Sage and Honey Skillet Cornbread

skillet cornbread
Photo: Anna Williams
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

Skillet cornbread was one of the first non-yeasted breads made in the United States; this one gets its sweet-savory flavor from honey and sage.


  • 1 ¼ cups coarse yellow cornmeal, such as Goya

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage leaves

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ cup honey


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in oven until hot, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, sage, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Melt 1 stick butter, and whisk together with milk, buttermilk, eggs, and honey. Whisk milk mixture into cornmeal mixture until just combined.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove skillet from oven, add remaining tablespoon butter, and swirl to coat. Pour in batter, and bake until cornbread is golden, 20 to 23 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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