23 Golden Cornbread Recipes That You'll Fall in Love With
Whether you like yours salty or sweet, crumbly or creamy, we can all agree that cornbread makes a perfect accompaniment to nearly any type of meal.
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.
Layered Cornbread Casserole
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.
Cheese and Sweet-Pepper Cornbread
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.
Looking for a cornbread recipe that's not so fussy but guaranteed to please one and all? Meet your match with this understated take.
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.
Whole-Grain Skillet Cornbread
Whole-wheat flour brings a unique nuttiness to this otherwise classic cast-iron skillet cornbread recipe.
Buttermilk Cornbread for Cornbread Dressing
Classic Southern Cornbread
Kale, Corn, and Jalapeño Muffins
Gluten-Free Corn-Cheddar Muffins
Cornbread Stuffing with Pancetta and Scallions
Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pecans
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.
Not your average cornbread, these yeasted rolls make a hearty accompaniment to dinner or a great vessel for a sandwich at lunch.
Mini Cornbread Puddings
Jalapeño Corn Muffins
Give your muffins a kick with the addition of spicy jalapeño peppers. Even better, they come together in just 45 minutes.
Cornmeal gives these biscuits a slight crunchiness and a golden hue that we absolutely love.