23 Golden Cornbread Recipes That You'll Fall in Love With

Sage-Honey Skillet Cornbread
Anna Williams

Cornbread is one of the most classic side dishes and never fails to please. Though it's a dish that has its roots in Native American food culture, it's become a staple in both southern and northern cooking. The most basic cornbread recipe is made with cornmeal, flour, eggs, butter, milk, and baking powder but there are dozens of ways to amp up the flavor, texture, and boost the overall appearance of your cornbread. We'll show you how.

Let's start with our recipe for Sage and Honey Skillet Cornbread, pictured here. It calls for one-quarter cup of fresh sage leaves, which add an earthy flavor and aroma. Honey brings sweetness and low-fat buttermilk adds just the right amount of richness to this easy yet delicious cornbread recipe.

Part of the appeal of cornbread is that this quick bread batter can be baked in a skillet and cut into wedges, poured into a casserole dish and sliced into squares, or turned into muffins for a bite that works as brilliantly for breakfast as it does for a dinner side dish. And it's important to note that cornbread often stars on the Thanksgiving table in more than just in its usual form. We're talking about cornbread stuffing, of course! That's why you'll find several recipes for that delicious dish (which all start with a classic cornbread recipe) in the slides ahead. Bake it, then break it into large chunks and let it dry out—to expedite the process, you can toast it in the oven. The cornbread will absorb any liquid or custard, creating a moist and flavorful stuffing.

Ready to upgrade your bread basket or whip up a sensational side dish? You can't go wrong with any of our favorite cornbread and corn muffin recipes.

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Layered Cornbread Casserole

Steve’s Layered Cornbread
Kate Sears

Senior food editor Lauryn Tyrell shared her family's Tex-Mex-inspired cornbread recipe, which features shredded turkey (the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers), pickled jalapeño peppers, and shredded cheddar cheese.

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Corn-Kernel Cornbread

stacked pieces on corn bread on plate

Some say cornbread isn't complete unless there are corn kernels, which add to the sweet flavor, bright yellow hue, and bring plenty of texture. If you're in that camp, this is the recipe for you.

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Cheese and Sweet-Pepper Cornbread

Lennart Weibull

The secret to this colorful cornbread is in the topping: Thinly sliced rounds of sweet mini peppers in shades of red and orange entice everyone to take a bite.

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Classic Cornbread

corn bread

Looking for a cornbread recipe that's not so fussy but guaranteed to please one and all? Meet your match with this understated take.

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Custard-Filled Cornbread

Mike Krautter

Sweet, creamy, and a little more decadent than you're used to, this one-skillet cornbread recipe gets its richness from a combination of heavy cream and whole milk.

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Whole-Grain Skillet Cornbread

Johnny Miller

Whole-wheat flour brings a unique nuttiness to this otherwise classic cast-iron skillet cornbread recipe.

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Buttermilk Cornbread for Cornbread Dressing

Quentin Bacon

Buttermilk lends tons of moisture and tang to this classic cornbread recipe. The only ingredients you need are melted butter, yellow cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and eggs.

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Cornbread "Turkeys"


How fun and festive are these turkey-shaped cornbreads? The batter is baked in a turkey mold, making them the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

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Bacon-Scallion Cornbread


With the inclusion of three-quarters of a pound of bacon and chopped scallions, we believe a slice of this cornbread recipe is the perfect complement to a breakfast egg hash.

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Classic Southern Cornbread

classic southern cornbread in cast iron skillet

What gives this cornbread recipe southern-inspired flair is the heat from two jalapeño chile peppers, which offsets the sweetness of some traditional barbecue sauces. After all, who eats cornbread without pulled pork or brisket?

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Kale, Corn, and Jalapeño Muffins

Lennart Weibull

Enjoy this healthy take on corn muffins, which feature an entire bunch of kale, diced jalapeño peppers, and corn kernels.

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Gluten-Free Corn-Cheddar Muffins

Gluten-Free Corn-Cheddar Muffins
Yunhee Kim

Anyone who is gluten intolerant can still enjoy the wonders of classic cornbread, thanks to this recipe made with rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch.

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Cornbread Stuffing with Pancetta and Scallions

skillet Cornbread Stuffing with Pancetta and Scallions
Julia Gartland

Start with our recipe for Classic Cornbread, then amp up the flavor with three ounces of salty, savory pancetta and one bunch of scallions.

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Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pecans

cornbread stuffing sitting atop a blue towel
Con Poulos

This holiday-worthy recipe serves 10 to 12 and starts with homemade cornbread that's then broken into bite-sized pieces and baked with a rich custard, chopped celery and onions, crunchy pecans, and earthy sage leaves.

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Buttermilk Cornbread


Made with equal parts of cornmeal and flour, this slightly sweet cornbread has a light, cake-like texture. The combination of butter and buttermilk makes this cornbread extra moist—the perfect base for the ultimate Thanksgiving turkey dressing.

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Cornmeal Rolls


Not your average cornbread, these yeasted rolls make a hearty accompaniment to dinner or a great vessel for a sandwich at lunch.

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Mini Cornbread Puddings


We called these cornbread puddings—not muffins—because they're far moister and more tender than what you might expect, thanks to sour cream.

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Jalapeño Corn Muffins

Sang An

Give your muffins a kick with the addition of spicy jalapeño peppers. Even better, they come together in just 45 minutes.

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Cheddar Cornbread

Cheddar Cornbread

Cheddar cheese adds a savory dimension to this buttermilk cornbread. Pouring the batter into a preheated cast-iron skillet gives the cornbread a wonderfully crisp crust.

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Cornmeal Biscuits

cornmeal biscuits on plate with honey

Cornmeal gives these biscuits a slight crunchiness and a golden hue that we absolutely love.

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Cornbread Bites

stacked Cornbread Bites

One batch of batter is divided into three bowls to stir in three irresistible ingredient combinations: Orange-Rosemary, Jalapeño-Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion-Bacon. These mini muffins are perfect appetizers for serving at a buffet or a barbecue.

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Scallion Cornbread Muffins


The batter for these savory scallion cornbread muffins is mixed in just one bowl, so it's quick and easy to whip up a batch of muffins for dinner. Serve them with cozy chili, soup, or a main-course salad.

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