts well to what you like. ENJOY! And thanks for leaving a comment.

  20. Melissa

    Awesome simple cornbread recipe. I giggle every time I see the note about using yellow cornmeal, as I only use blue cornmeal! Makes for some pretty bread.

    1. Melissa

      You can do either one. Most of the time I just put it in cold but you can preheat if it you like with a little butter in the bottom and it’ll make the bottom crispy. It’s delicious both ways.

  21. Tess

    I am always somewhat skeptical about recipes that claim to be the best. But in this case it is absolutely true. I used powdered buttermilk and reduced the sugar. The result was a moist and tasty pan of cornbread. This will be my go to cornbread recipe from now on. Thank you Melissa!

  22. Daniel

    Had a hankering for some food after my exam and I made this. I doubled it because I have a 12 inch skillet and it came out great with a little extra cook time. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. CastIron

    This recipe was great. I made it in cast iron. I substituted dark brown sugar for granulated sugar, because that’s what I had. I used coconut oil for grease. It all came out great and was fast and easy.

  24. Hi Melissa, do u use corn meal or corn flour? I’ve been reading the comments and all seems good in it. I’ve been looking for a quick and easy recipe for corn bread since I have fresh milled yellow corn and I have the corn meal. I came across with your recipe with all nice and delicious comments, I love to try this tomorrow morning. I hope it will be a success. Thanks a lot.

  25. Hi Melissa, i just made my corn bread from your posted recipe and yes it’s real delicious, moist, crunch on top and bottom, I can’t stop slicing it for taste. It’s simple and fast…thanks a lot for sharing your recipe.

  26. Nicole

    I’m American living in Australia, and I made this tonight with chili and it was a huge hit! My Australian friends are all officially in love with cornbread and it’s all thanks to your recipe!

    1. Melissa

      I love introducing friends to great foods that are new to them. I’m so glad they loved it as much as I do. And thanks for coming back to leave a comment, that really made my morning!

  27. Lisa

    Melissa, Thanks for your share! can you tell me the baking powder you used, active baking yeast or instant baking yeast?

    1. Melissa

      Baking powder is different than baking yeast. Where are you from and I’ll try to figure out what the product might be called there!

  28. I made this recipe for my family in a cast iron skillet and it was the best cornbread any of us have ever had (and we’re from the South!). Sharing with everyone I know, they all keep asking for the recipe!

  29. Linda

    Melissa, I have to tell you what’s happening in my house with your cornbread recipe. The recipe looked wonderful, so I made the first batch for hubby. I didn’t want to use my muffin tins or cast iron, but have a Halloween Wilton baking pan with little coffins. Hubby is a retired funeral director, so things all came together. He gets little cornbread coffin muffins.

    Since I started making your recipe, he has one for breakfast, one in his lunch box, and one in the afternoon for a snack. I’ve gone through two pounds of corn meal, so far. I watch his stock, and cook more to replenish. He absolutely loves your recipe, and I now have it memorized. Thank you for such a great recipe. Ps if you want a picture of the muffins, let me know. Lol

  30. Dave

    Great recipe! To make this a bit more diabetic-friendly for my wife, I used 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour + 3/4 cup regular flour, and I substituted 1/4 cup sucralose for the sugar. The second time I made this, I used your suggestion to grease my cast-iron pan with butter, for a more crispy bottom and side. Thanks for posting this!

  31. Tracey

    I made this cornbread tonight. I usually have a few pieces left over. Not tonight. I used melted butter and I believe this is the best plain cornbread I’ve ever made. I plan on using this recipe with my loaded cornbread. Whole corn, onion, garlic, jalapenos. I can’t wait to try it. I’ll try to update on that result.

  32. I’ve just made this cornbread again for like the 5th time. I have to say. It’s the best one yet. I’m the main cook in the family just because I enjoy cooking so much. My family devour this Everytime I make it. It’s absolutely perfect with chilli or soup. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Melissa

      It will be a bit thicker in a smaller pan, so I would just watch the cooking time. It may take a few minutes longer to get completely done.

  33. Gerda

    Absolutely delicious!!!!!
    Couldn’t wait for it to be out of the oven and am snacking on it as I type this comment.
    As a Dutchie, the taste of baking powder is not really my thing, so I used self-raising flower instead. It worked like a charm! And used sunflower oil.
    Will write this recipe in my little book to make over and over again.
    Thank you ever so much for sharing it!!

  34. Danielle West Coast Cali Girl

    this is a Great recipe! I didn’t have cornmeal so i substituted with grits, ..so good….. I bet its amazing with cornmeal. I highly recommend this recipe to be brought to your dinner table!
    5 stars to the chef!

  35. Karla

    Hi Melissa, I noticed you said a GF baking flour blend could be used instead of flour. I am going to feed 25 people and was going to make the corn bread and bring a gluten free alternative for those that cannot tolerate gluten, however it would be amazing to bring a “good” cornbread that was gluten free. Could you let me know where I could purchase that blend and what it is called. I am gluten free and so are my grandkids so it would be great to be able to have corn bread once again. Thank you, I am so excited to try the recipe.

    1. Melissa

      There are lots of great gluten free flour blends readily available. You should be able to find several at your local grocery store. Make sure you find one that is ‘one-to-one’, which means you use the same amount of the gluten free flour that you would use of regular flour. Hope this helps!

  36. Help I’m traveling and need to bring a dish to a bbq. If I make them on Wed and freeze them can I take them out of the freezer and put them in a cooler on Friday and serve them reheated on Saturday evening?

  37. TeresaTras

    I love this cornbread recipe. I used self-rising flour, then baked it in a cast iron skillet. It was sweet but not too sweet. Taste great with salted butter. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Melissa

      I would think so! People have been using bacon grease to cook with for hundreds of years, and this recipe should work well. Good luck!

  38. I followed what you tutorial. Now is the 3rd time but still not as expected, I will continue until it tastes like you did. Glad that my family praise it and I was really happy.
    Thank you very much

  39. I make this cornbread to go with crockpot chili and will never go without it! This cornbread makes the dish!

    It’s fluffy and has such a nice texture. I usually cut the sugar in half, since we’re trying to eat less of it, and it’s actually still rather sweet enough—doesn’t feel like it’s missing anything.

  40. Yet another person here to agree that YES, this is the BEST – and easiest – cornbread EVER. I have now made it six times and each time – MWAH! – imagine me kissing my fingers. Thank you, thank you!!!! Everyone I know loves you!!
    Question: do you have a cheesy version of this?? In the muffin form?

  41. Gwen

    Hi! So I just made this recipe this morning. It turned out really nicely apart from my needing a new cornmeal blend (the one I bought is really gritty). But my partner loved it!

    Quick question though – I made the bread in our cast iron pan, and when I went to take it out it all just sort of fell apart…is there a secret to getting it out of the cast iron in one piece?

    Thanks!

    1. Melissa

      If your skillet doesn’t have a good layer of “seasoning” to make it none stick, I’d spray it with cooking spray or melt a little butter in it before adding the butter!

  42. Edward

    Mine turned out kinda crumbly didn’t hold together very well (gave it 20 minutes of rest before cutting). I noticed the batter was very dry as well.

    1. Melissa

      The batter should be about like a brownie batter… I get something got over measured or under measured. I’d try it again because it’s SO good!

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